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Sergei_Kurek says

Hi folks! How would you describe “modern sound”? Maybe it could be measured by electronic instruments in use during last decade? When I discovered stock music world I began to read about how it works, and often I see people discuss some music with words “I look for music on stock, but very often most of stuff sounding very old”, or ” Oh it’s nice, but sounding like 80-s” :))))

Modern sound it is like to wear clothes. What do you think?

For example I fell in love with this sound of Alkis: http://audiojungle.net/item/humanizing-technology-with-logo-version/2434139

For me it is very modern and I cant stop myself to listening it everyday. Beautiful

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DamianN says

The most important thing, I guess, is the stereo separation. This tune have a lot of sounds and FXs at different frequency range so – you like it or not – it MUST BE highly separated. The drumline consist of 2, maybe 3 sounds, but is arranged in many different patterns. This track uses several types of pluck sound (with interesting delay effect) – main motive, background arpeggios and additional plucks. Very simple (but catchy) chords and main melody. A lot of action (I mean, a lot of changes).

Mr. Alkis is active on the forum so he can explain it better :)

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SERFmusic says

It probably means different things to different people, but I think the main thing these people are talking about is being “up-to-date” in every genre. For example, a lot of people don’t want music that sounds like it was created 20 or 30 years ago. They want more 2012, radio sounding music. Or sometimes, they just want “whats in” in the media music world, like the acoustic/bell feel in the corporate genre. Again, it varies but I think they are referring to music that’s more relevant to today. There’s nothing wrong with “older” sounding things as well :) . It’s all good music!

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Sophonic says

Its all great music for sure but if you want to have success in royalty free music you have to sound current. I love progressive metal but I will not be writing much of that kind of music because it just does not have a lot of commercial value. But then again you can have success in the smaller niche styles because there is not much competition.

Since I started writing royalty free music this year I have really paid attention to music being used in tv shows and commercials. I also have satellite radio where I listen to todays top 40 kind of music. While the acoustic/uke/bell thing is big for last couple of years, it will soon be old news. I am interested to see what the next big sound will be.

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SERFmusic says

I totally agree with you Sophonic. I’m the same way as far as writing what’s current and in with all of the genres contributing to. I was just giving an example of the “corporate” sound, or at least one of the sound. But I am determined to stay with what’s in because well, it’s what’s in! I study everything on the radio, top 40s, etc. Good business says to stay up with what’s in :)

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Sonic_System says

Hi folks! How would you describe “modern sound”? Maybe it could be measured by electronic instruments in use during last decade? When I discovered stock music world I began to read about how it works, and often I see people discuss some music with words “I look for music on stock, but very often most of stuff sounding very old”, or ” Oh it’s nice, but sounding like 80-s” :))))

Modern sound it is like to wear clothes. What do you think?

For example I fell in love with this sound of Alkis: http://audiojungle.net/item/humanizing-technology-with-logo-version/2434139 For me it is very modern and I cant stop myself to listening it everyday. Beautiful

Nice thread!
I think that what separates “modern” from “old-fashioned” music is a combination of many factors. Some of them are arrangement, choice of sounds, the way music is mixed and mastered. In fact, when I think about it, every aspect of music has changed a lot compared even to previous decade, not to mention 60’s/70’s/80’s…and it keeps changing faster and faster, so being up-to-date with your music is not an easy task.

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reubenchng says

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.

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SERFmusic says

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…

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alkis says

Thanks so much Sergei! I appreciate your kind words. :-)

The track was done on Ableton Live 8, using only built in instruments/synths and FX, except for the drums which had some of my own custom kits along with some Synthetic Drums by Native Instruments I think, and except for the orchestra strings which are kind-of built in (Ableton has worked with other companies and are now giving out sound expansions).

I hate presets. So most of the sounds are being made with a simple synth sound such as a short decay sine or square sound, but I then add delay FX, reverb, autofilters, etc. Other than that, I also do some glitch effects by exporting some parts into audio (“freeze -> flatten” option on Ableton Live) and then reorganize those and cut/chop them around.

Modern is a weird word. I guess I don’t mind if something doesn’t sound modern, but I do hate it if it sounds cheesy. For example I hate listening to plastic delayed piano sounds on top of a 4/4 electronic simple beat, it sounds like a cheesy hotel ad to me or something like that. So although it mind be only electronic and synth-based, it might sound like a low level 80’s band.

Others above said what needed to be said so I can’t go more into it to be honest.

Also, modern music isn’t necessarily associated with electronic music and synths in my mind. I believe that this track here for example is quite modern, but it’s more about the fact that it combines fresh ideas, instrumentation and rhythms. They use a basic line up but don’t play a dumb rock riff all over again.

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joesacco says

That is a great track. It sounds modern and it definitely sounds like Ableton. It could almost be a promotional background track for one of their products.

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