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Reference Tracks

Post by bigaquarium » Tue May 05, 2020 6:06 am

Good morning!

Just curious if anyone has thoughts on the legality of using reference tracks? Is this something that is tacitly accepted in the recording industry?

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Re: Reference Tracks

Post by jlouvar » Tue May 05, 2020 7:11 am

Using a reference mix is common, but I’ve never used a reference track, so I’m not sure about that.
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Re: Reference Tracks

Post by Mark Bliss » Tue May 05, 2020 7:14 am

I am not sure what you are asking.

I use reference tracks to compare instrument levels, balancing frequency ranges, maybe loudness.....

I am not copying or stealing anything from the artist, in fact, mostly just double checking for ear fatigue, etc.....
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Re: Reference Tracks

Post by bigaquarium » Tue May 05, 2020 7:26 am

Hi,

A lot of guys will record or otherwise import the tracks into their DAW, so I was wondering if modifying or re recording a track from its original format is a no no.

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Re: Reference Tracks

Post by Mark Bliss » Tue May 05, 2020 10:11 am

I import them, yes. That way I can a/b them easily, analyze frequencies, etc.

I dont re-record or modify them, but I know some people do....

If its a question of ownership, I do use tracks I have purchased. I may rip from a cd or such, for my own use.
My logic is that as long as I am not re-selling/distributing others work....

And yeah, I dont sample or pirate others work.
Well there may have been a kick drum or something, you know- in the past. (But I didnt inhale....)
But theres so much available in that regard, its not worth the trouble IMO.
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Re: Reference Tracks

Post by jlouvar » Tue May 05, 2020 5:19 pm

I re-amp and etc. my own tracks... But I'm strongly against pirating others work.
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