Elite Recordings is featuring 

advice and information for

recording artists 

There are plenty of informative articles and helpful tutorials online about writing and recording original music, but it can take a lot of searching to find anything out there that’s not designed to sell a particular product. In the coming weeks and months, Elite Recordings is planning to scour the internet in search of quality, independent tutorials and articles from experts and enthusiasts in the fields of songwriting, studio recording, music production, mixing and mastering. Keeping it simple We’ll be featuring all levels of advice, from basic, easy-to-follow content on using studio equipment to information aimed at more advanced users of audio production software. However, we’ll be careful not to include badly presented, over-complicated content in favour of step-by-step, easy to follow advice. We won’t be offering any advice ourselves, all the articles and tutorials will come from independent sources, in most cases totally unconnected to Elite Recordings, though some may be from people we know in the music business or from our recording artists, from whom we’ll be happy receive any help or advice they wish to pass on. So, watch out for some great information to help you make the best of your recordings. View mastering advice In addition, the Elite Recordings blog will be launched soon and will carry news, articles and features from Elite Recordings and guest bloggers. How to get in touch with us Simply email us: submissions@eliterecordings.com Tel. 01442 824 760 (Existing clients)

Pricing

There are no up-front fees with Elite, and all our recording artists are

completely free agents, they’re never tied into anything - we sign a contract,

not them.

Our standard percentage rate for artists is an amazing 80% of what

we earn for track sales from our distributors! 

We have two main pricing options, standard and plus. The standard option is

for tracks we do not master ourselves and allows recording artists to earn a

higher percentage of royalties we receive from online music distributors. The

plus option is for tracks that have been mastered by Elite Recordings.

A lot of work goes into running a music label, but then so does recording

your songs, so for our standard option, we feel 60/40 in the artist’s favour

(after the distributor has earned their percentage) is a fair split between label

and artist, in fact you’d be hard pressed to get a better percentage than that

from a label. We pay the up-front fees to distributors where applicable. In

such cases, a percentage earned by the distributor is not usually applicable.

Our Percentage Online music distributors earn their percentage from both plays and downloads of priced recordings of course. The remaining percentage is paid to the label and the recording artist is then paid their percentage by the label. Playing a track might only cost a few pence, whereas downloading can cost anything from between 50p and 79p up to around £1.20 for high bitrate recordings by well known artists, with lower bitrate recordings often avialable costing substantially less. These are just approximate figures of course, prices can vary quite a bit from one company to another. The following percentages after distributor charges apply in all cases: Elite Recordings Standard Track mastering not available Elite Recordings: 20%   Recording artist: 80% (unless otherwise agreed) Elite Recordings Plus Tracks may need mastering, with the permission of the recording artist Elite Recordings: 40%   Recording artist: 60% (unless otherwise agreed) Our standard rates may change from time to time, but until a new agreement is reached and as long as there is still an agreement in place, recording artists will continue to be paid the agreed percentage as stated in the currently appllicable signed Payment and Terms document we sign and send them. The Payment and Terms document we send to our artists lasts for a period of one year, after which time, we sign and send our artists a new document, containing any changes that might apply. Percentages may be re-negotiated upon renewal. Artists can choose to leave the label at any time without being penalised in any way. They will receive the agreed percentage of all sales from their tracks through the label, even if the actual agreement period has expired.     Our mastering service Elite Recordings offers a mastering service, where we use various software and manual monitoring techniques, adjusting volume and eq levels to enhance 2 channel (stereo) audio tracks, making them suitable for public distribution. Well produced tracks may not require much, if any adjustment through mastering, sometimes simply normalizing and tweaking eq levels will suffice. We believe an experienced ear and the use of the right mastering software can produce good results without having to pass on any extra costs to our recording artists. When we’ve mastered a track and before we submit it to music distributors, we email the recording artist a clip of the file in high quality WAV format to obtain their permission to do so. If we feel a track we’ve been sent is below the required quality to use, we will inform the recording artist that we cannot use it. As our name suggests, we only deal in quality recordings. Cover images Most recording artists have their own cover artwork for tracks, eps or albums, and we’re happy to use it, but we will need to edit their artwork in some way. At a minimum, we’ll need to add the Elite logo, but we invariably have to resize the image. Even if there’s no actual cover artwork, the artist can usually provide an image that we can use for the cover. It’s important to note that, if a third party image is used, permission must be granted by the copyright owner. When do we pay our recording artists? Most distributors are very prompt payers, but many have a minimum threshold of sales before they pay labels. We pay our recording artists: Every month if their account balance reaches £20.00 or $30.00 Or if that balance is not reached: Every quarter (3 months) Each individual month has the £20.00/$30.00 threshold, it is not cumulative for triggering payments, these are made manually and we have to have these payment periods in place to avoid excessive admin time. If however, you require payment sooner than the 3 months if say, your balance has reached £50/$75, I’m sure there’ll be no problem. Payment methods We can either pay by Paypal or directly into your bank account.
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