[Frequently Asked Questions]

How can I download a beat?

In order to download beats you will need to have registered for a free account on our site. Once you are logged in, you will be able to click on the Download tab in the beat windows on the Home page or the Beats page. As a free member you can only select the Tagged beat download option. Untagged beats are reserved for our Premium Users (find out more about premium membership below) and customers paying for a license.

What can I do with a beat I downloaded for free?

Beats downloaded for free from the website may only be used for non-profit and non-commercial use. Acceptable free use includes demos, free internet songs, ad-free YouTube uploads and non-paying live performances. In order to start making money from your music and use beats for commercial use such as albums, mixtapes, iTunes, syncs or YouTube revenue sharing, an appropriate License must be bought. You may not, under any circumstances, alter the beat. Proper credit must always be given when using beats for free by writing in the song title or credits “Produced By Anno Domini Beats” or something similar. If you are uploading videos to YouTube please include this information either in the video title, or in the video description. Whenever you can, please help support our free download initiative by providing a web link to https://annodominination.com.

What if I use a free download beat to make money?

All free downloads are encrypted with tags, scanned and legally protected. If you are making money or otherwise commercially benefiting from a beat without buying a license you are incriminating yourself and making yourself liable to copyright law suits. It is highly advisable to pay the small fee for a license if you want to start making money from your music!

How can I become a premium user?

Premium Users have the benefit of being able to download unlimited Untagged beats from our website without buying individual licenses. This is usually reserved for our corporate customers such as advertisers, website owners or YouTube channels that require beats on a regular basis. Premium membership is not free and is negotiated according to intended use. Please see our Partnership page for more information or if you are interested in becoming a Premium User.

What is the quality difference between a free download beat and a bought beat?

Free download beats are posted and streamed from the website in MP3 format which is a lower quality “lossy” compressed file format. When you buy a beat, you will be sent files in WAV format which is a high quality “unlossy” raw sound file, ideal for the best quality recordings.

Will tags be removed if I buy a beat?

Yes, you will be sent beat files with all tags, voices or watermarks removed.

How can I buy a beat?

You can buy beats from the website by clicking on the Buy License tab in the beat windows on the Home page or the Beats page. Once you have selected the License type you want to buy and have clicked on the Add To Cart button the beat(s) will be added to your shopping cart and you can checkout at any time by clicking the View Cart button in the menu bar.

How do I get my beat after buying a license?

You will be sent a download link containing all relevant beat files along with a personalized contract to your email instantly and automatically. You can also access all your files and contracts at any time from the My Orders link in the menu bar when you are logged into our site.

What is a Lease License?

Lease Licenses, or leasing rights, are non-exclusive usage rights to a beat for artists, where the ownership of the beat remains with us. You are buying the right to use the beat for profitable, commercial use on any one single format (e.g. albums, mixtapes, iTunes singles) with a distribution of 500 – unlimited units, depending on what you select during checkout. Additionally, the beat may be used for radio broadcast on up to 3 stations and live shows or concerts totalling up to $1000 (USD). You may alter the beat as you see fit, but you may not under any circumstances resell the beat. Note that several individuals may buy a Lease License to the same beat.

What is included with a Lease License?

A standard Lease License purchase will come with a single mixed down high-quality WAV file of the beat. Lease Licenses come with the option of individually selecting how many units you wish to sell with your license. By default, 2000 units are selected as this is our most popular options, however you may want to decrease this amount to 500 units (minimum) or increase to unlimited units (maximum) depending on your intended use. If you check the Add Trackouts option in the beat window, you will also receive a download link for all the separate instrumental track lines of the beat in highest quality WAV format, in a zip folder. This is ideal for professional studio mixing and mastering or for making your own beat changes. In order to extract files from a zip folder, simply double-click on the zip folder to open it once downloaded, then drag everything inside out onto your desktop. If you can’t open the file you may need to download a free version of WinZip. You can upgrade a Lease License to include Trackouts or more units at a later date, but only if the Exclusive License to the beat has not been sold in the mean time. You can check this by seeing whether a beat is marked as “Unavailable” when you click on the Buy License tab in the beat window.

What is a Sync License?

