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    Michael Nickolas
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    Yes, you have to avoid a situation where a sample stands alone. Most loop/sample libraries these days state in the license agreement that their sounds must be used in conjunction with other elements. Drums and percussion usually being the exception and can stand alone. I think you’ll have to explain to the library that certain elements cannot be used in isolation. Then, get creative with the stems. If the bass is built from loops, don’t provide a solo bass stem but do provided a bass and drum stem. If you have say a saxophone melody arranged from loops, combine it with something, maybe a keyboard and sax stem, bass and sax stem, whatever makes the most sense.

    #37394 Reply
    busterhemphill1
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    Thanks, Michael –

    The license agreement actually doesn’t specifically prohibit this, though i understand a problem could still arise.

    I’d be happy to provide fewer stems and bounce them in the way you describe; the balance i’m trying to strike is that i want the library to know that i’m willing and able to follow their very defined procedure – it’s my first time with them, so i don’t want to have anything i have to explain. I’m pretty sure they are aware that samples are being used (along with a lot of real instruments) but i don’t want to highlight this in my conversation with them. The music turned out great, it fills a need, i wanna continue what has so far been a very positive experience with enthusiasm all around. After all, i can honestly say that there are no uncleared samples. I thought about contacting the company that made the product, i didn’t want to put myself on the radar, though. I really go out of my way to get the administrative stuff right, taken all together with the composing and production, it’s a huge workload, which you know plenty about, i’m sure

    #37398 Reply
    Michael Nickolas
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    Absolutely understand not wanting to explain too much and keeping it simple with the library. I guess I was lucky in my last project like this. The library specifically stated to writers best to avoid loops, but if used do not isolate. So if they asked about my “creative” stems I could explain. They never did though.

    am i at risk, either due to the potential for one of these stems to be used by itself, OR from the fact that in doing so, i have permitted someone else to use sounds for which I am the licensed user, not them?

    Only the company providing the license can answer, right? So it should be asked regardless of being on their radar. If they say it’s fine, then you have an email record of permission. All is well and you’re covered. If they say no, you’ve saved yourself and the library from future headaches (and the library should be grateful). I’ve contacted companies many times for clarification, though usually before using the product in a project.

    #37409 Reply
    busterhemphill1
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    So, sample pack maker says “all good” – i got specific and described the most severe case/in the clear/standalone use and, apparently, no problem. Language in the email reply is not vague in any way, and i guess i can add it to my stack of work for hires for this project. Diligence is getting its due on this one.

    #37415 Reply
    Michael Nickolas
    Participant

    Very good and good luck with it!

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