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    Etiquette for Sending Music

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    Well, after several rounds of the Future Producer's Challenge, I've noticed that people on the internet DO NOT BOTHER to read instructions and some just don't plain know the proper etiquette for sending song submissions.

    Honestly, some of these things I wouldn't have realized either if I wasn't on the receiving end so here it is:

    5 Tips for Properly Emailing Song Submissions

    When reviewing multiple songs, from dozens to hundreds of people, a quick workflow makes this process enjoyable rather than a strenuous task. With that said, it helps if people would stick to guidelines for submissions.

    1) Always read and follow carefully the instructions and details for an email submission.


    2) Always introduce yourself and include contact information.
    The person may not read any of your opening introduction, but how are they going to know who to contact 5 months down the line when your song is ready for a national radio campaign?


    3) Always label a track with your name & what the project is for if not otherwise instructed If you're receiving a plethora of tracks per day going through 15 "Beat 13349" or "Inception by Rape" randomly named tracks makes it difficult for the owners of the tracks to be tracked down.

    4) Never spam the recipient's email box.
    This means no mailing list sign-ups, 15 versions of the track you want to send(unless asked for), multiple requests for receipt of submission, and general annoying behavior. These things just cloud up space for the true submissions making it difficult for the recipient to listen to yours and others, and may discourage that recipient from bothering with the process in the future.

    5) Never send large files(unless asked for).
    Many recipients are listening to these submissions quickly, on spotty wi-fi in airports, or may need to download your submission for quick recording. This includes large cumbersome zip folders. If someone asks for a short MP3, don't send them a 100MB .rar. See Rule 1. Data storage is getting cheaper and cheaper, but this is not an excuse to go overboard. Maybe in the future, when everyone has instant download capability to their brains.
    Even then, See Rule 1.



    Feel free to add anything you've come across.....

    -Monk

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    Great post.

    I am guilty of number 3. Donno why I never thought of doing that.

    & lmao at "inception by rape"

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    i dont think im guilty of any of those but good list

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    I make a concerted effort to label all my files as follows:

    Beat Title (Prod. Ben Walker ben@benwalkermusic.com ___bpm).

    Naming the file that way is also my way of saying to myself I've finished a beat lol, once I've labelled it properly I leave it and go onto the next one - good way to give yourself closure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The-Chronics89 View Post
    I make a concerted effort to label all my files as follows:

    Beat Title (Prod. Ben Walker ben@benwalkermusic.com ___bpm).

    Naming the file that way is also my way of saying to myself I've finished a beat lol, once I've labelled it properly I leave it and go onto the next one - good way to give yourself closure!
    Good idea! I cringe at the amount of 8 bar projects I have, or the fully sequenced but uninspired projects.
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    Id like to add from a artist perspective that lots of beats i get on this forum...

    are slammed to the limit leaving no headroom for me to work with / mix in my vocals. ( if you send me a beat and want me to spit on it please leave 3 to 6 dbs of headroom)

    BPM.....please people when your done with a track right click on the file go to properties and add the bpm info! this helps tons for recording artist!
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    hey dog, cool topic. i heard the word beats so come check out my page
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    For those who use Logic its always good to take advantage of using the ip3 tags I believe its called. Lets you put all of that information in the track before you bounce it..tempo, website, what key,etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by statixx View Post
    Id like to add from a artist perspective that lots of beats i get on this forum...

    are slammed to the limit leaving no headroom for me to work with / mix in my vocals. ( if you send me a beat and want me to spit on it please leave 3 to 6 dbs of headroom)

    BPM.....please people when your done with a track right click on the file go to properties and add the bpm info! this helps tons for recording artist!
    That is a good point! I usually make all my beats a few db below norm and even cut my eq around 2khz so that the artists voice will be more prominent and blend better in the final mix. Remember, the track will be mixed after the lyrics are added, keep that in mind when you mix your beats down

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rellevant View Post
    For those who use Logic its always good to take advantage of using the ip3 tags I believe its called. Lets you put all of that information in the track before you bounce it..tempo, website, what key,etc...
    Your on the right track lol! Its ID3 tags and most music editor's that I have used (Logic, Reason, Acid, Pro-Tools, etc..) have some form of ID3 tag editor. For instance, Acid will let you edit your tags when you begin a new project in that window that appears asking you for your track information!

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