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    Paolo
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    And there are a whole bunch of variables (requested by client/library or self-imposed) that make an impact. Just a handful off the top of my head:

    – is the track 1:00 to 1:30 or 2:00 to 3:00?
    – is a melody required?
    – does the instrumentation cater to our strengths?
    – when do they want it?
    – knowledge of DAW shorcuts; speed of applying EQ’s etc,
    – updates to software that require a new learning curve
    – first time or 500th time with the genre
    – frequency of doing it – more time/frequency = faster

    And how many more factors do we encounter that affects time on a track?

    #23140 Reply
    Peter
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    I suppose it boils down to your writing style. When I start writing it’s an absolute flurry of activity, my brain is running so fast it’s hard to keep up. Sometimes I will record a part that I may use later just because the idea came too early on to use – if that makes sense.

    When I say cues, I’m talking about 1:30-2:30 tracks that are pretty much underscore stuff – sorry should have clarified that.

    When I write one of my romantic sweeping symphony pieces ;), yeah then it can take me a whole day to complete and then mix and master the next day, but you’re talking 3-4 mins of music consisting of hours of wrestling string libraries into submission! I do find a lot of my time is spent finding the right sound and then making it work if the developer hasn’t done their job properly. Solo violin is hell.

    All in all, everyone is different.

    Peter

    #23141 Reply
    MichaelL
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    When I write one of my romantic sweeping symphony pieces ;), yeah then it can take me a whole day to complete and then mix and master the next day,

    Extremely tiny market for that. You’ll sell a thousand corporate tracks for every “romantic sweeping symphony piece.”

    Solo violin is hell.

    Try Embertone’s Friedlander Violin.
    http://www.embertone.com/instruments/friedlanderviolin.php

    #23142 Reply
    Vlad
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    I have often been pondering this and bothered that I spent 8-12 hours on each high quality 2-2:30 track. I am okay with it now.

    Now as regards Art vs. Commerce: after listening to MichaelL and Composer J I have started to try speed writing for the purposes of throwing a few tracks at garbage sites like P5, etc. I have found that I can pump out a 1:30ish track in under 3 hours. Will I be thrilled with it? No. Will it sell because it is trendy and simple? I hope so.

    #23143 Reply
    Art Munson
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    I have started to try speed writing for the purposes of throwing a few tracks at garbage sites like P5,

    I don’t know that I would call P5 a “garbage” site!

    #23144 Reply
    Peter
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    Extremely tiny market for that. You’ll sell a thousand corporate tracks for every “romantic sweeping symphony piece.”

    Geez, and I thought they would sell as well 🙂

    Will it sell because it is trendy and simple? I hope so.

    very disheartening.

    I don’t know that I would call P5 a “garbage” site!

    Pond5 have been good to me since I started. Good site.

    #23145 Reply
    MichaelL
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    I don’t know that I would call P5 a “garbage” site!

    I agree. Not sure why you would say that Vlad.

    Now as regards Art vs. Commerce: after listening to MichaelL and Composer J I have started to try speed writing

    I’ve only pointed out that there are some people who write very quickly. I do not.. I used to, when I was under deadlines. I hated it.

    I can spend days, or more, on a track. Do I think that I deserve some special award for that, or that I’m creating “art?” No. But, I do want to enjoy the process.

    Right now, I wish I could at the pace I did in the past.

    #23146 Reply
    MichaelL
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    Will it sell because it is trendy and simple? I hope so.

    very disheartening.

    Why? The library business is about commerce — selling functional music. In order to sell there needs to be a market for what you create.

    There’s also a place for true art. It’s called a concert hall. 😉

    #23147 Reply
    ChuckMott
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    No, Pond 5 is probably my selling site as far as number of sales. Might even outperform several NE and Exc. sites. But I do believe quality matters there as well. Which isn’t the same thing as saying they only carry quality tracks.

    #23148 Reply
    Alan
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