get your royalty free music online and ready for sales, you will need to create
MP3 files out of your production music tracks and sound effects. An MP3 file
is a type of audio file that employs a special encoding process allowing for
smaller file size and easier downloading. Once you have created MP3 files of
your royalty free music and sound effects, visitors to productiontrax.com will
be able to purchase your tracks and use them in their multimedia and film projects
royalty free. This article will detail the steps you will need to take in order
to create MP3 files using your music.
Many musicians and composers have already created full CDs of their royalty
free music and sound effects, and simply need to convert the tracks on the CD
into MP3 files that can be uploaded to their productiontrax.com account. The
process for converting an Audio CD into separate MP3 files is relatively simple.
To do this, you will need to use a program such as Apple’s iTunes or WinAmp.
These programs run on your computer and will read and import audio files from
an Audio CD, and most importantly are available for free download. This article
will focus on using iTunes, though the process is almost identical in WinAmp.
Insert your CD containing your tracks into your computers (be sure that it is
music that you wish to sell under our royalty free license), and then open up
iTunes. Your CD will appear in your library list. Click on it once, and it will
show all of the tracks on the CD. From there, determine which tracks you want
to use, and select each track you wish to convert in the track list window.
Once you have selected your tracks, go to your menu bar, and select Advanced
> Convert Selection to MP3. iTunes will start importing each track and converting
them to MP3 files.
Once your tracks have finished converting to MP3, you will need to locate your
music library folder on your hard drive where iTunes stores your MP3s. Find
the tracks in the folder, and move them to another folder on your hard drive
where you will remember them. They are then ready to be uploaded from your composer
account on productiontrax.com to be sold as royalty free music.
A note about ID3 tags: ID3 tags are a part of the code within
an MP3 file that stores information on file size, length, title, etc. In order
for your MP3 to be recognized properly by the productiontrax.com upload scripts,
you need to make sure that your MP3s are encoded with ID3 tags versions 2.2
or lower. You can do this by opening your newly created MP3 file in iTunes and
selecting Advanced > Convert ID3 Tags… from the menu bar.
Download iTunes for free from Apple here.