It’s stunning how often I see music producers and beatmakers not renaming their beat files properly. The files might not include any information who made them.
That’s a huge mistake!
Think about this for a second…
If an artist downloads your beat and saves it on their computer as a potential beat to use in the future, how can they know who made the beat? They can’t, if you don’t include the information in the beat file.
In fact, it’s common that an artist can’t even use a beat just because they have no clue who produced it. You’re losing business by being careless.
You don’t want that to happen ever again, right?
How To Rename Your Beat Files
So, when you finish a beat, what information should you include in the master beat file?
- Beat name
- Produced by
This information is everything an artist may need in order to use the beat and possibly reach out to you in the future. You could rename the master beat file as following:
Life and Death Productions – Evil Deeds (91 BPM) (www.lifeanddeathpro.com)
Use ID3 Tag For Your Beats
Renaming the file itself is the most important thing. In addition, using a ID3 tag is also helpful.
ID3 tag is meta-data that is written into the file. It can include more detailed information such as track name, track number, artist, album, year, comments and so on.
This information is useful when importing the audio file into iTunes or any other music player because music players sort music based on the ID3 properties.
Note: WAV-files don’t contain ID3 tags. That’s why it’s important to also rename the file itself!
Editing ID3 tags can be done in variety of ways:
- Directly in the DAW (e.g. Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic, FL Studio)
- In a music player (e.g. iTunes, VLC)
- In dedicated ID3 tagging programs (e.g. EasyTag, Picard)
Make It A Habit
Organizing and renaming beat files is essential. When you make it a habit, you’ll save so much time and trouble in the future. It’s also an indication of being a professional.
In addition, you need to keep consistent backups of your files. Here’s a backup method for music producers.