4.3 Best Practices and Strategies on Describing and Keywording Audio

 

1.0 Introduction

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Royalty-Free Stock Audio means any sound (including music, sound effects, musical compositions, musical arrangements, jingles, track compilations, sound recordings, voice and voice recordings and sound / audio clips), original digital files offered for licensing by 123RF under a Royalty-Free License for unlimited use in an unspecified number of applications and productions, subject to 123RF’s Stock Audio End User License Agreement. As with any other Royalty-Free license, there is no need to pay any additional fees after the initial licensing fee has been paid for repeated use of the content.

You need to describe and keyword your Audio content to complete the submission process. 123RF Audio Collection is separated into 3 categories:

1. Sound Effects
2. Music
3. Logos and Idents

2.0 Describing and Keywording Audio Content

After you have uploaded your Audio content, you will have to describe and keyword the content accordingly before they are reviewed by our team. Short and simple descriptions are best for your audio tracks. Use catchy captions or phrases that will attract clients to buy your content amongst the vast selections available online. Keywords that are precise and accurate is highly recommended.

2.1 How to Describe and Keyword Your Audio Content

For your convenience, once you have uploaded your Audio tracks to 123RF, here’s how you can keyword them quickly and painlessly.

  1. You have to login to 123RF.com.
  2. Access the Contributor’s Dashboard.c04s03-001tn
  3. Click on ‘History’.
  4. You will see your latest Uploads for the month.
  5. Look towards the bottom right of the screen, you’ll find a summary statistic that shows:
    • The number of Uploaded content
    • The number of Accepted content
    • The number of Pending content
    • The number of Rejected content
  6. 123RF’s review policy dictates that if an Audio track is NOT keyworded or described adequately and accurately, our reviewers will not review them.
  7. If you have pending Audio tracks, do click on the Pending content number under Audio in the summary to view all your pending Audio tracks.
  8. You should see your pending Audio tracks as below. If your tracks have not been keyworded or described, you will see red text above the relevant text fields instructing you on what you should do.c04s03-002tn
  9. In our example, an apt description should be : Jolly Country Music.

*Important Note: It is highly recommended that you add your track title here.
10. Also in this example, appropriate keywords could be :

happy, jolly, joy, fast, country, western, music, banjo, fast paced, barn dance, line dance, strings, stringed, instrumental, rift.
11. If you have other pending Audio tracks that are missing descriptions and keywords, work right through them as well.
12. Modification of description and/or keywords of an Audio track will send it back to the pending queue.
13. When you’re done, click on the ‘Save ALL Fields’ button.

2.2 Guidelines to Describe and Keyword Your Audio Content

To illustrate this, we have provided a few helpful tables below for your reference and perusal:

Categories for 123RF’s Audio Collection
Please refer to the table below and select the Category for your Audio track.

Category Description
1 Sound effects, Sound Clips, human speech
2 Music, music tracks, music compilations
3 Logos & Idents

Genres for Sound Effect Clips
Please select the Genre that best describes your sound effect track.

Category Genre Genre Description
1 2 Game Sounds
1 3 Cartoon Sounds
1 4 Sound Packs
1 5 Interface Sounds
1 6 Transitions & Movement
1 7 Buttons & Menus
1 8 Nature Sounds
1 9 Domestic Sounds
1 10 Urban sounds
1 11 Industrial Sounds
1 12 Futuristic Sounds
1 13 Human Sounds
1 14 Others
1 40 Animal Sounds
1 47 Percussion Sounds

Genres for Music Files
There are quite a number of genre and sub-genres for Music files. If your music file falls into one of these sub-genres, please select accordingly.

Category Genre Genre Description Sub-genre Sub-genre Description
2 15 Ambient 1 Chill
2 Atmospheres, Soundscapes
3 Lounge
4 Electronic
5 New Age
2 16 Children’s
2 17 Cinematic 1 Dramatic, Action, Adventure
2 Suspense, Dark
3 Comedy
4 Romantic, Sentimental
5 Sci-Fi, Fantasy
2 18 Classical 1 Piano
2 Guitar
3 Strings
4 Orchestral
5 Chamber, Small Ensembles
6 Modern
7 Minimalist
8 Keyboard
2 19 Corporate 1 News
2 Tech
3 Motivational
2 20 Country & Western
2 21 Drum & Bass
2 22 Electronica 1 Techno
2 Trance
3 Hard, Industrial
4 Dance
5 Downtempo
6 IDM, Glitch
7 Dubstep
8 Synthpop
2 23 House
2 24 Abstract & Experimental
2 25 Folk & Acoustic
2 26 Funk & Groove
2 27 Soul & R&B
2 28 Hip Hop
2 29 Holiday & Seasonal
2 30 Jazz 1 Blues
2 Swing
3 Big Band
4 Electronic
5 Small Ensembles
6 Solo
7 Smooth Jazz
2 31 Pop
2 32 Rock 1 Grunge, Garage, Punk
2 Hard Rock, Metal
3 Lite Rock
2 33 World Beat 1 Latin
2 African
3 Asian
4 Indian
5 Middle Eastern
6 Reggae
7 Island, Tropical
8 Ancient, Medieval, Celtic
2 34 Percussion 1 Traditional
2 Tribal
3 Avant-Garde, FX
2 35 Vocals & Voice 1 Female
2 Male
3 Mixed
4 Robot
2 36 Others
2 37 Fusion

Genres for Logos & Idents
Logos & Idents do not have any Sub-genres, therefore, please select the best Genre for your audio track.

