Frequently Asked Questions

FREE USE

Can I use your beats for free?

Yes, the beats are free for promotional use on non-profit projects.  Common uses include:
-Testing new song ideas
-Releasing a demo
-Releasing a (free) mixtape
-Private use
-Background music in videos (without ads)

Download links to all titles are available on the Download page.

Do I need to give you credit?

It would absolutely be helpful if you could. By trading promotion for production, it enables me to continue maintaining this policy for free beats. I’ve managed to do so on every instrumental — over 900 beats since 2005 — due largely in part to artists taking a moment to include “Produced by VTZ” and/or sharing a link to VTZbeats.com. Thank you!

I recorded to a free beat and now it is sold.  Can I still use it?

Yes, the permitted uses listed above still apply.

I downloaded a beat before it was sold but lost the file.  Can you resend the beat?

Unfortunately, once a beat has been sold with Exclusive Rights, download links to it are no longer provided.

LICENSING

What are units?

A unit is a measurement of each time the song is distributed commercially. The conversion below is established in accordance with current RIAA regulations.

1 unit = 1 album sold
1 unit = 10 singles sold
1 unit = 1500 audio streams

The license expires once you have reached the allotted number of units through the total from all mediums. For example, if your license allows for 2000 units, you would be able to collectively distribute:

– 450 albums (450 / 1 = 450 units)
– 750 singles (750 / 10 = 75 units)
– 1.2 million streams (1.2m / 1500 = 800 units)

What are multi-track files?

Each instrument, drum and sound from the beat is exported separately into its own isolated 16-bit .wav file. These files can be used by your engineer to make the best mix possible for your song, creating a unique version that fits your writing style and vocal tone most appropriately.

Additionally, the arrangement can be changed in the event that you want particular instruments included/excluded at certain points.

Note: The files are also commonly referred to as “tracking out”, “track outs” and “stems”.

Do I need the multi-track files?

It’s a subjective answer since every artist is different and it also depends heavily on how experienced your engineer is.

I’ve personally known some engineers who are wizards in the studio that are capable of making clean and powerful mixes just by using the lossless stereo mix of the instrumental. In many cases, the .wav file of the instrumental on its own should be sufficient for a reasonably well-mixed song.

With that being said, my school of thought is that if you’re already getting your vocals professionally recorded and mixed, it’s ideal to provide your engineer with all of the necessary resources in order to enable them to do what they do best.

If you’re still uncertain about whether or not the files are worth the extra cost, please consult with your engineer for their opinion on the subject.

Does my license expire when Exclusive Rights are sold?

No, your license is valid until you have distributed the allotted number of units.

Does my license expire after a set amount of time?

No, your license does not expire until you have distributed the allotted number of units, regardless of when the purchase is made.

What happens when my license expires?

You would be permitted to continue using the instrumental for non-profit purposes. For more details, please see the details above on use of free beats.

Can I renew my license when it expires?

Yes, assuming the instrumental is still available.

Can I use monetize my video on YouTube?

Yes, at a rate of 135 views per unit.

Demo Lease Rights – 250 units \ 33750 views
Standard Lease Rights – 2000 units \ 270000 views
Premium Lease Rights – 8000 units \ 1080000 views

PURCHASE

Can I make a purchase without Paypal or a credit card?

Paypal is the preferred method due to the safety measures they offer, which are there for both your protection and my own.

How do I access the multi-track studio files?

You will receive a .rar file, which is a large, single file that contains all of the individual .wav files.  This method is used because it is more efficient to transfer a single .rar file as opposed to numerous .wav files.

WinRAR is the most popular program to use for unpacking the .rar file. It is available for free at http://www.win-rar.com/download.html?&L=0.

Note: You may be asked to purchase WinRAR. You are not required to do in order to continue using the program.

  1. 1. Install WinRAR
  2. 2. Locate where you saved the .rar file for your purchased beat
  3. 3. Right-click on the .rar file are select “Extract files…”
  4. 4. Choose a location to save the .wav files
  5. 5. Click “OK”
  6. 6. The extraction process should only take a few minutes or less
  7. 7. When WinRAR is finished extracting, the .wav files are ready to be used
  8. 8. You may delete the .rar file at this point if you wish

I don’t use Windows. Can I still use WinRAR?

Yes. From WinRAR’s download page, find the version that matches your operating system.

In the event that you’re unable to access the audio files, please email Sales@VTZbeats.com and I can send the .wav files individually instead.

Can I upgrade my license at a discounted rate?

Yes.  Any payment made on Lease Rights can be applied in full towards the purchase of a higher license. To apply your credit, email Sales@VTZbeats.com.

I lost the audio files I purchased.  Can you resend them?

No problem. Email Sales@VTZbeats.com and I will provide download links to the necessary files.  For the fastest response, please include any details you can about the purchase.  In most cases, your order can be traced quickly if you provide the email address that was used when the purchase was made.

 

If you have other questions or need any details to be clarified, please feel free to email Sales@VTZbeats.com or call\text (937) 305 – 0799.