If you’re a recording artist or musician, you’ve probably noticed that there are literally millions of free pop beats online. Aspiring artists can effortlessly download pop instrumentals at no cost to them, however many people do not understand how these “free beats” work.
1. Know What “Free Beats” Mean
When a producer or beat maker offers an instrumental for “free” it means that the beat is available to use for non-commercial purposes. This means that if you choose to download pop beats from a producer or through a website such Soundclick, you agree to a Creative Commons License.
2. Understand Licensing Agreements
A Creative Commons License allows the licensor (producer/beat maker) to retain copyright while allowing licensees to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work for non-commercial purposes. In other words, the creator of the instrumental allows you to download the pop track without charging a fee. In exchange for not paying anything to download the beat(s) you agree to a creative commons license. Additionaly, the licensee agrees to provide proper credit to the said producer, beat maker, songwriter, etc.
Recording artists should be advised to read through all licensing agreements to find out the exact terms of free instrumental downloads, especially on websites like Soundclick.com and Rocbattle.com where free pop beats and rap beats can be downloaded instantly from thousands of producers. Musicians should seek the professional help of an entertainment lawyer where necessary.
3. Choose High Quality Instrumentals
After choosing what pop beat you wish to download and reading through all associated licensing agreements, be certain that you will be receiving the highest quality audio file available, preferably a WAV or AIFF file. It should be noted that MP3 files are compressed versions of WAV or AIFF files. It is not advisable to record vocals to these if possible. During the conversion of a WAV/AIFF to MP3, audio quality is lost because of the way compression algorithms work. Many websites and producers online offer free downloads of instrumentals that are only in mp3 format. If you take your music career seriously then you would want to use WAV or AIFF files. Usually, a producer or website will offer beats in WAV/AIFF format with the purchase of a custom non-exclusive licensing or leasing agreement.
4. Download Your Beats
Once you have a clear understanding of what free pop beats are, the licensing agreements associated with them, and the type of audio file you should choose, you can proceed to download your instrumental(s) to your computer. The speed at which you receive your beat will vary with your Internet connection speed. If you are using a computer with Windows 7 or OSX, you will usually find your instrumental(s) in a folder entitled downloads.