Universal Music Group has launched a marketplace for samples. Usample is described as “Universal’s secret sample website exclusively for major affiliated talent”.

Usample is purely for “talent affiliated with major labels and publishers”, with a registration and verification process before musicians can access its catalogue.

The music itself comes from more than 6,000 tracks originally made for use in TV shows and films, dating back to the 1960s. Usample has the recording and publishing rights for each track, which it says will make clearing use of the samples “simple and worry-free”.

But not actually free: “All clearances must be negotiated with our clearance department using the form on our licensing page…”

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