FAQ

Q: What makes an arrangement contestable for barbershop contest?

A: When studioDH indicates that an arrangement is contestable, that means that the arrangement (chords and form) are acceptable for barbershop competition (ex: BHS, LABBS, HI, SAI, etc.) (note: some exceptions may apply for SAI contest). Please note, however, that the actual performance of any contestable arrangement will determine how well the “arrangement” scores. Arrangements listed as contestable barbershop are not necessarily endorsed as being suitable for every group. Questions: Contact Us

Q: How many copies do I need to purchase (Per Copy Fees) for Arrangements?

A:  You need to purchase a copy for every physical and digital copy of the arrangement you will print/distribute (ex: the number of members in your group). These copies are licensed exclusively for the group and are not transferrable to another group. Additional copies can be purchased/licensed by contacting us with your request.

Q: How do I order additional Per Copy Fees?

A:  To order additional copies of sheet music of an arrangement for which your group has already purchased, Contact Us and we’ll facilitate your request.

Q: What are Mechanical Licensing Fees?

A:  Mechanical Licensing Fees are collected to pay royalties to the copyright owner for audio recordings of a Work.  The current cost of Mechanical License Fees is 9.1 cents per copy and you must pay for a minimum of 25 copies.  The minimum cost is $2.28 per song.  

If the song is not in the public domain, then the copyright owner of the song is also the copyright owner of the arrangement.  When a song is in the public domain then the copyright holder of the arrangement (in most cases the arranger) owns the copyright to that arrangement, and is entitled to royalties.

Q: How many copies do I need to purchase for Mechanical Licensing Fees?

A:  First, determine how many copies of EACH TRACK (most group members receive copies of multiple tracks) you will reproduce for your group members, then select the corresponding number of copies – rounding up.

Q: What fees are included in the studioDH Mechanical Licensing Fee service?

A:  The current cost of Mechanical License Fees is 9.1 cents per copy (up to 5min in length) and you must pay for a minimum of 25 copies.  The minimum cost is $2.28 per song.  

The Harry Fox Agency, which collects these fees for other copyright holders, charges a $16 processing fee per song licensed. This $16 fee is included in the studioDH listed price.  Additionally, studioDH charges a 3% fee which simply covers the credit card charges we incur by processing these fees for you.  studioDH makes no money filing these fees for you.  

When the copyright holder is David Harrington, we only charge the standard Mechanical License Fee rate of 9.1 cents (min. 25 copies) with no other processing fees.

Q: What is an instrumental, or MIDI, learning track?

A:  An instrumental track is sometimes referred to as a MIDI track, and the parts play back with the sound of an instrument (piano, string or trombone, for example). These tracks are delivered in the mp3 format. Each set of Instrumental tracks includes 1 full mix, 4 part alone, 4 part predominant and 4 part missing (3 total tracks), or if the tracks indicate they are Part Left, this means that you will get a total of 5 tracks (1 full mix and 4 Part Left).

Part Left means that when the track is played through stereo speakers or headphones, the Part Alone plays through one speaker (left side), and the other three parts play through the other speaker (right side). So, if you adjust the speaker balance all the way to the left, you’ll get one part only. Then, if you adjust the speaker balance all the way to the the right side, you’ll get the other three parts only. This works well in a car, for example, and you can mix as much of each part as you’d like! Now, if you have stereo speakers for your computer, you should be able to adjust the speaker balance by using a knob on the speakers (depending on the kind of external speakers you have), or you can adjust this from within the computer sound control panel. If you have one internal speaker built into your computer, you’ll likely not have a left/right speaker balance option, and the Part Left tracks will sound like equal balance tracks. In this case, you’d need to use headphones to hear the part separation.

Q: What are 'Part Left' Learning Tracks, and how do I use them?

A:  Part Left means that when the track is played through stereo speakers or headphones, the Part Alone plays through one speaker (left side), and the other three parts play through the other speaker (right side). So, if you adjust the speaker balance all the way to the left, you’ll get one part only. Then, if you adjust the speaker balance all the way to the the right side, you’ll get the other three parts only. This works well in a car, for example, and you can mix as much of each part as you’d like! Now, if you have stereo speakers for your computer, you should be able to adjust the speaker balance by using a knob on the speakers (depending on the kind of external speakers you have), or you can adjust this from within the computer sound control panel. If you have one internal speaker built into your computer, you’ll likely not have a left/right speaker balance option, and the Part Left tracks will sound like equal balance tracks. In this case, you’d need to use headphones to hear the part separation.

Q: Does studioDH arrange custom charts?

A:  Yes. Contact Us to inquire about pricing and availability.