Frequently Asked Questions


Purchasing royalty free music, sound effects, stock footage, or stock photos to use in your multimedia project.

Who can download audio, video and images?
How many tracks can I download?
Can I hear the music before I buy it?
What format are your audio files in?
Can I have my music delivered in another format?
What do I get when I pay for a track?
Do I have to credit the composer in my film if I use tracks from Productiontrax.com?
I used one of your tracks in my film. Who do I give credit to?
Do I have to send in a cue sheet to ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC?
What is a cue sheet?
I like your music, but I need something written exclusively for my project. Can you help me?
Can I combine music from Productiontrax.com with music from other sources?
How much do you charge per track?
How often are new tracks added to the site?
Is it safe to give my credit card information on your site?
What is the difference between MP3, WAV and FLAC?

Using Productiontrax.com to Sell Your Production Music and Sound Effects, Stock Footage, and Photos

Who can sign up for a composer account?
How much does it cost to join Productiontrax.com as a composer?
How do I sign up for a composer account?
What kind of music can I sell?
What file types does Productiontrax.com support?
I don't have MP3 or WAV files of my music. What can I do?
How much will my media be sold for?
How do I get paid?
Are my tracks safe on your site?
What about copyright?
What is a PRO?


Who can download audio, video and images?
Anyone with a computer or mobile device connected to the internet can download media content from our website. Although our music and images are written with the intention of being used in film, video, and interactive media projects, we welcome anyone who enjoys our music to download. You do not need an account in order to purchase content.

How many tracks can I download?
All visitors to the site may download as many tracks as they can afford to pay for at any given time.

Can I hear the music before I buy it?
All of our tracks can be previewed before they are purchased. Our royalty free music and sound effects previews are streamed at reduced qualilty for bandwidth and security reasons. You currently need flash installed in order to view video previews. Flash is not required on most modern browsers for music and images. You can also download a full-length low-res comp of music tracks to try out in your project by clicking the comp button on the track information page.

What format are your audio files in?
We provide our audio files online in MP3 with all orders. WAV, and FLAC format are available for download depending on availability. You can select formats from the track information page, or from the shopping cart page. Video files are supplied in quicktime format, with varying resolutions.

Can I have my music delivered in another format?
Many of our customers require other file formats such as .WAV or AIFF. You may opt at checkout to have these files sent to you on CD via UPS or USPS for a nominal charge, (usually $4.99 to $6.99 per CD for standard delivery). The CD charge is calculated automatically at checkout.

What do I get when I pay for a track?
After your order has been approved (usually within 30 seconds), your receipt page will show a link to the file(s) that you purchased. Each file is an MP3 file (readable on both Mac and PC), and depending on your order, WAV or FLAC as well. For security purposes, your tracks will be accessible by you for 24 hours.

Do I have to credit the composer in my film if I use tracks from Productiontrax.com?
You are not required to include a composer credit in your project, although it is standard industry practice to do so. However, you may not claim any work as your own.

I used one of your tracks in my film. Who do I give credit to?
The appropriate credit information is supplied on the track's preview page as well as your order download page. You should generally give credit to the composer of the music.

Do I have to send in a cue sheet to ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC?
It is standard industry practice to provide these organizations with a list of tracks included in your project if broadcast or distributed theatrically. If you use a track in a project that is braodcast or performed publicly for profit (ie in a theatrical release, or on any kind of free or cable television network) you must file a cue sheet with us AND with the appropriate agencies. For more information visit www.ascap.com, www.bmi.com, or www.sesac.com.

What is a cue sheet?
A cue sheet is a document that lists all the music used in a project, allowing organizations like BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC (and others worldwide) to properly compensate composers for performances of their work. It shows the length of the music used, the track's title, the composer and publisher of the music, and where it was used in the film, and has some general information about the project. Generally, the producers of a project will file these sheets with performance rights societies. There is no cost involved to send in a cue sheet.

I like your music, but I need something written exclusively for my project. Can you help me?
We offer music composition and recording services for projects in need of original music, and have extensive experience in music for multimedia. Please contact us and we will be happy to quote you a price and offer any assistance you may need.

