Getting started

Creating your account

Creating an account and navigating our online catalog is simple. Start your account by clicking here!
Once your account has been created and verified, you will be able to:

  • save tracks in personal playlists
  • add notes to tracks
  • rate your favorite tracks
  • download preview files.

Logging in

Some content is only available to account holders, and you must be logged in to have access.

If you already have an account, click the 'Login' link at the top right. Provide your username and password, click sign in and you're off to the races.

Try before you buy!


Download full, uninterrupted preview tracks with no audible watermarks. You’ll be able to get a true sense of how the music lives and breathes with your content.

Just click on the song title, on the next page you will find the download button. Only registered users can download preview tracks.

To register, click here.

Purchasing & Downloading

Purchasing a License

Once you’ve found the perfect song in our library, or through consulting with our staff, licensing it is simple. Click on that song title or click the little cart icon, and you’ll be given a set of licensing options based on how you intend to use the music. Click the type of license you need.

When you are ready to pay, click the cart button in the top bar (on the upper right side) and follow the checkout process.

What formats will my downloads be in?

You will receive a ZIP file containing a hi-res 44.1 kHz, 16 bit format audio file. If you require a different file format, please contact us.

I purchased a license. Where is the download link?

After you complete your order, you will be transferred to your download page. Every song you have licensed is also available for download on your account page for up to one year from date of license.

If you selected Paypal as your payment method, you will be taken to the Paypal website to complete your order. Once the order is complete, you will be directed back to Soundtaxi’s download page.

Where can I get my invoice and license?

Your invoice and license are available for download on your account page.

Can I get a license issued for my client?

Yes! During checkout, you have the option to register your client as licensee.

Can I upgrade a license?

Of course! If you already own a license and want to upgrade, you simply have to pay the difference.
Contact us to upgrade your license.

Which License do i need?

If you are unsure which license is right for you, simply contact us us and we’ll assist you in determining the appropriate license for your project!

I couldn't find a license for my type of project

If you need a license not covered by our standard license groups, (i.e. your project has multiple versions, is a multi-territory ad campaign, etc.), don’t worry. Contact us, our team will customize a license based on your usage requirements.

Can I use a licensed song for several projects?

All of our licenses are intended for one use per song. For example, if you license a track for a YouTube video, you can’t also use it for a radio ad or any separate content production.

If you need a multiple use license just contact us us, and we’ve got you covered!

Payment & Security

We are providing the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card: We accept all major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard and American Express). In addition to entering your credit card information, we require the security code. Your security code is the three-digit number on the back of your card (VISA, Mastercard). For American Express customers, the security code is the four-digit number printed on the front of your card.

  • SEPA Direct Debit (Germany)

  • Paypal: We accept Paypal payments at no additional surcharge to our customers. Click here if you would like information on setting up a Paypal account.

Payment card security
We want you to feel completely secure when ordering from SOUNDTAXI.com. We use SSL technology, which encrypts (or encodes) sensitive information before it is sent over the Internet.

MasterCard™ SecureCode® and Verfied by VISA
SOUNDTAXI participates in the Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode schemes. This ensures that no one can use your card fraudulently on our site by prompting you for a password that you have registered with your card issuer.
To use this service, you must first register with the bank or other organisation that issued your card. For more information on the security offered by these schemes to customers transacting over the internet and how to enrol, click Verifed by VISA or Mastercard™ SecureCode®.

NOTICE: You are not required to register your card for this service, in order to shop with SOUNDTAXI.

Help! My payment was declined!

Your credit card company may have declined your transaction. Please call the number on the back of your card to inquire why your charge was declined.
If your payment method was PayPal, and your order was declined, please check your account balance, or your inbox for a message from PayPal.

Quoted prices and VAT

The quoted prices include statutory value-added tax (7% VAT).

If registered and logged in to our website as

  • A. Business Customer outside the European Union, or
  • B. Business Customer from an EU member state (except Germany) with a valid EU registered VAT number,

the value-added tax does not apply and prices are quoted without value-added tax.
You can verify the validity of your VAT number yourself at EU’s official VIES.

I live in the European Union. How can I make sure my VAT ID number appears on my invoice?

When you create your Soundtaxi account, you will be prompted to enter your VAT number (including country code).
Once your VAT number is verified, it will be displayed on each invoice for your licenses.
If you think you’ve incorrectly been charged VAT, please contact our billing team.

Additional Services

Need a little extra help, or more personal suggestions?

Our staff is ready to assist you.

Music Supervision

If you need help navigating our catalog, and selecting the perfect piece for your content, our staff is happy to work with you, previewing your content, and relying on their knowledge of our catalog and composers to track down the perfect music.

If you’re a music supervisor yourself juggling multiple projects, give us a shout. We’re happy to be your secret weapon in getting your projects done on time and on budget.

Our music supervision services include rights management, and tracking down rights holders of non-Soundtaxi music you’re interested in using for your production.

Audio Logos/Branding

Our composers create catchy audio logos, bumpers, sizzlers, and teasers. Quick bursts of music that are iconic, and memorable.
The perfect sonic tool to add a memorable impression of your content on your audience.

