Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs General

Kompoz is an online music collaboration platform. Use it to compose new original music with other artists around the world. Got an idea for a song? Record a track. Upload it to Kompoz. Then invite others to add drums, bass, vocals or anything else.

Based on your Subscription Plan , you can upload MP3, WMA, OGG, AIF, FLAC, MIDI or WAV files to your collaboration quickly and easily. Your collaboration will include file sharing features, discussion forums, social sharing features, and tons more. You can post your ideas for the song, lyrics, chord charts.

Yes. Our Starter plan provides you with everything you need to start collaborating now. Create up to three of your own public collaborations and one Private Collaboration each year. Join an unlimited number of other in-progress collaborations.

Kompoz PLUS and PRO members pay a small monthly or annual fee for more great benefits. PLUS and PRO members can upload HD non-compressed audio files, create more public and private collaborations, enjoy featured collaboration placement, and publish finished songs.

None of our plans have bandwidth or storage fees.

For more information, please see our Subscription Plan page.

We adopted recording industry terms, and created a few of our own.

Stem: A Stem is an individual audio track (e.g., Guitar Solo, Vocal Track, Bass, etc).

Bounce: The Bounce is a mix, created by combining two or more stems to produce a new audio file. The Bounce can be a final mix, a scratch (or idea) mix, or a re-mix.

Document: A Document can be a chord chart, score, lyrics, artwork, or any other asset. Document formats include PDF, PNG, or JPG files.

Auditions & Archives: All audio files you upload to an existing collaboration, or audio files others may upload to your collaboration, are placed in the Audition section. You may change the status to accept the file as a part of your collaboration, or archive the file. If you approve the file, it will move to Stems or Bounces, depending of how the file is tagged.

Preview: A Preview is a short clip of how your Stem (instrument, solo or vocal part) will sound in the mix. Rather than uploading the entire song, you have an option to upload a preview along with your stem, to give your collaborators an example of how your part sounds in the mix.

Creative Brief: The Creative Brief is the 'overview' of your collaboration. You can discuss your vision of how you imagine the song to sound. Additionally, the Creative Brief contains details regarding, the song key, talents needed, BPM (beats per minute), genre and license information.

Include a Bounce (mix) track, even if it's a rough track or concept.
Include Album Art to attract eyeballs. Eye-candy works.
Make sure your artist profile has a picture. It doesn't have to be a photograph or portrait -- any picture will do. Humans are social beings and we tend to gravitate towards other members that appear to be "real".
Send a Private Message to members whom you want to work on your collaboration. Establish a friendship by proactively reaching out. Be kind and undemanding.
Participate in other collaborations. Members are likely to return the favor if you take the first step.
Post comments (be kind and constructive) on other collaborations.
Post a track in the Community Page, and invite others to join in.

First, Kompoz has no ownership interest in any song!

The ownership of a song is determined by the artist. Specifically, when an artist creates a project he/she selects one of eight Creative Commons or traditional copyright licenses to govern the project. All contributions are bound by this license.

Kompoz artists have the opportunity to endorse fellow Kompoz artists based on their talent(s). Your endorsement will be added to your profile page.

Collaborating

No. Kompoz is an open collaboration community. Artists create collaborations here because they want others to contribute. That's why we're all here.

Typically, your contributions will be very much appreciated. Your tracks will be added to the collaborations as auditions. The collaboration founder will get an e-mail notification when your idea is added, and s/he will either approve it (mark it as an accepted track), or archive it for later consideration.

Anything that works for you. Pro Tools, Logic, Reaper, Studio One, Garage Band, Sonar, Cubase -- the choice is yours.

When you upload your tracks to Kompoz, you will be uploading the individual audio files in one of the standard supported formats (e.g., MP3, WAV, WMA, AIF, etc).

All of the recording tools (DAWs) mentioned (and probably 99% of all recording tools) support exporting tracks to these formats.

Kompoz PLUS and PRO artists may upload files in the following formats:

AIF
APE
FLAC
MIDI
MP3
OGG
PDF
WMA
WAV

Members in the Starter plan may upload files in the following formats: MP3 and PDF.

MP3, OGG and WMA formats are considered "lossy compression formats", designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio. Because the files are considerably smaller than uncompressed files, these two formats are popular for online use, where download times are an important factor. However, most audio purists feel that WAV PCM files offer a better choice for digital encoding since the format offers a "lossless" storage method (all samples of the audio are preserved). Many of our artists prefer using the WAV format for maximum audio quality.

What is a Private Collaboration? Can I create collaborations that only my band members can access?

Private Projects allow you to collaborate away from the eyes and ears of the general kompoz.com community. With Private Projects, you control who has access to the collaboration. You can create a secure access list, so that only selected individuals can participate.

This is ideal for established and virtual online bands. See Subscription Plans

Tips & Tricks

Starting a New Collaboration:

Select a track to upload. (Empty collaborations are typically ignored by most users.) The track could be a rough mixdown or concept mixdown.

Before uploading any track, add a sync tone. Not sure what a sync tone is?
Read the sync tone tutorial and watch the video to learn more. Sync tones are an important part of a successful collaboration. Tracks with no sync tone can be frustrating to work with, and may cause someone interested in your project to pass it by.
Select START A COLLABORATION.

Here are a few suggestions:

Creative Brief: The more detail you can add about your collaboration, the better. Be sure to add genre, BPM and key along with the specific talent(s) you're looking for with your collaboration. This will give others the 'big picture' view of what you hope to accomplish and attract like-minded talents to your collaboration.

Upload audio files: Be sure to upload separate tracks (Stems) for each instrument in your mix. Here's a scenario that happens way too often... A new member posts a song idea, which -- for example -- is a guitar melody recorded along with a drum machine. If the guitar track is not isolated and uploaded as a separate (Stem) track, then it makes it very difficult for another member, who wants to replace the drum track with something better, to participate.

Sync Tones: Many Kompoz Artists will not join projects that do not use Sync Tones. It's pretty simple to do. See the FAQ about Sync Tones for more info.

Album Art: Get noticed. There's no disputing the fact that attractive packaging sells. A nice "album cover" for your song will help it to stand out in the crowd of others.

Participate in other collaborations: The best way to get people involved in and excited about your projects is to get involved in and excited about theirs. Contribute a track to another member's collaboration, and chances are pretty good that s/he will return the favor. This works.

Don't Be Passive. Don't be afraid to ask. Send an invite to other artists using the Invite Me To a Collaboration link which appears on each artists profile page. Be specific in your invitation, and be polite (e.g., "I love your kazoo work on your last collaboration. I'm working on a song that could really use your talents!").

Advertise: Feel free to post a message on the community page to let people know that you're looking for some help on your collaboration. This is another invite method, but less direct. I think direct works better, but use both.