Posts by Erick_McNerney

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Erick_McNerney says

Thanks Studio Monkey! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and everyone else!!! :) Here’s to an increase an overall sales and wellbeing for everyone here!

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Erick_McNerney says

depends on the genre. my folk tracks typically have some background vocals (usually eight), so 24 tracks is the norm for those. my latest corporate-style was 15. my xmas song had 64 (mostly vocals). re: mixing lots of tracks/digital artifacts, i find if i get much over 24 tracks, it really starts to sound crappy summing through a stereo pair. that’s when i go individual outs through an analog summing bus. but here in the jungle, where time is of the essence, i only bother if absolutely necessary…otherwise it’s stereo bus with a bunch of mastering plugs, and moving on…

I was wondering, do you record each vocal line separately, and thus create a new track?

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Erick_McNerney says

Sorry to take over another post, but I think I definitely could see myself burning out on stock music if all I released were poppy, clappy, snappy and commercial pieces. I’ve tried not to do that just because I could see myself going crazy doing that, and also losing my compositional roots and foundation.

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Erick_McNerney says


maybe in 2015 I should finally try to create an album complete with lyrics and get it up on Spotify et. al. I haven’t done this since I started back in the studio because it feels like opportunity cost, but maybe it’s a necessary step to taking production to another level, and just keeping my head in the game.
I’m actually doing something similar (Except I won’t be singing, nobody wants to hear that.) where I’m going to try and get a proper album up and out there just for the pure satisfaction of doing it, not expecting to make any money from it, but some things are more important than money. Also, I’m working on a music production app for IOS, at the same time I’ll still be juggling stock composing. I think it can be good to have other projects on the go so stock music isn’t the only focus, as sometimes I think having too much time to over analyze with stock music can actually hurt more than it helps.

I would like to do this as well. I was also thinking of starting a band, maybe towards to spectrum of Slowdive, Porcupine Tree, Bark Psychosis and Radiohead. However, I am increasing my sales on stock audio it seems as time goes by, and hopefully by next year I only have to work a part time day job and can focus more on music. That is ultimately my goal. I think the goal of going full time on music is just not realistic yet. Hopefully I’ll get their some day :)

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Erick_McNerney says

As you see my first post is 7 month old and NOTHING happens yet.
But I won´t quit to request a “Reviewer´s Hot Pick” for ALL OF US.
Each time I upload a good track (my opinion) with only 1 or 2 sales I get upset when I see that an ELITE author get´s a featured track (sorry Allegro 120) – but not me working hard to get this luck.
Sorry guys, but why does an Elite author who HAS tons of sales get´s that additional bonus ?

If this unfair system does not change dramatically in 2015 I won´t get an Elite author here, but may be somewhere else.

I know how you feel. Yet, I have a track that has 20+ sales (combined when it was on my exclusive and non-exclusive account) without being featured. I just wonder how much it would sell if it were a featured item! Having a featured item is so hard though because there is so much competition and so many tracks.

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Erick_McNerney says

I tried doing this with no metronome. I hope it didn’t hurt it. Anyways, strange that I had better tracks sent for review, but pretty much all were rejected and this was one of the few accepted (3 of 7 were accepted.). I guess that’s not bad considering their increase in rejections, right? Sorry for rambling. What do you think of this one? How can I improve? I feel like I lost the feeling of what I wanted to do with it somewhere along the way.

http://audiojungle.net/item/eternal-sadness/9830025
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Erick_McNerney says

So far I do not do this enough to get burned out. I am sure if it were my full time job (like I want it to be) then I will get burned out. I do have spells where I’m kind of in a rut, but I think that’s natural and may even be a result of not having enough time to work on music. I always seem to have ideas while I’m working my day job (which ironically is late at night).

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Erick_McNerney says

Careful with that one. It crashed my system over and over. I uninstalled it. I think it got something to do with graphics.

I haven’t had any problems with it…yet. I use Reaper and Cubase 7. I’ll be sure to let everyone know if that changes.

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Erick_McNerney says

That’s amazing! Congrats! I wish you hundreds and thousands of sales in the future :)

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Erick_McNerney says

I forgot to mention that sometimes I compile my own ensembles that may be a combination of different instruments (maybe trumpet, and trombone) or a combination of the same instrument with different articulations. In those cases sometimes I will have 3-4 instruments and/or articulations in the same track (using the QL Play engine). The only reason I would use a different articulation in the same instrument is to create a unique or powerful sound.

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