How Much Time Do You Generally Spend on 1 Track?

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    LAwriter
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    MichaelL – Haha!! I meant that in a good way, and hope it wasn’t offensive. I guess I could have put “litigate”. Or maybe put Drivers drive. 🙂 Cheers,

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    Art Munson
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    LAwriter look for ahmadmin as user.

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    MichaelL
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    MichaelL – Haha!! I meant that in a good way, and hope it wasn’t offensive.

    No offense taken, LAwriter!

    Your point is well-taken. On some levels, not all, this is one of the few industries in which non-professionals compete, or try to compete, against professionals.

    #31693 Reply
    ChuckMott
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    These days i do what i do well and try not to spend more then 4 – 6 hours. If I can’t get a solid idea moving after an hour or to I”m out.

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    Michael
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    Usually no more than two full days. Though some libraries with in house composers keep a quota of 2-3 tracks per day depending on the briefs. Obviously a 2.5 minute ‘Ambient Textures’ track will require somewhat less time than a 2.5 intricate ‘Orchestral Fantasy’ track strictly from an programming standpoint

    #31841 Reply
    CHuck Mott
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    Trying not to spend more then maybe 6 hours per track these days and sticking to genres I am strong in, I have more oars in the fire then just music licensing though and my gigging income still outpaces my licensing by say double so….if I was a full timer I would maybe do twice that. Been at this over 6 – 7 years now and going to take a hard look at how many hours I have put into it and whether it worth continuing doing.

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    BEATSLINGER
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    Though some libraries with in house composers keep a quota of 2-3 tracks per day depending on the briefs.

    2 to 3 a day?
    If you are working at this Break-Neck CRAZY Speed, having zero free time to be human, and not seeing 6 Figures. Sorry, but there’s just no point in doing it.,.

    #31844 Reply
    Mark_Petrie
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    2 to 3 a day?
    If you are working at this Break-Neck CRAZY Speed, having zero free time to be human, and not seeing 6 Figures. Sorry, but there’s just no point in doing it.,.

    This was pretty much my first real writing gig after moving out to LA. It took me years to unlearn the bad habits you have to lean on in order to ‘write’ that much music every day, every week, for months on end…

    #31845 Reply
    BEATSLINGER
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    This was pretty much my first real writing gig after moving out to LA. It took me years to unlearn the bad habits you have to lean on in order to ‘write’ that much music every day, every week, for months on end…

    I understand. I worked for a couple of big name production companies. The restrictions, and loss of freedom had me writing/composing the most Insipid garbage. It took me years to get back to a place of writing music that had even the slightest form of creativity & technical merit…

    #31846 Reply
    NY Composer
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    It all really depends if I am writing ITB or if I’m doing all organic instruments with live drums, etc.

    If it’s all organic, we are talking longer time for tracking and much longer for mixing.

    I can spend 2 hours on just getting my drum kit to punch.

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