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What is Pickasound

Pickasound is a social platform that allows music fans to collaborate and remix music projects online.

Our company's mission is to tap into the inner 'musician' of every music fan. We bring the music creative experience to a larger audience of music fans by making it simple, collaborative, fun and engaging.

Simple: Our beat-matching technology makes it easier than ever to mix and match music samples online. (view demo)

Collaborative: Users can collaborate with friends by contributing sounds to each other's projects and remixing their music. (view demo)

Fun & Engaging: (concept stage, more details to be provided soon).

Copyright: To simplify the complexities of copyright management, all uploaded tracks are automatically labeled with a 'creative commons non-commercial' license. In addition; our massive sample library is filled with creative commons music that gives anyone the flexibility to download, remix and share them.

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How do I create a Project?

How do I upload a Contribution?

How do I record a Contribution?

How do I contribute a sound from the sample library?

How do I beat-match and tempo sync tracks?

How do Save/Mixdown my project?

How to remix projects and collaborate on Pickasound?

What is a "Source track"?

A source track is the first and main track in a project that others will contribute their sounds to. If you upload or record a track through the "add a new project" page, that track is known as the source track, and you are the owner of that source track. Other users will then become contributors who upload or record sounds to build unto your source track. Their contributions are displayed below the source track, and can be viewed by clicking the "contributions" button on the bottom of the source track player.

Who is the "project manager"?

The source track owner is also known as the 'project manager'. Being the source track owner (or project manager) allows you to moderate the contributions made to your source track and make sure what the public hears is the best quality music.

You can delete other users contributions from your project (don't worry contributors, we will send you an email of your deleted track to download), you can fix the volume and panning settings of others contributions if they are too loud or not panned correctly, and you can use your privacy settings to make sure only a select group of people can contribute to your work.

What are contributions?

Contributions are recordings, or uploaded sound files that are added below the source track in order to build unto the existing piece of music. For example; if a user is listening to a piano melody on the source track, and wants to "contribute" some drums to that piano track, he can upload a drum track, or record himself playing drums, and save the sound file as a contribution so that it is heard along-side the piano track.

How do I maintain ownership of my work?

Every track that is uploaded or recorded on the site includes the owners username and profile picture, so when you listen to a music project, you can see what each musician contributed and can claim credit for.

Our music projects are designed so that all tracks remain separated from one another, but can still be played together as one piece of music.

Users who contribute to a project can always see where their work is and can decide to remove it from the project at any time if they want.

We also help you keep record of all your musical activities on the site:

By clicking the tab called "projects and contributions", users can see all the source tracks that they have uploaded/recorded, and all the contributions that they have made to different projects. They can also see all the 'mixes' and 'merged projects' that they created (see how to merge tracks and create a mixdown below).

Users also get to choose the license settings for every track they upload or record. Permissions of the sounds uploaded or recorded to a collaborative session are determined based on 5 licenses:

    All Rights Reserved
    • Nothing may be done with your copyrighted work without explicit permission (the work must remain unchanged by everyone except the original owner).
    Creative Commons (Attribution)
    • Allow others to copy, distribute, display and perform your copyrighted work but only if they give credit the way you request.
    Creative Commons (Non-Commercial)
    • Allow others to distribute, display and perform your work - and derivative works based upon it - but for non commercial purposes only (they cannot make money from your tracks)
    Creative Commons (No Derivative Works)
    • Allow others to copy, distribute, display and perform only exact copies of your work, no derivative works based upon it.
    Creative Commons (Share Alike)
    • Allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

Both the 'project manager' and the contributors can upload/record their tracks under whatever license they choose. All tracks uploaded/recorded on Pickasound are set to "Creative Commons non commercial" by default.

Our platform simply allows users to collaborate according to whatever ownership or privacy settings they see fit. We place a strong emphasis on clearly defining these license terms in a manner that musicians and non-musicians can easily understand.