Sync Licenses, or synchronisation rights, are non-exclusive usage rights to a beat for advertisers, companies and media professionals, where the ownership of the beat remains with us. You are buying the right to use the beat for profitable, commercial use on any one single broadcast or medium. This includes soundtracks for movies, television, video games, YouTube channels and websites. You may alter the beat as you see fit, but you may not under any circumstances resell the beat. Note that several individuals may buy Sync Licenses to the same beat.

What is included with a Sync License?

A standard Sync License purchase will come with a single mixed down high-quality WAV file of the beat. Sync Licenses come with the option of individually selecting how many uses you require. By default, 1 use is selected as this is our most popular options, however you may want to increase this to 2 uses or unlimited units (maximum) depending on your intentions. If you check the Add Trackouts option in the beat window, you will also receive a download link for all the separate instrumental track lines of the beat in highest quality WAV format, in a zip folder. This is ideal for professional studio mixing and mastering or for making your own beat changes. In order to extract files from a zip folder, simply double-click on the zip folder to open it once downloaded, then drag everything inside out onto your desktop. If you can’t open the file you may need to download a free version of WinZip. You can upgrade a Sync License to include Trackouts or more uses at a later date, but only if the Exclusive License to the beat has not been sold in the mean time. You can check this by seeing whether a beat is marked as “Unavailable” when you click on the Buy License tab in the beat window.

What is an Exclusive License?

Exclusive Licenses, or full ownership rights, are exclusive usage rights to a beat for any purpose. This includes albums, mixtapes, iTunes singles, YouTube uploads and soundtracks for movies, television, video games or websites. Full performance broadcasting and reproduction rights are included and there is no unit or sales cap. The rights to the beat are fully transferred to you and the beat will be marked as Unavailable so that no one else may download or license it. You become the sole owner of the beat. You may alter the beat as you see fit, but you may not under any circumstances resell the beat.

What is included with an Exclusive License?

As well as a mixed down WAV file of the beat, automatically included with Exclusive Licenses are Trackouts, where you will receive a download link for all the separate instrumental track lines of the beat in highest quality WAV format, in a zip folder. This is ideal for professional studio mixing and mastering and the best sound quality broadcasts. In order to extract files from a zip folder, simply double-click on the zip folder to open it once downloaded, then drag everything inside out onto your desktop. If you can’t open the file you may need to download a free version of WinZip.

After buying a license, how long do my rights to that beat last for?

Indefinitely. If you have bought Lease, Sync or Exclusive Licenses there is no time limit and your respective rights to the beat will remain for a life-time. If you have purchased a Lease or a Sync and another customer purchases an Exclusive License to a beat, your rights will remain intact up to the unit/use count you purchased. You can also still buy Trackouts for a beat after the Exclusive License is sold. However, additional Lease or Sync units/uses cannot be bought.

What happens if I buy a Lease or Sync License and someone later buys an Exclusive License to the beat?

Nothing. Your license will still be effective up to the unit or use limitations of your contract.

Can I reserve a beat/place it on hold if I can’t pay the full amount now?

If you are looking to buy an Exclusive License to a beat but cannot pay the full amount up-front, we will do our best to work with your budget and place beats on hold for a specified time period against a down-payment (usually at least 25%). Please note that we can only reserve beats for Exclusive License purchases, not for Lease or Sync purchases.

Do you offer any deals or bulk purchase discounts?

Yes we regularly have discounts on the website, to check for the latest deals have a look at the Current Deals in the side-column of our website or subscribe to our newsletter.

Can I trade or pay you in alternative means rather than buying a license?

Unfortunately we do not accept any alternative payment methods for buying beats.

Why are some beats marked as “Unavailable” on the website?

If a beat is marked as Unavailable it either means that the Exclusive License is sold, or that we are not currently selling licenses for that beat. This could, for example, be due to someone having already made a down-payment to buy a beat. If you are not able to buy a particular beat you want, you may be interested in a custom beat.

How can I get a custom-made beat just for me?

All our producers offer the opportunity for custom-made, exclusive beats for artists, brands or spaces and you will find more information as well as a contact form in the Custom Beats section. Pricing and turnaround times for custom beats will depend on the size and complexity of the project but we will endeavor to realize your project as fast as possible and at an affordable rate. We do require a 50% deposit to start working on custom beats, where the remainder is paid only when you are 100% satisfied with the results.

Do you offer custom hooks and custom scratches for my beat?

Yes we do, please see the Custom Hooks and Custom Scratches pages of our site.

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