1. J

    Composition Kickstarter Exercises

    Would love to hear some of your methods to getting started with a composition. I’m sure there are some age old composing exercises to get the old creative brain going. I personally have struggled the most with this, but have found limitations to be extremely motivating. Also challenges such as...
  2. Soundiron Team

    Writing In The Style of Ozark (Soundiron Session)

    In this Soundiron Session Craig Peters deconstructs his track "Wrong Turn" which was inspired by the Netflix show Ozark composed by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans. Craig takes you step-by-step behind building the track, building tension with minimal instrumentation, creating a dark atmosphere...
  3. Cory Pelizzari

    Let's Talk About Dynamics

    Yeah, so uh... Yeah.
  4. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron Weekly 25% Off Flash Sale | Bamboo Stick Ensemble

    Learn more: For this week only you can save 25% on Bamboo Stick Ensemble! A classic scoring percussion library for Kontakt, these samples capture the tight & powerful clack of long, heavy raw bamboo poles, played more as...
  5. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron Weekly 25% Off Flash Sale | Aztec Death Whistle

    Learn More: For this week only you can save 25% off Aztec Death Whistle, a deeply sampled folk wind instrument sample library that captures the dark soul of the ancient Aztec death whistle. Made of kiln-fired clay, It has...
  6. DJames

    Are Sony's Flagship EIR-Z1R / MDR-Z1R Headphones/Earphones Good for Composing/Mixing? Any Better Suggestions?

    I already own a pair of amazing open-back pair of Focal Clear Professional headphones for composing/mixing...when the apartment is actually quiet...which is rare. Problem is, my studio is in the living room behind a big office partition and all the noise from my wife and kid goes right through...
  7. Soundiron Team

    All NEW Soundiron Session: Writing In The Style of Cobra Kai

    In this Soundiron Session Craig Peters deconstructs his track "Revenge of the Cobra" which was inspired by the Cobra Kai video game composed by Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson. Craig takes you step-by-step behind building the track, layering synths and guitars to create a huge wall of sound...
  8. secondtiersound

    Youtubers, want to join a round table podcast?

    Hello all! My name is Sam and I run a fairly new youtube channel called secondtiersound. You might have seen some of my videos, particularly about the EastWest Libraries, even though I do much more than that. My channel is small, but growing. About 740 subs as I write this. It is quite a niche...
  9. ChrisSiuMusic

    Disney Style Orchestration - Livestream!

    Hey everyone, I just wrapped up a livestream on Disney style orchestration on my YouTube channel! So much fun!! Feel free to check it out here, all timestamps included! Thanks.
  10. ltreacher

    Nyckelharpa player and virtual instruments

    hey! ah, it's nice to join the community finally, often explore these threads and have been very useful over the years. My name is Lucie, I'm originally from Scotland and based in London. I'm a composer for media but also do sessions for video games using my nyckelharpa and voice. I've...
  11. ChrisSiuMusic

    3 Ways to Monetize Your Musical Skills

    Hey everyone, I just did a livestream today going over 3 methods to earn a living as a composer or working in music! I hope you find this helpful in some way, and you'll find all timestamps listed to help navigate. Please enjoy!
  12. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron Announces The Musique Box 2.0 Upgrade with Intro Offer

    Learn More: Musique Box 2.0 is a complete collection of deeply sampled antique music boxes. We recorded 11 music boxes in different environments, from dry studio to a lush concert hall, and even submerged underwater. They can be combined and...
  13. dman007

    Scalar 2 vs Captain Chords

    Scalar 2 vs Captain Chords Which is best, any pros/cons for either?
  14. nuyo

    How loud do you Programm the orchestra ?

    At the loudest part in your compositions, do you Programm the complete orchestra playing fff or do you keep the lower stuff softer and the higher instruments louder ? And is it true that orchestral instruments should be played softer in order to sound better/fuller ? If you play brass softer...
  15. Evan R

    Orchestrating for the Studio [Video Walkthrough]

    Hi all! I'm a professional orchestrator working from London UK and though it would be cool to share a video breaking down the process of going from mockup to score to studio session in Budapest: There are also some extra long in-depth videos where I do a fly-on-the-wall video of the entire...
  16. ChrisSiuMusic

    Exploring the Gorgeous Soundtrack of Super Mario Galaxy 2

    Hey everyone! In today’s video, let’s dive into the soundtrack of Super Mario Galaxy 2, and sees what it offers over its predecessor. Please enjoy!
  17. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron Session | Composing A Mystical Style Track w/ Francesca Genco

    In this Soundiron Session Craig Peters deconstructs this mystical style track featuring the amazing vocals of Francesca Genco. He breaks down the instrumentation from laying down percussion, drones, adding atmosphere with FX, mixing and mastering and how he used Voices of Gaia Francesca as a...
  18. Soundiron Team

    Writing A Nature Inspired Track (Soundiron Session)

    In this Soundiron Session Craig Peters takes you through his track "Nature's Harmony". This was a demo written for the Hopkin Instrumentarium: Rumba Boxes, which is our newest release in the Hopkin Instrumentarium series. In this video Craig will deconstruct the track giving you insight into the...
  19. dman007

    How do you work with different tempos, time signatures and hit points when working to video in Cubase?

