I think highly compressed music is more or less the standard these days. Certain types of music…I don’t think there’s much of an upper limit when it comes to compression. Obviously it can’t sound like daggers, but if the wave form of your song looks like a sausage…it’s what’s to be expected. Other types of music, orchestral music specifically…compression tends to make it sound less realistic, IMO, but will still makes it sound more “desirable” to the average buyer. I think every track should be uniquely mastered, as every track is different. If we were talking about producing an Album, there should be some coherence, but I think the goal here should be to try to make every track sound the best it can. I prefer to compress individual tracks than an over-all mix (it gives me flexibility) and I really prefer equalization over compression. Usually I will use a pretty low compression ratio, otherwise it starts to sound like someone is punching you in the ear. Sometimes I’ll use high and low-pass filters, but I think the most important tool with mixing and mastering is EQ.
Ah, an hour is lightning quick for the Jungle!
Ah, so you re-submit it. Does it take a week or did they script is so that it’s quick or automatic? I’ve never edited anything, but I imagine there’s a separate queue for edits?
Stupid question, but how do you easily change the thumbnails for songs…do you have to re-submit them? I notice there is an option to delete the thumbnail, but not to change it?
Mat’s got a killer set-up, look at all the controllers! I re-post these from the other thread. My space is a mess compared to you guys.
It SOUNDS ok to me, but I think MCDenny is right the beat is a little repetitive, especially the repetition of the snare. Repetition isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I would either cut the length of the track in half or add more variation… it doesn’t have to be much. Maybe a crash-type sound or something similar every now and then to break it up. But the reviewers will usually tell you if your track is too repetitive in their review, so who knows.
Stock music is weird, even commission work is weird – it’s hard to find a line between commercial marketability and stuff you actually want to write or that you are proud of. I respect all the guys who can crank out one commercial track after another – and make a decent living doing so – but I personally find it to be difficult. I think deep down we all know music is an art-form, and the business side of music can really get in the way of that. I’m sure everyone on this site has had a conversation or two with themselves about it. But I think at the end of the day the fact that you are making stuff and putting it out there is what counts.