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  • in reply to: Best Ethnic/World VST? #18582

    thanks MichaelL,i really enjoyed the Eduardo Tarilonte products.
    For now i’ll go with either RA or Silk but i’m pretty sure i’ll do a little investment in Eduardo’s packs in the near future.

    in reply to: Best Ethnic/World VST? #18555

    thanks guys,seems like East West is very popular and of high quality.

    @LMFAO: i noticed the “Silk” and “RA” versions too.Since i’m not necessarily looking for the rarest instruments in the world but for good quality and detail (as close to a real instrument’s sound as i can get from a VST),i’m guessing it’s better to get the “Silk” pack,if i’m going with East West (+ its price is at $300,which is on budget).

    I’ll check the rest,thanks again!

    in reply to: Co-Writer experience #18542

    that’s a good question Michael,i agree that your signature should be enough since everybody will get his percentage but since some companies demand all of the writer’s signatures there must be a reason for doing so.In the event you have only a few hours to secure the deal though and the co-writers are on skydiving lessons in Tibet,this practice could cost you (and your co-writers) a good deal of money.

    in reply to: Co-Writer experience #18538

    @Advice: that’s very informative,thanks a lot!The template seems pretty simple and to the point,i like it.In general,i wouldn’t sign a doc with a co-writer i trust but on the other hand,a contract keeps things simple and tidy.

    Also,you’re so right about the last thing you said,i haven’t thought of this situation.Sometimes a company/agency wants to clear a license within 24 hours,i can’t imagine the agony of having to reach the other co-writers and getting no sign of them!Thanks for mentioning this 😉

    in reply to: Co-Writer experience #18432

    thanks for the link Michael,interesting stuff in there.
    I guess a written agreement helps you keep everything neat and clean.

    in reply to: Tunesat ( couldnt' find a thread in the forum) #18171

    quite similar experience here; i tried the free,50-tracks,service and uploaded 5 tracks that have placed in the same show and same period (1st Q of 2014).
    Only 1 was detected.
    Thankfuly i was paid for all 5 of them according to my BMI statement!

    in reply to: BMI 1st quarter How'd everybody do? #18131

    About 13-x times better than the previous one :)))

    didn’t expect anything like this,it’s just the 2nd statement for me.

    in reply to: Music agents vs RF sites #18129

    @Advice: i’ll follow your advice,split the eggs in different baskets.
    As you said,we’re competing against ourselves and a google search
    could confuse the potential buyer (same track,different price).You’ve made
    some really valid points here.

    @Jay: there’s no reason to quit RF sites altogether,you could just do what
    MichaelL and others said,write different tracks for different markets.

    : thanks for your words man,you’re very kind.Your stuff,from
    blues to surf and arena-rock to electronic is great,i wish i could rock the guitar that well!Btw,check your Soundcloud inbox,i’ll pm you sortly.

    I don’t consider RF sites bad or anything,i’ll just think twice which tracks to upload there from now on.Art mentioned he’s approaching $1K/month from RF sales,that’s a great source of income that certainly shouldn’t be overlooked.

    Also,i think writing for different markets (RF/High end/TV etc) could
    benefit my songwriting/production,make it more focused.It sounds ideal
    for me,since i’m not that disciplined and can be lazy from time to time.
    Knowing in which market your track will end up saves you some time i guess!

    Using pseudonyms and different titles isn’t that appealing to me.I don’t
    know,it sounds confusing using various names.I already have a different
    moniker for the remixes i do for other artists,a 3rd one would be too much for me!It seems to work for other guys though.

    in reply to: Music agents vs RF sites #18092

    @MichaelL & DI: sorry for not clarifying it earlier,like MichaelL said it’s a licensing agent,not an actual agent for representation.I wrote “my agent” at some place so,that’s why DI assumed i was talking about a real agent,it’s my fault anyway guys.

    Also,DI,this agency has landed me 2 more deals earlier this year,not as big
    money as this one (the fee was a bit over $1k for the 1st and $600 for the 2nd).I can’t say the agency can get me a deal every month,no one can guarantee that,but if it did then most probably i would quit RF sites (the time spend to upload to RF sites and configure descriptions,tags etc could be well spend in composition/production).

    The agency’s kind suggestion was to quit the low budget RF sites and they
    also introduced me to another (very busy) licensing agent,a valuable
    new contact if you ask me.

    : i’m thinking the same,keep my tracks separated to make sure
    this won’t happen again.They don’t want exclusivity and they don’t mind
    me pitching my music to publishers for tv placements of course,we discussed
    all that and they were actually happy that i’m getting placements.

    I’m not sure about pseudonyms and re-titlings in RF sites.
    What if they search using keywords,short descriptions etc and they find
    the same track with different title and price in 2 different RF sites?
    I know this is one in a million (or billion maybe!) but imagine how
    confusing would it be for the music supervisor.I would probably skip
    both tracks if i was in his place.

    @Mark Petrie: the thing about the cap is very interesting.And very interesting stories,i guess a five figure fee can well make up for the
    potenital loses from RF sales so,you did the right thing giving them
    a kind of exclusivity.

    You can imagine the emotional rollercoaster when getting the exciting news
    one day and the right next one you’re informed the client was annoyed and
    wanted a discount etc.Well,i certainly don’t want this thing to happen again.I’m not that sensitive or anything but i was def shocked since i haven’t predict this thing can happen.

    in reply to: Questions on edits….. #17957

    Good point about the “No Melody/No Lead” version,i’ve heard it’s also called “Narrative” version and more & more people/libraries ask for them.And this is a very easy edit to do,in comparison with 60/30 edits!

    in reply to: Questions on edits….. #17941

    sold a stinger today,my latest 4 sales are all edits.Considering i’ve only started uploading edits in late July it’s very promising.

    in reply to: Questions on edits….. #17887

    thanks for posting this,it’s a relly good example of a package presentation.

    And a very nice holiday track as well!

    in reply to: Questions on edits….. #17882

    @Mark actually this is quite useful info,you’re not rambling at all.

    I thought the same about the 60 edits,having them at the same price as the full track doesn’t seem to affect my sales negatively.

    The package price,i’m not sure;i usually have it at 50-60% of the total price
    (for example,if the track + the edits sum up to $300,i put the pack offer
    at $150-180 tops).Do you think it’s a good/bad offer?
    Sorry if i’m getting off topic here!

    in reply to: Questions on edits….. #17855

    if you set your bpm at 128 and have 8 or 16 bars straight (no intro or ring out bars),you’ll get exactly 30 or 60 secs (yes,i do a lot of house/club tracks!).
    So,if you have tracks at 130-134 bpm in stead,you might find it easy to cut 60 & 30 edits,including a short intro and ring out.

    But you know what?in the end it’s what MichaelL & Art said.In most of the occasions you need to think outside the box and re-arrange the music in order to get a solid 60 sec edit.
    At first i was struggling to get the edits,specially from the 128 bpm club music but now i find it a bit easier to re-arrange and i’m sure in the future it will be even easier.
    In general,getting a good 60/30 edit shouldn’t be about the bpm but about the arrangement skills,that’s where i think i need more practise in order to get these edits easier.

    in reply to: My first track, critique please #17054

    epic dramatic with an optimistic undertone,nice track indeed!The strings DI mentioned above (at 0:16) are a bit ear-piercing,try 1 octave lower and see how it works (maybe cut some of the high freqs too?).
    I like the track,you’re doing great job 😉

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