Pretty much the same for me – guitars, uke, mandolin, banjo, and most percussion are all live recorded into a mic. Any keyboard instruments (piano, electric piano) are vsti, which makes sense because they translate directly. Normally I steer clear of any instrument I can’t play on my own that doesn’t translate to a keyboard (besides a drum kit, because I don’t have the room), like solo horns or solo strings, because I can never get them to sound even remotely convincing. I will sometimes use string ensembles but just as light pads, and more often than not I’ll choose a fake, synthy string sound for this purpose.
Okay, in all seriousness, because the OP had an interesting question:
The greatest thing about the stock scene is that I can write whatever I feel like. There is no one telling me the exact feel that they want, or BPM, or whatever, and that it’s due yesterday. So, I rarely go into writing a stock track thinking that I’m going to do something in particular, or at least if I do I’m not often successful. The best selling tracks were ones that just came together quickly one way or another.
I get writers block a lot because my time for producing music is maybe 3-5 times a week from around 9:00 to 10:15 PM, and maybe an hour or two in the afternoon on the weekends – not a lot of leeway there. If I can’t come up with something right away, I’ll try switching instruments, and if that doesn’t work I’ll just start playing some cover songs to relax a bit. Inevitably, I’ll come up with something that I like just after 10:00 and will record it on my iPhone as a sketch to work on next time I can get in the studio.
So, for me there’s no deciding what to write next. It either comes, or it doesn’t, and when it does I just hope it’s something buyers will like .
Ukulele sound has a special magic. Whatever you play it sounds jokingly and naively. I think ukulele is not so serious instrument such as trombone or violin.
I disagree. A violin can sound just as jovial and naive as an ukulele depending on the song, and an ukulele can sound very beautiful and serene in the right hands. Ukuleles are not all toys, and there are people who take them very seriously. If you ever get a chance to go to Hawaii, find yourself a music store and play some of the better ones, and talk to the staff and other musicians there, and then you may have a different opinion.
And if we’re making a list of silly instruments, I’m not so sure that trombone wouldn’t be out of place.
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Hey guys, thanks for catching that! I think that’s the first time any of my tunes has been transcribed
I have some tracks that are looped only, some with both, and some with an ending chord only. I haven’t tallied them up to take a closer look, but I don’t think I necessarily see a pattern of loops selling more or less, or tracks with both provided selling better than tracks that are either one or the other.
This goes for other sites where I’m required to sell loops and tracks with endings as separate items – I see about the same amount of sales for each (though again, I haven’t really counted, but if there’s a difference it’s not obviously one way or the other).
I will say that I get a request to provide a version with a resolution chord on a loop only track more often than the other way around. But that might just be because a savvy editor can usually take a full track and lop off the ending chord to create a loop (I do my best to structure the song with at least that in mind).
Figured they were about to release another one. I think this will be my “skip a version” version.