Composing

Discuss, share content, offer tips and advice on hardware, software, style, strategies, process, work-flow and the business of scoring a film, video or theater production

Diandra Anne Mamo
Best Affordable Courses for Music Production and Songwriting

This query is for a loved one who's currently self-teaching in songwriting.

To all those well-establised creatives out there in songwriting and producing, could you send my way links and/or names of schools to learn in songwriting and music production please? Here at home we're not exactly well cater...

Expand post

Joel Irwin

I can't speak for outside the U.S. and it also depends on exactly what you are looking to learn. Your request spans two very broad area - audio engineering and write songs which overlaps with general...

Expand comment
Diandra Anne Mamo

Joel Irwin Thanks for your reply.

I suppose in most of our crafts, experience gains us more muscle than how many pages given to our resume or what schools we've gone to. It certainly helped me persona...

Expand comment
David Obaniyi
Sample Library & Mixing/Mastering Discussion

Hello everyone, I'm wondering if there are any recent purchases that any composers here have made that have change the way you have made your template of choice, whether if it's orchestral or electronic music focused or a hybrid of both? Hope everyone is doing well during these crazy times?

Joel Irwin

yes - see my post below on EWQL

Donal Rafferty

I recently got Spitfire BBCSO and am navigating through using their awesome (free) template for the first time. It's nice to have it as a starting point. It's even useful for folks NOT using BBCSO as...

Expand comment
Joel Irwin
EWQL Hollywood Orchestra

Note: I am looking for feedback to help me decide if I should replace my primary sample set.  I am not looking to recommend or sell anything.

I have been using the Cinesamples orchestra along with Miroslav instruments and other instruments I have purchased to use with Kontakt.  I can never get the st...

Expand post

EastWest Symphonic Orchestra
EastWest Symphonic Orchestra
Steve B. recently purchased ComposerCloud X A big, bountiful, powerful, expressive, sonically superior collection of top-quality orchestral sounds, recorded in a first-class concert hall, played, reco…
Jonathan Price

I've got different templates for different kinds of projects. I still keep my HO template current, even though I haven't used it for a few years. Bottom line is that the sounds are incredible, even gi...

Expand comment
Linwood Bell

I've always wanted to buy CSS, but haven't done it yet. A few weeks ago Spitfire had the Studio Strings on sale and I bought the basic package for $125 and I'm happy with them. next sale I'll upgrade...

Expand comment
Joel Irwin

Jonathan - your feedback is awesome not just for me but for everyone. I get what y'all are doing. I wish there was a way to sketch things out to sheet music like composers have sketched on paper for d...

Expand comment
Joel Irwin

Here is a postscript - I never bothered to check the resource requirements - they are enormous. Again I purchased EWQL Hollywood Orchestra Diamond plus Solo. Here is the data:

Folders - 51,124

Files - 1...

Expand comment
Joel Irwin
Dongles & Machine Security

My stimulus check came today and so I decided to take some of it and get EWQL Hollywood Orchestra Diamond + Solo for $586. I had one reservation which has stopped me before - I am not a big fan of machine specific security - either software or hardware and I am not a big fan of any sort of dongle. M...

Expand post

Roberto Mariani
Free legato samples for logic X

Hi there somebody can suggest me a good free download legato samples kit useful for Logic X? Many thanks. Roberto

Philip Nelson
Artist Consent for Music Use

Hey All, I have a semi-famous singer who I contacted over Instagram. She responded that she would be honoured if I used her music in my film and that I "may use any of her songs in the film". I expect this is far from legal consent to use the music. Who should I ask her to referent me to to get legi...

Expand post

Joel Irwin

You need to have a 'sync license' and a 'master use' license. If she is both the copyright owner and the publisher/record company, you have her agree to both. If she is just a singer but not the compo...

Expand comment
Sean Staples
Composers...do you write to or away from film?

Hello fellow composers. I am interested to know if you prefer to write directly to film or do you take the more Mark Isham type approach of absorbing the film and then writing away from film and then applying back what your written. Personally i've done both methods and I find that sometimes it is e...

