Creating Library Music
I often get asked how I can write, record, mix, and master so many production songs so quickly.
The honest answer to that are a few different components.
1. I put in the time when I was younger practicing sometimes up to 8 hours a day.
2. I also put aside time during those days to write my own music. So many musicians spend so much time learning other peoples stuff and never write their own pieces. One of the best ways to get started is to pick an artist you like, and write something similar to what they have done. Learning song construction and melodic hooks from other artists and twisting it to be your own is something that all songwriters have done for years. This became very apparent to me in my guitar teaching days when I would hear similar chord progressions and grooves by numerous artists. The trick is to take an idea and build upon it.
Get in the habit of writing a song everyday Library and Production Music dont worry if it doesn’t sound like a hit. Over time your songs will start to consistently good…if not great. Also delve into styles that are foreign to you…. you will learn so much from this. One of my most popular songs was a Hawaiian track that I created. I knew nothing about the style other than you used a Ukulele and a slide guitar.I sat down and listened to various Hawaiian artists and was able to get a feel for the style and painstakingly recorded it bar by bar…but in the end it sounded great and was used on both “Lost” and “Hawaii Five O”.You can check it out on my
Cutting edge stock and production music site http://www.directcomposer.com.It is located in the world/classical category.
quick mix tips for better sounding productions
Mixing audio is extremely difficult for the newcomer.I spent hours/days/weeks/months scurrying the net, watching video tutorials and asking engineers on how to get that glassy and even sounding mix.I am in no way in the leagues of Chris Lord Alge or Andy Johns….but I manage to get some pretty good sounding mixes that have made their way into countless productions…so I must be doing something right:)
My mixes are always simple and quick.Here is a basic list of my rules that I follow.
1.Have a good source tone.If you record crappy uneven sounds it is impossible to make it sound good.
2.Learn to layer instruments properly.If you record sloppy parts tha clash it is also impossible to make it sound good.
3.Use an eq and cut all frequencies below 70-90 hz on all instruments except drums.I usually set the steepness of the highpass filter by about 24…or 36.
4.pan all instruments except drums and bass.Make sure the instruments are panned using the full spectrum in a way that mimics the way you would see them if you were in an audience.
with just these few simple tricks your mixes will start to sound much much better and detailed.
you can hear some of my examples at:
Next time we will discuss reverbs/busses/and compressor uses.
Andy is a Writing Article and Press release Content Composer/producer from New Jersey. He spent 10 years as Quality of content and Marketing Research Level of one of the main Library and Production Musiccomposers on the Network Television.