- I haven't received a verification email for my Audiodraft account. What can I do?
Sometimes it may happen that the verification email lands in the junk mail folder of your mailbox. If you can't find the message please send an email from the same address you're verificating to support[at]audiodraft.com
. Please also include your user name in the message and we will complete the verificating process of your account manually.
- My country is not on a country list. Can I participate in contests?
For participating in Audiodraft contests you have to be able to receive money via PayPal. You can see the latest version of PayPal's country listing from here: PayPal avaibilty list
- How can I change my password?
You can change your password from “Settings” page by selecting “Account settings”.
- How can I participate in a contest?
First you have to register to AudioDraft and create a user profile. Before submitting your first entry you must verify your email address and fill your contact information on “Settings” page as well. You can start the uploading process of your entry by clicking "Submit a new entry" on a contest page.
- How can I remove my account?
You can do it from your “Settings” page by selecting “Delete account” and follow instructions. By deleting your account all of your content on Audiodraft will be removed permanently except the contest winning entries.
- How can I disable e-mail notifications? I don't want to receive Audiodraft newsletter anymore or I don't want to be notified about my private messages.
You can manage your e-mail notifications from your “Settings” page by selecting “E-mail notifications”.
Productions on Audiodraft
- What types of productions are there on Audiodraft?
Audiodraft Challenges: Audiodraft Challenges are your starting point on building your portfolio, profile and career on Audiodraft. By winning an Audiodraft Challenge you get the opportunity to upload your music to Audiodraft Music Library and level up your sound designer status. Audiodraft Challenges are usually visible for everyone and available for all Audiodraft users to participate. You can find more information about sound designer statuses here.
Public Contests: Public Contests are visible for everyone meaning that the contest brief, prize, and entries are public. Public Contests are not always available for all to participate since the contest holder has an option to name how many entries are preferred in the contest. In these cases only the matched Audiodraft users can participate to provide the preferred amount of entries.
Private Contests: Private Contests' title, summary, and prize are public but the contest brief and entries are only visible for the matched participants who have accepted a confidentiality agreement (NDA). The amount of participants is depending on the preferred amount of entries named by the contest holder.
Hidden Contests: Hidden Contests are like private contests but they are fully hidden from public and can be seen only by the matched and invited participants who have accepted a confidentiality agreement (NDA).
Private Projects: Private Projects allow the project holder to collaborate directly with particular audio producer(s). Private Projects are like Hidden Contests but with only one participant.
Agency Studios: Agency Studios are private platforms used by advertising agencies and production companies. An invitation is required to be able to access the productions on the Agency Studios. All the contests on the Agency Studios are hidden, under a confidentiality agreement (NDA) and can only be seen by the matched participants. You must have at least junior sound designer status to get invited to Agency Studios. You can find more information about sound designer statuses here.
- I have a problem with an uploading of my audio file. What can I do?
Our service supports only WAV and MP3 audio formats. Try to change the format of your file to WAV of 16 bits and 44,1kHz sample rate or MP3. Our service supports all common web browsers but sometimes the latest browser updates can cause temporarily compatibility problems. So you can always try uploading with another browser as well, like Chrome on Firefox for example.
- What is a sound quality of entries on Audiodraft?
All streamed audio content on Audiodraft is converted to mp3 files with 128 kbit/s bit rate. This secures that no-one is able to get high quality versions of entries from the site without the permission.
- What are the contest ratings and likes?
After you have submitted your entry to a contest the contest holder can give you feedback with stars. The stars indicate how well your entry fits the contest holder’s need. Here are some basic guidelines what the different ratings mean:
- 1 star: outside the brief
- 2 stars: fits the brief
- 3 stars: has potential
- 4 stars: almost there
- 5 stars: winner candidate
NOTE A lower rating doesn’t necessarily indicate that you have submitted a bad and poor quality track. It just could be that the contest holder is looking for something different.
The Likes indicate the public liking on your entry. This gives you an idea what the other contest participants and followers think.
- How can I remove my entry from a contest?
Click the name of your entry on a contest page and then click the "Withdrawn Entry" button from the bottom right corner.
