StevenOBrien

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  • in reply to: Digital Distribution advice #33227
    StevenOBrien
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    The only thing I’d be weary of is accidentally signing your music up to YouTube’s Content ID system through a third party service like AdRev, which I think CDBaby opts you into when you distribute something with them. This can get you into trouble with quite a few libraries.

    in reply to: Alt versions on Tunesat #33012
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    2nd on jamming all versions into one file. Much more cost effective

    I wonder if you could jam every single track in your catalogue into one giant file. πŸ™‚

    I would think all mixes in one file would create a different digital fingerprint than one mix in a file. Just a guess as I have never tried it.

    I’d assume they split the file up into tiny sections and fingerprint those, because you have to be able to detect partial uses

    in reply to: Explain the Problem with Subscription Sites? #32939
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    I do not see a bright future for direct licensing on stock music sites because the price of a music file just seems to go lower and lower by the minute.

    I raised my prices on a certain RF website last week from $30 to $80 (later down to $60), fully expecting my sales to drop to almost zero. To my surprise, the rate of my sales hasn’t slowed at all since I raised my prices, and my revenue for the past week is doubled as a result. (Of course, one week doesn’t say much, but it’s still a surprise to me)

    That’s what annoys me so much about this whole situation. From my perspective, it feels like neither the composers nor the market itself actually want lower prices, and yet the prices are still trending downwards…..

    in reply to: Katy Perry lawsuit #32773
    StevenOBrien
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    Hopefully she’ll appeal it. This is a ridiculous precedent to set. The very resonant 808 sounds the same and the melody has a similar sort of arc, but so do the millions of other trap instrumentals in existence.

    At least we’ll all have a stable source of income going forward if we can just randomly sue artists to make ends meet.

    in reply to: Orchestral music… where to? #32741
    StevenOBrien
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    Have you listened to the “classical” sections on libraries like MusicBed? https://www.musicbed.com/songs?genres=classical

    It’s far from purely orchestral, but it might be something you’d be into writing if you don’t want to go the epic/trailer music route?

    in reply to: Minimal Dark Piano Album #32738
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    Do you think it’s possible I am missing subtileties in the playing because I am not a pianist? And maybe not using the velocities like a pianist would play dynamically? Or is it more a tempo and feel thing?

    It’s both. I got the same criticism when I started doing piano programming and couldn’t really hear the difference, but I pick up more and more things as time goes on.

    I don’t think you necessarily have to be a pianist and play everything in to get the desired effect. You can learn how to place notes “around the grid” and mess with the tempo envelope.

    Maybe you could place a track in your DAW of a really good pianist playing something, and try to match them note for note?

    I feel like I may have bitten more than I can chew with this haha. Lesson learned.

    No, your writing is really good! Honestly, you could probably put these tracks up on an RF site and they would sell as they are.

    Not pushing a product, but I would go with Omnisphere.

    +1 for this

    in reply to: Production Music with Jazz Elements? #32733
    StevenOBrien
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    How can you determine that? Is there a way to see stats like on AJ?

    Nothing as exact as AJ, but if you do an empty search, you can sort every track on the site by “best match” or “popular” https://www.pond5.com/search?kw=&media=music#1/2064

    There’s also this: https://contributor.pond5.com/data-trends/music/

    in reply to: Production Music with Jazz Elements? #32731
    StevenOBrien
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    fwiw, “Jazz” is the 29th most searched term on Pond5. There’s absolutely a market for it, and you can cut yourself a nice niche in that market if you write it well. This guy writes a ton of it, and his tracks are some of the best-selling on the site: https://www.pond5.com/artist/stevericemusic

    +1 for lo-fi hip hop too. It’s the defining sound of YouTube at the moment, so TV people will eventually start using it within the next 10 years, and continue using long after it’s gone out of fashion. πŸ™‚

    in reply to: Minimal Dark Piano Album #32730
    StevenOBrien
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    Very nice writing.

    Just from a marketing perspective, it might not be a good idea to name your flagship track “atonal mess”. πŸ™‚ I actually do like that track, but I’d call it “Noir Investigation” or something.

    I’d recommend slowing the tracks down a bit and giving some more breathing room between phrases. Maybe add a pad element underneath the piano to fill the empty space (I know you said you were having trouble with synth choices? Listen to tracks from MusicBed, the artists there tend to pick synths that work well).

    The playing also sounds a little bit mechanical. A bit of rubato here and there would make your tracks really stand out.

    I think the piano instrument you’re using is also contributing a little to the “mechanical” feeling. Keyscape and Fracture Sounds Woodchester Piano are the ones I’m using myself nowadays, and they tend to not cause me many issues.

    The endings fade out very suddenly. Let them ring out.

    in reply to: Cyberlink claiming copyrights on some of my music #32504
    StevenOBrien
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    Tell the YouTuber to contest the claim through YouTube’s system, if they haven’t already.

    If there is a song title on a restricted list with the same name as a SmartSound song title, then it will sometimes be flagged.

    According to Art’s link, so hopefully forcing Cyberlink to manually check their claim will resolve the issue.

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