FAQ

 
This site should be extremely straight forward and self explanatory. Please use our feedback system if you have any suggestions or queries that would make the site better! 


Album & Track Organisation

Of course you can search for tracks individually, but also to make your life easier, we have made collections of tracks in to albums. Albums are organised in two ways: Soundtrack Albums - which are complete scores from a program or series. The tracks are thematically linked. We think this is a first for a music library. This gives your projects a real sense of cohesion. It's the closest you can get to having specifically commissioned music! (...But we can do that too!) These albums are denoted by the prefix ST. We also have Genre Albums - just like traditional library albums, these are a collection of tracks, often from differing composers but all with a central theme or genre - for instance 'Latin' or 'Kids' or 'Gritty' etc., etc.

As you will see from the search page, you can search by tracks or by albums. We've tried to make it as flexible as possible. Some tracks may appear on more than one album,  some tracks do not belong to any albums at all. 

Search System

The search system is designed to be extremely thorough. We'd rather give you 10 great tracks than 100's that are not applicable. Through our years of experience alongside producers, editors & directors, we have seen how soul destroying it can be when your search presents you with 100's of tracks to sift through. Our search engine is designed to present you with the most accurate results and our recommended tracks based on your criteria. Here's a few tips to help:

1. You can use the keyword search box AND the filter tick boxes at the same time - or either on their own. The order of your search results are displayed by closes matches to the criteria you have entered. You can further hone this by using the Sort by Length & Sort by Date drop down boxes.

2. The Filter tabs are colour coded for easy recognition. Genre is green, Feel is orange, Mood is pink & so on & so on... When you check a filter box, the filter you have chosen is displayed along the bottom in its relevant colour. Each new filter box checked is also added to that list - again, keeping the colour coding, so you always know where you are & where your choices came from should you wish to amend or refine them. 

In the screen grab example below, Current is checked from the blue Period tab. You will see that Current is now displayed at the bottom (in blue), along with the other chosen filters. To deselect a filter, simply click on the word & it will be removed.

3. Use as many or as few filters as you like. The more accurate criteria you put in, the more accurate your results should be... But for those times when you don't quite know what you want, we've also included a USES filter box, to give you some ideas.

4. Once you have some search results, each track has a PLAY button on the left with which to audition. By clicking on a track's title, you will get a drop down giving a fuller description of the track. Hover over a track title & you will see 2 or 3 clickable boxes appear to the right of the track title. These are: EDITS / ADD TO PLAYLIST / DOWNLOAD.  The EDITS box will only appear on tracks that actually have edits associated to them. Obvious eh? We really do try to make browsing easier for you.


Clicking on EDITS will reveal cut-downs and alternative versions for each title - should they be available. You can ADD TO PLAYLIST for later listening, downloading or sharing your choices a whole bunch of tracks. If you're in a hurry, simply DOWNLOAD individual tracks directly from the search page.

5. If you like the work of one of our  composers and want to find more tracks they have written, simply type in the name of the composer in search box. You can use this together with the Sort by Date drop down box to find the composers latest additions to the library. Similarly, you may on occasion need tracks that are in a similar style to a famous artist or band. Try typing the name of the artist in the search box - if we have anything in that artist's style, the search should give you those results.  

6. Remember, the search system will always look at anything that has been typed into the search box as well as the filter tabs. If you change your search, remember to clear any text or input new text into the search box.

7. Unlike other larger library's, BroadcastComposers.com is a boutique & specialised library and we are confident that your searches will not turn up endless amounts of unsuitable tracks that you have to wade through to find the odd gem. But if you're really up against it, we offer an added value service of searching the library for you. Your search will be done by one of our awfully nice composers, not a junior or a desk jockey with no experience! Email us directly at info@broadcastcomposers.com or call us on +44 (0)20 7836 7272 we will send you a playlist of reccommended tracks.


Downloads

Downloads are available only to signed in users. There are several ways you can download tracks. For quick and immediate use, you can download tracks directly from the main Search Results page. Alternatively, you can also get your chosen tracks from the Media Player (the pop-up at the bottom of your screen) and also from the Cue Sheets. You can also download ALL tracks in you playlist (in either format) from the Playlist & Cue Sheet pages.

The majority of the site has full functionality without being signed in - with the exception of downloads, playlists and cue sheets.


Make The Most of Playlists

Playlists are available only to signed in users. They are a much more powerful tool than simply collating a bunch of tracks you like. They are a way of refining and tracking your music choices during the course of a long edit, or for simply making a list of your favourite tracks. Use them however it best works for you! You can make as many playlists as you like. Clone them, update them, share them with your team and even share them via email with your client or exec via email. It's really worth the effort to get to know playlists better, especially in conjunction with Project Groups on bigger projects with multiple episodes and a large team. 

Each user has one active playlist open at any one time. You can copy each other's playlist or just browse through and see what your colleagues have chosen. Its all good! 




Sending Playlists to Client

You can send your playlists to your client/director/exec etc. by using the SHARE button on the top row of buttons on your playlists page. simply select 'Share' and a dialogue box will open for you to type in the email address(es) of the person or people you want to send your playlist to. You can send to up to 10 people, each email address separated by a comma. They will be sent a link which, once opened, will display the playlist in all its glory. They can listen to your suggestions, but cannot edit them. This is a great time saving feature for busy professionals. 



Cue Sheets

Cue sheets are automatically created from the playlists. When you create a new playlist, it will also create a new cue sheet. Similarly, any changes you make to your playlists will be reflected in the associated cue sheet. 
Every playlist generates a cue sheet, so if there are a number of playlists made during the course of an edit, it may be a good idea to make a 'master' or 'final' playlist which will best generate an accurate cue sheet. But in any case, the cue sheets are fully editable. Once your happy with it, you can download or print it out as a PDF.
Our cue sheets are based on industry standard designs and give you all the information you require - including composers, publishers and any percentage splits. Please fill in your company name & contact details in the 'Your Account' section as this will automatically get transferred on to your cue sheets, saving time later. Also, by naming your final playlist with the programme or commercial title (& series or campaign if applicable), all this information will automatically get transferred into the cue sheets too.


Of course, any music used for broadcast or cinema is required to be notified to the local Performing right Society of the territories it will be used in.  We have provided the cue sheet function for your ease, but we know that not everyone may want to work this way & you may have your own cue sheet template. You need to fill in a music cue sheet, either yours or the ones we have provided. Please send a copy of your cue sheet(s) to:
info@broadcastcomposers.com


Project Groups

Groups (and additional Users for that matter) can be set up by the account holder, in the 'My Account' section. The Account holder is the Lead and the Users are...erm, the Users. Groups are a way of keeping all the team that are working on the same project together & share playlists etc. This makes workflow & admin easy to track and manage, particularly useful on bigger projects where there is a large team.
 
Only account holders can create and delete users. Each user must have a valid email address. Where a temporary account is set up by the admin for a freelancer, it is good practice to delete that user from your account once they have finished a project. Please ensure this is adhered to.


  
Confused? Got a query? We hope not, but if you have any problems or questions, please Contact Us

We want to make your BroadcastComposers.com experience as easy to use and as useful as it can possibly be. Please use the feedback system if you have any suggestions that would make our site better!