- Can I use my song in other productions if it wins?
If the license of the contest is non-exclusive you are still free to do whatever you like with the tune. Exclusive license however restrains you from using the song for the duration of the contest license. The duration can be a year, two years, five years, or perpetual. After the the exclusive license has expired, you can either renew the license with the contest holder or get your exclusive rights to the production back.
- Can I submit a song to an exclusive license contest if it has been released by a label?
No, you can't submit it to a contest. If your track has already been released by a label, sold or licensed to another client or featured in a film (for example). The purpose of exclusive contests is to inspire artists to create entries that are new, unique and custom-made.
- What happens to my contest entry if I don't win?
Your contest entry will remain on the contest page after the contest has been closed. You don't lose any rights to your work and no one can download it. Site users and visitors can listen to it (stream). If you want to remove your entry from the contest page you must sign in and go to the entry page and press the “Withdraw Entry” button.
- What happens to a contest after it has ended?
The contest page and all entries will stay online after it has ended, but a commenting area will be closed 14 days after all winners of the contest are announced. So after that period the commenting area will be “read only”.
- Can anyone listen to my contest entry?
Yes, all site users and visitors can listen to all entries on Audiodraft Challenges and Public Contest pages. Private Contests and Agency Studio Contests can be accessed only by the invited designers and contest holders.
- Who can download my contest entry?
Contest entries can't be downloaded. Only contest holder has right to download winning work after the contest has been closed and artist has been paid.
- Can I use samples in my work?
You're are not allowed to use any copyrighted material in your work. Sampling audio content made by others without their permission is strictly forbidden! You can only use sounds that you have permission to use. You must define all licensing rights of the samples from sound libraries etc. before you use them in your work. If you're not sure about a permission to use something, don't use it!
- What is a sprint contest?
The winners of the sprint contest are chosen on the go so the contest will be over right after the contest holder has found the most suitable tune.
- What is Audiodraft's video player feature?
Some of our contest holders have an already made video and they are looking for a soundtrack for it. With Audiodraft's video player you're able to sync your tracks to the video content and see how well your entry fits to it. Using of our video player is easy and it's also a cool way to compare entries amongst each other.
- I got rejected from a private contest. Why?
There could be many reason why one is not selected to a private contest. The most common reasons are
- the contest has already enough participants
- you are not providing enough information about yourself on your profile or application.
You can improve your profile on Audiodraft by telling more about yourself and participating to the open contests and challenges.
Audiodraft One-Off Music Library
- What is Audiodraft One-Off Music Library?
Audiodraft One-Off Music Library is an online shop for a high quality custom made audio. It offers the very best and exclusive music from Audiodraft community members with fixed prices for our customers.
- How I can get my tunes to the Music Library?
By participating in Audiodraft Contests and Music Library Challenges. We are hosting Music Library Challenges to gather tracks for specific needs and genres. By winning in a Challenge you will get your track to Audiodraft One-Off Music Library. We also go through the Contest platform to find good entries from the closed contests. If your entry is picked you will get an invite to add your track to the Music Library.
- How much is my share if my track is sold from the Music Library?
Sound designer's share per sold track in the Audiodraft One-Off Music Library is 70%. If your track is sold from the Music Library, the length of the license determines your prize:
Exclusive license for one (1) year: $280
Exclusive license for two (2) years: $420
Exclusive license for five (5) years: $700
Perpetual exclusive license: $1,400
A buyer has the right to choose the length of the license and a possibility to renew the license before it has ended. In this case you will be paid again of course.
- Can I sell my track on other similar sites besides the Audiodraft Music Library at the same time?
No, you can't. A single tune can be sold only once in the Audiodraft One-Off Music Library because we are offering only exclusive licenses on the Music Library. This means that you're not allowed to use it somewhere else simultaneously, but you're always free to remove your tracks from the Music Library before they are sold.
These Participation Guidelines are presented here so that you know what is expected of you and what you can expect from other participants when commenting contests, a blog, a forum and personal messages on Audiodraft.com site. By participating you agree to follow these Participation Guidelines.