    How do you work with different tempos, time signatures and hit points when working to video in Cubase? I'm using a time signature track and tempo track, working with virtual instruments and audio... I recently had the issue of how do I fix a time signature and tempo at a point in time, and...
  20. Soundiron Team

    Composing In The Style Of Danny Elfman (Soundiron Session)

    In this episode of Soundiron Session Craig Peters deconstructs his track titled "What Lurks Beyond The Grave" which was inspired by film composing legend Danny Elfman. Craig shows how he built the track from the ground up using various Soundiron virtual instruments like Hyperion Strings...
  21. willvdc

    Composing Career Ladders – Internships, Composers' Assistants & Education

    If you have decided to take your composing career seriously, you're likely considering the prospects of applying for internships, trying to become a composer's assistant, or attending college. Today, in between a film cue or two, I decided to talk about all of those things...
  22. Cory Pelizzari

    Never Give Up

    Even if the world is in lockdown.
  23. Cory Pelizzari

    (April Fools) How to Make EPIC Trailer Music

    I hope you're all coping well enough during this global crisis. We all need a little pick-me-up now and then.
  24. ChrisSiuMusic

    How To Write & Arrange For Strings (Explained)

    Hi everyone! As you may know, I'm currently doing a 'Quick Tips' series this month, where I upload a video a day in regards to any topic on composition, arranging, and mixing. I wanted to share this video in particular, which is actually the most in-depth video I've done this month. If you've...
  25. Soundiron Team

    Composing Cinematic Music with Drum Loops, Ambiences, and One Shots

    In this video Craig Peters builds a cinematic styled track from scratch using the free sample pack provided for Native Instruments Metapop scoring competition. Craig talks about how he layers drum loops, using one shots for accents and impact, using ambiences for adding to the drama, and much...
  26. Nextmidi

    Something New. Final Teaser.

    Hi Everyone. We are new, this is new. I mean we have been here before. A lot. But not as a company. Here is a preview of what else will be new, very soon: All the best, Steffen & Peter
  27. Soundiron Team

    How To Compose A Dramatic Cue (Soundiron Session)

    In this episode of Soundiron Session Craig Peters takes you through his track "Lost At Sea". This was a demo written for ']Sonespheres 3 - Current, which is our newest release in collaboration with Film/TV composer Blake Ewing. Craig deconstructs the track giving you insight into the thought...
  28. Thomas Kallweit

    Keep it simple

    I hope this fits right into the category. Just watched a Video by Guy Michelmore called "Keep it simple". Topic: Composing from a blank sheet / templateless DAW project file and let it go. Have to say it was right my alley concerning the workflow. And I think he did illustrate well, how this...
  29. Soundiron Team

    How To Compose A Horror Theme (Soundiron Session)

    In this special Halloween edition of Soundiron Session Craig Peters takes you through his composition inspired by horror. Musical themes in film scores can connect you to the story and characters in a very emotional way, and horror films are no different. Craig deconstructs his track showing...
  30. Soundiron Team

    Writing A Symphonic Metal Track (Soundiron Session)

    In this video Craig Peters walks you through his short composition "Artificial Extinction" showing you how he combined orchestral elements and sound-design with metal. Adding these elements to rock, metal or even pop productions can add a whole new dimension to your music. The libraries used...
  31. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron Releases Little Epic Percussion 3.0 on sale for $19

    Learn More: Little Epic Percussion is a splendid assortment of small orchestral and ethnic percussion instruments created to complement our existing collection of epic drums. This 3.0 upgrade opens up a new world of percussive possibilities...
  32. A

    Getting known in music industry

    Hi there! I'm Andrew, I'm a new member and a growing up composer. I was looking for a good way to getting known into music industry as a composer, I wanted to focus myself into orchestral, cinematic and epic music... Maybe one day being a film composer... But is a distant dream. So... I was...
  33. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron 72 Hour Flash Sale - Emotional Piano

    We're running a 72 hour flash sale on Emotional Piano $99 (MSRP $149)! You'll save $50 on one of our most popular piano libraries. Sale ends Saturday @ 11:59 PM PST Learn more: In this video Vivek Maddala shows how he uses Emotional Piano on big...
  34. Spitfire Team

    The Ultimate Cinematic Organ – Available Now!

