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Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 1:29 pm
by ResonantTone
Hey all!

Was hoping you guys could give me some direction on this. An ongoing conversation with a library has culminated in them asking me for an album's worth of work! I'm pretty stoked to say the least... but on the other hand, I wanna make sure I do this right and that I don't make any rookie mistakes.

Any words of advice or helpful tips for those that have done this type of project in the past? Anything special I should know or generally accepted guidelines for this sort of thing?

Thank you in advance!

Andrew

Re: Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 2:32 pm
by CTWF
Wow, that is great to be asked that - congratulations Andrew! I am curious to see what kind of tips you will get. Tom

Re: Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 3:25 pm
by eeoo
Be realistic about how long it will take you. Make sure you know exactly what they want as far as alt mixes, stems etc. Do they want it "mastered" or should you leave them room to do that? And if so how much room? Do they want stems run through your master chain?

Those are a few things off the top of my head.

You're stuff is great, you got this!

And congrats!

Re: Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 5:23 pm
by kyliecouper
Congrats! That's fantastic!

Make sure you understand exactly what specs they want - sample rate, bit depth etc.

Also, all the alt mixes, stems etc can take quite a while to prepare if you haven't done them before, so make sure you add that into how long you think you will take

Re: Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 6:07 pm
by Patrick
Make the last track on the album about a car chase, and throw in some gratuitous use of midgets as well.

AM JEST KEEDING! :lol:

Congrats on the upcoming deal. Now knock it out of the park! ;)

Re: Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 4:25 am
by ChrisW
Congratulations Andrew that's great news - very well deserved - what's the genre?

Chris

Re: Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 4:41 am
by cassmcentee
You've already shown yourself to be Courteous and Professional
Now add a big dose of Reliability and you've got this!
+1 to what Ethan and Kylie said
Congrats Andrew!

Re: Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:35 am
by ttully
Congratulations Andrew!

I just finished a bunch of tracks for a library and was asked to change the key of several
tracks...so that they will not sound as similar.

My 1 cent,
Tim

Re: Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:36 am
by cosmicdolphin
I was able to make 2 tracks per week when I made an album, just in spare time around work, kids, family etc.

So set yourself a realistic but challenging schedule.

Commit to the timescale with the Library..its amazing how much you can get done when the pressure is on.

Build time into this schedule to make 2 extra s tracks.

Use the first track as a template.

Re: Help needed.. Got asked to make an album!

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:59 am
by ResonantTone
CTWF wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 2:32 pm
Wow, that is great to be asked that - congratulations Andrew! I am curious to see what kind of tips you will get. Tom
Thanks Tom!
eeoo wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 3:25 pm
Those are a few things off the top of my head.

You're stuff is great, you got this!
Appreciate the insight and kind words!
kyliecouper wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 5:23 pm
Make sure you understand exactly what specs they want - sample rate, bit depth etc.
Thanks Kylie! The library was pretty great with getting me all the info about this stuff up front, so I think I'm in a good spot for this aspect of it.
Patrick wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 6:07 pm
Make the last track on the album about a car chase, and throw in some gratuitous use of midgets as well.
When they get back to me with a confused email, I'll make sure to tell them it was all your idea, Patrick. :)
ChrisW wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 4:25 am
Congratulations Andrew that's great news - very well deserved - what's the genre?
Uplifting Urban/Electronic.. they gave me a some reference material as well, which is super helpful. Thanks for kind words!
cassmcentee wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 4:41 am
Congrats Andrew!
Appreciate that Cass! It's easy to be courteous and professional when I get to rub shoulders with others that portray the same, such as yourself!
ttully wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 5:35 am
I just finished a bunch of tracks for a library and was asked to change the key of several
tracks...so that they will not sound as similar.
This is excellent insight. Thanks for the heads up, Tim!
cosmicdolphin wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 6:36 am
I was able to make 2 tracks per week when I made an album, just in spare time around work, kids, family etc.

So set yourself a realistic but challenging schedule.

Commit to the timescale with the Library..its amazing how much you can get done when the pressure is on.

Build time into this schedule to make 2 extra s tracks.

Use the first track as a template.
Sounds like we are in a similar spot with family/kids! I can definitely see how having that pressure is motivating.
I'm taking your advice as gold. Thank you sir!


Andrew