What is Stereobot?
Stereobot is an ever-expanding collection of songs that you can license for both commercial and personal projects. Everything here has been handpicked and sorted by charmingly obsessive music types so you can search a library that hits all genres and touches all moods. We have thousands of songs sourced from some of the best catalogs and labels in the world. If you need to find one quickly, try our sliders. No one else has them and they are just one of many powerful search filters that are available to you. Happy hunting.
How much do songs cost?
Our pricing section always has the most up-to-date information on our licenses. You can find it here: www.stereobot.com/pricing
Who is Stereobot for?
Stereobot is for anyone that wants to marry songs to media.
Professional users include:
- music supervisors
- video game developers
- mobile app creators
- ad agencies
- website designers
Non-professional users include:
- home video editors
- YouTube extraordinaires
- ringtone hunters
Who runs Stereobot?
Stereobot is the brainchild of Tasos Frantzolas
, a sound designer and music producer from Athens, Greece. You may know his other venture Soundsnap.com
, which is like Stereobot for sounds.
Are the songs on Stereobot royalty-free?
No, unfortunately not. Artists, labels, and other music rights owners don't go for that. However, you can buy perpetual licenses that will allow you to use a song as much as you want. In some cases, like when you license something for TV, you may be required to pay extra performance royalties to collection agencies like BMI or ASCAP.
Does it cost anything to start an account?
To quote John Lennon, "the best things in life are free;" of course, the next part was about the desire for money, but that's not what our accounts are about. They are always free and only necessary if you see something you'd like to take home with you.
What is a license?
A license gives you the legal ability to use someone else's song for a specific purpose. The legal range of uses are dependent upon on your licensing agreement. So, if your license restricts your use to TV applications, it doesn't also allow you to use that same song in a video game. That would require a separate license.
At Stereobot, we sell sync licenses, which means that you will be able to synchronize these songs to all media/mediums that are covered by your license. When you add a song to your cart, you'll be given choices that cover the different license types available to you.
When do I need a license?
Licenses are necessary for any commercial use or public performance of a song you don't own the rights to.
What happens if I don't buy a license?
You would be opening yourself up to potential lawsuits. If the right holders discover that you or your organization unlawfully used their songs, they can sue you for damages. This happens all the time, and they do win those cases.
How do I download songs?
It's a really simple process.
- Sign up for an account
- Find the song you'd like to license
- Click the shopping cart on the right side of the audio player
- Browse the license options in the box that pops up
- Choose your license
- Pick your preferred file format
- Use the download link
How do I preview songs?
If you want to preview a song just hit the play button next to its name. When you do this, the audio player will start up and you will begin to hear the song's sweet, sweet (or moody, moody) notes. If you find midway through the track that it's not the one, just hit the play button on another track and you'll begin to hear your new selection. If you are looking to test out our songs on your projects, you can do so with one that says "Stereobot.com" every once in awhile. Licensed songs will not contain this watermark.
Can I download mp3 previews to try before I buy?
Sure. After you hit the Play button, a download link will appear on the right side of the player.
You will have to pay our licensing fee to legally use the track though. Non-licensed tracks have a watermark that says "Stereobot.com" every once in awhile. Licensed downloads will not contain this watermark.
What file formats do you carry? Do you have lossless formats like WAV?
We carry both mp3 and wav files. But since our mp3s are used for preview tracks, your licensed download will end up being a wav.
I need help finding a song. Can you help me?
Of course! We love to go diving into the stacks; it reminds us of when we were first putting Stereobot together. Just click here, send us a message, and you will get a few custom recommendations from a music supervisor within 24 hours of your request.
The fastest results come when you can tell us about:
- The Production - how you want to use the song
- The Feeling - a mood you want to evoke
- The Style - what genres work for you, and what genres don't
- The Details - everything else, from lyrics to odd background sounds.
Honestly, every bit helps. The more information the better.
Do your songs have explicit lyrics in them? How will I know if they do?
Some do. If you want to filter explicit lyrics out of your searches, just check the "exclude explicit lyrics" box under the Vocal/Instrumental tab. This will be on the left side of the screen.