    Introducing Symphonic Organ – Available Thursday 22nd August.
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  36. P

    What's the deal with templates?

    I see a lot of talk about templates when it comes to sample mockup work. I've never really understood all the hoopla. I mean, put an instrument on a track, repeat process, add folders, blah blah, save when you've got all your standard instruments lined up and color-coded in a way that works best...
  37. X

    Advice for New Composer

    Hi there, I am a professional musician, however I perform rather than compose. I will occasionally arrange and compose pieces for myself and my quartet but nothing larger than this. I am looking to extend my skills and start composing larger pieces for an orchestra. I would think my music...
  38. ChrisSiuMusic

    How To Write a Classic Disney-Style Song Intro

    Hey all! In today's video, let's explore a fun topic: writing a Disney-style song intro! Using secondary dominants and exploring the circle of 5ths, how can we pull this off? Enjoy :)
  39. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron 30% Off Flash Sale: High School Drum Corps - 3 Days Only

    Soundiron 30% Off Flash Sale: High School Drum Corps - 3 Days Only Learn more: Soundiron's ']High School Drum Corps is a multi-sample drum library focused on capturing the powerful, tight sound of small marching band drum line. This library...
  40. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron Tips & Tricks

    This is a series of different tips & tricks on things like sound-design, tech and tricks within the DAW and more. We would love to hear about some of your go-to tips and tricks that you've built over the course of your music production experience! Here is the latest video below Tips &...
  41. Alex Niedt

    Orchestral Tools Blank Page Series

    Hello, everyone! The first of my Blank Page videos for Orchestral Tools is up now. This will be a series of quick compositions, rolling out a brief idea within half an hour with a specific library or two. I'm hoping to give those of us creating quietly in a small apartment an idea of what we...
  42. Alex Niedt

    Live Composing with Massive Library Collection

    Hi everyone! I'll be streaming fairly regularly on Twitch - composing, mixing, testing sample libraries - whatever you'd like to see. I have a ton of Spitfire (nearly all) and 8Dio libraries and a growing Orchestral Tools collection among many other things, and I'll often do shoot-outs when...
  43. L

    Spitfire Chamber Strings vs Studio Strings PRO

    In your opinion which one, and why? I will be using this for film/game/tv scoring. As far as I understand from what I've read so far, SSS is recorded in a drier environment so I would have to add reverb in post. I would love if I could get the SCS PRO but it is so much more than SSS PRO that...
  44. L

    [QUESTION] Which Orchestral Libraries are a must-have for film/game scoring?

    If you could choose only one per category, i.e (Solo Strings, would be separate from the orchestral range of string libraries). Which Libraries are a must-have and why? I am trying to build myself a collection of libraries that I would be able to compose almost any orchestral score with...
  45. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron Session | How To Write A Dramatic Action Cue

    Hey Everyone! We recently posted a NEW Soundiron Session on our YouTube channel. This time composing in the style of a gritty dramatic action cue ala The Punisher and Breaking Bad. This uses predominately Modern Animated Percussion, Tines & Echoes and some real guitars. Enjoy! If you would...
  46. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron Session | Writing A Marching Band Style Track

    In this Soundiron Session Craig Peters take you through his composition in the style of a cinematic fantasy/RPG styled track. Craig breaks down the creative decisions behind the music as well as showing the mixing and mastering process. Subscribe to our YouTube channel:
  47. nickmurraymusic

    When to use 7/8 Time Signature

    Do you guys know when and how to use odd time signatures? If you're just starting out, this might be daunting. I did a quick video demonstration on when to use 7/8 for film/tv music. Hope this is helpful for someone out there!
  48. Soundiron Team

    Composing with Mimi Page Light & Shadow

    We recently released Mimi Page Light & Shadow, our new ethereal solo vocal and sound-design library in collaboration with singer-composer Mimi Page. In these two videos she breaks down her tracks showcasing both elements of the library "Light & Shadow". Ethereal Dreamscapes of Light Demo...
  49. Akarin

    How to write an effective melody

    Hey all. I've just written one of my processes to create an effective melody: Do you have any tips and tricks to share?
  50. Akarin

    Quickly create a pattern from a chord progression

    Hey all! I've just written a few tips and tricks that I use to create a pattern from a basic chord progression. Maybe some of you will find it useful:
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