Are you looking for high quality beats and instrumentals for your next music, video, or film project?

Consider quality in your decision in puchasing a beat license for your project. These days, the internet is riddled with low quality beats and instrumentals. What this means to you is that when your music or project goes into production, the end result will be a lower quality outcome. Quality is an important factor in your decision to buy beats and there are a number of things that you should pay attention to and look out for. Let’s outline 3 major factors in choosing a beat!

1) The Drums

Drums may be the most important thing to listen for in a beat. The first thing that you should listen for is a thick and rich snapping and bouncing kick drum with deep warm bass. Be sure that the kick drum is NOT distorted, as this will yield distortion to your overall presentation after production. The kick should have a nice puch and be present on small speakers with no audible distortion. Next, the snare is vital to pay attention to. The snare drum should be warm and bright and give the track a nice “snap”. Lastly, listen to the hats and cymbals. These should sound smooth and silky, helping to “drive” the track. Be on the lookout for hats and cymbals that are too soft or too loud. This can pose numerous problems when vocals are later added to your track. And absolutely be sure that the hats are not distorted. This can leave for a harsh sound that will turn off your listener.

2) The Bass Line

Next to the drums, the bass line is paramount to a bangin’ track. Not only should the bass groove have a funky swing, it should make you want to move with the drums. A good bass line sits in the “pocket” giving the track a special quality that is easy to rap and sing over. As far as tone, be sure that the bass sound whether real bass or synth is appealing. Avoid tracks with distorted bass in the lows or volume that overpowers the kick drum. These tracks don’t translate well on small systems. And, once again nasty distortion should be avoided.

3) The Harmony And Melody.

Harmony and melody will give you the catchy signature quality in a track. Harmonies whether on synth, guitar, pianos, or the like should feature well chosen chords and appealing choice of sounds and tones. Be sure that these are mixed in the pocked and ride nice with the track. A good chord progression will aid singers in developing mature vocal lines. Lastly, listen for good melodies. A catchy synth part or guitar melody can be just the thing to get your song stuck in everybody’s head. Additionally, a catchy melody can act in tandem with vocal parts in a call and response manner. Rule of thumb is the catchier the better. Always be sure that the harmony and melody are complimentary and “in key” with one another.

Best of luck on your tracks!



Perhaps you’ve stumbled on the Studio 11 FREE BEATS website and downloaded and incorporated one of our beats in your music, video, or film project. Provided that your project is for NON-COMMERCIAL use, you are free to use the beats in accordance with the Creative Commons license found HERE. In the event you would like to release your picture commercially or sell your music you must buy a license for the application of your choice. So if you want to buy free beats online, read on…

To keep things simple in this article we will assume that:

a) You would like to use the “free beat” for music…

b) You would like to use the free beat for picture (video, film).

In the case of music, you will be purchasing an SR license valid for the number of copies that you plan on selling. It is wise to choose a number greater than your anticipated sales to insure that you do not violate your license terms. If you need a larger license, you will need to contact Studio 11 directly to consult the specifics regarding your needs. In the case of our SR license, you will need to credit the beat composer as an additional writer on the track as well as Studio 11 as an additional publisher the default for this is 50/50.

In the case of non-derivative work for picture, you will need to purchase a synchronization license from Studio 11. A synchronization license will give you the right to sync the music to your picture release. You will then need to credit the composer (Of the track) and publisher (Studio 11) on the cue sheets for your motion picture production.

Hopefully, this has been helpful information in your quest to buy free beats online. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 312-372-4460 or email

Instrumental Beats For Videos – Spice Up Your Next Youtube Or Vimeo Project

Looking to jazz up your next video release with some cool tunes? There’s some things you should know…

Ok. So now you’ve shot you next great tutorial, how to video, seminar, or promo video… The dialogue is great, the edits look good but where’s the music!?? Let’s face it, videos are a snore without some high quality musical filler to bind the viewers attention into your video. So why not grab a few of your favorite CD’s and plug them into your new video production? Well, unfortunately this is illegal and it is highly likely that you will get flagged for copyright infringement when you attempt to post or upload your video on Youtube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, or other video network. If you’re looking for instrumental beats for videos there’s a few things that you’re going to need to know…

So what’s this copyright stuff all about?

In the music industry there exists various types of copyrights. If you are using any music  in your video, you will need a synchronization license to grant you the right to use music along with your video. Depending on whether your project is for commercial or non-commercial purposes will greatly affect your budget for music. Free beats and instrumentals are often available under Creative Commons non-commercial license for those making personal videos which are not used in commerce. If you choose to use free beats under CC non commercial license, you will however find that there is a drastically limited selection in comparison to what is available in the arena of instrumentals for commercial use. Paid for, these licenses may cost you anywhere from $20 for a limited distribution license to $50,000 for a custom major market commercial music production


It is important to gauge the potential reach of your production and select a license that suits the width and scope of your audience. So, if you expect to reach 10,000 people you may want to select a license that grants you a reach of 20,000 people to be on the safe side. In the event that the reach of your production exceeds the initial license terms, you will want to contact the license holder and renegotiate your license. This will insure that no legal boundaries are crossed on your part, keeping you in good standing with the license holder.