You’ll probably get a varied set of responses, but I can give you a list of tips that I use in logic:
Hope that helps
- set up templates for your projects based on previous songs (or set them up specifically) so you can quickly get ideas down and each track layer sounds good already (this will speed up the mixing process)
- save channel strips of common settings you’ll be using with effects and plugin chains
- be organised with your loops etc (folders for genres / types of sounds etc)
- plan your songs structure on paper before you even play a note if possible
- set up an automated process for adding watermarks to your tracks or a separate project you can just open up and use to render out watermarked tracks with
- prepare an excel doc with things like tags, titles, descriptions etc for each track so you can copy and modify similar track tags for future releases
- learn to play your instrument(s) like a ninja (and your DAW )
- give yourself challenges when working on tracks whether that’s by limiting the instruments you can use, limiting time for each stage of creating a track or setting milestones over the course of the year.
- enjoy making your tracks and know when to stop being a perfectionist (easier said than done)
Great Advice Taco! (I’m taking notes lol)
Nathan, for me, i’ll try to keep a balance of steady workflow, but not rushing it. For example, production of my material usually isn’t super time consuming, but when it comes to mixing and “post-production,” that’s where I’ll notice that when I rush a mix for a track, i’ll go back the next day and hate it! So what I’ve learned to do (for me) is to create when i’m inspired, then mix and edit either on the same day or another, and then tweak & finish up on another day to finish my mix. I usually end up happier with the finish product. When I have a good finished product, then I don’t have to spend extra time and hours tweaking again because I rushed something. Hope that makes sense.
But every person is different It just feels good to know you have one awesome track versus completing 3 unsatisfactory tracks at the same time.
Its weird, I get a consistent sale on a regular basis on Saturday nights… probably my Mom staying up late at night Looking ahead, August was a really slow month for me last year. Wonder if it’ll be the same this year.
Gotta love our moms lol …my mom would buy my whole portfolio every week if she knew how to use the internet smh
-MacBook Pro (2010) -Mbox Pro 3 -Avid Pro Tools 10
To monitor, I use:
-M-Audio Studiophile Cx8
-Beyer Dynamic DT770 Pro (headphones)
Ohhhhh and I use the Beats by Dr. Dre (studio line) -> Oh yes! lol
To track, I use: -M-audio Oxygen 61 (I use this to track pianos, synths, drum programming) -Taylor 714CE Acoustic Guitar -Fender HH Blacktop Telecaster (to trigger electric guitar sounds i.e. Guitar Rig 5) -Alesis USB Trigger I/O Drum Kit (to trigger drums i.e. Superior Drummer 2.0) -Audio Technica AT4050 Condenser Mic (vocals, guitars) -KSM137 Condenser Mic (mostly guitars, aux percussion)
I mix “in the box” with plug-ins (i.e. Waves plugins). I also use a lot of software sampling programs that are amazing for drums, bass, synths, etc.
What’s up David! Welcome
Congratulations Bro! Well deserved!
Yes todays royalty free music for things like tv commercials are simple acoustic type of music and electronic type dance stuff. Female singer songwriter stuff kills as well. This site needs a female version of Tim Mccmorris, they would do great. Some of the female authors should have a go at singing.
I wish I could sing … . Lol but a female Tim would be cool…maybe I could write songs and pitch correct my vocal to sound like a female Tim? Just a thought…Lol
Good point Sophonic. Large quantity of quality stuff seems like a smart idea. Given that We are in the BUSINESS of royalty free music, we must utilize every avenue of distinguishing ourselves, marketing our brand/name, researching the market, etc. There’s a lot of (friendly) competition on Audio Jungle, but it’s on us as authors to determine our success!
Have any of you noticed any trends in Royalty Free Music in the past two years or so? By trends, I mean “what’s in” in different genres. What are commercials, films, etc using for their music? I would love to hear what everyone has noticed and see if we can help each other as well.
For me, as i referred to in another thread, I’ve noticed a trend in a lot of happy, motivational acoustic guitar/piano and bell type themes with a simple aclustic drumset pocket, just to give an example. It’s simple, catchy, and works! So of course, I want to create some things that well, consumers want! It’s strategic (plus I love all styles), so it’s fun to do!
What about you guys???
Alex, I’m telling you this to try to motivate you:
2 new songs in the last month and a half is not consistent enough for newbies like us unless you’re a rare case like Benji or Alumo. You have 17 items since you began in October. I have 78 since December. For us unestablished authors, we need that front page exposure. If a buyer likes what they hear, then they search through your portfolio for what they’re really looking for. My sales didn’t pass up my number of items until around sale 45. That means it took me uploading 45 items to get to 45 sales, and from there it grew. The more you write, the more you understand what the niche you are writing for is looking for. Obviously, AudioJungle likes your music since you got featured. Now start uploading more of that great music! And don’t stop until you hit page 1 of top authors.Phil.
Phil…you should be Audio Jungle’s motivational spokesperson Very good advice for a newbie like me as well…
Alex, keep on working hard my friend. Nothing comes easy! Don’t doubt yourself as well. You know whats in you…STRATEGICALLY let it out and continue to strive for the best. Be intentional with your Audio Jungle strategy and it will pay off!
I find the modern music always relate to synths. Modern producers somehow got too bored of instruments that have somewhat some limitations of is capabilities of producing different sounds. Then synths come out, where you can tweak them and get sounds beyond your imagination. And hey, with so many people with access to computer synths now, everyone’s doing it. So choice of sound i presume.
I”m a guilty synth addict…