Editors Picks – New Media at Productiontrax.com

We recently launched our new weekly email, which hopefully makes it easier for you to find more relevant tracks for your projects. Here are our picks for Sept. 13, 2011.

Intro (47 sec) – To The Last Breath
by Karol Sabat
Track ID: 260453 | Action & Adventure

This short intro track, which also has a full version here, reminds us of Avatar. Fuses orchestra and choirs to create an epic world music inspired orchestration common to many current action and adventure films.


tags: world, orchestra, action, adventure, epic, choirs, avatar

Happy Whistle
by Vess Ray
Track ID: 257685 | Pop

This track is just so happy. Reminds me of a pet food commercial, baby wipes, or anything family or kid related. Lively and fun, this track is the perfect mood-setter.

tags: bouncy, lively, fun, whistle, recess, comic, cartoon, sitcom, commercial

Ditto Darling
by Richard Brown, Soundsculptor
Track ID: 258085 | Easy Listening

This easy listening love song combines smooth jazz flavors with adult contemporary influences and a rather peculiar semi-sung vocal that will either woo you to tears or totally freak you out. Add a bit of mystery to your next romantic endeavor.

tags: easy listening, pop, vocal, romantic, piano, smooth jazz

Spooksville us with fx
by Alec Makinson
Track ID: 258307 | Horror

With Halloween around the corner, this track reminds us of ghosts and goblins. A bit Addams Family meets the Joker, this track is an easy way to get the sound of Danny Elfman on your project without the huge payroll expense.

tags: spooky, harpsichord, evil, witches, scoobydoo, tongueincheek, cartoon, Halloween

Moonshine
by Ian Hubbal
Track ID: 247038 | Bluegrass

Multiple banjos and strings sing of americana and the country. Whether you’re sitting on the porch whittling away, or stealing your cousin’s pick up truck, this is the soundtrack for your summer days out in the dust bowl. Constant build makes this track perfect for comedies or art pieces about Oklahoma.

tags: determined, marching, banjos, bluegrass, playful, escalating, americana

Be Epic. Use Productiontrax!

New royalty free music on Productiontrax.com this week to help you get back into the production groove:
Enter CREDITSARELAME at checkout and save 10% off all stock photos, all summer long! more info (offer ends September 30, 2011).
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Royalty Free Music
Triumphant & Epic Adventure Soundtracks
Whether you’re telling the tale of a superhero, saving the wild west from aliens, or just looking to make that next corporate video really stand out, our Royalty Free Action & Adventure Tracks are ready to save the day. These tracks are so awesomely epic, they’ll take your breath away!

Fresh Idents & Logos for Web, TV & Radio
Every great company has a great logo. Make one of these new royalty free logos and ident tracks or stingers the most memorable 3 seconds your audience experiences. With quick and easy previews, and the best commercial license in the business, your brand will have the sonic power to take your productions to the top.

Sound Effects
Sound Effects: Weather
Whether you’re canoeing to work in Manhattan or shovelling snow in Buffalo, our weather sound effects will take your project to the next level of realism. Our sfx are recorded live on location by the best in the effects industry. Never rent a foley studio again!

Stock Footage
Back To School Stock Footage
Get your supplies ready for some serious learning. These royalty free back to school video clips at Productiontrax.com feature supplies and household items to start. When you’re done downloading everything in this category, hop on over to our With most clips in HD format, Students and Education categories for even more great videos.

Stock Photos
High Tech Business Stock Photos
Whether you’re getting kids excited about an aftershcool science program, or looking to redesign a new pharmaceutical website, these High Tech stock photos are the perfect professional shots for any project. As always, no credits (because CREDITSARELAME), no hassles — the best stock photo deal on the planet at the highest resolutions available!

DJ Elements
DJ Elements: Hot New Loops & Beats
Keep those turntables turning with awesome new beats and loops in the Productiontrax.com DJ Elements section. Perfect for mash-ups, live events, and anything else you can think of.

Huh, huh, huh, fire, huh, huh.

New royalty free music on Productiontrax.com this week:
Be sure to check out our featured contributor of the day on Twitter for even more great tracks!

Royalty Free Music
New Royalty Free Background Music
Need something energetic, yet unobtrusive to sit behind a narration on a podcast or business powerpoint presentation? Or maybe you need a music bed for your next advertisement? Check out these specially crafted background tracks.

Arabian/Middle-Eastern Tracks – More Affordable Than Gas
The turmoil in the Middle East is on everyone’s mind, so we’re making it easier for you to produce projects about out of control oil prices. Fill up your tank with fresh Arabian/ Middle-Eastern World grooves without having to give up a kidney.

Sound Effects
Royalty Free Comedy Sound Effects
If your jokes just aren’t as funny as our marketing people think they are, nothing says “laugh now” better than one of our thousands of comedy sound effects. From laugh tracks to boings and arruuuuuuugggaaahs, we’ve got your stand-up arsenal covered.

Stock Footage

Stock Footage: Fire

We’ve got a collection of fire video footage that will leave even Beavis and Butthead drooling. Huh, huh huh huh, huh. Add some heat to your next project with these shots in HD and SD. Fire video also makes for awesome background projections for concerts and happy hour.

