There are different types of leases you can buy for each beat. What’s the difference between them? Should you buy an MP3 lease, or should you go all the way and buy a WAV or Trackout lease? This will help you decide which type of lease is right for you.
Let’s start by taking a look at trackouts.
Trackouts, or stem files, are the collection of the individual wav files that make up a beat. They include all the parts necessary for professionally mixing a song. A trackout is helpful because it allows you to adjust each element in the beat giving an engineer the flexibility they need to create a great quality mix. You get more creative freedom in how your final product sounds and looks.
However, they do have their drawbacks as well:
You need software that supports them (e.g., Pro Tools)
It’s easier for people who have experience with these types of programs because they know exactly what they’re looking at when they see it
What is a WAV file?
WAV is a lossless audio file format that does not compress the original audio recording from which it is derived. Perfect for preserving high-quality versions of your music. WAV files are large, so they’re not ideal to share with others or upload online. However, it is the perfect option for an engineer that doesn’t have the trackouts to a beat when mixing your song.
What is a MP3 file?
MP3 is a compressed audio file format that uses lossy compression. Because of this, MP3 files are much smaller than WAV files.
As mentioned above, the main difference between a MP3 and any other type of audio file is that it’s compressed. One way this happens is because during the creation process certain parts of the music are thrown out entirely so they no longer exist in your file at all—they’re gone forever!
MP3 files are usually for artists just starting out or if you just need to start creating music quickly. They are fast and easy to download and help you get straight to work. You can always come back, grab the WAV or Trackout files, and get an engineer to mix your song professionally.
The most important thing is to get the beat you want. You can do that with any of these types of leases.
Trackout files are the best option for professional quality. If you don’t have an engineer and still want to create music professionally, a WAV file is your best choice. (If you’re just starting out, an MP3 or WAV lease may be more affordable.)