- Respect others
Respect all other users including sound designers, contest holders and Audiodraft staff members for example. Even though Audiodraft contest are about racing to the prizes you're not allowed to act in a disrespectfully way on anybody.
Different opinions and a critique is accepted, but please expose yourself in a correct way. All personal attacks or harassments through Audiodraft service are strictly prohibited. Don't impersonate any person or Audiodraft user as well.
- Stay on topic
All of Audiodraft's areas like commenting boards of the contests or the forum are provided for the specific purpose so please refrain from discussing about too personal matters etc.
- About sharing of entries
You are able to share entries of the contests to social media forums by “share” button so do not spam about your entries. All “check my entry” related messages without any other information will be removed.
- Keep it legal and spam-free
- Protect your privacy
Please do not post any personally identifying information, whether your own or that of another person or entity. Public posting of phone numbers, addresses and any other personally identifying information is prohibited. If any community member asks your personal information, such as password, address or credit card number, do not provide it.
- Audiodraft Admins has the right to remove content and limit users' access
All content which is against these Community Participation Guidelines will be removed by Audiodraft Admins. Their actions may also include warnings and banning of individual users. If the user has already been banned and creates new account to subvert the ban, a full IP ban on all of the user's IPs will be initiated.
You can report about all irreverent behavior or mismatch content to admins by sending an email to: support[at]audiodraft.com
Audiodraft Status and Roles
- What is Audiodraft Status?
Audiodraft Status is an experience points system that helps you follow your progress with different Roles on Audiodraft. Your Audiodraft Status is also determining which exclusive opportunities and productions you can access.
- What are Audiodraft Roles?
You can act in different roles in the audio productions we have on Audiodraft. Each roles have three progression levels: Entry Level, Junior Level, and Senior Level. Your Role's Status will determine which level you are on.
- What Roles are there on Audiodraft?
Right now there are two Roles on Audiodraft: Sound Designer and Co-Producer.
- What can I do when I'm acting in different Roles and how can I level up?
You can level up your Audiodraft Status for different roles through various activities. To put it simple; the better you perform, the more Status you gain. Below you can find different factors that effect your Status.
As a Sound Designer you can submit your audio productions to different opportunities on Audiodraft. Your Sound Designer Status is based on the following factors:
- Contests and Challenges participated
- Contests and Challenges won
- tracks on the Music Library
- tracks sold on the Music Library
- ratings by Contest Holders and Co-Producers
- Contest / Challenge toughness (you gain more Status if you win a tough contest)
- tagging and tagging accuracy compared to Co-Producers' input
- information added to profile
As a Co-Producer you can make the content submitted by Sound Designers more relevant and discoverable by rating the tracks and giving feedback. Your Co-Producer Status is based on the following factors:
- tracks rated on the Quality Control Tool
- tracks rated on the live Contests and Challenges
- tagging and evaluating tags
- rating and tagging accuracy compared to other Co-Producers' input
- What is the Quality Control Tool?
Quality Control Tool is used by the Co-Producers to evaluate and rate the content on Audiodraft.
- How can I gain a new Role on Audiodraft?
When registering to Audiodraft you are by default an Entry Level Sound Designer. Your Audiodraft Status will define whether you are eligible to apply to a new Role. To be able to apply for Co-Producer Role you have to be at least a Junior Level Sound Designer.
- What is Audiodraft Availability?
With Audiodraft Availability you can let us know your schedule and availability for opportunities on Audiodraft. You can mark your available hours in your schedule on your Studio page
. This will help us send you more relevant matching productions when it suits you the best. With Instant Availability you can mark that you are online and ready to participate productions on Audiodraft right away. This way you will be the first to know when we have a new matching production for you.
- When can I get invited to Agency Studios or start co-producing?
You can expect to start receiving invitations to the Agency Studios once you have reached the Junior Level Sound Designer status. The amount and variety of the tracks you have uploaded to the Music Library also highly affects the possibility of getting an invitation. The more tracks and variety of productions you have on Audiodraft, the more likely you'll get picked to an Agency Studio contest. You are eligible to start co-producing in the challenges once you have received the Junior Level Sound Designer Status. Once you have proven your skills as a co-producer in the Audiodraft Challenges and reached the Junior Level Co-Producer status you can expect to get invitations to co-produce contests on Agency Studios.