Stock Photos
Get Outdoors with Naturescapes Stock Photos
Whether you’re working on a print project for nature activists, or designing a vacation activity website, these stunning hi-resolution stock photos from professional photographers around the globe will add that natural outdoorsy feel with ease. No credits, no hassles — the best stock photo deal on the planet!

DJ Elements
New DJ Elements: Loops & Beats
Keep those turntables turning with awesome new beats and loops in the Productiontrax.com DJ Elements section. Perfect for mash-ups, live events, and anything else you can think of.

Thinking of Going Exclusive? Don’t.

Thinking of going exclusive? Don’t. Exclusivity can be good for some, but for most, it’s just a bad decision. In this day and age, with all the economic uncertainty, it baffles me as to why anyone would go exclusive in anything, let alone their music licensing. Before you sign that agreement, make sure you consider the ramifications of your decision, by examining each of these points in detail, so that you don’t lose out in the long run.

1. Commission Rate Bait and Switch
Most libraries and marketplace sites offer a slightly higher commission rate if you go exclusive. Many offer between 50 and 60% as opposed to their normal 25-50%. While this seems like a good reason to go exclusive, many libraries will give you this higher rate as an introductory rate, and then lower it dramatically if your tracks don’t sell past a certain quota. Then, you’re tied into an exclusive contract and making far less money than you were originally promised.

You should diversify your sales channels for the same reason your diversify your investment portfolio. If one library tanks, or if sales patterns change, or you don’t perform as well on one, the others keep you in the game. Furthermore, you can make a higher average commission and gross income by spreading out, rather than selling in one place.

FACT: Productiontrax always pays 65% commissions on the prices YOU set.

2. Number of Sales vs. Price per Sale
Some libraries are notorious for setting low prices to gain a competitive edge. They then lock you in to exclusive contracts to sell your music for a few bucks (some as low as $1) a piece. Think about this for a second. They are giving out sync licenses (which most artists get paid THOUSANDS for) for less than $10. While they may sell more tracks (until their marketplace becomes so bloated with tracks that you might sell one a month…) your music is being devalued, and given away. You also have no control over the price of your music. The library you signed with can set any price they want, and some strategically price it just low enough that you can’t make your payout balance.

My advice, don’t sign an exclusivity agreement unless they guarantee a minimum price that you are comfortable with. Some smart copyright owners also ask for a minimum payout guarantee every month.

FACT: You control your pricing on Productiontrax. Period.

3. Hidden in the terms of service…
Read your contributor terms of service agreements carefully. Some libraries have started working with a companies like GoDigital and others to “track usage in and be appropriately compensated for internet streams”. These companies employ a technology that finds your music (that you already licensed out) in your customer’s projects. They then insert advertisements (or just claim copyright infringement) and collect revenue. This seems wonderful, until you realize that the contract you signed allows your library to keep 100% of any advertising revenue generated by your music.

Not only are you getting screwed there, with your library making tons of money without paying you a dime, but your customers are not getting what they paid for – and they are getting angry. See if they buy one of your songs again, knowing that YouTube is going to hijack their project.

FACT: Productiontrax never hides your royalties. We do not work with these “monitoring” companies, and we advocate for BOTH our clients (who are also your clients) and our artists.

4. Competition
Before going exclusive, ask yourself how big of a contributor base does the library you are signing with have? The larger the base, the harder it is for you to sell because there is more competition. That means more of the same sounding music, more choices, and lower chances of being selected. Think about it: a customer is on a huge community library with 1,000,000 artists. They look for a piece of dance music, and get your track among about 5,000 other options meeting their criteria. That gives you a 1 in 5,000 shot of selling your track to that customer. Might as well play the lottery with those odds.

If you diversify, you give yourself a greater chance of success because your music is in more places. If you are on 10 smaller libraries and each has, oh let’s say, 500 matching options for a given customer’s music search, you’ve just increased your chance of selling to 1/50.

Think about what you can do if you have 10 tracks in every category, on every site.

Diversification just makes more sense. Unless a library is making some very specific guarantees that you just can’t get anywhere else, always stay non-exclusive. This way, you stay in control of your financial future, and your hard work.

New Royalty Free Media from Productiontrax.com

The Productiontrax.com team has assembled a list of the latest royalty free music, sound effects, stock footage, and photos uploaded to the Productiontrax.com library.

Here is a sample of the newest royalty free media on Productiontrax.com:
30 Second spots for advertising and commercials
Sound effects of cars and vehicles
Stock footage of sporting events
Naturescape stock photography
Brand new pop music
Telephone and ringtone sound effects
The latest cinematic music

You can also get the latest tracks for your Christmas and holiday projects by visiting our Christmas Music page.

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Thank you for your continued support of Productiontrax.com. We look forward to providing media for all your upcoming projects.

Sincerely,

The Productiontrax.com Team
Productiontrax.com

Improvements To The Contributor Account Screen

We’ve made some more improvements to the Contributor Account screen, that we think will help the over-all look and feel of the website and make it easier for contributors to find and edit information.

