How it works: Sample licensing

Tracklib is the world’s first record store with songs for sampling. Watch the video for a short explanation of all steps, and read below or continue to our support section for full details.

Find songs to sample here

We have many thousands of tracks from all over the world and constantly add more. Dig in and search, browse and discover tracks. This is real, original music – not loops or sample packs. Listen to our collections of great music to sample, or dig deep yourself and search by Genre, Region, Song Key, BPM or Release Date. Try finding something no one has found or used before, or sample a classic. We even have unique separate tracks you can’t find anywhere else.

Make sure to register a free account so you can listen to the full tracks, save your favorites to collections and much more.

Once you find something you want to use, buy the track for $1.99. This gives you an uncompressed 16bit WAV file. Now get creative and start sampling!

License to release

If you want to release your new song, you must get a sample license. We have three price categories, and you know what the advance fee will be even before you buy the audio track. The category is listed below each track when you dig. No surprises.

More than 99% of our tracks are in category C — the most affordable category.

  • Category C

    $50

    per license

  • Category B

    $500

    per license

  • Category A

    $2500

    per license

Revenue sharing

Depending on how much of the original song you sample, you share a different percentage of your total revenue. It doesn’t matter for how long you use the sample in your new song – you can loop five seconds for ten minutes and it’s still only five seconds of sample time. The total sample length is also cumulative – it doesn’t have to be a continuous piece.

Licensing
CATEGORY C
CATEGORY B
CATEGORY A
Up to 2 seconds
CATEGORY C2%
CATEGORY B5%
CATEGORY A10%
Up to 15 seconds
CATEGORY C10%
CATEGORY B15%
CATEGORY A25%
Up to 60 seconds
CATEGORY C20%
CATEGORY B30%
CATEGORY A50%

Don't forget to register!

When you release your music to make money, it's super important that you register your new work with a collecting society (e.g. Songtrust, BMI, ASCAP or PRS for Music) so that both you and original publishers and songwriters get their proper share. It’s all detailed and explained in the sample license. And you’ll find hands on advice in our Help Center.

Want to know more?

Check out our support section for answers to all your questions about how Tracklib works.

Tracklib Support