Co-producing on Agency Studios
What are the co-producers doing on Agency Studios? They work tightly with both contest holders and the designers who participate in the contests. The main task of a co-producer is to curate content for a contest which basically means they review incoming contest track submissions and add matching tunes to a shortlist that is presented to the contest holder. The shortlist contains tracks that meet the requirements specified in the design brief of the contest and demonstrate very high quality in production, mixing and arrangement. The compensation for co-producers is specified on the contest page. It's a good way to develop your musical skills by reviewing the productions of your peers and at the same time you are increasing your monthly income.
- Design brief and the requirements
Before co-producers can start their actual work, they need to fully understand the design brief (what kind of music or sound design the contest holder is looking and for what purposes) and the requirements for the delivery (how many entries the contest holder wants on the shortlist and what is the final delivery date of the shortlist).
Design brief of the contest should clearly state what type of audio the contest holder is sourcing with the contest. It can be, for example, a 20 second rock jingle for a radio advertisement or a 4 minute long orchestral track for a film. Design brief can contain a number of additional information as well (the audio needs to be synced to a video that is included in the contest, the song has to be composed with a certain key and scale, the track has to be almost identical to the reference track provided, the sound designer has to provide all instrument stems as separate tracks for the winning production or the final product has to be delivered in multiple lengths in the handover stage). A well-thought-out design brief is the key to a successful contest, and as a co-producer it is your responsibility to do your best to understand what kind of audio matches the brief. If you feel that the design brief is lacking some crucial information or is badly written you can suggest changes to it on the contest page under the 'Brief' tab.
The contest is also marked with tags (such as #rock, #aggressive, #drums) that are relevant to finding suitable producers, talent and tracks for the contest. As a co-producer you can also suggest additional tags to be added to the contest.
- Rating the entries
All entries are rated with 1 to 5 stars rating. Stars are described as follows:
- 1 star = outside the brief
- 2 stars = matches the brief
- 3 stars = has potential
- 4 stars = almost there
- 5 stars = winner candidate
Co-producer ratings are marked with AudioDraft icons and contest holder ratings are marked with stars.
Three cornerstones for rating the entries. It usually works quite well to rate each of the cornerstones with stars (1-5) and count the average of the values.
- Matching The Brief
The most relevant factor of reviewing is first of all the matching of the entry. Does it deliver the requirements that were specified in the design brief? If you can answer yes to this question, then the entry is on the right track.
- Production quality
The quality of the production and mixing should be kept very high in all of the entries that are added to the shortlist. Monitoring this aspect of the quality requires very trained ears as a music producer and listener. The overall level of quality should be directly comparable with the current standards of commercial music. Mixing of the entry should be clear, it shouldn't sound muddy, distorted or too low in the volume (and naturally not too loud either). There shouldn't be too weak links in the production, and usually it's quite easy to spot these (for example, when a drum kit that is used for the production sounds weak and lifeless, or an instrument such as violin sounds really cheap and unrealistic).
The arrangement and structure of the piece should be something that works within the context of the genre set in the design brief. Most of the music genres follow certain arrangement patterns and it's usually good to have some knowledge of those before co-producing a contest. So it's advised to do some homework and listen to music of the selected genre before starting rating the entries.
- Writing feedback about the entries
It's a good habit to write feedback to the designers about all the entries they submit. In the feedback you can explain and summarize why you rated the entry with X stars. There's most likely some kind of critique in the feedback, so it's advisable to start with something positive about the track. As a co-producer your task is also to help the designers to better their productions by providing them proper feedback coming from another professional working in the field. If the entry is lacking in the production quality (for example, the drum track was too quiet and it sounded muddy), arrangement (for example, sloppy transitions from song part a to part b) or it misses the requirements set in the design brief (for example, the entry is not following the key and scale mentioned in the brief) you should definitely tell about it to the designer. If the entry can be made better (for example, with certain adjustments it would be a 5 star entry) it is advisable to ask for an updated version of the entry if there's still enough time left in the contest to work on the modifications.
