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Beat Making Software: Why DUBturbo, ACID and Soundation Change Everything

DUBturbo, ACID and Soundation are complete set ups for making professional rap, techno r&b, hip hop or any other beats. This is easy software that is fast to use and it makes broadcast quality beats like a pro DJ, for real.

Any level artist, producer or DJ can use the software and create hit style music. It really does lower the entry in terms of cost and skills. Plus DUBturbo includes video training. So you just need a great ear and a vision.

If you have played around with basic drum and beat machines you know that most of them sound really bad. That is especially true if the beat maker uses poor sound quality files like Mp3s. You have to always build your beats with wavs like DUBturbo, ACID and Soundation do.

When you have the right software and high end samples you will be surprised to see just how easy it is to create tracks that are radio-ready. Previously the problem here was the cost of the software and samples. However now these beat-making programs solve that problem.

The real bottom line here is the ability to make music that is high enough quality for people to want to pay you for it.

 

5 Production Music Libraries to Try [ Video Samples Included ]

I could write music 24 hours a day and never keep up with all the varied needs of folks who visit Dano Songs. So here is a continuing list of production music libraries. I like to include the ones that have really nice videos!

Killer Tracks

Killer tracks is a production library that has a wide variety of tracks as well a multitude of other resources to use including animations. They also offer many pre made tracks and play lists that range between acoustic guitar and workout. The older tracks can be browsed for or you can check their What’s New section for all the freshest releases on the market.

The website that they use is very streamlined and user friendly, making it an easy place to find what you are looking for and rather quickly. They have staff on hand for questions and concerns as well as offering any help and advice on making your track choices.

615 Music

With more than 40,000 tracks listed, it is almost always possible to find what you are looking for with 615 Music. An all original music list is broken down into easy to search genres; all are available for viewing after a simple registration process.

They keep a client area, press releases, and a newsletter to help keep you up to date with all of their music while on their site. Music and library samples are also available for listening prior to sign up and registration.

Audio Network

Audio Network keeps a vibrant site to match their upbeat view on their music library. Their search engine can not only break down their selection by musical genre but by how you are looking to use it. Amongst the options available to choose from are Youtube, documentaries, gaming, and radio advertisements.

They offer flat rate fees for one time buys as well as monthly packages, allowing you to pick whichever suits your needs best. Their licensing program also gives you the comfort of using your newly acquired tracks on whatever platform you need it in as well as in any and every country.

Extreme Music

With a fast paced view on the industry, Extreme Music likes to put a strong emphasis on why it is you are there; the music. A track player along the side bar is a constant as you browse their offered tracks allowing for easy previewing. And it isn’t a forty second clip they offer you, but full tracks for listening.

Listing their locations with an interactive map, visitors can see all the dealers that are used by them. An intriguing and artistic website awaits those who turn to Extreme Music for their auditory needs, just keep in mind that their website can be a little hard to maneuver at first.

Megatrax

While they keep an interesting set of genre and playlist names, Megatrax houses a large variety of musical and sound effect files for any and all need. They keep a long list of quality tracks and their reach is global being sub-published in over forty countries.

They offer a multitude of options for your music delivery needs as well as the ability to edit your newly received tracks. If you do discover an issue that you are not able to resolve on your own, they keep a dedicated staff on hand to either walk you through it, or solve it for you all together.

Top 5 Music Production Schools to Check Out!

I get allot of questions about getting into music production. You can learn yourself through trial and error, take individual classes or go to school to get a degree. Some colleges also offer programs in the music industry which is a great compliment to production training.

Below is a listing of the five of the top 5 Music Production Schools I know of. Courses include everything from audio engineering to sound design and mixing. While they are in no particular order, it is safe to say that most people would agree that the number 1 spot does belong to Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Berklee College of Music in Boston is considered the top school of music. Berklee began its mission in the teaching, training and educating in the field of jazz but has expanded to now include other types and styles of music to include hip-hop and rock along with jazz. They offer three types of degrees in music, including one in production and engineering.

Berklee guarantees a hands-on approach in each of their music degrees. Some of the more famous names that have graduated from Berklee include Kevin Eubanks in 1979; Keith Harris of the Black Eyed Peas in 1998; Quincy Jones in 1951; Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks in 1995; Branford Marsalis in 1981; John Mayer in 1998 and so many more.

Needless to say the college helps create extremely talented artists in the performing field but also behind the scenes names that don’t necessarily get top billing but whom the well-known names would be lost without.

The Steinhardt School of Music within NYU is where the music industry gets some of its top trained production people. NYU’s Steinhardt School offers one of the few Masters Degrees in specialized divisions which include the technical and computational aspects of music.

Anyone graduating from NYU Steinhardt School will definitely have the training and contacts needed to rise in the music industry field of production with their degree. Steinhardt School has a very strict and stringent entry process which accepts only the most elite and talented individuals.

