After many long hours in the recording studio and exhaustingly pouring your creative energies in to making the best hip hop beats, you are finally ready to share your work online. But before you go enthusiastically announcing your latest rap instrumental is available for free download or offering the beat for sale via Soundclick, you should consider protecting your intellectual property with a beat tag.
It is important for music producers to not be naive and know that not everyone is looking out for your best interests. Some people regularly participate in “beat jacking” or stealing beats online. This may come as a surprise to you, but it is unfortunately an ongoing problem in the music production community. Sometimes people will use recording software to record your instrumental and not provide proper credit or buy the beat.
One way that beat makers have learned to combat the piracy of instrumentals online is through the use of beat tags or customized vocal recordings that are placed within the beat or instrumental. The tags act as a sound marker of sorts. No matter who has the instrumental, voice tags for beats let others know who produced it.
How To Make Tags For Beats
If you’ve invested in the proper recording equipment and are interested in creating your own voice tag, keep these things in mind.
1. Record a High Quality Beat Tag
Be sure that your recording facility has the proper acoustic treatment so that the quality of your vocals will stand out. You want to have a clear and audible recording that describes exactly what you want to be said over your beat.
2. Get Creative
Your instrumental sound mark acts as a method of protection against internet piracy and as a marketing/branding tool. When recording the vocals for your beat tag, be sure to come up with a phrase or statement that will be easily remembered and impactful.
3. Determine Timing Intervals
Once you’ve completed recording your beat tag, you will want to create an uncompressed wav file of it to incorporate within your instrumental. Whether you’re using beat making software like Fruity Loops Studio or a professional music recording program such as Pro Tools, you’ll want to be sure you determine a good timing interval for your audio tag. If you listen to the instrumentals in the Almost Free Beats store you will be able to hear an example of how beat tags can sound and how often they should be heard.
It is impossible to keep your beats completely under lock and key if you’re showcasing them online, but adding a tag to your beats is one the first steps you can take to protect your intellectual property. If you’re looking for additional ways to protect yourself from beat jackers, see how to copyright beats.