Where can I download copyright-free music for my videos

Our in-house label, Outertone has over 1000 electronic songs that are free for you to use in your videos on YouTube without invoking a copyright claim or strike.

Outertone is RouteNote’s label, promoting some of our top electronic artists and giving YouTube creators a massive catalogue of music to choose from to use in their videos. All videos listed with the ‘[Outertone Free Release]’ tag can be used in your monetized videos without getting a claim from us.

All you’ve got to do is head to the Outertone SoundCloud page, find a track you like, hit ‘More’, then ‘Download file’ for a free MP3, WAV or FLAC file. Once your video is posted on YouTube, be sure to credit Outertone and the original artists with a link to relevant social pages in the description. These can be found in the description of any track.

Have you got what it takes? If you fancy getting yourself published on Outertone, be sure to send an email with a downloadable link to your music and social profiles to: submissions@outertone.com

For more copyright-free music, checkout our Synchedin platform. For $4.99/month, you can search through our catalogue and license music for all of your online videos.

How to change the description on your YouTube music channel for artists

Your music is on YouTube and now you want to change what the channel bio says for your artist channel – here’s how.

In this article we’ll explain how to change your banner image but if you haven’t taken control of your Official Artist Channel yet then we have a guide to do so here:

If your music is on YouTube via distribution so that an artist channel has been created for you then you will need to take control of it first. Follow our link above to gain control of your Official Artist Channel so that you can edit it how you like.

First you’re going to want to write out your channel description. Make sure it represents you as best as you can. A bit about yourself and your music to inform new fans helps them to connect with you on a more personal level.

Your channel bio is the block of text on your channel page that describes what the channel is for new viewers. It’s a great place to share your story.

YouTube’s channel bio specifications:

Follow these requirements to make sure that your bio fits YouTube’s standards and isn’t rejected.

  • Keep it under 1500 Characters. After ~150 characters, YouTube Music truncates and puts the remaining bio behind a “More” link.
  • Make sure the content meets our Community Guidelines.
  • Keep your bio up to date. Promoting an upcoming album or new release in your bio may go out of date quickly.
Add or edit your channel’s bio:
  1. Sign into your account that is linked with your Official Artist Channel
  2. Head to studio.youtube.com
  3. Select ‘Profile‘ on the left
  4. Select the Biography box
  5. Click anywhere inside the box and enter your bio
  6. Select ‘Save Bio‘ and you’re done!

You have to use a desktop computer to change your bio as YouTube have removed the ability to do it on mobile devices.

Check out our other article on how to change your channel icon.

We also have an article here for changing your Channel banner.

How to distribute lo-fi music to streaming platforms for free

With RouteNote you can distribute any kind of music to stores, streaming services and social media platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok.

RouteNote gives creators the power to distribute music to all major platforms, monetize social media content, promote releases and track performance, all totally free of charge.

RouteNote don’t favour any particular genre. In fact you can send any kind of music to us for distribution, with only a few specific exceptions on some partner stores. RouteNote do not distribute:

  • Audiobook content
  • Text/scripture excerpts
  • Speech (without backing music)
  • Podcasts
  • Advertisements/Reviews
  • Loops (identical loop repeated with no variation whatsoever)
  • Sample Packs
  • Excerpts from tracks/previews
  • Ringtones
  • ‘Non-profit’ releases

The following stores will not accept the follow kind of releases (feel free to distribute these releases through us, just be sure to untick the relevant stores):

  • Binaural, Frequency Healing, Meditation, Field Recordings, MIDI, Computer Generated Classical – iTunes, Facebook/Instagram and YouTube Content ID must be unticked
  • ASMR, White Noise – iTunes, Facebook, YouTube Content ID, Shazam and Gracenote must be unticked
Sign up to RouteNote today to start spreading your music around the world.

How to change your channel art/banner image on YouTube for artists

So you’ve got your music on YouTube, how do you change the banner at the top of your profile? 

In this article we’ll explain how to change your banner image but if you haven’t taken control of your Official Artist Channel yet then we have a guide to do so here:

If your music has been distributed to YouTube rather than you uploading it yourself then the process isn’t as simple as just customising your YouTube profile. First you need to take control of your Official Artist Channel so you can bring all your content into one place and customise it yourself – we’ve shared advice on doing that above.

First create or take an image that is high quality, long width-ways, and that you feel represents you as an artist in someway.

Your banner art/channel image is the landscape picture that shows at the top of your channel when you’re exploring content and information on it. So you want it to be a identifiable but simple representation of who or what you are.

YouTube’s banner art specifications:

Use these guidelines to make sure your image fits the best criteria to be accepted as your new channel art. Do not upload pictures containing celebrities, nudity, artwork, or copyrighted images since this violates YouTube’s Community Guidelines.