Custom License

If you are working on a multi-territory campaign, studio film, or project not listed in our standard license groups, our team will be happy to assist you with a license customized to your needs. Contact us!

Sound Design

We are a one stop source for your audio needs. Maybe you’re not exactly looking for music but a soundscape, or the sound of star fighters zipping through the sky. Contact us for a consultation!

Personal Playlists


Playlists give you an easy way to store and organize your music selections.
To get started, make sure you're logged in.

Once you've found a song, click the add to Playlist icon. You'll be asked whether you want to add the file to a new Playlist or an existing one. Make as many playlists as you like!

Add Notes: You can even add notes to help you organize your selections.

Email Playlists: If you wish to send the Playlist to a colleague or client, simply click the ‚Email‘ icon.

Rate Songs: Click on the rating icon to rank your file selections. You can sort your selections based on your ratings to help save you time.

What are 'Non-PRO' and 'PRO' Tracks?


Soundtaxi's Production Music Libarary provides different types of musical works

  • Non-PRO (aka Royalty Free Music)
    This means that the song is not registered with a Performance Rights Organization (PRO) like GEMA, PRS, ASCAP, BMI, etc. If you use music described as Non-PRO it means you are not responsible for paying performance or mechanical royalties (fees) to any PRO that collects royalties for music. This is also commonly referred to as “royalty-free music”.

    To make certain you won’t have to pay any back end royalties to the composers (i.e. percentages of revenue generated by monetizing your YouTube videos), make sure you are selecting Non-PRO music in your searches.

    You can easily Search or Browse only Non-PRO music on our website. Simply click the 'Non-PRO' option in the search filter and your search results will be updated to show only completely Royalty Free Music.

  • PRO-tracks
    This means that the music composer/publisher is a member of a Performance Rights Organization (PRO), that administers the performance rights and sometimes also the mechanical rights.

    These tracks may require additional licensing and licensing fees from the PRO. These additional fees may include back end royalties depending on region and use. If you are unsure, contact the PRO as listed in the song description.

    PROs in Europe (GEMA, SUISA, SACEM, SIAE, etc.) have different regulations regarding the collection of royalties than do the PROs in the US and Canada (BMI, ASCAP, SOCAN).

    Some PROs consider telephone music-on-hold, or videos published on your own website, to be a ‚broadcast‘, while - others do not.

    If you are unsure whether your project falls under the scope of public performance / broadcast, please contact your local PRO and check with them what their policies are.

  • GEMA*
    Some songs are additionally indicated by an asterisk (*). These songs are completley royalty free ('Non-Pro') for advertising purposes such as Promotional Trailers, Product advertisements, Online Campaigns, etc.

TV/Radio broadcasters usually pay a fixed amount to a PRO for a license to broadcast shows with music. In this case, there is no additional cost for you, the producer. All you need to do is to fill out cue sheets.

Social network and video-sharing websites like Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo are responsible for any royalties due and already have performance licenses from the PRO in their country. There is no additional cost for you - unless you are the website operator.

Glossary

Can I use Soundtaxi's music as theme music and/or as channel identifications and sound logos?

Yes, but this type of usage requires a special license so we can fairly compensate our composers. For more information, please contact us.

Are there restrictions on how I use music?

Yes. A license permits usage of the music for yourself, your clients or your employer, specific to the project for which the license was granted. Music licensed or downloaded from Soundtaxi may not be sold by itself, transferred, bartered, traded, shared, leased, or given away to any other party and the license may not be subleased to a third party. You may not market the music as your own. You may not alter or “remix” the music and distribute it as your own. You may not alter or retitle the song, or its creative credits to be marketed or sold as the original work of any other person or entity.

For further information please check our Terms of Use.

I bought a music loop but it doesn’t loop seamlessly after converting to MP3

Converting a loop to MP3 format may affect seamless loop playback. Converting to MP3 format introduces a tiny bit of silence at the beginning and end of a file. This slightly modifies the start and end time of the original loop.

Can I use the music before you receive my payment?

A license isn't valid until payment has been received.

Does the music I buy belong to me?

No. You do not actually own the music. The copyright to the music remains the property of the composer. Purchasing a license allows you to use the music for the purpose(s) stated in your license agreement. It does not transfer copyright ownership to you or your client.

Can I use your music on YouTube, Vimeo and other similar video hosting-sites?

As long as you have purchased a license that contains online usage, yes you may.
All online usage licenses also include YouTube monetizing.

Do I need to credit the composer?

When musical works are used in a television or film production, you should give on-screen credit to the artist as follows: Soundtaxi, artist, title.

You must give similar attribution to the artist for every other use of musical works, except where technological constraints make it unreasonable to give such attribution, or unless applicable law permits otherwise, or where such attribution is not in line with the industry standard.

For YouTube, credits should appear in the format: Composer name, www.Soundtaxi.com in the description text.

Do I need a cue sheet?

You are required to fill out a cue sheet if you are using PRO registered music for television or any commercial film (whether studio backed or independently produced).

Contact us if you need more information.

I received a notice from YouTube that the music I licensed from Soundtaxi belongs to a third party. What do I do?

