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MP3 or WAV File When Buying Rap Beats Online?


It’s impor­tant to make the right deci­sion when shop­ping for rap­ping beats. It will help you be seen as a pro­fes­sion­al who knows what he or she is doing. When you’re buy­ing rap beats and instru­men­tals do you go for the MP3 or the WAV? Are MP3s good enough to make pro­fes­sion­al music with? Read the rest of the arti­cle below to learn how to make the right buy­ing deci­sion to make the most of your mon­ey!

This arti­cle is part of a series called “Urban Music Busi­ness Tips” which is all about how to work at being a suc­cess­ful inde­pen­dent Urban Music Artist. I hope that I can help out some of the new up-and-com­ing rap­pers and singers start their urban music career off right. If you fol­low the tips in this series, you’ll be a BIG step ahead of your com­pe­ti­tion! Most music artists nev­er think about this kind of stuff!

Q: When buy­ing rap beats and instru­men­tals online should I get a WAV or MP3 file?

A: This ques­tions is more impor­tant than more Urban music artists think. In all hon­esty, both types of hiphop beats and r&b beats can work. But when it comes to record­ing pro­fes­sion­al music, you always want to have the best pos­si­ble qual­i­ty at every step of the process. Rap­ping beats that are WAV files are some of the high­est qual­i­ty audio files that you can get. MP3 is a COMPRESSED audio for­mat — that’s why the audio files of the rap beats are much small­er than WAVs. This means that a TON of audio data is basi­cal­ly being chopped off the WAV file. And although it can still sound OK, it is not the BEST pos­si­ble qual­i­ty of sound. Bring­ing MP3s hiphop beats into the stu­dio to do record­ing, mix­ing or mas­ter­ing is looked DOWN upon. Don’t get caught slip­ping and look like an ama­teur when you go into the stu­dio — pick the WAV whether you buy or down­load rap beats.

That’s assum­ing you have access to the WAV. Some hiphop and r&b pro­duc­ers aren’t will­ing to give up WAV files (for what­ev­er rea­sons.) But when­ev­er pos­si­ble, down­load the WAV file or ask your pro­duc­er specif­i­cal­ly for the WAV. Most pro­duc­ers are OK with send­ing you a WAV of the hiphop beats for a small fee if you ask. If you can’t afford the WAV file or the pro­duc­er you does­n’t offer WAV files you CAN still use an MP3.

Remem­ber, MP3s are com­pressed audio files with a lot of “lost” data. So you want to have the high­est pos­si­ble bit-rate (the “kbps” num­ber) when buy­ing your rap­ping beats and r&b beats. 320 is the high­est you can have. MP3s can be OK for mix tapes and pro­mo songs (even though they are looked down upon in the Pro Audio world), but if you’re mak­ing a sin­gle or com­mer­cial album — GET THE WAVs!

Hope this was help­ful!

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