  • Minimum dimension for upload: 2048 x 1152 px with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • At the Minimum dimension, the safe area for text and logos: 1235 x 338 px. Larger images may get cropped on certain views or devices.
  • File size: 6MB or smaller.
Add or edit your channel’s banner image:
  1. Sign in to YouTube.com.
  2. Select your profile picture   Your Channel.
  3. Select Customize channel.
    • New channel art: To add new channel art, clickAdd channel art near the top of the screen.
    • Existing channel art: To replace your existing channel art, hover your cursor over the existing banner and click Edit   Edit channel art.
  4. Upload an image or photo from your computer or saved photos. You can also click the Gallery tab to choose an image from the YouTube photo library.
  5. You’ll see a preview of how the art will appear across different devices. To make changes, select Adjust the crop.
  6. Click Select.
Add social media links to your banner:

You can also add social media links to your banner for quick access from viewers to your other pages.

  1. On a computer, go to your channel and click the About tab. If you’re in the new YouTube layout, click Customize channel.
  2. Hover over the “Links” section, then click edit .
  3. Click the +Add button. 
  4. Enter the title and URL of the site you want to link to. You can add up to five links.
  5. Click Done

Links that you add here are featured just below your description and use the icon from the corresponding social media network when displayed.

You have to use a desktop computer to change your banner image as YouTube have removed the ability to do it on mobile devices.

Check out our other article on how to change your channel icon.

What Sample Rate Should You Record At? | Myths Busted! (Video)

PresentDayProduction go through sample rate, bit depth and aliasing in audio production, explaining why higher sample rates don’t always equal higher sound quality.

What sample rate should you record and export audio at? PresentDayProduction details why higher isn’t always better and can sometimes produce a worse sound quality, with real world examples. Many devices capable of capturing 192kHz audio, are simply a marketing tool to make you believe you’re getting a higher resolution.

The video clearly explains what sample rate, bit depth and aliasing are, in a in-depth, but simple manner. Worth watching for music producers and videographers, going through the difference between digital video and digital audio, addressing the misconception that frame rate is the video equivalent of sample rate.

PresentDayProduction believe 24-bit/48kHz is best for most applications. Do you disagree? Let us know why.

Find out what format RouteNote require your uploads in.

How do I add songs to a Spotify playlist on my mobile phone?

Spotify makes navigating the app, discovering and listening to music a breeze. Here’s how to add music to a playlist.

Start by download the app on your iPhone or Android.

  • Search for any song or album
  • Tap the three dots to the right of the track you want to add
  • To add the entire album, tap the three dots above the tracks
  • Tap Add to playlist
  • Select a playlist of create a New playlist

That’s it! Click here for more tips and tricks from Spotify.

How to cut your music on to vinyl

If you want a physical copy of your music, you can get it pressed onto a vinyl record. Traditional pressing plants can only handle large runs, generally over 500 copies. One Cut Vinyl specialise in very short runs, capable of producing just one record.

Where you go regarding pressing your vinyl largely depends on the quantity you require. If you require a very short run of pressings, UK based company One Cut Vinyl is a cutting studio that can turn your digital audio into a physical copy without you leaving the house. Short runs are perfect for test copies, a gift or just showing off your own music in a classic fashion. You can even print a mixtape, One Cut Vinyl will help with arranging licensing for commercial tracks.

Note, their pressing method will not produce the best of the best in audio quality. “One Cut Vinyl cuts straight to disc with specially adapted vinyl lathe cutters and analogue outboard. Naturally, physically carving a copy of a digital file onto a durable vinyl disc can never be a 100% perfect transition – so this is not a hi-fidelity, audiophile option.”

One Cut Vinyl will even handle label and sleeve designs. Design templates are ready for you to add your artwork at the correct shape and size. If you’re less design oriented, they can sort sizing out for you. All you need to do is send over an image.

Simple choose your record, pay, send over your files and you’ll receive your record, complete with label and sleeve design in the post. Their calculator on the homepage will let you know exactly how much everything costs, before ordering anything. Sending over audio and designs is handled by a human being, so they’ll let you know if anything sounds or looks off.

One Cut Vinyl Process

Pricing varies depending on the number of records, size, colour, labels, sleeves and shipping location. Generally, the more records you order, the better value-per-record you get.

The calculator will work out how much your specification costs. Records start at around £40 and can go over £150 for one record. For example:

  • £41.74 for one 7″, 1 track, 3 minutes, with blank labels and sleeves
  • £166.28 for one coloured transparent 12″, 6 track, 20 minutes each side, with printed labels and gateford printed card outer sleeve

International shipping (outside the UK) and enhanced mastering cost extra. Orders get cheaper per record as you add more copies. One Cut Vinyl can offer up to six copies (for larger runs, get in contact with One Cut Vinyl). That same £41.74 order above costs £112.26 for six copies – £18.71 per record.

