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How to Protect Sound Library Samples - Lock and Key

In a recent article, I explained how to create a sound library preview montage for your pack or sound library. I shared some ideas on the importance of sound previews beyond the basic, literal demo tracks.

But all of this talk about sharing sound online invites another question: if you’ve created a great preview that showcases your best work, doesn’t it put your library at risk?

It’s true. We all know that sample pirating exists. There are ways to rip audio from Flash players, and that includes SoundCloud. It’s easy to find the direct link to your preview and download it from your website. Once your library is digitized and online, there is a risk it may be stolen. It’s unfortunate, but it’s reality.

How can you offer your best work online, and protect it?

There are three ways to deal with sample theft. I’ll explain each in this article.

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Audio Waveform

You’ve finally decided to share your sounds on the Web. And why not? You’ve spent countless hours recording sound effects. You’ve tweaked endless plug-in settings. You’ve slaved mastering each clip: sculpting every fade, the slice of each edit, and each precise pinch of EQ.

The result? A collection of clips you can objectively say are excellent.

The problem is no one knows.

How, then, can you show off how impressive your sound library has become? With a sound library preview montage.

In today’s post I’ll take a focused look at this important part of sharing a sound library. I’ll describe:

  • What is a sound library preview montage?
  • How preview montages are used.
  • Why sound library preview montages are essential.
  • Preview montage errors to avoid.
  • What a superior montage must include.
  • How to create an irresistible preview montage.

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