Frequently Asked Questions
Getting your label in the Top 10 labels will depend on a similar mechanic used by many other playlists in the music industry. Time + Sales = a place in our Top 10.
HoT picks are tracks that are highlighted on our platform. You will get better exposure on our frontpage. The HoT picks are chosen by our HoT staff.
The only way to influence this process, is to make sure you upload high-quality tracks as well as making sure your label is in the best condition it can be (think of artwork, biography etc.)
At this moment all financial transactions go via credit card, Paypal, Ideal, Sofort. When you decide to pay with a credit card, the process will run via the Paypal-site, where you can select your credit card.
A label is an account on our platform that is allowed to put tracks up for sale. In order to become a label a producer would have to do audition.
Our A&R team judges submitted compositions on technical and creative quality, as well as general information about the producer.
Interested in becoming a label? Please follow this link: https://houseoftracks.com/audition
Not everyone is able to sell tracks through HoT. As a platform we want to deliver high-quality tracks. In order to be able to offer high-quality tracks we screen all new producers on their capability and background.
Once a producer fulfils our standards, they can become a label. If a verified label upload their tracks to our platform, our A&R team will check each track individually on quality and technical aspects.
When you want to start selling your tracks on our platform, you first have to create a label.
The label you create is not an official record label, it’s rather a so-called “imprint”. An imprint is a trade name that can be used by companies or in this case producers, as a trade name.
You can basically compare a label to the name of an account you can use to offer your tracks.
It is not allowed to work with multiple producers on a single label anymore. This is due to the fact that the “label owner” is the one ultimately responsible for all content offered by the label.
In case there are any issue(s) with the content offered by the label, we would have to strike the whole label. All content of the label will be put offline until the issue(s) have been resolved.
In the rare event the issue(s) can’t be fixed, we will ban the label from our platform indefinitely. If multiple producers were to work on one label, this could obviously create an undesirable situation for a producer working on a label who has nothing to do with the issue(s) leading to the ban.
When uploading a track, a simple mp3 of the track won’t suffice. We will need a total of 3 folders; a master folder, stem folder and a MIDI folder. We also need a preview of the track which should be an mp3 version of the full track.
The master folder should contain the mix down and mastered version of a track. If a vocal is used in the track, you should also add a mastered instrumental version and an instrumental mix down.
The stem folder should contain all individual elements of the track in separate stems. These need to be delivered in WAV format.
The MIDI folder should contain MIDI files of all important melodic elements.
A good way to make your label stand out is to upload high-quality artwork. All artwork should be uploaded in jpeg at a resolution of 320x320 pixels.
Artwork allows you to make your label easier to be recognised by the potential buyers, as well as leaving a lasting impression which could positively benefit your sales.
You can’t use all samples, even if they are royalty-free. The only samples you can use are; one-shots and top-loops as long as they are royalty-free.
When using top loops you do need to make sure you only use them to enhance your main drums. All melodic elements of a track should be composed by the producer. So it’s also strictly prohibited to use midi packs.
All tracks you want to upload to our platform should be 100% unique. This means you can’t upload remixes or use samples taken from existing tracks.
Tracks uploaded to HoT should also be fully exclusive to HoT. This means that once a track has been online or played in front of a venue the track will be no longer eligible to sell on HoT.
Violations of these rules will lead to a permanent ban from our platform.
At House of Tracks we think it is important to be transparent regarding what a label can earn from selling tracks.
Please take a look at our “Label Fee Schedule” (https://houseoftracks.com/blog/news/label-fee-schedules) for more information)
When you sell a track as a label you will get paid through the PayPal account you’ve registered upon starting a label with us.
Once a sold track is downloaded by the buyer your share of the revenue will be automatically transferred to the registered PayPal account.
You aren’t allowed to publish in any way that you are the composer of a track that has been sold.
This is not limited to artists who are featured on a track or anyone who worked on the track, so a mastering engineer for instance is also affected by this rule.
It’s strictly forbidden to upload a track that has already been uploaded to other platforms. Do keep in mind that other ghost producing platforms also count as “other platforms”.
If we find out an uploaded track appears online on any other platform you will be indefinitely banned from our platform.
As a label you can sell as many tracks as you like, just make sure the tracks are uploaded according our terms and conditions.
