Frequently Asked Questions
Your offerings will feature in our Top 10 via the Time + Sales = Top 10 system. A similar mechanic as operated by other hitlists in the music industry. Read more about this in our blog.
Through HoT PICKS you can appear on the front page of one of the genres selected by HoT. By appearing on a front page, you get noticed moreand this will lead to an increased chance of selling. The HoT PICKS are selected by our HoT staff. You are unable to influence this. Or perhaps you can - by submitting high-quality tracks!
At this moment all financial transactions go via credit card, Paypal, Bitcoin, Ideal, Sofort, Bancontact, KBC/CBC and Belfius. The moment you want to pay with credit card, this will run via the Paypal-site, where you can select your credit card.
You obtain ‘label’ status and get published on House of Tracks by submitting your productions for auditioning. To ensure we keep offering our buyers a constant quality, we listen to every single track submission. Our A&R team judges the technical and creative quality of the submitted compositions. Once approved, you become a virtual label.
No. All music or vocals offered via HoT are subject to rigorous screening. We ask you to upload 3 of your best tracks, which will then be assessed by HoT-professionals. If we consider your tracks suitable to be released commercially, you will be given access to the site where you can offer your tracks to interested buyers. Please note: every new track that you want to submit, will be newly assessed. Therefore, it might occur you will not be able to sell all your music via House of Tracks for a host of reasons.
HoT is not a jury that assesses your tracks on genre or creative input. We do however want to ensure that the tracks offered are of a good enough quality to be sold. If everyone tries to sell their low quality demos, ultimately buyers will be less interested. This is not good for Hot, nor for you.
You need to create a virtual label via HoT. Technically, this is not an official record label, but a so-called imprint. The term ‘imprint’ is usually used when a label is strictly a trademark or brand and not a company. When we refer to label, we actually mean ‘imprint’. Through this label you will sell your music. The name of the label may not already exist.
No. Having multiple producers offer their music via one specific label, is something we do not allow anymore. This due to the fact that the 'label' owner is ultimately and personally responsible for all music featured on said label. If for example an issue occurs with a track not produced by the label owner but still featured on his label, we are forced to strike the whole label and all tracks will be taken off line until this issue is repaired. If it is the case that issues occur with featured tracks not directly produced by the label owner, issues that are directly attributable to the producer and not eligible to be repaired, the whole label inclusive all featured tracks will be barred from HoT indefinitely. So if you want to feature on HoT you will have to create your own imprint with us. There are a few exceptions for some of our existing labels, but we do not allow this for any of our new labels.
- Every sub-track must be rendered for the whole length of the track (in WAV 44.1 kHz, 24 bit)
- Every sub-track must be named: kick, top-kick, bass, hihat1, hihat2, clap, snare, percussion. (It's not sufficient to only fill in numbers)
- Include the Midi-files (Midi type 1) of all important elements used, e.g. lead/drops/bass/melodies, etc.
- Send a proper mastered and unmastered version in WAV (16bit and 44.1 kHz) and MP3 (320 kbps)
- If you use a vocal from a sample pack, you're required to mention this in your track description. Also upload the instrumental version WAV and MP3 format.
- Minimal track length must be 3 minutes
These are the requirements for artwork featured on the HoT website: all must be submitted with a minimum of 320x320 dpi. Should HoT decide that the artwork doesn't meet the requested requirements, you will have to make adjustments. Artwork is for illustration purposes only and a way to increase your label's noticability. The artwork will not be sold alongside your tracks. The advantages regarding this are that you can use the same artwork for other tracks, in the same style and shape but with a few small adjustments. We do advise you to put a (catalogue) number and/or track title on the artwork: 001, 002, 003, etc.
No. We are adamant about this. All tracks have to be unique. A few guidelines: submitting 3 tracks with the same melody is not allowed. The use of templates, construction kits and lead/melodies/drops or Midi from sample packs is prohibited. We do allow the implementation of a kick, hihat, snare, FX, etc.
Yes, all tracks and vocals must be unique if you want to offer them via HoT. Tracks that have already been played publically by DJs or made avilable publicly in any shape or form, for instance by having been uploaded to the web, are no longer eligible to be sold via HoT. HoT uses an extremely advanced system that makes use of the latest there is on offer regarding fingerprinting technology. With the help of this system, it is easy to check if your track has already been played/ uploaded or streamed somewhere. Of course, it is allowed form you to test your own tracks. But should you, as a seller, try to sell something twice, your label will be banned from the site immediately and indefinitely.