While communicating, remember to be polite, constructive and helpful. Also, it's good to keep in mind that not everyone has the same kind of studio, latest Genelec speakers, orchestral sound libraries or production history as you do.
- Managing the shortlist
One of the main responsibilities of co-producers is to create the shortlist of entries for the contest holder, as they have specified in the design brief how many entries they would like to receive by a specific delivery date. The entry has to meet the quality standards (with the production, mixing and arrangement) and match the the design brief. The latter cannot be emphasized enough, as the track needs to be usable for the client. Even if the track sounds amazing and is the most stunning production you've heard in a while but doesn't match the design brief, it will be most likely useless for the contest holder and should not be shortlisted.
- Contest Health
A healthy contest generates as many entries on the shortlist by the delivery date as the contest holder has requested. This is something that co-producers need to monitor and we have some notification tools on your studio page and on the contest page that will indicate if the contest requires some specific action. For example, if the delivery date is closing in and there are not enough entries, it is good to contact Audiodraft admins to invite more designers to the contest. You can also kindly remind the designers to send in their drafts as soon as possible if the deadline is closing.
- Co-production standing
On the contest page you'll see a status bar showing much co-production tasks you currently have left for the contest. If the co-producer standing is showing 100% you have rated and written feedback about all of the entries currently submitted to the contest. To be eligible to receive the co-producer compensation you need to have a co-producer standing of at least 80% by the end of the contest. In addition you'll receive notifications regarding the co-production progress by e-mail and on your studio and contest pages.
Co-producing the contests on Audiodraft can really help you to learn about music production and get additional inspiration, as you listen to a lot of different music made by different people and get involved in the creation process. It's active learning and helping at the same time: Designers get your valuable opinion and feedback and you'll learn from the productions and get insight how others work. It's a good tool to also challenge your own mindset regarding audio production and opening your ears to be able to deliver good critique. If your co-producer status isn't at Junior Level yet, you should co-produce more challenges. Once your co-producer level is on Junior Level at least you can expect to get invitations to co-produce contests on Agency Studios.
Compensations on Audiodraft
- How do I get compensated on Audiodraft?
We love music and want to emphasize the meaning of audio. We hope that you share this love but we also know that love doesn’t pay your bills so that’s why want to make sure you get a fair compensation for the awesome audio productions you create. We have different level of compensation for productions and we want to provide fair opportunities that matches your skill set and Status on Audiodraft. The main forms of compensation on Audiodraft are:
- Contest and project prize monies
- License fees on for the Music Library tracks
- Royalties from Audiodraft Publishing
- What are the Royalty Categories?
We have five Royalty Categories that indicate how much royalties are expected for you from that production. These categories have the following expected overall royalties:
What are the Advance compensations?
- Royalty Category 1: Expected overall royalties up to $100 USD
- Royalty Category 2: Expected overall royalties up to $500 USD
- Royalty Category 3: Expected overall royalties up to $1,000 USD
- Royalty Category 4: Expected overall royalties up to $5,000 USD
- Royalty Category 5: Expected overall royalties up to $10,000 USD and beyond
Sometimes you also get Advance compensation for the Audiodraft Publishing productions. This is a fixed payment paid at the time of licensing and the compensation size usually correlates with the Royalty Category of the production.
What are the compensation settings?
With the compensation settings
you can name your own price point for different type of productions on Audiodraft. The compensation settings effect to what kind of productions you receive invitations and also how your Music Library tracks
can be offered outside of the Audiodraft Music Library
. This will help us find more matching and relevant productions for you as we know your compensation preferences as well.
The compensation settings will not effect the fixed compensations on the Music Library
. The compensation levels will used when we have a match for your track for example
- on a private contest or project
- on a hidden contest
- on an Agency Studio contest or project.
Here is an example case how the compensation levels could be used:
"You have set up a minimum one-time compensation of $500 for the perpetual exclusive license. A client on an Agency Studio creates a brief with $1,200 prize money and the brief matches your profile and the tags on one of your tracks on the Music Library. We’ll send you a notification about this as your track gets posted to this contest."