Discover how to distribute music effortlessly with Overtune and Audius. This guide empowers indie artists to create, share, and earn revenue from their music in simple steps.
Distributing your music just got easier. We've partnered with Audius, so you can share your songs on the streaming platform directly from Overtune.
The path from idea to distribution of a mastered track is often complex. This is especially true for singer-songwriters working solo and juggling multiple roles. Recognizing this challenge, we have simplified the path to success. Allowing you to focus on what matters most: your music.
This guide will explain how you can create, distribute and earn revenue from your songs in only a few simple steps. By the end, you will not only have produced and distributed a beautiful track, but also taken vital steps to start earning and growing your fanbase.
To make music distribution easier we have partnered with Audius. Audius is a streaming platform that puts artists in control of their music and eliminates middlemen. Run by its community, it's also backed by major musicians such as Katy Perry, Steve Aoki, and the Chainsmokers. Overtune likewise exists to empower indie artists and singer-songwriters. Thus, making this partnership a perfect fit and the best way for you to distribute your music.
You can create your song any way you like within Overtune and then seamlessly publish it to Audius. It all happens without the need for a professional music distributor, reducing costs for you significantly. All you need to have is an Overtune PRO account (to ensure proper licenses) and an Audius account.
First you need to create the song you want to distribute. If you already have one in your Projects then skip this step.
First, you need a beat. Start by browsing through Overtune’s Beat Pack library and listening to different Beat Pack samples. Keep going until you find a sample that inspires a melody, or aligns with your existing one. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you will customize it in the next step. Right now it’s only the musical theme, not the end result. I'm going to use the Ballerina Beat Pack in this guide.
You use the search bar or sift through different collections and genres to focus your efforts.
Once you’ve found a good base line it’s time to customize it to reflect your artistic identity.
Test out different stems and add the ones you like to the sequencer. Use the trimming tool and adjust the volume of independent stems to make the instrumentals fit your song.
Next it’s time for some vocals. Use the in-app recorder to record up to four vocal tracks. It’s best to use a wired microphone for the highest quality sound.
You can spruce it up using any of the over 20 vocal effects available, including iconic AI filters such as Kim Kardashian, Peter Griffin or Eric Cartman.
Recording vocals is optional, so if you want to focus on instrumentals, by all means please do. Likewise, you can also record vocals using any 3rd party software if you prefer (see next step).
Overtune is designed to slot right into the creative process as it stands. If you want to add some finishing touches or record your vocals in your favourite DAW, then that’s no problem. Just hit “Export Master Audio” to download a WAV file that you can plug into your tool of choice. You can also choose to export the stems and use them in your project in any other 3rd party software
Next it’s time to upload your track to Audius. You can upload an endless amount of songs for free and you’re in complete control of everything you upload, allowing you to monetize on your terms if you wish.
There are two routes to upload: via Overtune and with a raw audio file.
If you created your entire song in Overtune, you can upload to Audius directly from your projects. You can also do it from the sequencer or the voice recorder. Basically, everywhere you see the little export icon.
You can also upload the audio file directly to Audius via the website or app. If you used stems from Overtune and kept working on it in a DAW, then this is the route for you. Likewise if you prefer doing it this way, for example because you want to upload it on your desktop, then just grab the master audio file from Overtune and send it to your computer. If you use the Audius app, you only need to press your profile page and tap "Upload a Track". The app will guide you through the rest.
The master audio file you get from Overtune is WAV. If you use 3rd party software for your project make sure that you export it in a supported file format. Audius supports WAV, WAVE, MP3, FLAC, 3GP and many other formats. Refer to Audius’ documentation here.
So, that's the gist. With Overtune and Audius, making and sharing your music is straightforward. Start with Overtune to create your beat, add your touch, and maybe your vocals. Then, whether you refine your track in Overtune or a DAW, you can easily upload to Audius with peace of mind, knowing that you have all your licences covered.
It's effective and hassle-free. Try it out, and take your music directly to your audience.