Read our label fee schedules here
At HoT we like to be transparent. To read more about this, you can check our Label Fee Schedule in which all is explained in detail.
The money will be paid into the PayPal account that you have submitted to us. Paypal automatically will transfer your payment within three days after the track has been sold.
In case you are curious as to what buyers can do with the track(s) they purchase from you, here are a few examples; An advertising agency may use it for sync purposes. A DJ/performer can use it in his or her set, and even release it under their (artist) name. An event organiser can use it as a theme song, etc.
Yes, you do. You may not in any way publicize that you are either the composer/writer (artist(s) who created or who are feature(d) on the composition) or that you are the original copyright owner. The confidentiality obligation pertains to any and all (in)direct dealings you may have with and surrounding HoT wheter it be business to business or business to consumer.
No, this is not allowed. Why? Because it would be conflicting with our interests and not be according to the seller guidelines/rules maintained here at HoT. When buyers would have the option to acquire the same track on two or more different sites/outlets this would undermine the exclusivity of our product. If you don’t follow our rules and guidelines hereto, you will be automatically and indefinitely banned from HoT and will risk legal action against your person or entity.
Uploading to House of Tracks is completely free. You are entitled to sell as many tracks as you would like at the same time. That said pending approval and according to our guidelines when it comes to rules and regulations of course. HoT doesn’t ask or implement any hosting and/or upload fees regarding making your tracks available publicly on the HoT website. HoT takes a comission on sales only.
There’s lots of information to be found on the internet.
Of course, you can always ask our HoT staff questions by emailing us.
Because we always put our clients first, we guarantee our sellers will get paid within ten minutes after we’ve received payment from a buyer. To assure this, we set up an automatized system via Paypal. Paypal handles all payments for House of Tracks. Some of our clients prefer paying by credit card (e.g. Mastercard, Visa). Credit card payments are also handled through Paypal.
You will receive the track in a mastered and unmastered version, both in WAV and Mp3 format. Next to this you will also receive all the Stems bounced in the full length of the track delivered to you in WAV format. Stems are all the individual sounds of the entire track rendered separately. Next to this we will send you the midi files containing all important elements of the track. When a track contains a vocal, we will send an instrumental version without the vocal. This is useful, because it allows a dj/producer to do a remix of the track. Aonther example could be; a company could easily use a track or an element taken from that track for a commercial.
No. As a rule, we don’t send out project files. This has two reasons. First of all: in general most people use different VST/DAW. The second reason is that producers don’t like to share their secrets; a chef doesn’t just hand out his or her recipes either. We will send you all the Stems (WAV) though, bounced in whole length of the track format. Plus midi rendered from all important elements of the track. This way you can import them into your DAW.
An advertising agency may use it for syncronization purposes. A DJ/perfomer can use it in his/her set(s), even release it under his/her name as an artist (not: author!). An event organiser could use the track as a specific theme song, your local sports team could buy a track and use it as their team anthem etc.
Releasing and selling are two different things. You may not resell a track bought on the HoT platform in its original form directly. Offering up tracks acquired on HoT directly to any other production/producer/IP sales platform or entity at a similar pricepoint and in a similar manner is strictly forbidden and may result in legal action against your person. But releasing a track as meant in the traditional sense of the word, for example via Beatport, Spotify or iTunes or other streaming services under your own or chosen professional name is allowed.
Unfortunately this is not possible. On the HoT website you can listen to a track/vocal from start to finish before you decide to purchase it. You know exactly what you’re buying. Because you receive a track inclusive all Stems in high resolution format, this forfeits our exclusivity agreement with the seller for one thing, thus you can't return it.
A track can be commercially exploited by the buyer in many different ways. A DJ could release the track under his own name with labels and or streaming platform earning money through downloads/streams. For example: tracks sold via Beatport or iTunes earn the uploader royalties i.e. money. A label could buy a track and then further exploit it, an advertising agency could use the track when introducing a new product for example. Everybody is free to exploit the track as he sees fit. HoT has no further influence on this and does not want to interfere in this process.
No. The seller is responsible for and owner of the artwork, any and all rights vested in the artwork that is matched to the tracks available on the HoT website stay with him/her. You will therefore not automatically acquire rights to artwork or the artwork itself when purchasing a track.
No. When you hear vocals in the productions you buy, you may assume that 75% of these originate from a sample pack (100% legal) and are most likely not one-of-a-kind. We allow vocals from packs to be implemented in and become an intrical part of the tracks we offer for sale online. That’s why we also standardly supply the buyer the instrumental version of the track.
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