When uploading multiple tracks at once do keep in mind that we “spread out” putting your tracks online. We do this so our platform isn’t flooded by one label as well as maximising a labels exposure on the frontpage.
We work with an automised pay-out system through PayPal. Once you sold a track you will get notified by email. When the buyer has downloaded a track the payment will be done.
Most of the time the track is downloaded straight after the track has been sold. However it can happen that a buyer isn’t able to directly download the track.
Please allow the buyer at least 3 days to download the track. If you still haven’t received the funds after 3 days we advise you to create a support ticket, so we can check the status of the payment.
Every track should remain on our platform for at least 6 months after the initial upload. After these 6 months you get the option to delete the track.
As long as the track is on our platform the track should be fully exclusive to our platform. Once a track has been deleted all rights are returned to the producer.
Do keep in mind that once a track is deleted you are allowed to re-upload the track to our platform as long as the track hasn’t been exposed to the public in any way.
Once a track is approved it won’t show up on the front page instantaneously. The reason for this is because we work with an upload delay.
We work with this delay to prevent the platform from “flooding” as well as making sure every track is featured on our frontpage for an acceptable amount of time.
Once a track has been on line for longer than 90 days you will get the option to put the track up for sale.
In order to put a track up for sale go to the “My Tracks” tab in your account. Every track that is put up for sale will remain in sale for 48 hours. A label is limited to put up one track up for sale at the time.
You will receive the following:
The full track mastered and unmastered. If a track uses vocals you will also receive an instrumental mastered and unmastered.
All individual elements of the track bounced in the full length of the track in WAV format. Also known as “Stems”
All MIDI information used for melodic elements of the track.
You won’t receive project files of a purchased track. The project files aren’t included because of two reasons.
Firstly, producers don’t all work in the same DAW (digital audio workstation) as well as the fact that different producers also use different VST’s (virtual studio technology). This will lead to compatibility issues that result in not being able to work on the project.
Additionally not every producer is keen on showing their methods of creating a track. You can compare this to a magician unwilling to reveal his magic tricks.
You do however get enough tools when purchasing a track to make alterations. For example having the full stems of the track and all midi files. This will allow you to easily edit a track if needed.
In order to explain this we need to point out the difference between selling a track and releasing the track. With selling a track we refer to the action of selling the track to other producers or ghost producing platforms. So basically selling the track as a ghost production or remix pack.
This type of selling is strictly forbidden and may result in legal actions.
However, it is allowed to release a track. This means you can sell a track on music stores like Beatport etc., or upload a track to a streaming platform.
Unfortunately it is not possible to return or exchange purchased tracks.
Before your purchase, you are able to listen to the full track. This should give you enough chance to determine if the track is what you are looking for or not.
Because you receive the full track upon purchase (including the stems and MIDI) exchanging or returning a track would forfeit our exclusivity agreement with the seller, therefore you are unable to return or exchange a track.
You can monetise a track in multiple ways.
You can for instance as an artist release a track on a label and earn money from streaming and sales through music stores. You can also use tracks in advertising, games or movies for instance. Do make sure you check the rights attached to the track.
Most tracks on our platform are fully royalty free, though some tracks aren’t fully royalty free. You can see this by checking the icons next to a track.
If a track has a full icon the track is fully royalty free, if only the half of an icon is filled in the track isn’t totally royalty free. The royalties of a track would remain with the producer, all other revenue generated by the track will be yours.
When purchasing a track you won’t receive the rights over the artwork being used.
Vocals used in tracks aren’t always unique. Most of the vocals used originate from vocal sample pack (these are 100% royalty-free and legal to use) These vocals can be found in other tracks as well. This is standard in the music industry though. If you were to look on major music stores you might be able to find multiple tracks that use the same vocals as each other.
We also offer track with original vocals. Original vocals are unique. These vocals are created by the producer themselves. they can for instance sing themselves or collaborate with a singer for a track.
The rights you receive upon purchasing a track depend on the track. There are tracks with a full icon and tracks with half an icon.
The tracks with a full icon are 100% royalty free which means that all rights and revenue generated by the track are yours.
If a track has an half icon the track isn’t fully royalty free. This means that any royalties generated by the track will be for the producer. All other revenue will be yours.
On our platform we handle a price from between €299 and €999.
A label is able to put up a track for sale. This lasts for 48 hours and will lower the price to €229. We are unable to influence which tracks will be put on sale.
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