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Clearing a sample???
Old 3 weeks ago
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Clearing a sample???

Hey all,

I am producing music together with a friend who just sent me a demo of a song that he produced last week. The song contains a sample from an old Italian movie, beautiful classic instrumental.

Now, I am not in favor of sampling as I have this idea that it wil cost a ton of money and / or will take a long time to get clearance if there's even a chance of getting it cleared.

I'm wondering how most of the hip hop songs get clearances as I've heard Universal charges 7000 USD for a 1 second snippet of a Rick James song from his live album, not even his biggest hit.

I also wonder if you always need to pay a fee and how much the standard fees are for samples and what the process is like..
Old 3 weeks ago
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That's actually a very good question. Also looking forward to the answer, just out of curiosity.
Old 3 weeks ago
I also wonder if you always need to pay a fee and how much the standard fees are for samples and what the process is like..
Its on a case by case basis. There are no set and standard fee's. It depends on who owns the rights (the copyright owner) and they set a fee based on what they want to charge.

There are no standard fees, the music publisher usually require an upfront payment and can could be anywhere between $250 and $10,000 and a percentage of the song(snippet income that can be between 15% and 50%

Last edited by CJ Mastering; 3 weeks ago at 06:56 PM..
Old 3 weeks ago
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What CJ Mastering said. I like this from the Future Sound of London:

"We sampled Ozric Tentacles on this track. In those days you'd send a letter with a copy of the sample and the track on a cassette, then a month later you'd get a reply. They said, 'Just have it, but can you buy us a copy of Cubase?' It seemed like there was support from the artist community across the generations. What a lovely, spirited understanding for what we were trying to do."
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