Simple Music Licensing

Minimum Noise is a simple and fun approach to music licensing. Instead of browsing through libraries for hours, have musicians make music based on your description.

It works like this:
  1. Create a project describing the kind of music you need and what your budget is
  2. Music producers participate by uploading audio clips that you can evaluate
  3. You choose the one you like and exchange the money for the audio license

Questions? Call us toll-free (US) on +1 (866) 754-0451 or contact us.

“I had 34 high quality themes to choose from. Highly recommended”
- Kes Thygesen of Inovaz

Crowded Podcast is a radio show made entirely from audio solicited from workers on the crowdsourcing website Mechanical Turk. It was commissioned by in 2009. Each episode has a theme or a mechanism around which the crowdsourced samples are gathered.

Jeff Crouse has been mixing the show via Minimum Noise. This is the project for the first episode.

“Minimum Noise has given me access to a lot of talent and the process is simple and fun”
- Jeff Crouse

How It Works

Whether you are looking for a jingle for your radio show or you are a music supervisor out to score a movie, Minimum Noise makes it easy and fun.

By creating a project on Minimum Noise, you have access to talented musicians around the world - on a budget set by you.
The process consists of three steps.

1. Create a project
You create a project by clicking on the Create Project tab or the Create Project button on this page.

You need to supply a description of what kind of music you are looking for in terms of style etc. You also have to state your budget, known as the prize. Finally, you can add some reference files that can be any kind of files that help explain your project to musicians.

You will be asked to pay for the project - the $30 administration fee as well as the prize money - via PayPal.
We keep the prize money until the project is closed where it will be handed over to the winner or, in case you didn't like any of the submissions, back to you.
2. Iterate with the musicians
Once your project is active, you discuss with the producers and give them feedback to steer the project in the right direction. The project page allows you to listen to the contributions and comment on them.

You should offer constructive feedback in order to help the musicians understand what you are looking for and to make it a learning process for both parties.

This process goes on for a period of typically two weeks. However, you can close the project as soon as you want, so if you are in a hurry, let the musicians know and you will be able to work faster.
3. Close the deal
When there is a contribution that you like and that matches your wishes, you select it as the winner. This will close the project and highlight the winning audio clip.

You are then redirected to the transfer area where the winner can upload the original file(s) for you. After that, you both approve the transfer which unlocks the files for you to download, and initiates the money transfer to the winner.

Transferring the money and the files through Minimum Noise ensures that you don't risk losing your money without receiving the files and vice versa - the musician doesn't risk sending the files to the project owner without receiving payment. You will be able to see how many files have been uploaded and what their names are, but you will not be able to download them before both parties have approved the transfer, which also transfers the prize.

“These submissions have been off the wall crazy awesome...”

The makers of the flash game TumbleBall needed a sound track. The project created on Minimum Noise resulted in 89 different tracks for the creaters to choose from.

Describing what they were looking for and going through a couple of iterations with the musicians, the TumbleBall team managed to get a track that really fit with the feeling of their game.
The process took two weeks during which they not only listened to some interesting music but also gained new inspiration for their own game.


Questions and Answers

How do I create a project?

To create a project, simply click on the Create Project link at the top of this page.
You will be asked to describe what you are looking for and how much you are willing to pay. Just follow the instructions.

How much does it cost to create a project

You decide how much you are willing to pay for the music you are requesting. The minimum prize is $100. As a rule of thumb we recommend that you set a prize of at least $250, but it obviously depends on the amount of work required for your project.
If you need a beat that you think musicians might well have already, $100 might be fine whereas a request for a complex score should be higher.

We charge a $30 administration fee for hosting the project.

Can I, as a music producer, use samples from other recordings when participating?

Music submitted to Minimum Noise must be 100% original and completely free of samples that you do not have the rights to. You can use samples from royalty-free libraries and music software as long as it is clearly allowed. (Which is not always the case - see this article for instance).
What if I am not happy with the result?

We have a 100% money back guarantee. If you are not happy with the result of your project and you did not select a winner, contact us and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.

How is licensing handled?

You license the audio from the producer. There are two licensing models: exclusive and non-exclusive.

Most people will want to go with a non-exclusive license. This means that producers can submit audio that they have licensed to others before - and that they are allowed to license it to others even if they win the project.
If you want to make sure that you are not using audio that is used elsewhere, choose the exclusive license. This means that the producer is not allowed to license the same music to anybody else. Obviously, this also implies that you should set a higher budget.

How do I know the submissions aren't copied from somewhere else?

The community is always looking out for copyright implications as this is bad for everyone. It is obviously bad for the project owner but it is also bad for the other artists as it potentially gives the community a bad image that someone is stealing from their colleague.
If you have concerns about a specific submission, click the "report" link below it and we will look into the matter. This is a very serious issue to us.

More questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page, call us toll-free (US) on +1 (866) 754-0451 or contact us on other channels.

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