About Recording and Copying
This section deals with the legalities and how-to's of copying and/or recording with musical tracks you download from The Singing Station. Although all the music content on The Singing Station is copyrighted, and that copyright is not to be infringed upon, you have certain privileges with respect to your downloaded music and we grant you a limited, non-exclusive license to use the music for personal use in copying, recording and public performance.
Be advised that we have set forth below what The Singing Station agrees that you are permitted and not permitted to do with the music accessed through our site. There are other copyrights involved that we do not have the authority to license to you. Generally, the recording, performing or broadcasting of any song on which a copyright is held involves mechanical licensing or performance rights due to the songwriters and publishers.
For more information on mechanical rights for recording or sync rights for inclusion in motion pictures or television, contact The Harry Fox Agency.
What Does The Singing Station Permit You to Do?
- You can make copies on cassette, CD or other medium for your own personal use as United States copyright law allows.
- You can record your vocal with our tracks for your own personal, non-commercial use, as a gift to your mother, other relative or a friend or as a demo for a recording or music professional to evaluate.
- You can publicly perform a vocal with any track you download from The Singing Station. However, performing in commercial establishments with downloaded music from our website may necessitate additional licensing. For more information contact ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) or BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.).
- You cannot record your vocal with any music acquired from or through The Singing Station for the purpose of distribution, without additional licensing. Manufacturing or distribution of musical product of any kind, for commercial or non-commercial use, is strictly prohibited without written permission from The Singing Station. To request additional recording licenses, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be glad to assist you.
- You cannot broadcast or transmit in any manner any music acquired from or through The Singing Station website without additional licensing. To request licensing information, email us at email@example.com.
- You cannot incorporate any music acquired from or through The Singing Station website into any other work such as a television broadcast, motion picture or stage play without additional licensing. To request such licensing information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can You Make Copies?
Copying files to make them portable can be done in many ways.
- The most common method is to copy the MP3 files directly onto a MP3 hardware device. You should consult the user manual that came with your MP3 hardware for specific instructions.
- If you have a CD burner, you can burn the MP3 files directly to a CD, or you can convert the MP3 files into wave files and burn an audio CD. To make an audio CD, you will need software that converts MP3s to wave files and software that burns audio CDs, or integrated software that will do both. Consult the manuals for your CD burner and software as to the specifics of how to burn CDs for your system.
- Another option is to make a cassette copy of the track. You can do this in one of two ways, either directly to your cassette deck or through an amplifier:
- To record directly to your cassette deck, connect the outputs of your sound card to the inputs of your cassette deck. This may require a stereo adapter cord if your sound card has only one output jack. Consult your sound card's owner's manual for additional information. Once connected to the cassette deck, hook the outputs of your cassette deck up to your stereo as usual. Start the cassette recording and then play your MP3 files. You should be able to monitor the recording through your stereo.
- Alternatively, you can hook your sound card up in the same manner described above to your amplifier's auxiliary inputs and then record to your cassette deck, as you would from the radio or a CD. This method also allows your home stereo system to become your computer's sound output device. Welcome to the world of Hi-fidelity sound! No more little computer speakers!
What About Recording?
Recording is a little more complicated than simply making a copy and there are a variety of ways to do it:
- The easiest way to record with an MP3 track is to hook your recorder up in one of the ways described above in the "How Can You Make Copies?" section and use your sound card's mic input to hook up a microphone to your computer. You'll need to be sure that your mic monitoring is turned on in whatever volume control software you have and that the mic and wave volume levels are set appropriately.
- Another method involves using a mixer and a higher quality microphone. This technique can be fairly inexpensive and can be purchased at music or electronic stores. With a mixer and higher quality microphone you can get a better vocal sound. Hook the outputs of your sound card into two channels of the mixer and a microphone into another. Then hook the mixer's outputs up to your cassette deck or amplifier. Use the mixer controls to adjust the levels appropriately.
- The best method, short of purchasing expensive recording equipment, would be to use some multitracking recording software. This will allow you to create a wave file that you can then edit and add effects to. When you're done you can burn a CD or encode the wave into an MP3 with your vocal. Consult the manual for your particular software for specifics on how to use it.
- In all of the above recording scenarios, in order to prevent feedback, you may need to mute your speakers and use headphones to monitor yourself and the music as you record. Feedback is a high pitched squealing noise created when sound coming from your speakers travels into an open microphone creating a feedback loop. Muting your speakers and using headphones should eliminate this problem.
PLEASE REMEMBER, RECORDING AND COPYING MUST BE FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE ONLY.