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It kinda depends. If we’re talking about normalization of an audio demo to create what is called “apparent loudness”, it might be somewhat deceptive and hence abnormal. The human ear’s sensitivity to sound rolls off at both the low end (bass) and the high end (treble) as the sound level decreases. This is commonly referred to as the Fletcher-Munson effect and the curve describing the phenomenon is called cleverly enough, the Fletcher-Munson curve. So put…

CSS Music CSS Music Libraries DAWN Music Essential Royalty Free Music Technology Trends Uncategorized

No kidding, CSS Music has one of the biggest bundles of rights of any music library – royalty free or needle drop.  And realistically better than any creative commons library. 95% of 95% of our end users are completely covered by our standard license agreement.  But what about the 5%– those doing national tv commercials, national primetime TV programming, motion picture trailers, made for tv movies and full length motion pictures (see license agreement 1-d)?…

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The answer of course is more for less and this is what our new expanded “You Pick ‘Em Plan” will do for music end users.  Previously the lowest tier was 10 tracks for $99. Now it’s 5. Pick any 5 tracks from anywhere on the site for $65. What’s so great about this? Some libraries charge $65 for just one track with a limited list of rights.  With the “You Pick ‘Em Plan” you get 5…

CSS Music CSS Music Libraries Essential Royalty Free Music Search Trends Uncategorized

This is a debate that has raged for years.  But honestly, have you listened to music that almost sounds plastic?  Or what about a stereo width that is virtually duophonic, with highs that are higher than high. All this begs the question, “what is production music designed for. Listening or for artful synchronization with a picture?  Sure you want your music to sound good but what happens when it is artificially enhanced? Do you or can…

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In theory multi-track production music should be a real boon to the producer.  But on average is this true? Perhaps depending on the production and the skill set of the sound designer / editor / mixer.  It’s funny how this often works.  Someone spends sometimes an hour or more working with multiple tracks and because of “pride of authorship” can’t see the forest for the trees.  Not only are the results somewhat marginal but the…

CSS Music Essential Genres Search Trends Uncategorized

Well, if you look at page one of Google or Yahoo/Bing search results for Royalty Free Music, the answer has to be NO. Most so called Royalty Free libraries today are in reality Needle Drop libraries or laser drop  or digital drop.  But a rose is a rose right?  It boils down to “royalty per use” in one production. When the royalty free music concept was invented in 1978 by Harn Soper, it was a…

CSS Music Essential Royalty Free Music

How To Navigate the CSS Music Royalty Free Music Library We’re proud to say we have a pretty darn big music library! But with its size comes a responsibility: you want to be able to find things easily and quickly! That’s why we’ve devised more than one way to sniff out the music you’re after. First, we’ve created a Category Hot List of the primo stuff from the CSS Music library. These are hand picked…

CSS Music Essential Royalty Free Music

When A Big Orchestra Is Too Much and Vice Vera At CSS Music we love the movies! We see just about every major release and have done so for too many years to count. And if you’re like us, you probably pay close attention to the music! But what makes a great soundtrack and what type of orchestration works best for different films? While a small, independent film might benefit from a large orchestral score—say…

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Doing It Movie Editor Style At CSS Music we’ve always believed in providing alternate mixes. In fact, our PowerTrax library was built around this premise. And you’ve probably noticed some new Project Platinum albums with alternate mixes and even some cue loops. The question is, how to most effectively use these in conjunction with the full mix cut? And what exactly are these alternate mixes? Starting with the latter, an alternate mix is generally the…

CSS Music Essential Film Scores Royalty Free Music

Using Electronic Elements Effectively If you’ve ever seen a film where there are scenes with tension, horror or something otherworldly, you’ve undoubtedly heard the ubiquitous (usually) low synthesizer or bass/celli drone. The static, unrelenting tone is generally the harbinger to something important is a comin’! Whether you’re trying to convey anticipation of quietly stalking a wild animal or waiting to see if the engine you’ve been rebuilding will fire, the use of a drone can…

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