Spectrasonics instruments are not programs/applications, they are plugin instruments which are designed to work inside of a DAW/Sequencer/ Host. You'll need a DAW/Sequencer/Host to open Spectrasonics instruments.
A DAW is a Digital Audio Workstation, also referred to as a Sequencer or Host; example: Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Sonar, Ableton Live, etc.
The Spectrasonics User Account system allows quick access to your Spectrasonics products and information. This way, you'll have access to the latest instrument Updates, as well as the Authorization area, where you can authorize your computer to use your new instrument. If you don't have a User Account, start by creating one HERE.
Spectrasonics have created some great Video Tutorials HERE. Be sure to take the time to watch these to get familiar with your instrument's interface and functions.
• Single-user music production/performance: Allowed
• Multiple users: Not Allowed
• Non-music use: Not Allowed
Any uses that are not allowed under the license need additional permission or a special license from Spectrasonics.
A single-user is defined as one person. The license cannot be owned by a company, corporation, organization, band, partnership, studio, etc.
The main limitation is that you are not allowed to use them to make a sample library or another kind of sample-based product. You are also restricted from giving away or posting online any loops or samples created using Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments. However, you are able to use them in all your musical recording applications without paying for any additional licenses.
No. The lifetime license fee to use the instruments and samples in any type of music is covered in the purchase price of the instrument. You can use it on as many of your own projects as you like and we hope that you make some hits with it!
No, it isn't mandatory, but they certainly would appreciate it!
Yes, this is fine. Some soundware companies restrict this kind of use (since music libraries sometimes cross over into the soundware business), but Spectrasonics allows music library use. In fact, we have many customers that use our products in music libraries. Specific limitations about music library use include the following:
• The music in the library must be mixed. You cannot provide separate tracks.
• The intended audience for your music library collection must be non-musicians.
Please don't hesitate to contact Spectrasonics with any questions regarding your specific music library needs. firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the only things that is NOT allowed is distributing your music in a multitrack format that completely exposes tracks that were created using our samples.
The problem in this case is that the separate tracks can then easily be reused in new works by the end-user of the music – someone who is not a licensed Spectrasonics user. This use becomes a type of redistribution of our copyrighted samples as a "derivative work" and is not allowed without special permission or a special license from Spectrasonics. Please contact Spectrasonics if you need further clarification: email@example.com
NOTE: "Multi-channel" mixed music (5.1, 7.1 mixes, etc.) is not a problem.
We aren't concerned about normal music use, where the music is presented in a mixed format. Of course our sounds may sometimes appear in exposed passages like intros and breaks within a song's mix, but this is considered normal usage.
Yes. Some companies restrict this kind of use, but Spectrasonics allows it.
Yes, with the exception of encoding samples created with Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments directly into the game. That requires a special license. Remember, music use is allowed, but non-music use (e.g. SFX) is not permitted without clearance. Please contact Spectrasonics if you wish to encode any of the samples into a game system.
If you are considering any non-musical use of the sounds from your Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments, it's very important that you contact Spectrasonics directly in advance to clear any special, non-musical usage: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not without securing special permission or an additional license from Spectrasonics. Legally, it is considered a "derivative work" when our copyrighted sound recordings are involved in the creation of new samples or loops.
If you're a licensed user, you are welcome to use your Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments and libraries to create new audio samples and loops for your own use. The important thing is not to distribute them.
No. They are presented to give you an idea of what Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments can do. Demo songs cannot be sampled, remixed, or used in any other application without special permission from Spectrasonics. If you are interested in using any of the demo songs in some other application, please contact us and we'll connect you with the composer/publisher.
Please see Spectrasonics' License Transfer FAQs.
No. The license to use Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments is on a per-person (single-user) basis. They would need their own licenses for the Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments to use them legally on their computer.
No. It's very important to know that each composer must have his own copy and license for Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments. We make regular checks to verify that large production studios have obtained the proper licenses for our instruments and sample libraries.
No. The standard license to use Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments is only granted to the buyer. We have a "single-user/multiple-computer" lifetime license policy. If it is a recording project that you are musically involved in producing, engineering or arranging of course that isn't a problem. However, your studio clients aren't licensed to use them for their own projects and the use of Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments cannot be "rented." In the case where a client has his own license for a Spectrasonics Virtual Instrument, that client is welcome to use the studio's installed copy of the instrument.
Not a problem. This type of use is standard and perfectly allowable. The "single-user" is defined as the person who is licensed to use the software instrument for his/her lifetime. This means that the licensed user can use it on any musical projects he/she is involved in. This can be a person’s own project, a project where they are acting as a producer for another artist, or as a session musician performing on someone else’s project - live or in the studio. Most of our customers use their Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments on many different kinds of musical projects for different artists and collaborations.
The main point of our license agreement is the concept of a single, licensed user. A licensed Spectrasonics user must be musically involved in a project that is utilizing Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments - hence the restriction against simply renting the instruments or renting "time" to use the instruments as part of a studio’s services.
Not unless they are a licensed user.
It's actually not unusual at all or even unique to Spectrasonics. In fact, this is the identical type of license agreement used for thousands of sample libraries, virtually all sample-based virtual instruments, and the vast majority of music software. Single-user license agreements have different restrictions than those for hardware devices, and many people are not aware of the distinctions. One of the purposes of this FAQ section is to serve as a clear explanation of our policies. "Single-user" license restrictions are standard for nearly all software/soundware companies – not only Spectrasonics.
For further questions please contact Spectrasonics at email@example.com or call 888-870-4223.