Cool! Thanks for that JumaStudios!TortoiseTree, I 100% agree with you.
I think putting variations in makes the track more attractive to the buyer and hence should mean it is rewarded with more sales (which I would rather than it being valued at a slightly higher price but only selling once)
That’s the next step, I think. Adding variations and looped tracks. Though, I have a question about looped audio. It’s probably obvious, but looped audio means you can press repeat and hear the track again and again without noticing that it stops and starts again, right?
Welcome Rev! Best of luck to you! I really like your music. It has a unique feel. It’s like playing a cool, classic video game, walking on the beach while the people around you drink cocktails and having friends over for coffee on a sunny day!
At least that’s what comes to my mind from what I heard! Goodluck and keep it up!
I’m afraid I don’t have anything helpful to say, but I liked the topic. I joined AudioJungle a year ago but I haven’t really been active yet. I only have 9 items and 5 sales. I could say it’s getting better, since my last sale was an extented licence that almost made me fell off my chair when I realised it!So, I don’t really have experience in monthly income and such, but I wanted to say I agree with MonophobiaStudio on
if it doesn’t sound like it was produced in a million dollar studio, don’t expect it to be a huge hit.
Not that I have this kind of sound. On the contrary, my sound sucks! It’s a basic EQ and very recently a very basic compression. I hope I’ll get this one day..
Anyways, you really shouldn’t worry though, your sound is deffinately getting better, and the music is good. Hard work is needed but I’d take long nights of composing, orchestrating, mixing, and studying about all those things than pretty much any other job. And thankfully, we are in a community like this one. People here are willing to help you and share their experience. That’s very comforting (especially if you’re noob at music production, like me!).
Way to go Tim!
Hi Fernandestelecaster, thanks for the reply! Well, it seems your work is quite different. I mean, from what you said it seems like you record everything, or at least most of the stuff. You are correct though about the way you deal with each session. Even though I don’t record as many instruments as you do, it helps spending a day on composing, another on orchestrating, etc, etc. And you’re so damn right about the breaks.
After maximum 3 hours my hearing begins failing. If I continue working when that happens, I will work for 5 more hours, but the next day when I listen to the work on the previous day, it sound like sshhht.
Fernandestelecaster saidFortunatelly, I don’t have to deal with an issue like that! But I now know who to ask if I ever have to!
(shopping that my wife asked me to do)
JonBuice saidThat’s exactly one of my problems. However, writing the music first helps me keep track of the stracture and that’s very important. It’s also difficult for me to see MIDI notes because I’m used to seeing actual notes. But I do plan on getting some keyboard, because sometimes I need to do something simpler and faster. And I was actually thinking about a stage piano myslef, because I need it to study some basic piano-playing. Good to see it’s working out for you.
You said you write out a lot of your music first and then import midi files? Thats seems pretty difficult, only on account that you never really know what you’ll get when you play midi files back on various VSTs/instruments.
JonBuice saidAnd that’s my other problem! Seems like I’m not alone That’s why I’d like someone to tell me how they’re doing their work, so that I can see if there’s anything that could save me some time!
Another thing, which I swear is the hardest part of scoring with samples, is getting the instruments to convey emotion.
JonBuice saidThanks a lot! It’s not exactly like this but I figured it out. It should help me with the “different articulations on the same track” problem. This is what I was talking about when I said that very simple stuff would probably help. You also reminded me about something I’d read in the manual a while back. Perhaps I should take another look there!
For example you can create an instrument track with you VST on it, then create 5, or 7, or 10 additional midi tracks.
You say you do a lot of scoring in protools. How do you do that? Do you use a MIDI keyboard?
Hi, thank you fot the tip. However, this is not the problem in the particular situation. I use another program to write all the notes, where I can add dynamics, articulations, etc. When I’m done I export the MIDI file and import it in Cubase. But there I use VST instruments that play some things differently.
There are ways of fixing that, for example, I mess with the velocities of each Instrument track individually, but it takes a lot of time and it’s work that, theoretically, I have already done while I was writing the music.
But I do have another question about Cubase. It’s not about mixing/mastering, but you might know something! If I enter the key editor of an Instrument track and select a MIDI note, there are some parameters above, like veolocity. One of them is “channel”. Is there a way to change it so that it can play each note from a different channel of the VST plugin I’m using? Simply typing another channel won’t do it.
I was wandering about this because I’d like to find ways to make my job easier. What really interests me is how you write all the expressions, dynamics, etc. I should mention that I’m talking specifically about the instruments of the symphonic orchestra. However, any other personal experience/opinion would probably be helpful.
So, I basically write all the music on Finale, where I can assign all that. I have no problem there because it uses Garritan Instruments for Finale, so they play anything I write. However, I do the mix on Cubase and I also use different sets of VSTs.
Most of the dynamics are usually performed differently, therefore I end up hearing things lower or louder than they were supposed to. And of course it’s not the dbs I worry about here, but the velocities. I might write a violin playing (the) piano ( ) and end up sounding mf. Also, when I write a phrase, I of course want some of the notes to be played leggato and some accented, or staccato, etc. Finale (kind of) does that when I place the proper symbol above a note. But when I use other VST instruments, I have to choose some instruments for, say, marcato and some others for leggato, which is pretty-much impossible to do because I need a track for each of the different articulations and also each track has to have only the notes it should play with the specific articulation. Instruments with keyswitches help with that but I can’t always find the instrument I like with a KS, or sometimes even if they have KS they don’t have the particular effect/articulation I want to use.
Now, I haven’t said anything about MIDI controllers, keyboards and such and the reason is I don’t have any! I understand it’s a necessity and I’m planning on getting something soon. Actually, I have a synth that I’m going to connect with my pc but it’s veeeery old, so no high hopes for that. But anyway, it would be helpful to learn exactly how this helps you, if it helps you and how you use it. Do you just open the sequencer and start palying things and add instruments in the process? And how do you deal with the issues mentioned above?
It would generally help to see how other people work. Also, if you’ve read something that is very foolish of me to do, or if there’s a very common, standard procceedure that I haven’t mentioned, please wake me up! I’d say I’m only starting to learn about all these things and even the smallest tip would be of great help.
Thanks for taking the tiime..!