Soundreef Blog

Soundreef, our sister company who deals with music rights management, just published a small article about us. Give it a read to have a brief insight on how we work and how you can send us your music for consideration:

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Good audio quality is a crucial component of music, if not the most important. Some musicians don’t have the money to afford a recording studio, some are just taken by the urges to record at improbable times of the day and night; in any case it’s a good thing to have everything in place because when the inspiration strikes and you’re about to record the best tune you’ve ever came up with, you want to sound it good.

The important things to consider to reach a good quality sound are three: the first one is the microphone.

It’s pretty obvious that the computer mic alone won’t do the job, sadly in this case money matters. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a huge amount to get yourself a decent mic. (more info here)

The second issue to consider is the recording environment. The place where you record would probably be your bedroom or a garage if you are lucky and you don’t realise how many external sounds there are in a house until you need silence.

You need to get rid of as many noises as you can, some good tips are hanging curtains or blankets all over the room, cover the walls in eggs containers (they do not let sound go in or out of the room), foam or, even better, acoustic foam.

There’s also a brilliant solution which is the portable soundproof box, cost effective and easy to do it by yourselves, you can find it here.

Last but not least a good sound card. You probably won’t need much more than your built in computer sound card, but if you aim for a really good quality sound, you might want to invest in something conceived for that very purpose. Following this link you can find an exhaustive list of valuable sound cards which won’t rip you off.

With these three components all set, you can start to record decent guitar/voice tunes, but it’s just a start, to have a better insight on home recording, we recommend the articles below.

25 pro tips for better home recordings via Music Radar.

5 Tips to Improve Your Home Recordings Right Away via DIY Musician.

20 Tips On Recording Vocals via SoundonSound

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New Works: Gazzetta dello Sport and Panini Comics.

Beatpick teamed up with the italian Industrial Strange to produce two adverts now airing on both national TV and Radio.

The collaboration includes:

-The production of a video  dedicated to football legend Diego Armando Maradona, commissioned by  “Gazzetta dello Sport”, the most popular Italian sport newspaper.      The video advertises the brand new DVD series which celebrates the players who made the history of football and it will be enclosed with the magazine.

-The launch of Panini Comics new release, dedicated to the popular Italian cartoonist Milo Manara, known in Italy and abroad for the sensual charm of his illustrations.           Manara’s comics are presented for the first time entirely coloured and with unedited covers.

 The tracks featured are: Justin Dodge, “Wardman West”  and, “Oh She Wades” by Those Willows,  both listenable and licensable on Beatpick music library.

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New Artists: Ace and Pearl & Those Willows.

aceandpealEver thought about Norah Jones meeting Mos Def, resulting in an incredibly fresh and fetching sound?

Ace and Pearl is a duo consisting of Singer Songwriter Erin Elisabeth Aubrey and Hip Hop artist Customary. The two smoothly blend the styles of hip hop, jazz, and soul together to create an easy listening hip hop/r&b album.

You will not be disappointed in the spontaneity  and serendipity  of this band.

those willowsThose Willows are Portland, Oregon-based and Detroit, Michigan-bred duo, Jack Wells and Mel Tarter, formed as an acoustic driven band in 2008 when they began forging their own unique sound. 

With haunting harmonies and memorable melodies incorporate indie, folk, jazz, pop and soul.

Imagine Simon and Garfunkel, Fleet Foxes, Mamas and the Papas and She and Him altogether for an outstanding example of today’s best folk.

Recently, one of their song ‘Day Catcher’, was featured on the TV show, Skins.

Those Willows and Ace and Pearl, are listenable and licensable on Beatpick Music Library.

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It is pretty common that an artist at some point wants to cover someone else’s song, here’s some tips on how it can be done a fully legal way, without any surprises.

First of all is important to establish if you are releasing a cover or a remix.

A remix is a track that has taken portions of the actual audio recording from the original track and used them in a new creative song re arrangement. (Dan Adler, 2013)

A cover is a song that uses no actual audio from the original, but is derivative of the original arrangement (the composition of the melody and harmony, plus any lyrics). The audio can be from both the master track or separate track stems. (Dan Adler, 2013)

For remixes you have to consider both songwriters rights and the rights held by the owner of the recording, covers deal only with songwriters rights. This means that if you want to release your cover/remix of a song, to do it legally, you have to pre pay royalties to whom is entitled.

With remixes, things can get complicated, you MUST have the approval of the owner of the master, meaning the record label who released the song or the publisher who own the rights, and this is unlikely most of the times.

Although for covers the process it’s much simpler, you can use a simple online service as Limelight, where you can easily clear the song you need buying a mechanical license which is exactly what you need.

Something that almost everyone ignores is that this license is necessary even if you’re not selling your cover track, because mechanical rights must be paid for every stream and download, even if you are not making any profit.

Another important and ignored issue is that if you are featuring the track with a video you would need one more license which is the Synchronization Licence.

The legal consequences of not proceeding in the right way can be none, small, or huge, depending how the song owners are alert on those matter and how famous your cover will get, because, in that case, it won’t pass by unnoticed.

You can can have a deeper insight of the topic reading the following articles:

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RECORD LABEL INTERVIEW: Mopi Music Group, music licensing as an alternative resource of income for independent record labels.

Mopi Music Group is one of most active record label on Beatpick catalogue, representing a number of Polish artists in the music library.

Among those artists emerge the electro duo Modfunk, Thrill Kill with their House/Disco/NuWave vibe and the impressive electro house producer PiMO.

The group is acting on behalf and represents publishing catalogue of three independent record labels: Mopi Music, Modfunk Music, Thrill Kill Music.