You can tell if a song has explicit lyrics through ratings found in every song's personal tags. You can find that tag section by clicking play on the audio player. When you do, it will reveal a cluster of keywords ("tags"), and in those keywords you will find our rating system. It's set up like the movies so "R" equals explicit lyrics/content; PG-13 equals mature themes, and so on, down to that all inclusive "G" rating.
I can't find the songs I just downloaded. Where are they being saved?
If you know where your browser commonly saves files, then they will be saved there. If you don't know, you have the option to manually control where the files are saved. To do this, start by making a right click (or ctrl+click on a Mac). Then, choose "save target as" or "save link as" to select a destination for your songs.
Will you ever carry sound effects too?
Our sister site, Soundsnap.com
already does. Click on the link to check it out.
Do I have to report how I use the music I buy?
If you are using the song on a project that is broadcast on TV, film or radio, you do. The form you will fill out is called a cue sheet. Here is a sample cue sheet that ASCAP has put up on their site. Filling this out doesn't mean you have to pay more money.
This process is important because the performance royalties artists and rights holders rely on are distributed based on the accurate recording of cue sheets. So if you broadcast the songs you license, this will be an essential part of the licensing process for you. You are also legally obligated to do it.
However, if your use pertains to a video game, YouTube clip, or anything that doesn't fall under the broadcast options listed above, you do not have to fill out a cue sheet.
Do I have to list artists or song names in the credits of my production?
No, you don't. We're sure the artist or group who performed it would be a big fan of yours if you did, but the license does not require you to do so.
Can I alter or remix these songs?
If by alter, you mean only use certain sections of a song (e.g. the first 15 seconds) then yes you can do that. If you mean alter the character of the song, such as manipulating, changing, or adding lyrics to it, then no. You would have to get the rights holders' permission to do that.
How often do you get new songs?
All the time. We are constantly on the hunt for anything that makes the catalog better.
Can I submit some songs I've written?
Sure. Send your two best songs to firstname.lastname@example.org
as mp3s and we'll check them out. The only other info we need is your stage or band name. We get a lot of requests, so please only send us the best music on the planet.
Can I save songs I like for later?
Please do. We've created a favorite feature to help you do this; you can use it by hitting the "+" button on the audio player (hint: it's next to the Play icon). Once favorited, the song can be accessed any time you want by going to your Account page and clicking on the Favorites tab. You can even arrange your favorites into lists (same section).
Why don't you have more of...?
Thousands of songs, infinite genres, and they still want more. To be honest, we hand select everything that gets in here, which makes finding the hidden gems of every style a bit of a process. That said, we would like to stay on the lookout for what our users want, so please drop us a line here
and we'll add your request to the search pile.
What do I do if I accidentally delete my songs? Can I download them again?
If your songs disappear or suffer some awful viral fate, just visit your Account page and re-download your files from the "Downloads" section.
Do you take requests?
DJ Stereobot doesn't take requests, he makes them. Still here? You must be serious.
So, what were you thinking? Specific genre? Specific emotion? Let us know and we can send word as soon as we find it.
How do I narrow down all your songs to find the one I want?
Why, by using our magic search tools.
- Search Bar: magical for the way it works when you don't enter in the perfect phrase.
- Sliders: magical for the way they narrow down songs by grading them as happy, sad, complex, slow, etc. These things are surgical.
- Filters/Dropdowns: magical for the way they remove unwanted songs with the click of a box as they sort things like genre, instruments, situation, and more.
Each search tool is always on the left hand side of your screen, and every tool can be mixed and matched with the others to narrow down your results even more. The fine tuning is up to you.
What's the best way to search for a song?
We recommend using a mix of all the search tools available to you and testing as you go. Start with the sliders, add multiple filters from the drop down menus, and then listen to some search results. This is our favorite route unless you know exactly what you are looking for, then your best friend is the search bar.
Can I use multiple filters at one time?
Yes, it's the best way to search. Saves time and is often right on the monies.
Will you add my own keywords to the songs?
We want to say no, but now we are kind of intrigued by what you've come up with. How about we do this? You send your keywords to us. If we agree with them, we'll put them up. If we don't, we won't.
How do I use the sliders?
First thing you should know about them is that they are range sliders. That means that your search results will include everything that falls between their movable blue ends. For instance, if you pick a 4 on the Slow vs. Fast slider, that means that every song that is rated as a 1, 2, 3, or 4 will be included in your search results.