All of our music is cleared for use by the copyright owner. Using our music with a purchased license is 100% legal, and you haven’t done anything wrong.

Sometimes, classical music is incorrectly identified by YouTube as being in violation as there are many versions, and therefore masters of these tunes. Rarely this happens with non-classical music.

If you receive such a notice, simply respond with a copy of your license from Soundtaxi, and violation will be dismissed. If you need further assistance, contact us.

I have a valid license from Soundtaxi. Why did I receive a copyright claim from Soundtaxi on my YouTube account?

Soundtaxi uses Content ID to track unauthorized usage of our music on YouTube. It is therefore important, that during the checkout process, you provide us with a link to your YouTube video or YouTube channel, so we can white list your video or channel.

If you missed this step, it’s ok! Just send us the link to your video, and include the Soundtaxi license document, and we’ll white list your video or channel ASAP.

What is the Difference between 'Image film/product film' and 'Online ad campaign/viral video/ microsite’?

These explanations should help to choose the right license for your project:

Image film/product film:

This classification of films includes corporate videos, videos for trade shows or presentations, and industrial films. A product film is described as any film used to describe a product or service and its features, manufacturing process, functionality or usage. This is not to be mistaken with ‘product advertisement’ (see below).

Online ad campaign / viral video / microsite:

  • Promotional trailers and promotion videos announce a new (or pre-existing) product or service (including use on third party or external websites).

  • Product advertisements are films that may be included on third party websites and may be produced by advertising agencies, marketing companies, or the manufacturer. These films may be a part of an ongoing advertising campaign, and are aimed directly at consumers to elicit a call to action (purchasing a good or service) response.

  • Online commercials are similar to the category above, and are produced in a style similar to classic television/broadcast advertisements.

  • Paid advertising campaigns (campaigns used on third party sites) including, but not limited to: Banner ads, pop-up or pop-under ads.

  • Virals are any class of video used in viral marketing campaign strategies.

  • Microsites describe videos used in product or service microsite campaigns used for general promotion, or competitions associated with a product or service.

  • Email advertising / newsletter videos are those broadcast to consumers or clients through email marketing or newsletter campaigns.

What is Royalty Free Music?

Royalty free music means that performance royalties (sometimes referred to as “back end”) are not paid for commercial use of the music. Sometimes, songs are registered with a PRO (Performance Rights Organization) like ASCAP, BMI, or GEMA. This ensures that artists, writers and rights holders are paid a royalty on any qualifying performance of a song (radio play, use in television, advertisements, etc.).

The Royalty Free Music in Soundtaxi’s library, means the artist/composer has chosen not to register the track with a PRO. Therefore, the individual licensing the music is not responsible for paying royalties. Under each song title in our catalog, tracks are either tagged ‘Non-PRO’ (meaning it is royalty-free), or it will list the PRO the track is registered with (meaning some royalties may apply depending on use).

What is Production Music?

Production Music (sometimes referred to as stock music) simply refers to a library of music produced, with the intention of being used in some multi-media capacity. This differs from music produced by performing artists making albums and singles. Soundtaxi is a Production Music library, a provider of original tailor-made compositions, and we license albums and singles of select artists.

What sets Soundtaxi apart is that the vast majority of our library is unique to Soundtaxi. Unlike other stock music/production libraries that tend to offer the exact same tracks their competitors do. Yeah…we don’t get it either.

What is the difference between Royalty Free Music and Production Music?

These terms are often used interchangeably in the industry, however this isn’t actually accurate. Our customers should pay attention to the information directly below the song title while navigating our production library. Under the song title, you will see an information field that will say either ‘Non-PRO’ (meaning this track in the production library is royalty free) or will list the PRO the song is registered with (meaning you may be responsible for royalties depending on use).

What does the term 'Ad Budget' mean?

An 'Ad budget' or 'Advertising budget' is the amount a company pays to air project, such as through pre-roll ads or media buys.

Artist Submission

We’re constantly on the look-out for the most exciting artists, composers and producers to work with here at Soundtaxi. If you’ve got something you think we’re missing out on – send it over. We want to hear inspiring and original music from across all genres.

Before you submit, please verify the following:

  • Is your music 100% original?
    You must own and control 100% of the copyright in both the composition and master recording of the music.
  • Is your music exclusively available?
    We act as the exclusive music publisher for the compositions in our library, promoting and representing them to our clients worldwide.

Also we require the following information:

  • Are you affiliated with any collecting society? (eg. PRS, MCPS, ASCAP, etc.)
  • How many tracks do you have? (You should have minimum of 20 songs for our library!)

Please send a minimum of 4 Tracks to submission@soundtaxi.com, or provide us with a downloadlink or a link to a website, where we can listen to your music.
Inquiries with incomplete data will not be answered!

If your music has the potential to match our needs, a member of our music content team will reach out to you with all the further details. If, unfortunately, your music does not fit well with our library, we cannot expand on the reasons we are not accepting your music.

Please note that it may take up to 4 weeks before we have the opportunity to review your music.
We’ll get back to you as soon as we can!