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No this is not about cleaning your ears out! Well maybe in a metaphoric way. Matt had mentioned “editor friendly” library tracks and MichaelL had asked for clarification. Matt’s response was:

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I think most editors would say that an easily editable track has these characteristics:

– a short intro, getting to the main idea quickly (no slow fade up)

– sticking to one emotion, idea, genre

– stays in one key (some editors like modulation, but it’s easier to edit when the music’s all in the same key from beginning to end)

– for TV, ‘A-B-A’ is a useful format, with the last A section being a bigger version of the opening. For longer tracks it could be ‘A-B-A-B-A’ (each time getting bigger) or ‘A-B-A-C-A’

– breaks in the music between sections, so that the editors can cut from those points to the end easily

– a nice solid, final ending, with a long ring out (there are always exceptions of course).

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Seems to me this would make for an interesting thread. Basic tips and tricks for writing library music. I have moved the comments that started this discussion to here.