Now that we've been over that, here's how you use them. Either grab a blue block and hold it until you reach your destination or click on your preferred notch and the slider will move all by itself. That's it. Search results follow your lead.
What can I do with my license?
This depends on which license you purchased. For instance if you went all in and bought a "perpetual" license, you can use the song for as long as you wanted, in whatever way you wanted. However, if you bought a "1 Year" license, your use of the song would be legally capped at a year. After that you would have to purchase a new license to keep using it. Every option is outlined here
in the pricing section.
Why do some licenses cost more than others?
The different price levels for licenses are governed by type of use, and type of user. Businesses pay more for licenses because, in general, they do more elaborate things with the songs. The increased cost reflects this and is passed onto the rights holders which are typically the artist, label, catalog, or songwriter. The time a licensee plans to use the song also factors in. If you want more freedom with the song, and more time to use it, then you pay more for that privilege.
Another thing to consider is that if a song gets used a lot and/or gets a lot of exposure, the less it can be used again in the future by other commercial interests. This is one reason why it cost more to use a song for TV and advertising.
Can anyone at my company use the songs I license?
Yes and no. The licenses we offer are one time licenses that pertain to a specific use. This means an entire production team could work with a song for a particular project, not on another project down the line. It also means that your license can't be applied to other forms of production, even if they are a part of the same project. An example: if you were using the song for an ad campaign and your license was for TV, it couldn't also be used for the radio form of that ad. A new medium requires another license.
Will you license my band? What kind of deals do you make?
Depends. If you make great music and we both came to a mutually beneficial arrangement, then yes. When it comes to our deals, we focus on a part of the sync license and always leave your publishing rights alone.
Email us here if you would like to discuss this more in depth.
Can you upgrade licenses at a later date? If so, how?
Yes, you can. If you would like to upgrade your license, just contact us here
For how long can I use the downloads I bought? Are there limitations?
The time range is dependent on the license you purchased, but there are no set limitations. You can find more information on the different types of licenses in our pricing section.
What if the license options don't fit my needs?
In that case, you should contact us
. We can create a custom deal that fits your needs.
I forgot my username or password! What do I do?
Just follow these steps:
- Go to the Login box at the top right of your page
- Click it
- Click "Request New Password" at the bottom of the box
- Enter your email
- Check your email
- Follow the reset email instructions and you'll be golden
How do I change my password?
- Click "Account" on the top navigation menu
- Click the "Settings" tab
- Enter your new password in "Account Information" section
- Hit submit at the bottom of the page and you're done
Can I change my Stereobot username?
Not at the moment. What you can do is sign up for a new account with a new username though. If you really need to change your username, please email us here
I didn't get an email after registering. What should I do?
Start by clicking on the "Login" box at the top right of the page. Then click where it says "Request a New Password." This will send out an email that will help you log-on to the site. If that still doesn't work, it probably means that your email was entered incorrectly. In that case, try signing up again. There is also a small chance that you might find our email in your junk folder.
And if after all that troubleshooting you're still having issues, please contact us here and we will help you.
Do you keep my credit card information on file?
No. We never save anyone's credit card information on our servers.
Is my account information safe?
Yes. A VeriSign-secured SSL connection is used to transmit your data to the credit card processor.
I'm trying to buy a song, but my card keeps getting rejected.
If your card fails, please try using a different card. Another option for you is Paypal, or you can email us here
, and we can send you an invoice to be paid via wire or check.
What type of cards do you accept?
We accept Visa and Mastercard. But not American Express at this time.
How often will you bill my card? Do you have recurring billing?
Your card will only be charged once. There is no recurring billing on Stereobot.
What are the prices for educational use?
Our pricing section always has the most up-to-date information on education discounts. You can find our rate card here
. Student info is at the very bottom of the page.
I just bought an account and I need an Invoice/Receipt.
- Select "Account" from the top menu bar
- Click on the Order Number you wish to view
- Select the option to download the Invoice as a PDF
Can I get my company's info on our invoice?
Yes. While checking out, you will be asked to enter your company's address. If you have more questions in regards to invoices you can reach us at email@example.com
. We will help you.