The main account page has been given a Top 5 Sellers option and given a cleaner, more streamlined look. Additionally, graphs were moved to the stats section and new sales activity was added.

The Media List section was updated with a new look. Track IDs was added to the list, as was the ability to view only hidden files, making it easier to find inactive media.

We updated the Track Edit and Video Edit screens with “Edit Previous” and “Edit Next” buttons, which allow contributors to quickly edit videos in alphabetical order without having to return to the media list. An “Edit Next Hidden” button was also added to quickly edit hidden files.

Finally we added the following video categories:

People>Adults
People>Kids & Teens
Concepts & Themes>Faith & Religion
Concepts & Themes>Love & Romance

We hope these changes will result in a better experience for our contributors. As always, we appreciate feedback on these changes and would love to hear from you on our message boards.

Press Release: Productiontrax.com celebrates second anniversary with 18,000th track

For Immediate Release

Productiontrax.com celebrates second anniversary with 18,000th track

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Productiontrax.com, a leader in online distribution and licensing of independent royalty free music and sound effects got even bigger this month, adding their 18,000th digital media file to their rapidly expanding music library. The milestone comes as Productiontrax.com enters its third full year of operations online.

Launched in February, 2003, Productiontrax.com was the first site of its kind, allowing composers of royalty free production music to take an active role in licensing their music to the public. Composers on Productiontrax.com can upload any music they choose, and set keywords, categories, even the retail price of the track. On the other side, customers can listen to previews of the music, select the tracks they want for their projects, and then use the files legally in multimedia projects. Anyone, anywhere can buy or sell tracks on Productiontrax.com.

“No other stock media site was doing what we were doing when we first launched,” says Productiontrax.com founder and One Light Music CEO, David Negron. “We took a lot of heat for embracing an open-market model, allowing composers to decide what their music was worth. But the end result blew us away, and we believe that the balance we’ve achieved between provider and end-user makes Productiontrax.com a fair and appealing place to buy and sell royalty free music and sound effects.”

The result: in just two years, the Productiontrax.com library has grown to over 18,000 royalty free music, sound effects, and stock footage files, with over 15,000 licensed and placed in multimedia projects ranging from TV commercials to home videos. “We owe our success to not only our wonderful customer base, but to our composers and media providers,” Negron says. Productiontrax.com pays out royalties of 65% per sale back to its contributors, one of the highest payout rates in the industry, with a bulk of the proceeds benefiting independent musicians and sound designers.

The 18,000th track in the Productiontrax.com database? A royalty free classical music track of Ponchielli’s La Gioconda licensed by Lynn Music Publishing.

For more info:

On the web: http://www.productiontrax.com

Productiontrax.com New Royalty Free Music Podcast available on iTunes
Media Contact: Chris Boccuzzo (480) 614-1765

Press Release: Productiontrax.com Connects Producers to Composers Worldwide

1 December 2004

For Immediate Release

Productiontrax.com Connects Producers to Composers Worldwide

Scottsdale – Local music production company One Light Music Productions, Inc. announced the launch of Productiontrax.com Wednesday, a website that provides high quality, royalty-free production music and sound effects for film, TV, and multimedia from a worldwide network of composers.

“Productiontrax.com is really the first production music library of its kind,” said David Negron, founder and president of One Light Music, and creator of Productiontrax.com. “Sure, there are plenty of library music websites out there, but how many of them offer music from a worldwide network of over 200 composers? It is a true online music marketplace and community for the film and multimedia composer, where anyone in the world can find original music an any style that they can use in their projects without hassle.”

Productiontrax.com’s unique approach to providing library music has caught the attention of composers, multimedia producers, and industry executives worldwide, with over 3,000 royalty free tracks already online available full-quality preview and instant download, and that number is steadily increasing by the day.

Visitors to productiontrax.com can preview tracks in full quality, with most tracks boasting a preview length of 90 seconds or more, and then download their tracks in MP3 format instantly. Tracks can be browsed by style, emotional content, instrumentation, even by suggested film genre. A powerful advanced search engine makes it possible to search for tracks with a specific description, length, or even price. One Light Music will even ship out a CD of files in different audio formats on request. And no memberships are required ever.

Music and sounds are provided under two standard royalty free licenses, based on application, allowing end-users the non-exclusive, worldwide right to use the music as they please in any medium. One license covers educational, non-profit, and personal uses, while the other covers commercial, for-profit, and broadcast usage.

Composers register for an account to sell their music through the productiontrax.com website, and then upload and manage an unlimited number of tracks. The composers are able to set their own retail price for each track, and once their tracks are sold to a customer, the composer gets paid. “We’re raising the bar for library music, and the result is a huge selection of wonderful music that suits any multimedia application,” Negron says. “our selection is constantly changing and growing to meet the needs of the industry.”

Productiontrax.com also boasts a large directory of composers, allowing visitors to locate and contact a composer or sound designer in their area.

For more information visit: http://www.productiontrax.com or call One Light Music at 480-614-1765.