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Frequently Asked Quesions
You may find answers to your questions here.  
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How do I get a quote?
Send us an audio file (or link) to let us hear the track that you want arranging/ transcribing.
Let us know what type of arrangement you need i.e. rock band, string quartet, piano, lead sheet etc.
We will give you a price which is based upon the length & complexity of the music.
How do I send an audio file?
These days it can be easier to send a link to your music from YouTube or Spotify but you can also email an MP3 to us. If you have problems, just let us know and we’re happy to help.
What is a “lead sheet”?
A “lead sheet” is a simplified form of written music where the melody is written with chord symbols. An example of a lead sheet is here: jazz-charts
What is a “note for note” transcription?
It’s exactly that – every note is transcribed and notated. This form of notation is better for classical style musicians who are not familiar with using chord symbols.
How much does it cost?
Every arrangement/ transcription is a different cost, based upon the length of time it will take.
We give you a set price before we start and that price won’t change.
How long does it take?
We like to allow 1 week to finish and check and arrangement/ transcription but this may vary. 
We will always meet an agreed deadline and you can request urgent work be completed sooner.
How do I get a quote?
Send us a message outlining what you need and any relevant link or files and we’ll get back to you with a price (or a few questions!)

How much does it cost?
Every project is different and the cost is based upon the length of time it will take & if you need any outside musicians. We give you a set price before we start and that price won’t change.

How long does it take?
We like to allow 1 week to finish and check and arrangement/ recording but this may vary. 
We will always meet an agreed deadline.

Do I need “outside” musicians
Certain instruments can’t be recreated well enough using virtual instruments and you may need a session musician. We’ll be able to let you know from the start. It may be possible just to change the arrangement or substitute a different instrument if you want to keep the costs down.
A good example of a situation where a session musician would be needed is a saxophone solo.

How much does a session musician cost?
We negotiate each project individually and we don’t take any sort of cut. The cost will depend on the amount of tracks, the amount of playing on each track as well as the distribution of the final material (CD, Tv ad etc)
Where can I download the free royalty-free-music?
You can find our free stock music here FREE ROYALTY FREE MUSIC

What can I use the free music for?
You are free to use the music for:
  • website/blog
  • web advert
  • podcast
  • YouTube (or similar) video
  • social media
  • social media advert
You may NOT use the music for:
  • Tv, radio, film
  • Video on demand streaming services (such as Netflix)
  • CD, DVD
  • Website templates
  • Games
  • resale

What format is your music in?
Our music is in 192kbps MP3 format 

Does SMARTassMusic own the royalty-free-music?
Yes - all the royalty-free-music on smartassmusic.com is written by and owned by James Treweek and cannot be found elswhere.

Can I submit my own music?
Sorry but we no longer accept music by other composers.
Send Us your File

Send us your audio file, CD or written music and we will give you a fixed price for the work

We Complete Your Work

We start work and keep you updated. We send you samples of the work to review.

Simple Payment

You can pay easily using Paypal (or bank transfer) and then we send you the full completed files.

01

Knowledge

We've spent a lifetime studying music, from Bach, Chopin, Ravel to Ellington, Herbie Hancock and through to Hendrix, Sting, Radiohead. Good music is just Good music

02

Experience

We're writers who also perform and so we know just what is needed in professional situations. Also, we've used Sibelius since V2 and Cubase from the Atari days!

03

Pride

We take great pride in our work and we want every project to be the best it can possibly be. It's not just a job to us.