The Recording Connection Audio Institute is one of the less traditional types of schools and is known in the industry more so than by the press and public. Although the school has been around since 1983, in terms of colleges and universities that makes it a fairly new school.

The basis of their learning is a hands on approach in the industry, providing training that will not only get students directly into the business and handling all aspects related to their desired degree but making connections that most colleges and universities simply don’t get their students out into the real world to make.

There is a course curriculum that is actually taught one on one to the student, making it a very personalized and individualized learning experience in the industry itself. There is no actual brick and mortar school to attend but instead a base office in Hollywood, CA with satellite professional studios in numerous cities. Students begin and work with professional studios and professionals in the field in an apprenticeship style program.

Its validity is questioned by some who are used to the brick and mortar style school settings; while others liken the experience to a “tech school” or apprenticeship, with minimal “book” style learning. While this is truly one of the more different styles of professional recording career colleges because of it’s “beyond the brick and mortar” school type; one has to only look at today’s cyber schools that are graduating students left and right with valid, legitimate and proper degrees and diplomas.

You’re not going to see as many “big names” come out of this college as you are “real working people” who are in the industry, behind the scenes. While colleges like Berklee and NYU have big names behind them, this is simply because they offer aspects of performing along with the behind the scenes of the music industry. The man who was the head engineer in producing the Black Eyed Peas album isn’t going to be well known to most people while the name of the band will be.

Indiana University Bloomington’s Jacobs School of Music is also one of the most well known schools of music and the largest overall school, enrollment wise, to offer specialty music degrees ranging from Associates to Masters Degree programs. Opening in 1910 the Jacobs School of Music has a substantial history and past associated with its music program and offers degrees in everything music from the performance end to the engineering and production aspects of the industry.

The Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University is mainly known for their performance degrees; however they are known as one of the top colleges offering a Masters of Art in Audio Sciences which covers most aspects of musical production and in particular the technical aspects. This degree is not for the faint of heart as one can only be considered for entry once they have obtained their BS and then apply for admission.

Most people that choose The Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University do so for their performance degrees as opposed to their technical and production aspects. A Masters in Music (MM) from The Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University is an impressive looking addition to a resume but that’s not always what is looked for when applying or working in the true music production industry.

Schools such as this and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University are examples of spending money on education that could be seen as “wasting” time on non-music classes. Taking courses in science, mathematics, history and such are not really useful for a career in music production.

For example, I have a two year degree from the Hartford Conservatory of Music where we only studied music. I found that much more useful that the 4 year music business program I then went through at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.

Free Music for Broadcast You Can Use Legally

There is an exceptionally high demand for free music for broadcast right now and that is why I created my free music library. For instance, developers of smartphone applications and games often seek free or low cost background music for broadcast, as do the people who host Internet radio shows. With such a high demand, this begs the question: How does one find free music for broadcast that you can use legally?

First, we need to understand the legalities of music. The fact is, when a person writes music or lyrics, they own the copyright over their art. Typically, a musician will utilize a service such as ASCAP or BMI, which oversees the use of their copyrighted material, and pays the artist residuals. Of course, there are different costs for commercial applications, such as advertising or video games, and in these cases, details are worked out on a case-by-case basis. By in large, though, any time an artist’s music is broadcast, they are entitled to some sort of residual. Whoever is airing the music logs it on a cue sheet and then submits it to ASCAP or BMI, which will then pay appropriate royalties to the artist.

When considering free music for broadcast, it is important to draw a distinction between “free” and “royalty-free.” Options for truly free music for broadcast are exceedingly limited, which makes sense. People want to be recognized and paid for their work. As the demand has risen, there are now options for royalty-free music for broadcast, which is quite different than free.

Here’s how royalty-free music for broadcast works: There are services that act as libraries for artists that opt-in. Customers browse the catalog for the music that suits their needs, and then pay a one-time fee for use of the chosen music. Oftentimes, these services require that a user fill out a cue sheet, just as they would for ASCAP or BMI, but there are no recurring charges to use the royalty-free music for broadcast.

There is a caveat to royalty-free music for broadcast. Depending on the type of use, there may also be an extra fee. For instance, the basic fee will cover all use in smartphone apps, Online games, YouTube videos, etc. If the song is being used in advertising, there will be an extra fee, which may depend on whether it’s national or local. The highest fees are for commercial, theatrical use, in movies and plays. Although there is very little free music for broadcast available, there is a great deal of royalty-free music, and the total fees depend on the scope of the use.

Although it’s very hard to find truly, 100% free music for broadcast, it’s very easy to find royalty-free music for broadcast. A simple Google search for “free music for broadcast” yields multiple services that work directly with the artists, ASCAP and BMI. Although the user may have to fill out and submit a cue sheet, they will never have to pay another royalty or fee. It is never okay to take and use an artist’s music, especially for commercial purposes, and the new royalty-free music for broadcast services have made it much simpler to find and use what you need, for very low costs.

