These are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about OBT Music. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 508-366-9585.
Our licensing tool calculates the cost of licensing our music based upon your needs and the format of your film. We know film budgets never leave enough for music, so we believe in keeping our rates extremely affordable. We want you to use our music because we believe our music can help make your film better. If you have any questions or would like to discuss custom licensing rates, please contact us.
The license you purchase is specific to the film that you have applied for. The licensing tool on our site guides you through the license selection process for your film’s specifications and use. Licenses takes effect within 24 hours of a successful electronic web payment, or, if you pay by check, when the check clears. If your film is for broadcast, you must file a cue log with ASCAP within a reasonable amount of time. All of the information needed (composer and publisher) for the music is embedded within the WAV file.
You are permitted to download MP3 files from our site and try them in your in-progress production. You can edit them to fit your film or effect them in any manner that reflects the personality and style of your project. The only restriction is that you are not permitted to use them in your finished product. Become a registered member of OBT Music to replace the low-quality MP3s with high-quality WAV files and apply for the appropriate synchronization license.
We can alter the majority of our music to your specifications. In some cases, the alternation may be very simple; others may be more involved. Music cues with live instrumentation can only be altered with creative editing and/or remixing. Please contact us to discuss your needs. There is a charge for alterations, but we will try to work within your budget.
We have scored films for 30 years and have built up quite a resume of credits. We negotiated the rights to much of that music in order to make it available to you for your film. Since we are active film composers, we continually add new music cues to the library.
In registering with OBT, you are entitled to have the library of our 48k 16- bit WAV files sent to you on DVD at no charge. After you’ve successfully logged in, order your DVD by clicking View Profile to the right of your user name and then clicking the DVD request link. Alternatively, you may have the library sent on a hard drive or other format, though we will bill you for the cost of the drive. Contact us at email@example.com for more detail about this option.
In order to make your search for the right music cue easier, our website offers a number of different ways to search the music cue database. With all search methods, you can hit VIEW MATCHES whenever you like, and the cues that match your criteria up to that point in your search will be displayed.
Search by film genre categories, some of which have multiple subcategories enabling you to locate specific attributes of those genres. For example, Americana -> Period -> Civil War would yield music cues relevant to that specific era.
You can select VIEW MATCHES at any point or make further refinements based on description of mood, instrument, and tempo.
Search by specific musical attributes that we feel are useful to film producers. These are pieces that feature GUITAR, PIANO, VOCALS, or PERCUSSION. Cues found through this method can have multiple instruments, but feature these instruments at their core. You can then refine your search by CATEGORY and all the other search options.
Also available in through this method are THEME, ENDING, and ID/LOGO —fast ways to find pieces that can fill those requirements.
BY SOLO INSTRUMENT:
Search for pieces that are solo instruments. After you choose an instrument, you can refine your search by CATEGORY and all the other search options.