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February 8, 2017 at 7:53 am in reply to: Working with Higher End Libraries AND Royalty Free Libraries #26799
I use a pseudonym for the RF stuff. You can set up an alt ID with your PRO. Hard to sell your stuff for top dollar to the top end guys, when you have cut rate prices on RF sites.February 6, 2017 at 9:00 am in reply to: Composers /bands who don't use samples or orchestral instruments…. #26781
Playing all live instruments, is all I do as well. The styles I specialize in, are all live instrument-centric genres like, country, blues, rock, americana, bluegrass, etc. Have had a bunch of placements. I sometimes wish I could do more of the more “popular” composing styles, with lots of samples and loops, but I think what I do, (and the other folks that play live instruments), sets my cues apart from the rest of the crowd. Just had a library ask what sample library I used for my cues, because I think they were confused how I did it! Simple, play all the parts! You hear cues a lot that composers put together with loops, and attempt to mimic live playing, and in about 3 seconds you can figure out they just pieced some sampled licks together. I think most libraries ( and music sups) can hear the difference. At least I hope!! To me, anyone with a few bucks, can buy the same sample libraries. Nobody has the same instruments that I do, or plays them like I do, for better or worse! So for me the answer is YES, you can get placements without being a sample guru. BTW killer tune Paolo!
Well now you’ve done it, just spent an hour researching LCR. Interesting concept. Now I’ve got something else to obsess about in my mixes! Ha, thanks for the discussion. I’m definitely going to try it. I have been told in the past by a library to NOT pan hard right and left, so there’s that. I also have started to make a small “donut” in the middle for dialogue for TV stuff. Lead and melody instruments, just a little off center, but still close to the middle.
Most libraries I work with want at least 2:00, some more. Especially Work For Hire pieces. If you are doing RF or Non-exclusive, you can get away with less time length.
I’ll have to go back and check, but I think this was my best BMI statement yet. Double my last quarter. (still nothing to brag about, increased for me as well. Hope everyone did great.
Ok, but what does the company own? Nothing, besides my copyrights. The company that bought them out, doesn’t care about the little lib’s clients, their clients are bigger. The lib didn’t own a building, etc. I know I will never see a dime of the sale of the company, but when then only assets a company has is what it’s composers provided them for no upfront money, shouldn’t logic dictate, the composers should get some kind of compensation. Building a catalog, that you didn’t pay a dime for, and then selling it, is a total racket. I’ve seen it several times, and it really turns my stomach. Keep in mind that I composed music for a mid tier company (for nothing, yes, my stupidity), and one of the biggest names in music bough them out. If the same cues had been written for said “big dog” they would have been a buyout for around $1000 a cue. I know you guys are speaking the truth, but just because it’s true, doesn’t make it fair. Just venting I guess, and hopefully helping out the next guy, who is thinking of giving his stuff away for free. Thanks for the comments!
I have to say the compose a whole cd and pitch it concept, has been the best thing I have done to date. Libraries like that one stop shop idea. Though I do find most want 15 songs per cd.July 25, 2016 at 11:41 am in reply to: Placements on Mecum Auto Auctions – NBC Sports (Versus) #25406
Actually just checked. They haven’t showed on my BMI statement yet, let’s hope they do!July 25, 2016 at 11:37 am in reply to: Placements on Mecum Auto Auctions – NBC Sports (Versus) #25405
I’ve had tunes on the Mecum auction as well. I’ll check my BMI statement.April 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm in reply to: Universal Publishing Production Music moves to SESAC #24571
Haven’t seen any of my JP tracks move yet.
Drummer is definitely great for getting a groove going. I also have used it as the drum track on several cues. It’s pretty intuitive and easy to learn. I just wish they had more styles. You can also convert the Drummer track to midi and make changes, and even send to another drum vst. I’m more of a real instrument person, but the vst’s and plugins I have used, are certainly useable for media production.
Mine was within a few dollars of the last several quarters. Like I have said before, I really thought I’d see my numbers going up. What do you think the reason is? Is it that BMI’s payout amount has gone down (or the split has changed), or is it that there are too many composers vying for a piece of the pie? No sour grapes really, the industry is what it is. Here’s to hoping the next quarter is everyone’s best yet!
Thanks Mark. That really helps. Still on the fence as to whether it’s worth the time and investment. Thanks for the info!
This quarter was almost exactly the same as last quarter for me. Really thought it’d be looking up after doing this for 4 or 5 years. Made more off one library cd upfront than I did all 4 statements total last year. Guess it’s just part of music biz as a whole. Hope everyone else’s was better!
Very cool! Congrats to Todd! Thanks for the link.