To learn more about Creative Commons licenses, click here: About

Why are all track uploaded/recorded to Pickasound set to 'Creative Commons Non Commercial' by default?

We set your tracks this way to maximize your exposure and earning potential on Pickasound: Under Creative Commons non commercial; you get to benefit from having people add your tracks to their 'sample library', and then reuse them as contributions in other projects.

This allows you to spread your work around the site much faster than if you only allowed people to just listen and 'like' your tracks.

You also enable collaborators to create a mixdown of your work.

Furthermore; our unique music player design places a 'stamp' on an original owner's uploaded/recorded tracks, which enables you to receive credit for your work even when your tracks are sampled or remixed by others on the site.

However, we do understand your concerns about musicians making money from your work without your permission. That is why we have added the 'non commercial' to the Creative Commons, which legally prevents users from selling your work without your permission.

Why doesn't the recording feature work in my browser?

You must be using the latest version of Google Chrome to enable to in-browser recording feature. To use the recording features, only the latest version of Google chrome and Firefox will work

Can I create a 'mix-down' of a project that includes other peoples' work to form one track?

Creating a mix-down (or 'merging') tracks can only be done If all tracks being merged are under a 'Creative Commons' license.

If any track within a project is set to an "'All rights reserved'" license, then that project cannot be merged until the "'All rights reserved'" track is removed from the selection of tracks that the user wants to merge.

If any track within a project is set to a 'Creative commons non commercial' license; and the project is merged; then the final track will be set to a 'Creative commons non commercial' license; preventing the merger from selling the final track.

What are the privacy settings for my project?

Public: Your source track/project can be viewed and contributed to by any logged in user.

Private: Your project is invisible to everyone except you and those who you have invited to listen or contribute to your project (so only invited users can see and contribute to your project).

Closed: Your project can be seen by everyone on the site, but users must be invited by you to contribute to your track.

How do I create a project/source track?

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To create a project, click the "add a new project" button on the top right side of your page. Once on this page you can record or upload a new project, or drag a sound from the sample library.

Once your source track is uploaded/recorded/dragged from the sample library; our bpm slider will automatically position itself to the correct BPM of your track.

You can then click the 'pencil' edit icon on the right corner of the track to go into full screen edit mode, where you can make edits and add effects to the source track.

As the project is being uploaded you can also begin filling out the tracks information below.

Click save and your new project will be uploaded to Pickasound.

You will now be able to view your source track on the explore page and the 'my projects' page.

You can also invite friends or share your project by clicking the share icon, which allows you to share your work to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

How do I upload a contribution?

Watch Video: *(link)*

  1. Click the 'contribute' button on the explore page
  2. A contribute pop up menu will appears showing the 3 different ways to contribute to a project; 'record new contribution, upload track from your computer, add track from sample library'. Select the 'upload track from your computer' option.
  3. Click the upload button (it looks like an arrow pointing up at a cloud) on the projects source track and the player will load. After the player loads, an empty contribution will drop below your source track. Click "choose file" to select a file to upload to your computer.
  4. After uploading is done, a loading bar will hover on top of the page saying: "Loading fullscreen edit mode, please wait". Then you will be automatically directed to fullscreen edit mode.
  5. Once you enter full screen edit mode, your latest contribution will be loaded right below the source track, and will automatically "tempo sync" (match it's speed/pitch) to the source tack. Your edit icons window should display the "'temp sync knob'" (which will be set to 'on')
  6. Once edited, user can then click 'save' and exit full screen edit mode to return to the explore page, where they can repeat the process all over again.

How do I record a contribution?

