Today sample catalog Tracklib has opened its digital doors to the public, following a year of an invite-only Beta phase. Tracklib’s aim is to make sampling affordable, legal and accessible for anyone. With a vast archive of pre-cleared samples and stems, the platform offers a close-to-worry-free way to license original material. Ranging from music by The Honey Drippers to The 45 King, to curated collections by Prince Paul and Erick Sermon.
Tracklib kicks in the door of music licensing, wavin’ the .44 to the traditional middleman. They’ve created a new revenue for the music industry while making licensing easy-to-do and affordable for any beatmaker out there. We’ve explored a bit more on this subject in our feature Licensed to Sample: New Solutions for the Practice of Sampling.
Sure, digital crate digging via your laptop screen isn’t as exciting as going through record bins. But let’s not go there. Tracklib obviously isn’t here to replace that very sampling culture we all love so dearly.
Instead, the idea sprouted from a mutual love for music and crate digging. In the end, their goal is to enhance it: “We want to enable every music maker in the world (…) to create freely. By having pre-cleared sample licenses and constantly expanding our catalog of songs and stems from around the world, we reignite the sampling culture. Our vision is to give everyone, everywhere access to sample and license original recordings so more great music can be created.”