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    Peter
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    Hi Everyone,

    Just wondering how many cues people are writing each week (on average)? I’m trying to continually build my catalogue and with work and study am averaging 2-3 new cues each week.

    Also, do you guys have specific DAW templates for writing in different genres? I have just started setting this up which makes things easier to start off.

    One more question… How do you choose what to write? Do you actually plan out what you write? Try to follow trends (if they are any)?

    That’ll do for now. Thanks!
    Peter

    #23128 Reply
    Art Munson
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    Hi Peter,

    This has been discussed many times before. Some write one a week, some write many cues a day. Go to: https://musiclibraryreport.com/forums/topic/library-alert-another-music-thief/

    Scroll down to February 11, 2014 at 10:23 am and the post from MichaelL and continue reading.

    #23129 Reply
    Peter
    Guest

    thanks Art.

    #23130 Reply
    MichaelL
    Participant

    And then there’s this…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSUjMpRMbkA

    Just be aware, the more you focus speed and number of cues per day the less satisfied you may creatively, based upon other things that you’ve said.

    #23131 Reply
    Peter
    Guest

    Thanks Michael. yeah I know what you’re saying. Just playing catch-up I suppose and looking into all aspects of this crazy business. And.. the fact that a lot of libraries are now going exclusive so more tracks needed to spread the love.

    Quality or quantity… that is the question for me at the moment. I’m trying for both within reason. 😉

    #23132 Reply
    pcomp
    Member

    Hi Peter!

    It’s very different week to week. Now for example I haven’t written anything new in two weeks because I haven’t been inspired and I’ve been reading up on a bunch of things regarding music business, ways of selling etc.

    A good week I might finish a track (don’t like calling them cues) per day, but those are tracks I’ve already started. I try not to compose/record, mix, and master any track to completion in one single day because two weeks later, I’m almost never satisfied with the results.

    Composing/recording 2-3 tracks in one day isn’t uncommon though, but I always let them sit so I can come back with fresh ears. Then it’s usually pretty obvious if the material is good as is, or if I need to work much more on it. Or if it goes in the trash.

    #23133 Reply
    Pat
    Participant

    I would love to hear tracks from those who can do 2-3 tracks a day. I just want to get an idea of what kind of tracks we’re talking about. Maybe I’m just going overboard with mine or I just don’t have “it” to be able to do that and be satisfied with my work.I’ve also read about staff writers at a certain library churning out 6-7 cues a day and I say to myself,”what in the world kind of music can it be?.” Hard for me to grasp that.

    #23134 Reply
    Kubed
    Participant

    Aiming for 3 cues/tracks per week.Sometimes i can do 4 but some others just 2.
    I don’t feel comfortable writing,mixing and finishing a cue in the same day.

    #23135 Reply
    MichaelL
    Participant

    I would love to hear tracks from those who can do 2-3 tracks a day. I just want to get an idea of what kind of tracks we’re talking about.

    As posted above. I think he did this track in under 15 mins –real time.

    #23136 Reply
    ChuckMott
    Participant

    My rule of thumb comes from a video I saw on Christopher Beck, who wrote the music for Frozen. He aims for 2 minutes of music in an eight hour day, you’re talking movie soundtrack/trailer quality. In doing that, I don’t think (don’t quote me though) that he mixes this stuff in isolation. So after creating edits, mixing, uploading to libraries, probably 12 hours per track. And no, I totally lose my objectivity if I completely finish the track in one day. If you are a one man show like many (most) of us are, you have to to make a lot of spot decisions that maybe in a large scale environment you have a team making. And I suspect many of these 2-3 tracks a day guys are doing simple instrumentation tracks, 2-3 instruments, and very short. So if I was a fulltimer, 6 days a week, I would shoot for 3. With a full time day job, I try for one.

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