  1. Click the 'contribute' button on the explore page
  2. A contribute pop up menu appears, showing the 3 different ways to contribute to a project; 'record new contribution, upload track from your computer, add track from sample library'. Select the 'record new contribution' option.
  3. Click the red circle record button and the track will load. After the track loads your computer will ask you if it can access your microphone. Click "allow" and the site will begin a 5 second countdown. Once the countdown ends, the recording will begin and the source track will continue playing as your new contribution is being recorded live.
  4. Click the red circle record button again to stop the recording. After recording is done, a loading bar will hover on top of the page saying: "Loading fullscreen edit mode, please wait". Then the user will be automatically directed to fullscreen edit mode.
  5. Once you enter full screen edit mode, your latest contribution will be loaded right below the source track. Your edit icons window should display the 'temp sync knob' (which will be set to 'off').
  6. Once edited, user can then click 'save' and exit full screen edit mode to return to the explore page, where they can repeat the process all over again.

What is Sampling?

A sampled track is a piece of music that is borrowed from another user and contributed to a project. Pickasound identifies all sampled tracks by playing 2 profile images on the tracks; one of the original creator, and the other of the sampler. The original creators profile image remains displayed on the sampled track no matter how many times it is sampled.

How do I contribute a track from the sample library?

  1. Click the 'library' button on the right side of your screen to expand the sample library
  2. Select a track from the library, and use your cursor to drag it to the project you want to contribute to.
  3. Drop the sound file on the project, and it will load up as a new contribution.
  4. Once the track is loaded, a loading bar will hover on top of the page saying: "Loading fullscreen edit mode, please wait". Then the user will be automatically directed to fullscreen edit mode.
  5. Once you enter full screen edit mode, your latest contribution will be loaded right below the source track. Your edit icons window should display the 'temp sync knob' (which will be set to 'off').
  6. Once edited, user can then click 'save' and exit full screen edit mode to return to the explore page, where they can repeat the process all over again.

How do I add a track to my sample library?

Step 1: *click the '+' icon on the track

Step 2: A message popup will say; "Would you like to add this contribution to your personal library?"

Step 3: Type name of track into text box (the current name will already be auto filled into textbox)

Step 4: "This contribution is mostly": (select type from dropdown menu). Select what type of track it is (vocal, loop, synth, etc) from a dropdown menu, then click "add"

Step 5: The confirmation message will say: "this track is now saved in your personal library"

A contribution borrower can edit the soundwave, but they cannot change the settings of a sampled track.

How do I edit my contributions?

Users can edit their contributions by clicking the pencil icon on the top right of their contributions soundwave player.

Once that pencil icon is clicked, the users screen goes into 'full screen edit' mode; where the user can cut pieces off the soundwave, add effects (chorus, distortion, echo) adjust the speed/pitch of their track, trash the entire contribution, or move the contribution left or right along the source track player.

Edits can be undone by clicking the undo button. Once the user is done editing their contribution, they can click "save" and it will save their edits and exit full screen edit mode.

What is "Beatmatching"? Time-Stretching" and "Pitch-Shifting""?

Beatmatching is an effect that combines Time stretching and Pitch shifting

Time stretching is the process of changing the speed or duration of a track without affecting its pitch.

Pitch shifting is the process of changing the pitch (or tone) of a track without affecting its speed.

Both of these effects are combined into a single slider called the 'Beatmatching slider', which allows users with more flexibility to mix and match all kinds of different tracks regardless of genre, rhythm, or key, and hear them come together smoothly.

The beatmatching slider can be accessed by going into full screen edit mode.

What is "Tempo sync"?

Tempo syncing is a beat matching algorithm that enables sounds of different speeds and pitches to match automatically. As soon as you upload a contribution to a project; the BPM of your contribution track automatically matches up with BPM of the projects source track, allowing both tracks to play together in sync and in tune.

The tempo sync effect is an on/off knob that you can access by clicking the settings 'gear' icon on your contribution track.

How do I invite friends?

  1. By clicking "Projects & Contributions", going to the "my projects" page, then clicking the "invite friends" button on top of your project to invite them. A window will pop up that allows you to invite friends to your project by typing in their username on Pickasound, their email address, or their Facebook name.
  2. By clicking the "share" icon on a source tracks music player, which will open up a small window for you to enter the persons' email who you want to invite to the project
  3. With the header link on the top of the page that says, "invite friends". This link will lead to a separate page where you can enter the email or Facebook name of whomever you wish to invite. You can also select a track to go along with your invitation. This invite friends' page is meant to invite users to the site, and not just to a specific project.