Expand post

Joel Irwin

I have done both. Sometimes I watch the film once (or read the script) - to get the 'lay of the land'. That helps inspire me for the 'thematic material' and the 'longer' cues. Though (so far), I do no...

Expand comment
Scott Fairdosi

I would say it's highly contingent on how much time I have. If I don't have time to write a suite or demo then I don't have time. But if there is time, that is definitely the route I like to go. I've...

Expand comment
Wesley Lawrence Curry II

Mostly directly with the film. Though I am always composing ideas with compound emotions in design. My first tack is to improvise on piano while watching the film. And doing this several times through...

Expand comment
Josh Monroe

I write the "theme" song based on the info I recieve from the director. Once I have the film then I write the score based on the theme.

John Doyar

It depends on your goal and emotions what you want to bring up in the audience's head.

Sometimes it's better to compose aside from the video to create a huge gap in meanings, subtexts and whatnot.

John Doyar
Growing professional is looking for a project :) (Unfortunatelly, only in distance)

Looking for exciting projects to compose and edit :) Let's create something together :)

Derek Meeker
Getting Work As a Composer?

Hello everyone,

I'm fairly new to composing for film but wanted some feedback as to how you, as a composer who's more well established in the business, found work when you were starting out.

Thanks,

Derek

Joanna Karselis

Big question, Derek! I think I found getting to grips with virtual instruments a very important part of getting those first jobs. Apart from that, constantly writing and practising, being polite and c...

Expand comment
Joel Irwin

Get on a film crew. Sounds obvious but how do you do it? My first IMDB credit (of my current 30) was in 2013. I wrote the music for a competitive film called "Curveball". I have since worked with that...

Expand comment
John Zachary
First Job as a Composer.

Looking forward to working with Balikoowa and Joseph as Music Composer for the full feature of The Sojouner, which is in now in the planning Stages. THANKS STAGE 32 This is a great platform to connect with others who love to Create.

Julian Montgomery
Video Slave 3

I'm just getting setup with Video Slave 3 (I really don't like that name). Right now I'm using the network MIDI send/receive built into my Macs to sync the video. I'm also pulling the dialogue on to a track in my DAW so no audio is coming out of Video Slave 3. Was curious if that's similar to how ot...

Expand post

Julian Montgomery

Hey John Zachary I'll hit you up sometime today.

John Zachary

Hey how are you Whats been UP lately.

John Zachary

Looking forward to working with Balikoowa and Joseph for the full feature of The Sojouner, which is in now in the planning Stages. THANKS STAGE 32 This is a great platform to connect with others who love to Create.

Kerry Kennard

Dorico Pro 2 and higher has Video now, so one can write music with the video clip.

Logic X also has (insert) Video, which works pretty good.

Think the features in Dorico's Video engine are pretty nice....

Expand comment
John Zachary

Hi julian what's up.

Alessandro Machi
Being Dumbed Down by Smart Phones?

.

The difference between writing or posting from an actual, real keyboard, versus a Smart Phone... When on a real keyboard one can review one's work and fix mistakes. My theory is Smart Phone texting promotes brevity to the point where one accepts less in terms of thinking and writing. Gently hammeri...

Expand post

Amanda Toney

Really interesting way to look at things Alessandro Machi and I laughed out loud when you said you could go on and on BECAUSE you are on a keyboard, but I feel the same way about the written word vs....

Expand comment
Joel Irwin

Same can be said for synthesizer VSTs or instrument samples - don't they dumb down live musicians?

Mackenzie Kristjon

Pretty funny. You are right. I actually have brought a great deal of brevity to my verbal interchanges because I know you eventually get to the point of the ellipsis and "expand comment" as above. The...

Expand comment
Alessandro Machi

Joel Irwin, your question is definitely out of my pay grade.

Kerry Kennard

There's definitely more screen space on a computer, freeing your eyes to do better music / thinking, in my opinion. an Ipad might be better, though still the ideas with a keyboard and music notation,...

Expand comment
register for stage 32 Register / Log In