Processing & Shipping

For me (pre-lockdown) from purchasing and sending over files, to receiving the record at the door, it took just under three weeks. Order are currently processing slower than usual due to COVID-19.

How much does it cost to start a podcast on Spotify?

Anchor provide the complete package to record, edit, publish, monetize and track your podcasts on Spotify and all other major platforms, free of charge.

Preferably Spotify will reach out to you with $100m to sign exclusively with them. However, if you haven’t got Joe Rogan’s audience, you can still get your podcasts online for free. With Anchor you can easily record podcasts right on your phone, iPad or the web, even with options to co-host with friends around the world. Once recorded, you can edit in the app and drag-and-drop backing music and transitions right in.

Anchor can help you find sponsors and open your account to donations from listeners, regardless of audience size. Once your podcast’s ready to go, Anchor distribute to all the major podcasts platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts and Overcast. Their analytic tools will keep an eye on how many listeners you’ve got across platforms and countries, and keep an eye on your earnings.

Sign up to Anchor today.

How to change your artist image on YouTube

Once your music is on YouTube, changing your artist icon isn’t necessarily straightforward so we’re going to walk you through how to do it.

In this article we’ll explain how to change your image icon but if you haven’t taken control of your Official Artist Channel yet then we have a guide to do so here:

If your music has been distributed to YouTube then you’ll have an automatically created Artist Channel. Taking control of your Artist Channel gives you the power to edit your name, icon image, banner art, and more so your channel suits your image.

First make sure you have an image best suited to become your channel icon. You want something that is simple and clearly represents you.

Your channel icon will be the small circular image that shows underneath the video on the now playing screen and next to your content in the search results and sidebar. So you want it to be easily identifiable without too many small details that will get lost when people see it shrunk donw.

YouTube’s channel icon specifications:

Use these recommended guidelines when creating a channel icon. Do not upload pictures containing celebrities, nudity, artwork, or copyrighted images since this violates YouTube’s Community Guidelines.

  • JPG, GIF, BMP, or PNG file (no animated GIFs)
  • 800 X 800 px image (recommended)
  • Square or round image that renders at 98 X 98 px
Add or edit your channel icon image:
  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Under your profile at the top right, select Your Channel.
  3. Select Customize Channel.
  4. Hover over your existing channel icon in the top left of your channel art banner.
  5. Click edit .
  6. Click Edit and follow the on-screen instructions.

You will need to do this from a computer, you can’t edit your channel icon on mobile devices. Changing your channel 
icon will also change your linked Google Account’s images.

Can I add my music to Instagram for free?

Yes! Get uploading to RouteNote today, and discover all the new places your music can live, including stores, streaming services and social media platforms, free of charge.

At RouteNote we help thousands of independent artists and labels get their back catalogue of releases on stores, streaming services and social media platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, YouTube Content ID, Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, TikTok and many more.

When you upload your music to RouteNote, simply select Facebook/Instagram in the Stores Selection page and we’ll get your music montized on these platforms and add it Facebook and Instagram’s Story feature.

What sort of music can’t I upload to Facebook and Instagram? As music uploaded to YouTube Content ID, Facebook and Instagram scans the platforms for instances of the music used in other users content, there are some certain expections for the kind of releases that can be uploaded to these stores.

You cannot upload the following to YouTube Content ID or Facebook/Instagram:

  • Samples and loops in their entirety from other people’s music, sample packs or DAWs (regardless of the lease you hold, royalty-free, public domain, Creative Commons)
  • Backing tracks and remixes of other people’s music
  • Speech samples that are not your own
  • Video gameplay audio if you are not the original publisher/copyright owner
  • Compilation albums or content licensed non-exclusively from a third party
  • Classical music including Ancient Music, Early Music, Medieval, Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova, Ars Subtilior, Renaissance, Baroque, Galant music, Romantic, 20th and 21st Century, Modern, Impressionism, Neoclassicism, High Modern, Postmodern, Experimental & Contemporary
  • Cover songs in the public domain
  • Recordings of performance/live content
  • Karaoke releases
  • Nature sounds and no other musical content on one track
  • Meditation releases, ASMR or ambient tones
  • Continuous DJ mixes and full album mixes
  • Original game/film soundtracks

If any attempts are made to upload content listed above to YouTube Content ID or Facebook/Instagram, our moderation team will block these stores. If you believe these stores have been blocked in error, please get in contact with moderation@routenote.com with your release UPC.