DIY background music?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by james, Nov 5, 2008.

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    james Guest

    I use background music to enhance the mood of wedding videos. So far I have
    been buying commercial royalty free music. However, I would like to avoid
    using the same set of songs over and over, but I also don't want to keep
    buying these music.

    Between buying music and having custom music composed, is there an
    in-between solution?

    Are there human guided, semi-automatic music generator?

    Are there music composing software that allows me to compose music without
    having to study the full music theory (like a student in music major would
    have to)?

    Slightly midi-sounding is ok, like the ones at digitaljuice.
    james, Nov 5, 2008
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  2. "james" wrote ...
    Why? It is boring only to you who hear them all. What are the
    chances that two of your customers will get together and say,
    "Hey, that's the same background music on my wedding video!"
    If so, maybe you're mixing the music to loud. :)
    Richard Crowley, Nov 5, 2008
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    mkujbida Guest

    Sony has a product called Cinescore at
    Smart Sound has a product called SonicFire at

    mkujbida, Nov 5, 2008
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    Larry in AZ Guest
    Larry in AZ, Nov 6, 2008
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    Netmask Guest
    Netmask, Nov 7, 2008
  6. Microsoft music Producer was a rather nifty MIDI computer-generated
    music writing program, as described and demonstrated on the web page
    above. As "Netmask" writes, it is too bad it is no longer available (but you
    may be able to find something through Google...;-). The MIDI files can be
    imported into a MIDI editor, or transcoded as MP3s, etc. - or as .WAVs
    and edited in a sound or video editor. Perhaps not made clear by "Netmask"
    is that the various selectable "bands" can be further modified in the program
    by moving individual instruments up or down to control volume and back
    and forth to control stereo placement (I usually "kill" the drum set...;-). The
    quality of the instrumental sounds (about 128) unfortunately depends on
    the quality of the waveset built into your sound card (if it exists) or into the
    operating system, but with a good waveset and a good sound editor (or
    video editor with good audio capabilities), rather good-sounding tracks
    can be made.
    David Ruether, Nov 7, 2008
  7. It is quite different from Music Producer, which uses real instrument sounds
    (MIDI - but the quality of those depends on your sound card or software
    Wavetable soundest quality) to automatically build compositions after you
    input desired parameters - making it VERY easy to use! Below are some
    MIDI pieces I've made using MMP (and sometimes a MIDI keyboard) --
    [Keep tongue firmly in cheek...! ;-]

    "Rag" --
    "Mary" --
    "Honky 3" --
    "Pie-an-no 01" -- 01.mp3
    "Testt" --
    "Per-kus" --
    "Steel" --

    At are the above plus
    more - and included is a screen grab of Microsoft's Music Producer
    and a description of what is included in it. It is VERY simple to
    operate, but the results can easily sound repetitious (the "music" is
    computer-generated after all...;-). The sound can be quite good,
    though, if you have a good Wavetable soundest, and do a little sound
    editing. Fruity Loops appears to work quite differently, seems to
    have less "musical' included sounds, and it requires far more musical
    ability to use (although it appears similar to MIDI editors that include
    a "piano roll" approach to composition...).
    David Ruether, Nov 8, 2008
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    gpsman Guest

    Band In A Box.
    gpsman, Nov 9, 2008
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