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I learned a good lesson from a mentor: Never wait for inspiration. That being said, while we cannot wait for inspiration when we’re working to meet a deadline, we can make sure to remember things that constantly inspire us so that we can tap into that emotion at a moment’s notice. That way you’re never really short of inspiration.

Things that come to mind, and I apologize if it’s a bit lengthy.

Music that touches the soul.

My parents and my brother. They have made me who I am, for better or for worse, but I like to believe it’s for the better.

Events that demand reflection and interpretation… and respect. This could be anything, from a hero laying down his/her life to a friend that tells me that he/she is getting married.

The extraordinary sample libraries and the people behind them that allow us to get closer and closer to realizing almost exactly what we hear in our heads.

Musicians and performers that inspire us to write better, to write something that we think is “worthy” of them.

The actions of others in and outside of my field that represent what kind of person I strive to be.

The accomplishments, great or small, of those that pursue their craft with everything they’ve got.

The people that are where I would like to be one day. I look up, never down.

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That’s an awesome milestone to reach! Congrats! Looking forward to your 500 and 1,000 sale announcements and beyond!

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Wonderful news! Congratulations!

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Outstanding! Let’s see 1,000 soon!

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It’s long, but hey, what’s the rush?

Once your track is approved it’s released from AJ’s womb forever, so enjoy the creation of life process while you can. After that, all you have to look forward to is your music track rebelling, marrying some jerk and leaving you to die alone in your old age :)

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Transitions and effects in Hybrid Tools 1-3 from 8Dio is a solid place to look. They’re also great for adding modern elements to your epic music compositions and help facilitate in the creation of crossover tracks (orchestral/rock, orchestral/dubstep, etc.). You can also modify the hell out of ‘em, which is a bonus.

If I’m in a pinch I also like using percussion instruments like Damage from Native Instruments (Heavyocity) to inspire some drum rhythms and styles.

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I know some great talent that can do this at a very affordable rate. Just send me a PM.

Cheers!

Ron

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This is a nice upbeat track.

Hopefully you find my feedback constructive and helpful:

This style of music will mostly be used with videos that use a voice over, so it’s a good idea to always play a male and female VO over your music to make sure it sits well with the human voice.

The sounds chosen for the melodies is borderline harsh and could interfere with a narrator. The other issue is that your melody starts after 30 seconds, so the audience is used to hearing a narrator and the background instruments for a full 30 seconds and are then introduced to a significant new part of the track, the lead instrument(s). Usually I would bring this element in no later than 4 measures into the track so that the world of the track is understood from the beginning, which helps eliminate any surprises.

Lots of editors will download the preview track and play it against the VO and they will know instantly whether it works or not. This will therefore be a major factor in sales.

Thanks for sharing and keep up the writing!

Ron

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Just stumbled across this. Thanks very much Adrien and keep up the good work!

I remember having trouble understanding why a graphic logo of mine was rejected on GraphicRiver, but I realized the answer: stick to writing music ;)

Cheers!

Ron

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This is both inspiring and awesome. Congrats!!!

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