We asked Mopi Music Group to share their licensing experience with Beatpick through an exclusive interview.

When did you come across Beatpick? And why did you think it was worth trying?

Actually it was by accident. We were searching over internet for some licensing companies and Beatpick came up at the top of the page. We decided to try it out and see  how fast first licensing deal will come up. We were very positively surprised – got that deal set up and done very quickly . Besides that, Beatpick staff is very friendly and service minded.

Have you ever tried to license your catalogue before? 

Yes we did. We are expanding our current catalogue and trying to invest in the future of  music licensing. Mopi Music Group is managing several branches, but right now the licensing branch is the most fundamental for us.

Why do you think music licensing is important for record labels?

Sales of albums and track equivalents are down.  We believe that right now licensing  is the most common method to make additional money. The same idea applies to Mopi Musi Group. But still we believe that besides money making, track licensing is a great promotional tool for our artists.

Does your record label have benefit from this collaboration? How?

Independent labels are limited by budget, that means they don’t have the money to fund an all out media assault like the majors and that they often have to get creative with promotion ideas. This is where your services come in handy. Beatpick helps our artists increase their visibilility.

How your artists reacted to the news that their music would be licensed by Beatpick?

They were super excited about it. Our Artists understand that licensing is another way to stand out in the music industry.

Have your artists roster gained more visibility entering Beatpick catalogue?

Our music is part of some very exiting projects and this is the most important thing for us. But even though we are involved in so many projects we are still working on  a strategic aim to seek new areas of licensing business where our Artists can benefit. We are looking forward to expanding our business with Beatpick in a near future.

Few words to describe your experience with Beatpick:

Working with Beatpick is like working with close business partner that understands and respects your choices.

All Mopi Music Group artists are licensable on, soon you will find them online with their brand new website, in the meanwhile if you wish to contact them write to

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Introduction to Soundreef: the most progressive and efficient music rights management company in Europe.



Before becoming a successful businessman, Beatpick founder Davide d’Atri lived in London, studying economics, working as a DJ and pursuing his love of music. His interest in the mechanics of the music business made him wonder why European collecting societies still had monopolies in their respective nations when the US monopolies were abolished back in 1945. He wasn’t to get an answer until 2008, when the European Commission confirmed that the monopolies were unfair and that other companies could compete with national collecting societies throughout the European Union. In 2011, Davide, with the Beatpick catalogue under his arm and the law finally on his side, he planned to challenge the traditional copyright collection societies by offering Soundreef.


Soundreef licenses businesses to play its members’ music. As well as granting licenses to use music, it gathers and distributes royalties on behalf of authors and publishers, providing an alternative to traditional copyright collection societies. It provides right holders with complete transparency and is progressive, efficient and cost effective: artists, record labels and publishers are told how their music is used and how much they have earned, and music users benefit from simple, cost-effective licenses.

Soundreef operates in the UK, USA, Italy, France, Sweden and Spain. It provides music for thousands of stores across Europe, reaching over 45 million customers every month and paying royalties on over 150,000 songs.


Soundreef provides high quality background music for every type of business – from supermarkets, malls and restaurants to electronics, clothing and furniture shops and more. As well as providing music, they gather and distribute royalties for it, providing an alternative to traditional music copyright collection societies such as SACEM, BUMA/STEMRA, STIM, SIAE, SGAE and TONO. This can save businesses as much as 50% on the licence fees they usually pay their local collecting societies.

Soundreef only uses the highest quality music. All the tracks are hand picked by Music Supervisors, who listen to every track and produce the best mix for background broadcasting. Soundreef has a catalogue of over 150,000 songs from all kinds of artists, from familiar acts to unknown singer-songwriters, in all kinds of styles – from rock, pop and jazz to lounge, and house and dance to classical! The international music catalogue is constantly updated, with new music chosen according to industry expertise, trends, client demands and academic research. Soundreef can deliver their music to your preferred  in-store radio agency or broadcaster, or provide it directly via internet streaming. They can also give provide music via an mp3 player or USB memory stick.


If you’re an artist, record label or publisher, registering your music with Soundreef is simple and free: all you need to do is upload your music to the Soundreef website, where it will be reviewed by a Music Supervisor. You’ll make a non-exclusive agreement covering the European Union, which can be terminated at any time with 60 days’ written notice – and most importantly, your rights will still be 100% yours!

Your music will be broadcast by thousands of businesses across Europe, reaching a selected audience that is known to like your genre and style. The royalty collection process is transparent: since the businesses who play music from the catalogue are directly linked to Soundreef, the music they use is tracked. Royalties are split 50/50 between you and Soundreef every time your music is used, which means they’ll try to get your music played as much as possible!


To get royalties for their gigs, artists currently have to write a list of the songs they are going to play and file it with their collecting society. Unfortunately, many artists don’t see the point of this practice: the money that should come from live music royalties usually get lost somewhere between the venue and the collecting society, or it takes so long for the collecting societies to pay the artist that it’s difficult to see where the profit comes from – and that’s before we even consider the obscure criteria the collecting societies use to decide what the artist should be paid!

Soundreef is pleased to announce that those days are over: they’re launching a new service that will make it worth filing your set list. It’s transparent, and easy to set up: register your songs with Soundreef, then send your set list to them before or after your gig. They’ll collect your royalties from the event organiser, and they’ll pay them to you within 90 days. This revolutionary system means you’ll be paid the royalties you’re due, and without having to wait so long!

To find out more, and be one of the first to sign up, join the live events mailing list.

You’ll get more information about the service, and maybe even some sneak previews before the service is due to launch in February 2014. This new service is available on a first come, first served basis, so don’t miss out!

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