I made a commercial for my company using music from Killer Tracks. I know they license their music for around $200 a pop for most songs, and I thought this was reasonable. Cheaper than getting a recording label to give us a track anyway.
When going to the boss to get the money to use the song, he said to not go to a Ferrari store when all you can afford is a junker. He also said there is free use music online. Does such a thing exist?
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Re: Music issues by Mark Suszko on Apr 22, 2011 at 8:59:05 pm
"Rolaty free" doesn't necessarily mean the guy is letting you have it for free, only that you won't have to KEEP paying him after the one-time fee.
I'm a huge fan of SmartSound's Sonic Fire Pro, which uses a construction set of loops to build seemingly infinite variations of music to order, any length, automatically. However... you still have to feed the beast from time to time with additional collections of loops, to expand it's catalog and thus it's amount of possible variations, so it won't get stale.
Something new they are doing for Sonic Fire is an online all-web version, so you don't have to own the app and all the content disks, but buy a single custom made track to order, something like itunes, it needs an internet connection and a credit card... This could be a good way to go if you are a very casual user that only needs this kind of thing occasionally.
Re: Music issues by adam taylor on Apr 24, 2011 at 4:42:34 pm
if you have any musical ability, or even just an ear for a tune, try making your own using something like Garageband. Just cut together some of the thousands of samples and beats that come with the software, till you get something you like.
Its free to use, because you are classed as the composer, and if you register yourself with one of the royalty collection agencies (in the UK its T"he Performing Rights Society"). Then whenever your ad is broadcast, the tv stations also have to pay royalties, which will be collected by the agency (it helps if you register the music title as well as the ad clock numbers) and you will get a little payback every few months!
I have done this on a few of our ads this past year, and so far its earned close to four figures! Not bad for a non musician.
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Check out twistedtracks.com They have some pretty good music, I use them all the time on lower (and some higher) budget projects. Sorry to hear that you cut to a piece of music that you liked only to be stonewalled over $200.