An update on sound clips. We've now increased the length of clips that we're making on the site and are trying to go back and update many of the clips that have already been made.
All steps below are the same but we are now uploading 3 minute long clips. We've found that starting 30 seconds in often gives best results and gets most of the song's intro and a fair bit of the drop.
So as some of you may have noticed we have sound clips in the new rolldabeats...which is nice!
For an example check the little grey play icons on these pages
We need people with collections of mp3s to spare a little time to help make and upload clips. It doesn't take long and providing we follow some basic guidelines it all works fairly smoothly.
What to do
We're trying to get complete labels done as much as possible from all genres and eras. it's harder to manage one release here and there but that's not to say we don't want clips for these if that's all you have
Download mp3 cropping software
This will crop mp3s for you
and this will then do encoding
Convert your mp3s to 180 second clips at 128kbps. Don't make the start point 0 seconds but set it to 30 seconds in so we can make sure we get as much of the actual tune as possible and skip any long intros.
Rename the tracks to match the catalogue number of the release
catno + - + side + track number
The metalheadz 6 example above has three mp3s
Never use aa for a b-side even if that's what's listed on rdb and don't use capital letters for the file name
If you are doing many mp3s on a label that has a bunch of varying catalogue numbers then use a label identifier (substituting any spaces for underscores) at the start of the filename just so we can keep things tidy. There are also so many clips now that it's often best to add the label name anyway to keep file names unique
You can upload directly to our web server via FTP
This info is now out-of-date. Contact me directly for details on how to upload clips - haste at rolldabeats dot com. We'll need you to send the files over so that we can upload for you at the moment
Give haste a shout if you have any problems or would like to send them another way