The Best Stock Music Websites for YouTube Channels and Partners

Here is a great video that explains in plain terms the reasons you need to use royalty free music if you want to become a YouTube partner or have a channel. Its from DearNaptural85’s YouTube channel who says she previously had big issues with using copyrighted music.

You need to own all you content in your YouTube videos if you want become a partner. She explains that buying music from iTunes and Amazon does not give you the right to distribute and display the music – just to listen to it.

But using my music or music from a site like RoyaltyFreeMusic.com allows you to not only buy the music, but to also include it in your videos, websites and other projects that you can improve if you get the right seo company to optimize your sites. She likes some tracks on Beat Suite even though the downloads are not cheap. Pond 5 is her favorite saying the music is incredible and cheap.

DearNaptural85 also gives tips on how to handle the YouTube web forms regarding the use of music in your videos, in order to ensure your video does not get deactivated.

Tips on the Best Stock Music Websites for YouTube Channels

New Production Music Downloads Website

production music downloads

Cinephonix started out in 2006 as an agency for composers that specialize in film, commercials and TV. It has grown over the years and just launched a large music publishing site with production music downloads. They also have a staff of composers that produce custom music.

Their site lets you search for instant downloads, with licenses for a variety of uses. The music is exclusive to Cinephonix so you will find unique original high quality material there.

I went to their site and really liked their music player, look and feel and overall vibe. Cinephonix is a UK firm but they also operate in Sydney Australia, New York City in the US and Los Angeles, CA. All the music is of course pre-cleared for film, television, commericials and websites. If you need help improving your website, then make sure you call SMR Digital, it is very important to have a web development company helping you grow your site.

Very beautiful moving vocal production music download from Cinephonix…

Free Uncopyrighted Music from Public Domain 4 U

free uncopyrighted music

Finding tracks that are really free uncopyrighted music that suits your video, film, game or presentation is very difficult but not impossible. The songs on my site here for instance are free, but I do still own the copyright and I ask that you credit me or donate.

With public domain music however, you don’t need to credit anyone or pay for it to be legal. In many cases the musicians and composers have passed away. In some rare cases the owner is still alive but offers the music under public domain.

Music expert Joel Selvin is curator of public domain music at his site Public Domain 4 U. You can simply right click on the links and download songs that he has found that have no copyrights.

Just remember, no matter where you find Public Domain music, that you should still do a bit of research on the piece before you use it. This is just to make sure that the audio really is Public Domain.  Also, if the free uncopyrighted music is for commercial use you should run it by a lawyer. But if its just for personal YouTube videos or student film this may be a great alternative.

Video: How to Search for Free Uncopyrighted Music on Public Domain 4 U

Sound Effects News: 25 Free SFX Downloads

I usually create full instrumental tracks at about 3 minutes long. But I get allot of requests for production sound effects for podcasting, videos, powerpoint and online radio.

So when prosoundeffects.com contacted me about an offer they have to give away 25 free sound effect downloads, this struck me as news folks might like to know about.

The sfx are a part of a complete high quality MP3 library and you can listen to the demo below. Its sounds great to me. You can find the free sfx downloads here.

Podcasting Sound Effects Demos by ProSoundEffects


 

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Best Voice Over Actors for Video and TV Commercials

Since I provide background music for allot of videos I get asked often if I can recommend voice over actors for commercials.

You can get some incredible voice over deals on Fiverr.com if you are on a super tight budget. But there is not that much choice of talent and the format is limited.

Also, I’d like to mention two gentlemen who helped me do the voice over for the sounders on my site. Will Wilson at WillSpeakforYou.com and Bill Hewes from the “The Hillbilly Yank Show“.

I set out to find out the best reliable source of voice actors that I could recommend to folks and I narrowed it down studiocenter.com. They are big time into radio commercial production and all around audio production for video and television.

Another reason I am recommending Studio Center is because they have studios in many major cities across the US so this may be helpful to people.

You can check out the video below for their top 10 male voices and see their YouTube channel. Go to their website for samples and to search for voice over acting talent.

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Music for Movies | Best Way to Score Films | Editing Innovations by Ken Burns

Great interview with famous documentary producer Ken Burns on music for movies. He has been creating films for 30 years and has many on PBS.

He talks about how traditionally the process is to “lock the film” before bringing in composers and musicians. Then scoring is a very mathematical process based on precise timing. Very true and extremely different from songwriting.

Ken instead takes a more innovative and organic approach by recording music he finds moving before editing has even started. He has the musicians record hundreds of music beds. Then he edits the film around the music – which I had never heard of.

He mentions having over 200 versions of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” recorded for his baseball documentary!

Ken Burns on Music for Movies

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