Can I combine music from Productiontrax.com with music from other sources?
You may use the tracks that you purchase in any way you wish as per our end user license.

How much do you charge per track?
Productiontrax does not set the retail price of the track. The price is set by the composer of the track. However, we do recommend a sale price to the composer when the track is uploaded, and this suggested price is the default price for the track if the composer does not specify one.

How often are new tracks added to the site?
New tracks are added whenever a composer uploads them to the site. There are normally 100-200 new tracks posted every few days.

Is it safe to give my credit card information on your site?
Our site employs an 128-bit SSL certificate, meaning all of your information is securely handled on our server. Look at the top of your browser window for the lock to make sure that your information is secure, and make sure that your browser URL window says https://. We do not store credit card numbers on our server.

What is the difference between MP3 and FLAC?
MP3 is the music industry standard for compressed audio. MP3 uses a compression method that strips extra bits off of an audio file. MP3 files encoded at a higher bit rate have better sound quality, and generally, good quality MP3s sound the same as CD-Quality Audio. FLAC, on the other hand, is a lossless compression method that works similar to Zip. Lossless audio compression means that, while the file is made smaller, there is no loss of audio data in the process. A FLAC file can later be converted back to its source format using freely-available audio software, or to another master-quality format. FLAC is the best way to get Master-quality audio via download.


Who can sign up for a composer account?
Anyone who wishes to sell their music, videos, sound effects, or photos for royalty-free use in film and multimedia productions may create an account. We welcome library owners, as well as individual contributors.

How much does it cost to join Productiontrax.com as a composer?
Productiontrax.com is completely free to join. There are no monthly fees ever. It is free to upload and maintain your account once you sign up.

How do I sign up for a composer account?
Click Here. It's super easy.

What kind of music can I sell?
You may sell any kind of music in any style of any length, provided that you have the right to do so. Please read our Composer Agreement for examples of prohibited content.

What file types does Productiontrax.com support?
All music files must be in MP3 or WAV (we suggest uploading your highest quality WAV file). We suggest encoding your files at or better than CD quality for best results. At minimum, your MP3s must be 256kbps stereo at 44.1kHz. All stock footage clips must be in .mov quicktime format in the best resolution possible. Stock photos must be JPEGs with a minimum single-side dimension of 1000px.

I don’t have MP3 or WAV files of my music. What can I do?
Send us your music on CD or DVD along with your productiontrax.com username and contact information. We’ll convert and upload the tracks for you at no charge.

How much will my media be sold for?
You determine the price of each track. Productiontrax.com sets a minimum price for each item to keep things fair. You may change the price at any time by logging in to your account and editing the item attributes.

How do I get paid?
Once a track has been purchased, your account will be credited the full purchase price of the track minus our service fee of 35%. All payments are made by check or electronically via PayPal, and are sent via USPS to the address on your account after the 21st of the following month.

Are my tracks safe on your site?
Your tracks are stored securely on our servers. We have designed this system to protect your tracks, and to keep them from being accessed without proper authorization. We will never reveal the location of the audio files to any customer, composer, or visitor at any time. If at any time we feel there is a significant security risk, we will temporarily suspend operations until the problem is resolved.

What about copyright?
According to our End-User License agreements and Composer Agreement, you retain full control of your tracks’ copyrights and performance rights. Productiontrax.com was created by musicians and composers, and therefore, we firmly believe in the rights of musicians to manage their music. By selling your track on Productiontrax.com, however, you are making your track available for royalty free use by the purchaser. Likewise, purchaser of your tracks is bound by the License Agreement, and may not unlawfully distribute or make copies of your music. Productiontrax.com will never distribute or copy your music without authorization, nor will we ever lay claim to your tracks’ copyright. Please read the Composer Agreement and End-User License carefully, as this governs your rights while using the Productiontrax.com service.

What is a PRO?
A Performing Rights Organization is an association of composers, publishers, and musicians that helps to protect your rights as a songwriter/composer. These agencies are responsible for collecting and distributing royalties associated with public performance of your works. License fees are generally paid by the venues in which your works are performed and by the networks that broadcast your work. For more information on public performance licensing, please visit www.ascap.com, www.bmi.com, or www.sesac.com.

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