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1O TIPS to make music (for other people)

Do you want to write for library-music companies to get your compositions in film, TV or games? You’ll need to get those productions up to speed first. Here’s our guide to producing music for other people…

1 Start giving yourself deadlines

We’re not trying to put you off, but if you want to get into the business of making music to picture – be that film, TV, play or videogame – you will, one day, end up under severe pressure to have some music or sound designs completed by a certain time. That director won’t be tapping their fingers and the whole cast just sitting around waiting for you to complete your opus. So make up some deadlines now, try and stick to them and see if this is an environment that you can work in. You might even find that it spurs you on – so even if you’re just making music for fun, working to a clock could be of benefit.

2 Be prepared to let other people do the work for you

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About MusicTech

2017 has been an exciting, innovative year for new music-making technology, from machine-learning plug-ins to laser-guided microphones and from scientifically crafted, point-source monitors to boutique synthesisers, the past 12 months has offered up new variations on classic gear and inventive new creative tools for making and recording music. We pay tribute to the best gear of the year in our roundup, with our winners compiled by a fusion of reader votes and our expert panel. Elsewhere this issue, we have the second part of our new A-Z series with Gear4Music, chat to MPG Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell and Grammy-winning producer and engineer Mark Rankin, and cast of our eye to the future with tutorial content in the latest iterations of Live and Reason. Additionally, you’ll find all the latest reviews from the likes of Toontrack, Dynaudio, Sonokinetic and more.It's been an excellent year for the music-technology industry, and MusicTech as a magazine. Here’s hoping 2018 will be equally as fruitful… enjoy the issue.