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pietrogirardi says

http://audiojungle.net/item/movin-up/4452176

Ok, time to launch this on CD Baby and become a rockstar ;-) but actually, I’m not an expert of rock music: does anybody know at least three authors/bands to whom my track could be sounding like?
Thanks for your help!
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pietrogirardi says

The best book I’ve ever read that has helped me personally is:

’’The Emerging Film Composer : An introduction to the people, problems, and psychology of the film music business”

http://www.amazon.com/The-Emerging-Film-Composer-Introduction/dp/0615136230

It is an absolutely essential read, and while it is geared towards film composers, many aspects of the book can be applied across all parts of the media music making spectrum. It includes chapters on Preparation (before you enter the industry), Pricing Your Work, Getting Work, The Writing Process, Delivery, and a lot more, particularly in terms of people (social) skills.

The writing style is also thoroughly entertaining and forthright. I can easily read through the book very quickly, and I’ve read it over and over again. It is educational, useful and most importantly, it is practical.

Thanks for this great suggestion, I’ll grab a copy for sure!

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You need to explain exactly how you are using this reverb in your DAW, Waves IR L probably isn’t the best but it shouldn’t sound like that. It sounds like you have the IR L as an insert over the whole mix and have the mix knob totally wet.
+1. Tools don’t make a track, it’s all about the way you use them. IR-L is an excellent piece of software, if the tune was rejected you were either using it too much or in a wrong way:
  • are you using reverb as insert or send? Reverb is usually a send type of effect, this way you can apply the same reverb processor on different instruments (in other words, putting them in the same space), this helps in terms of realism.
  • in send mode, are you using them pre or post fader? Using them in pre fader helps you control the distance you put between the listener and the source: the lower the fader, the bigger the distance. In post-fader you have a different prospective, but it’s a matter of taste.
  • are you filtering the reverb channel? Usually after reverb you need a hi-pass filter (for cleaning up low frequencies, that often create mud in the mix) and sometimes a low pass filter (to clean up high frequencies reflections).
    An interesting thing to know: our auricle is a low pass filter at approx. 4Khz for sounds coming from behind us: filtering reverb at this frequency can help making listeners think that the sound they hear is actually coming from behind (try it!)
In general, clients often complain about too much reverb used in tracks: try to use it sparingly and to create spacey mixes with panning and eq.

Hope it helps.
Best,
Pietro
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pietrogirardi says

Congratulations, I’ve just have the red paw too and it feels great!

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At least I did it! Even if I haven’t been producing new stuff since last august (and haven’t been posting almost anything in the forums…), I did some promotion on YouTube and soundcloud and the money streams slow but constantly…
Now heading for the Black Paw! ;-)
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I feel quite confortable with orange tree sample libraries,
http://www.orangetreesamples.com/evolution-electric-guitar-strawberry

all guitars you hear in this video are made with it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQTEDAdGCHg

You can also check this out, the final solo was made with the Lap Steel Guitar from the same company:
http://audiojungle.net/item/movin-up/4452176

Best,
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pietrogirardi says

I discovered an advantage anticipated a few months ago when my third son was diagnosed with autism. A part of my life has collapsed. I quit my job to take care of my son and start an incredible journey in the strange world of autism. A long journey, very long journey. I will travel all my life long. Making music saved me. When i compose i’m out of the world for few minutes. So precious minutes.
Hold on, man. And involve your son in music, I bet it would be healthy and therapeutic for both of you.
A big hug from Italy,
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I’ve left completely the production activity here on AJ, and tried in the last 5 months to increase sales only with soundcloud and youtube promotion. The result? 4 sales in 5 months (< than 1 sale a month), when in previous months I had an average of 7/8 sales per month.

My conclusion: youtube and soundcloud promotion is almost useless, unless you keep uploading on a regular basis.

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pietrogirardi says

PietroGirardi.com – still missing my new video, check it out!

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