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Old 03-14-2017, 09:15 AM
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Default Soundtrack/Score Creation?


First off, thanks for the forum.

I am a fairly advanced video editor using Avid Media Composer. In the past the majority of my projects for clients either didn’t need specialized soundtracks or we could use existing music – but now a couple of clients are wanting to lay in music but we can’t use copyrighted tracks for obvious reasons. Before I’d been able to find acceptable music using creation software like Sonic Fire Pro, but those usually ended up sound a bit cheesy (sorry SFP).

Is there a decent program out there that comes with existing royalty-free track libraries that I can somewhat personalize to projects (like SFP but maybe a bit more professional sounding)? I don’t have musicians available to actually perform soundtracks, so programs that seem to crop up when I search for “Music Creation Software” (like Pro Tools) all seem to be for editing already recorded tracks (not what I need).

Suggestions? Thanks for any advice.

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Old 06-28-2019, 04:17 AM
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Default Re: Soundtrack/Score Creation?

At musicscreen library most available royalty free music tracks are customizable, you will need to get in touch for a quote
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Old 06-28-2019, 05:57 AM
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Have a look at Epidemic Sound. Their tracks come with stems so a degree of remixing can be done.
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Old 06-30-2019, 05:40 AM
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Default Re: Soundtrack/Score Creation?

We need more information to help you.
What is the subject matter of the video you need music for? (Advertising, tv drama, etc.)
What type/genre of music are you looking for (orchestral underscore, electronic underscore, high energy, action cue, etc.)
Budget/time constraints?

There are really 3 ways to go about this:
1. Purchase a DAW like logic or pro tools. Purchase sample library software(the included content in pro tools and/or logic is good, but is not enough to cover everything you will probably need). All of this software has a high learning curve, and being able to use it doesn’t guarantee you will be able to create high quality music. This route will have a lot of time and money invested if you are not familiar with the process of creating music.
2. Look for a royalty free music library company and listen to their content until you find something to shoehorn into your project. This is the cheapest, fastest way... but will not have the best results.
3. Hire a composer that has good audio skills and owns/knows all of the software needed to create your score from start to finish. You will probably get an overwhelming amount of replies if you post an ad saying you are looking for a composer, but finding one who has all of the needed skills and has the “sound” you are looking for is more difficult. There are quite a few composers like myself that work remotely, so you have a lot of options. I usually ask potential clients for a short clip of the video they need music for and score it to show them what they would be getting.
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