Q: What are the guidelines for uploading submissions to the audio portal?
Q: I found one or more submissions that do not follow the audio portal guidelines! This music is stolen! What do I do?
Please post the URL(s) to the audio submission(s) to the Audio Portal Cleanup thread
Q: How do I enable downloads on my submission?
You have to be scouted to enable downloads.
Q: What is "scouting"? How do I get scouted?
Scouting is a way to vet other users and weed out spam, stolen works, low quality submissions, etc.
When you submit a song to the Audio Portal, it's not directly visible for all users. When a user who has already been scouted, a mod, or an admin thinks your song is good, he/she can scout you. Once scouted, your audio becomes visible for everybody in the Audio Portal and you'll also have the ability to scout people yourself.
But make sure you scout wisely!
You and everyone you scouted can be unscouted if you abuse the system!
In order to help yourself get scouted and gain more publicity in general, here are some tips:
also made a great recommendation: "I would recommend not waiting for your song to get scouted. Instead, work on improving and making a better song than your previous. Make something so good, you'll HAVE to get scouted!"
Thanks to LiquidOoze
for the bulk of this answer!
Q: Why is my audio submission showing so many downloads with so few listens?
This is because of a very popular game called Geometry Dash, which allows users to use music straight off of NG. Users can use your audio submission in their custom levels, and some levels are VERY popular often getting 100K+ downloads.
Q: I don't want my audio submission to be downloadable. How do I disable downloads?
Edit your audio project. Under the Publication Details section, there is a check box at the bottom of the section labeled "Allow downloads." Uncheck this box and (re) publish your project to disable downloads.
Q: How do I get feedback on my audio submission?
Your best bet is to check out the Review for Review thread
Q: How do I advertise my audio submission?
One way is to post the URL of the audio submission in the Audio Advertisements thread
We're also now experimenting with self-advertisement threads. Here are some guidelines for making a self-advertisement thread (thanks to Step
for the bulk of these guidelines!):
- Restrict your music all to one thread, entitled something like "<YourUsername>'s Music".
- Keep the focus on getting feedback, so post works in progress and actively ask for opinions.
- Introduce yourself and your music in the opening post of the thread, and append context to each piece of music you post in your thread (like "this is my first attempt at X genre" or "a score I'm working on for Y's animation"). Overall, don't be a nobody who tries to exploit the forum as a means to spam links and advertise! This will get you banned or worse!
Q: I submitted a song to the audio portal, but there was nothing close to the genre I think my song is in. Can you add more genres?
There are endless genres, so we could always add more (and do). But in the meantime, what we've been recommending people do is to select the closest genre they can, and then getting specific with tags.
For example, you could select "Easy Listening - Solo Instruments" for an acoustic guitar heavy track, and then add "acoustic" and other related tags to the submission.
Q: How does music make it to the front page Featured Audio section, or to the audio section of the Featured Content section (bottom of the front page)?
The Featured Audio section is hand picked mostly by moderators. This section can sometimes include admin picks and contest winners as well.
The audio category of the Featured Content section (at the bottom of the front page) is generated automatically based on various pieces of information like listens, score, etc.