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Interesting, thank you all. I wonder if I’ll ever hear back from them. They usually answer my questions within a few days, but it’s been over a week or so now.
I use SC only for making playlists to send to potential clients / libraries etc.
“You can also create a set for that particular library and order the tracks in the set however you want. You can make it private and send them the link.”
Yes this is spot on. Also making playlists by genre is helpful.
From my experience getting on a network show like the Bachelor pays out like bananas (probably my biggest payout was from this, don’t remember what it was like $250 or so for a 30 second background cue, but I had a few cues on a few episodes so it added up a lot). MTV and VH1 payout surprisingly nice. And yeah, there’s so many variables, I’ll have a cue sheet for something like Real Housewives where a cue gets like $150 and then another one gets like $5. It’s so random.
One thing I’ve learned recently from a publisher is that some shows pay based on a sample survey. Has anybody heard of this, seems pretty lame to me.
“Finally, there are shows that only report by way of something they call a “survey”. ASCAP doesn’t actually pay for all instances of music being used. Instead, they extrapolate based on some poorly understood “survey” method whereby they take a look (like snapshots?) at what is airing and use some kind of formula to decided what to actually count.”
This kind of thing would explain discrepancies between Tunesat and ASCAP.
Sometimes if I’m writing in my comfort zone and get writer’s block or just feel a sense of blah, I’ll try my hand at something different. Sometimes it doesn’t do anything of value (except maybe I discover some patches I didn’t know I had) but sometimes I’ll whip up something out of the ordinary and cool. It may or not be marketable, but it’s better than not writing anything at all.
This is slightly OT but I find a good trick to do for when you’re mixing for library / production music is turn the music down to the level that will probably be heard when people are talking over it (you should be able to talk in a regular voice to somebody standing next to you no problem). If something sounds abrupt or weird at a low level w/o people talking over it, it definitely will when they do.
I would just download videos from youtube and delete the audio track. You can write to picture using those as practice and also to show people, though I don’t know if you can make it publicly available, not sure about the legality of that.
Haha, I literally just updated Kontakt because I downloaded the free Kinetic Treats thing they sent out and it needs the latest version. Time to see how much damage it does.