Who is StudioTraxx?
StudioTraxx is a unique studio musician-for-hire
online collaboration marketplace that is committed to building
a global e-commerce community of musicians who are
seeking to expand their creative reach in a digital world.
What does StudioTraxx do?
StudioTraxx unites those who need music services
with those that provide music services.
As an online music production outsourcing solution, StudioTraxx aims to reduce
recording costs while increasing song quality.
Why does StudioTraxx matter?
StudioTraxx creates new work opportunities for
studio musicians while providing competitive music production outsourcing
solutions to artists, labels, and others.
What makes StudioTraxx different from
other online music collaboration sites?
StudioTraxx is a dedicated studio musician-for-hire
resource. No other service offers the depth and instant access
to high quality global musician talent. The StudioTraxx online
collaboration system was designed to allow musicians to quickly
find, hire, and collaborate with other musicians. StudioTraxx caters
to those engaged in projects that
require the services of professional studio musicians.
StudioTraxx is not an online "jam" or
"mixing" website for engaging in informal or random musician
collaboration. StudioTraxx is an online
music production outsourcing solution.
How does StudioTraxx work?
Through the StudioTraxx website, musicians-for-hire
create "Musician-for-Hire" accounts that include a profile/resume,
samples of work, availability, and hourly/project rates. Likewise,
bands, songwriters, or others that require the services of others
create "Basic User" accounts where they can set up a music project
and then book time with musicians to provide specific contributions
such as a guitar lead, bass line, drum beats, background vocals,
mastering, etc. Of course, musicians can book time with other musicians
Once a user books time with a music professional, an email notification
is sent to the music professional instructing them to review the
project and to download a base guide track. After completing the
work offline in the comfort of their own studio, the music professional
simply logs back into the StudioTraxx website
and uploads finished work as an MP3, WAV, AIFF, software specific,
or ZIP file. When the work is uploaded, the user is notified via
an email workflow and can then download the music file, import
it into their studio software and incorporate it in their song.
Note: Musicians can also proactively search for projects
that need their particular service.
What does StudioTraxx cost?
Creating an account is FREE for both "Musician-for-Hire" and "Basic
User" accounts. The only costs incurred are when someone books
time and purchases a service from a music professional. All hourly
and/or project fees are collected online via a secure e-commerce
credit card transaction.
How do musician-for-hires
Musicians-for-hire set their own hourly and project
flat rates based on the various services and level of skill they
provide. StudioTraxx takes
a 15% booking fee for any services booked through the system with
the remainder going to the hired music professional. Music professionals
receive payment on the 15th of every month for any studio work
that has been completed prior to that date. StudioTraxx collects
payment upfront and in-full from the customer for services purchased
to help insure that the customer is committed and legitmate. Holding
the payment also protects the customer should there be creative
differences with the musician. In the end, the goal is that a positive
experience is had by all.
How do musicians-for-hire find projects to work on?
StudioTraxx provides musicians-for-hire with
the ability to search for projects that require their skills. However,
only projects deemed "public" projects will appear in
these search results. When a project owner creates a project they
have the ability to flag the project as public or private. The
majority of the projects on StudioTraxx tend
to be private meaning that only the project owner can initiate
contact with musicians. As a result, it is common to see few public
projects available at any given time. When you consider that StudioTraxx is
used by artists who are serious about their music, it is understandable
that many of these artists do not want their unfinished songs open
to the public.
Are StudioTraxx musicians-for-hire
StudioTraxx musicians consist of some of the
finest music studios, production companies, and independent musicians
from around the world. To insure that the musicians offering services
are qualified and reputable, we review all service provider sound
samples and credentials. However, we do not claim any responsibility
for the actions of our users as we have no control over their actions.
We also are not an agent of or an agency for any musicians on the
What if I purchase a music service
and am not happy with the results?
Happy is a subjective term. To ease this subjectivity, we have
put some controls in place:
1) A customer may submit a refund request via email no later than
(10) days after the original service purchase date. If a customer
isn't happy with the service provided, it would be determined whether
or not the musician-for-hire made a good faith effort to work on
the person's project. If the musician misrepresented him or her
self, a refund to the customer would be forthcoming. Otherwise,
there would be no refund as the musician-for-hire performed work
to the best of their ability.
2) To minimize dissatisfaction, a musician-for-hire must offer
a minimum of at least (3) re-takes/revisions per service purchased.
3) However, it is our goal to protect both parties. As a result,
we allow the musician-for-hire to back out of providing a service
if they encounter unresolvable issues. If this occurs, the customer
would receive a full refund.
How do users communicate?
When a booking occurs or when music files are uploaded into the
system, system workflow notifications are sent via email to the
appropriate users. In addtion, users have the ability to communicate
privately through the StudioTraxx website with
email messages initiated in the website and sent directly to the
recipient's normal email account. Users can also use existing chat/instant
messaging applications such as AIM, Yahoo, MSN, or Skype for real-time
Who retains the rights to the completed
StudioTraxx makes no claim of ownership to
any material. The project owner maintains all ownership and rights
to the finished material. Through StudioTraxx,
musicians are hired by the project owner and enter a standard "work-for-hire" agreement
(Section 1.2 of Musician-for-Hire
Terms & Conditions). Music professionals are compensated
for time spent working on the material and do not retain any
future claim or rights to the material. However, project owners
and musicians are also free to make their own agreements outside
of the StudioTraxx system regarding rights to
material. An example of this might be a Creative
Are there software compatibility
There are no software compatibility issues. The StudioTraxx website
can be accessed via any Internet browser (Example: Internet Explorer,
The only software requirement is that both the artist and music
professional use music studio software that supports the MP3 and
WAV audio formats. This allows both parties to exchange track files
seamlessly between different studio software programs and computer
platforms (Mac vs. PC). In addition, Users can also choose to exchange
software specific files and are not limited to any specific file
or audio formats. (Example: Cakewalk, ProTools, Reason, .AIFF,
Musician-for-Hire MP3 audio samples should be encoded at a 44.1
KHZ sampling rate to avoid pitch problems upon Flash Player playback.