For obvious reasons you don’t want to buy from a website that looks or sketchy. I mean, think of a restaurant, would you eat in a place that looked dirty or ugly? Probably not, so why would you shop with someone who’s website does not give you a professional vibe. If a producer is serious he/she will put in the extra work to make sure their website is of the highest quality. A professional website might have a website header with the producers name on it (example – Producers Name Beats). Or it might just immediately show case their beats in some kind of beat or music store. Popular beat store examples are , , and but there are plenty more out there. They allow online producers to sell beats on their own websites and accept credit cards or PayPal payments online. The average beat store you might see on a producers website will have a rather simple layout, with beats you can preview, an add to cart button, and a checkout button. Most will allow you to use a credit card or PayPal account to purchase and send you your beats automatically to your email. Another thing you want to see on a producers website is testimonials or featured artists. This shows you that other people have successfully purchased beats from this person and can can be trusted. Try to stay away from a producer that doesn’t at least have one of these two things.
: When buying beats online you’re always either leasing it or buying it exclusively. Leases are the cheaper of the two options ranging anywhere from . When you buy a Lease you’re basically renting the beat from the producer with certain benefits and agreements. Most leases will allow you to sell your song a set number of times or perform your song a set number of times. This is the option you will probably gravitate to if you are just starting out or are just trying to make a name for yourself. It allows you to get a beat rather cheap and use it in or music videos etc. Exclusives are a little more expensive and can range anywhere from 0 even more in some cases. When you buy the Exclusive Rights to a beat that means that you own it and it will no longer be sold to anyone else. This is great for an artist that is making a lot of record sales and has a big fan base because it allows you to make unlimited music sales without any problems. When looking for beats for sale just make sure to read the Lease and Exclusive License Agreements because they are different for every music producer.
As I mentioned before, prices can vary depending on the producer, but in general you’ll see that most producers stay within a certain range. Basic Leases usually stay between and usually come with an version of the beat you are purchasing. Anything here would be considered normal, I wouldn’t recommend you paying more than $ for a basic lease. A step up from that might be a WAV Lease, maybe referred to as Premium or something along those lines. These usually go anywhere from and come with the MP3 & WAV files to the beat you purchased. Another common Lease would be a Tracked Out/Stems Lease. This one is a little different ranging anywhere from $. The reason being is that you get the Tracked Out or Stem files (all the individual sounds that make up the beat on their own wav). This allows you to turn the volumes to certain sounds up or down, or even take an instrument out you don’t like. This Lease is popular among artists who have a producer they work with that can mix the song as a whole. Exclusives are a little tricky and really just depend on the producer you are working with. I’ve seen Exclusives go anywhere from and some producers don’t even sell Exclusive Rights at all! When buying Exclusive Rights you really just have to know your own budget. For someone like Eminem who makes millions of dollars off of album sales, for a beat would mean nothing to him compared to the profit being made back. But if you are just starting out and would like the Exclusive Rights for a beat I would recommend staying in the price range. Most online producers will even negotiate with you if you contact them via email or social media. Just keep in mind that every producer is different, so make sure to read the license agreements before purchasing so you know exactly what you are getting and what you are able to do with the beat afterwards.