How do I sort through different contributions?

To sort through contributions, simply scroll down the project to view all the contributions as they are playing along the source track, you can choose to "like", mute, or isolate (using the headphone icon) whichever contributions you want.

How do I create a mix?

A 'mix' is a saved combination of sounds within a project.

  1. Solo the tracks in a project that you would like to save as a mix
  2. Click the headphone icon with the '+' sign on top of it (the icon positioned below the share icon on the right side of the source track)
  3. Save your mix
  4. Click on the arrow next to headphone icon on the left side of the source track, and a dropdown menu will show the saved mixes that you can select.

How do I share my work?

Click the share icon on the right side of your source track, and a window will pop up that allows you to share your track to Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

How are contributions organized in a public collaboration session?

When you first play a public project, what you will normally hear is the source track itself, and the most recent contribution. Everything else remains muted. This is done to avoid too many sounds being heard all at once. You may also hear the most popular saved 'mix' within a project.

When you first play a 'closed' or 'private' project, you will either hear all contributions playing at once, or the most popular saved 'mix'.

How are contributions organized in a private/closed collaboration session?

In private/closed projects; the sorting process is already predetermined by the source track owner, who only isolates the sounds he/she wants the public to hear.

Who has master control over the volume and panning levels of all the contributions on the source track?

The source track owner has complete control over the volume and panning levels of all contributions on his track. When he/she adjusts these levels, everyone else hears them that way. If a contributor or outside listener adjusts these levels, they are only affecting their own listening experience, and the volume/panning levels will return to the default when refresh or navigate to a new page. If a source track owner has not made any adjustments to the volume and panning levels of a contributor's contribution; then those levels will be heard that way by the public.

Who owns my uploaded or recorded audio?

You do!

Why do I not receive notification emails?

Our notification emails sometimes get filtered into the spam folder, so you may want to check your spam folder If you are not receiving Pickasound emails in your main email folder

How can Pickasound be useful to me as a musician?

As a music producer; Create music like never before by seamlessly blending cross genre ideas using our beatmatching technology. Have other artists showcase their talent to you by recording or uploading their original contributions to build unto your projects. This process could also better help facilitate the sale of a beat/instrumental to a client. You can also shop through the site to find new and interesting sounds to sample and remix for commercial use.

As an artist; Pickasound offers new levels of fan engagement through creativity. Simply upload your stem tracks to the community sample library and allow your fans to remix them as part of a competition, or just for fun.

As a singer/vocalist/instrumentalist; the process of monetizing and turning your ideas into collective pieces of music has never been easier. You can record your vocals or instruments over any track simply by clicking the record button, and saving your contribution unto the music player for everyone (or just a small group of friends) to hear. Dj's and producers are always on the lookout for interesting vocals or instrument sounds to sample and remix.

As an A&R; talent agent, or simply a musician looking for a talented partner; you can talent scout the best musicians simply by posting up an unfinished piece of work, and seeing how others finish it for you. You can choose to scroll through all the contributions yourself, or let the community decide by picking the most "liked" contribution on your source track. This function also makes it easier to host competitions within a project.

As a music professor; you can practice with your students online and test their musical abilities simply by allowing them to record or upload contributions to your projects from wherever they are located. You can also teach your music students valuable lessons about rhythm and exploring creativity through sound.

How can Pickasound be useful to me as a music listener?

You can continually manipulate and diversify your listening experience by seamlessly altering the combinations of sounds you hear on any given project, then saving your unique mixes.

With the help of our beatmatching technology, we make it easier than ever for non-musicians to become creative by getting involved in the remixing experience. Freely sample and combine unique sounds that you hear on the site to create instant songs.