Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Use of Custom Producer Beat Tags

Producer Beat Tags 101

The primary use of beat tags otherwise known as tagging is primarily to protect the beats from a thief or to keep a third party from using the beats without the consent of the originator. Beats are defined as individual treatments of instrumentals or vocals that lay down a signature or statement that would be recognizable as belonging to a particular artist or originator.
Beat tags provide an extra layer of security for music producers because there are many sophisticated pieces of software that can copy the electronic version of the music without any consent from the composer. If a piece of music is tagged it can be later identified as to date recorded and the musical flair that is identified with the original artist or producer.
Another advantage of creating beat tags for an artist or producer is that some people feel that having a beat tagged helps in building the brand of the artist or producer. As the beats proliferate that brand is heard over and over again becoming more identifiable with each hearing. This is not unlike any major brand in other fields where a logo or a statement is placed on all advertising and products all the time. Nike is a good example of this as the Nike logo and the brand is seen everywhere.
Some in the industry say that tagging or the creation of beat tags is counterproductive. Some would argue that the material should be copyrighted and that will solve the whole problem. The counter to that is that just having a copyright won�t necessarily stop someone from stealing your material. It does make sense to have the copyright but that is not the whole story. Tagging will give a copyrighted piece of material more teeth and perhaps a better presence so people would be discouraged from grabbing the material in the first place.
Another argument against using beat tags is that some artists prefer to record from your samples right away and prefer not to use your material if your tag is on it. They might cause the process to be delayed and your sample may be overlooked for another without tags. Also tags can be aggravating to some artists especially when they are poorly done.
It might be a good idea to mix it up a little and randomly tag your beats. If when sending music to a credible artist a producer can send some beats with and without tags a credible solution could be had. If identified as to which is which the artist can hear your music �plain� and with tags. If your stuff is good anyway the artist might work with you on that basis. The whole issue is forming working relationships with the artist  so some beats can be provided for use without giving away the farm. Female Beat Tags are a great example of keeping the audience attn.
Another good method of identifying beats as being the stated property of a producer or originator is to use ID3 tagging. This allows a Meta tag area of the MP3 file format to contain all the information needed to fully identify who you are and all the pertinent information as well. It can include such information as your name, title of the beat, date, website link, composer and any other information needed to identify the beat.

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