Midi files licensing profile – setup tutorial
This article will show you the basics of setting up a ‘Midi Files’ Licensing Profile in your LicenseQuote account. This enables you to offer midi files, or similar notation files, for download sales from any LQ plan regardless if track files storage is included or not. Since midi files will be delivered in .mid or other popular formats, you will be linking to your source music files on your server or any 3rd party storage hosting solution you prefer, such as box.net which we’ll use as part of the demo in this tutorial.
1. The first step is to create a dedicated ‘Licensing Profile’ to be used only for the midi file items you will be selling in your store. Don’t just add a Midi licensing type on your Default profile, because all those license types are geared for licensing downloadable master file tracks, so you’ll need to create a custom licensing profile to be used for selling your Midi or other electronic notation items.
The image below suggests how you would create a new licensing profile and then give it a unique name such as ‘Midi Files’ shown in the example below.
Because it’s best to manage licensing profiles and types across one unique kind of item delivery (audio file, sheet music or midi file, etc.), we’ll use a unique ‘Midi Files’ licensing profile to demonstrate the basic setup and usage principals.
The image above shows the Buyer option settings on the Licensing Profile page. You can set these before or after you set up the custom license type on the Matrix Edit page. Note, initially you will see only the Default license types, but after you remove it on the Pricing Matrix Edit Page and enter your own custom License Type (following the instructions below), it will appear like the green highlighted line which says “Midi Files – .MID format”. The Free demo download License Type below it is optional and used only for our live store demo.
Since these are retail priced download purchase items, we recommend you disable the “send bids” and “request quotes” options which are more suitable for negotiation sync and master licenses. If a dealer or distributor wants to inquire about wholesale or distributor pricing, they can contact you with an inquiry via your website or contact form in your store.
2. When you click the Pricing Matrix “Edit” button, it will open up to this page:
As mentioned above, you will first remove the existing default Licenes Category because you don’t want them to appear on this custom license profile dedicated only for selling your Midi files. After deleting the default Licenses category, click the remaining ‘Add Category’ link to enter your custom Midi File license type. You can follow the example in the image above, but feel free to tweak the wording and of course the pricing to fit your needs.
Generally you’ll be adding the following:
3. After you’ve set up the matrix and entered the pricing, you can click the ‘Test’ button which opens the online test calculator as shown below:
This lets you see what you’ve set up and to check that the pricing is correct. You’ll also see the license type Description which you’ve entered on the Licensing Profile page. You can add and edit this anytime, so if you haven’t done this yet, click the “Edit Description” on the Midi Files License Type (as shown in the 2nd image above) on your Midi Files Licensing Profile page.
After you Add a Midi File item on your Catalog > Tracks page, it will appear like this in your store:
In this example there are now three songs with the same name, the first, “Every Bit As Good” is the audio file version, the second, “Every Bit As Good (Midi File)”, is the Midi file version, followd by the Sheet Music version. When the Play button is clicked, it can open on a demo page with short sample or download disabled version, to give buyers an idea of the format they’ll be purchasing. In the live demo store, the midi file ‘Play’ button links to this preview page on my box.net account.
If you wish to leave the “Play” (preview) button blank, you can leave the track’s Preview field URL link blank on your songs data spreadsheet and then import. This will leave the Play button blank.
4. When the midi file is being purchased, it will appear like this in your store:
5. After the Midi file item has been purchased, it will appear on your Licenses Sold page like this:
The buyer will have a ‘mirror image’ page in their store account with the same information including the download link for the Midi file item, licensing contract and receipt.
All the information for the item sale then appears in the contract as shown below:
along with the corresponding License number, purchase ID and Transaction number which appears in the proper places on the sales and receipt documents. For example, the Receipt will include the sales details like this:
Please note: for this example we used the Check by mail collection option, though normally these kinds of sales would be payed instantly into your PayPal account from the buyer’s PayPal account or any credit card.
6. Tips to get started:
7. When you test this feature in our Live Demo Store, you can access a Free Demo download by selecting the appropriate license option. This has been specially added so you can experience the “buyer side” side for any kind of standard or custom purchase transaction. To test drive this, you’ll need to register and login in by creating a test buyer account for yourself.
After reviewing this tutorial and testing our live demo, if you still need any support to set up a custom licensing profile, please contact us and we’ll be glad to help!