Category Genre Genre Description
3 38 Intro & Outro
3 39 Packs
3 41 Ascending & Descending
3 42 Business & Media
3 43 Orchestral
3 44 Festive
3 45 Percussive
3 46 Miscellaneous

Pricing for Audio Tracks
Please note that the pricing that you specify here denotes the number of credits the content buyer has to pay to license your file. The pricing depends on the category (type of file) you have chosen for your content. Pricing for sound clips and sound effects are very different form pricings for music tracks as well as logos and idents.

Tier value & credits required
Category c1 c2 c3 c4 c5
1 2 4 6 8 16
2 6 12 30 60 120
3 2 6 12 24 36

We shall begin by following these pointers below:

  1. Enter the audio clip’s Description and Keywords.
  2. Enter a minimum of 7 keywords for each track.
  3. Keywords should be separated with a semicolon ; or comma ,
  4. Please avoid spamming the keyword index.
  5. Keep your keywords list short, accurate and meaningful.
  6. Include emotion keywords.
  7. Include instruments or objects that creates the sound/music.
  8. Provide keywords ONLY in English.
  9. Next, select a category whether sound effect, music or logos and idents.
  10. Then select a genre.
  11. Depending on the genre, there may be sub-genres. Please select a sub-genre if the selection is available.
  12. Enter the tempo of the music track.
  13. Seamless/Loop – select “Yes” if the clip or track can be looped seamlessly.
  14. Select the price you wish to sell your audio file at. Please select a good price level. If you price your clip too high, the buyer may opt for a cheaper file. We leave the pricing to you as you may have spent more time producing a clip or track and it would be reasonable to price such a clip higher.
  15. When you are happy with your selections, click on the ‘Save ALL Fields’ button to save your settings.

It is advisable to put yourself into a designer’s shoe. This is important because the description and keywords added must be catchy and strong to make your creation stand out from the rest.

2.3 Strategies to Describe and Keyword Your Audio Content

Now that you have gone through the procedures and guidelines on describing and keywording your Audio content, here’s a few strategies/tips to ensure that you have described and keyworded your tracks to its finest especially if this is your initial submission to 123RF.

As mentioned in the guideline earlier, you are encouraged to include emotion words; be it positive/negative such as happy, sad, melancholy, eerie, scary, calm, relax into your audio keyword list. Including specific instruments or items that create the sound as your keywords will be a boosting factor to drive your track at the top rank of our search results.

2.3.1 Strategy for Describing Audio Content

We would recommend that the descriptions for your audio tracks are catchy and simple. A short but consise description will definitely attrack potential clients to listen and purchase your track amongst the vast selection on our site.

A good versus bad example of description for music track as stated above is:
Jolly Country Music vs Happy Fun Exciting Country Music Playing on a Farm.

A good versus bad example of description for sound effect track is:
Water Boiling vs Water Boiling with Whistling Sound Coming Out From Its Spout In The Kitchen.

2.3.2 Strategy for Keywording Audio Content

You should include keywords that are precise and accurate. These are a few examples to which you may adhere to:

  1. Emotion Keywords
    It is important that you add keywords that emphasize on how the audio makes you feel. In short, we may call it the emotion keywords. Emotion keywords should be described in a simple and straightforward manner.Examples of emotion keywords are:
    happy, joy, excitement, sad, melancholy, depressed, stress, anxiety, scared, worry and etc..
  2. Element/Instrument Keywords
    People who are interested to download audio files know what they are looking for. Hence, they will be searching for specific melodies as well as sound effects. Therefore, it is important that you add in keywords of instruments used to create your audio content. Be precise. Ensure that you tag the main instruments or elements used in your audio track.Examples of element keywords are:
    guitar, flute, harp, bass, symbals, keyboard, drums, cello, piano, percussion, turntable, horns and etc..
  3. Mood
    You may add keywords that represents a certain audio defining its mood. Audio tracks would affect people differently as the famous saying go – To each its own! A hard rock track may sound as sweet as sugar to one who enjoys that particular music genre.Examples of mood keywords are:
    positive/uplifting, negative/down/dark, laid back, calming, dramatic, inspirational, groovy and etc…

  4. Speed
    Speed of each audio file or track also varies from fast/medium/slow paced. It can be also added into your list of keywords for your tracks. The breakdown for audio speed can be seen as below:

    Speed BPM
    slow (40-60 BPM)
    at a walking pace (61-80 BPM)
    moderate (81-104 BPM)
    fast (105-132 BPM)
    very fast (133-167 BPM)
    extremely fast (168-208 BPM)
    mixed


  5. Indicate Loop/Seamless
    Loop/seamless is where a piece of audio track is able to be played repetitively and continuously.

A good and bad example of keyword for music track as stated above is:
Good – happy, jolly, joy, fast, country, western, music, banjo, fast paced, barn dance, line dance, strings, stringed, instrumental, rift

Bad – happy, jolly, joy, fast, cheerful, chipper, jovial, gleeful, glad, jubilant, lively, merry, pleased, pleasant, country, western, music, banjo, fast paced, barn dance, line dance, strings, stringed, instrumental, rift

You may want to elaborate and provide a clearer view of your audio content by including synonyms of the emotive keywords but be sure not to go overboard. Be specific in highlighting your audio content. Keyword appropriately and as accurately as possible to enhance searchability on the site.

Happy Keywording!

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