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New Site Construction Has Begun!

We’re very excited to announce that work on our brand new version of smartassmusic.com has begun.
Since the current site has grown over the past 2 years, we realize that it’s become increasingly difficult to search quickly for the music that you’re looking for so we’re building you a new site from scratch!

I don’t want to say too much now but our focus will be on speed and search and we’ll  have an additional part to the site which I’m really excited about………….but that’s under wraps for now! 🙂

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Hip Hop Loops

hip-hop-music-icon Just a quick post to let you know that some of our loop collections have dropped in price 🙂

Our Hip Hop Loops package consisting of 19 loops and 4 stings is now only £4.99 ($8). This includes your royalty free license which allows you to use these urban loops within podcasts, videos, websites, local radio and TV and students films.

Hip Hop Loops Package 
Don’t forget that all of our edits and loops can be purchased separately and now for only £0.49p ($0.80c) each.

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What is Royalty Free Music?

information_iconMany people are confused about exactly what “royalty free music” is, so I thought I’d clear up some misconceptions 🙂
Firstly: Royalty free music is NOT free. It’s also NOT “copyright free” music.
“Royalty free” means that you don’t pay the “royalties” ………but you do need to pay for the license to use the music, either within a production (such as a TV program,video or film) or other usage such as public performance or “music on hold”.
Obviously this differs from commercially available “chart” music, where the CD price or download fee does NOT cover any commercial, broadcast or public performance usage and is only for private listening.

Initially, “stock music“, “production music” or  “library music” would have derived income  from  a “needle-drop” fee (royalty) each time a piece of music was played. The cost of each “play” would also depend upon the usage e.g. Film, TV, radio, etc.
By purchasing royalty free music,  media companies can access  music far more cost effectively as well as being able to  license  music quickly. Alternative methods of licensing can still be time consuming and expensive whereas royalty free music is now a vital source of legal music for use in corporate videos, internet video, radio, TV, film, animations, podcasts and websites.

Over the years royalty free music has gained a reputation for sounding cheesy and cheap but  companies such as SMARTassMusic, are trying hard to change that image by only including the highest quality music, composed and recorded by professional musicians.
We reject approximately 95% of submitted material and we pride ourselves on the high quality of composition and production. To help keep our standards high we have absolutely no user-generated content and never will. The criteria for inclusion is that either the music is good enough so that we would enjoy listening to it ourselves or if it has an obvious media purpose.

Check out some of our showcase tracks here: Editors picks

For more information:
Royalty free Music

Buying Guide
Licensing

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New Low Price Loops!

loops-icon We’ve just had an extensive price update of our loops and packages.
Most of our loops are now only £0.49p ($0.80c) each!!
We’ve also dropped the price of our track/edits/loop packages which are now only £15.99 ($26).

I’m pretty sure that with these price updates SMARTassMusic now offers some of the best value, best quality royalty free production music available. 🙂 

You can see here that the track box shows you which edits and packages are available.
If you click on the “View Edits” text, you can then view each edit.
You can purchase any edit or loop individually or as part of a collection. 

TRACK-BOX

 

From the Edits View page, you can preview each edit and loop and view information about each one.EDITS

 

 

 

We’re continuing to improve the site all the time and I’ll post shortly about some of the improvements that we’re bringing out right now.

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New Music Updates

smartassmusic_100x100Just a quick blog about new tracks at SMARTassMusic.

I had such fun writing and recording the Chillout track “Night at The Opera” that there’s going to be quite a bit more chillout music coming soon.
This is a very stylish, cool track with a very funky bassline (with sounds from the powerful new Trilian software by Spectrasonics), loads of percussion and retro grooves with the addition of beautiful strings and a touch of female operatic voice! It’s all combined in a tasteful, stylish, non-cheesy way! 🙂

BUT…..if it’s cheese you’re after (and apparently it is sometimes) then we also had fun writing this after a request from a customer:
Extra Cheese Please –  This is a fun, tongue in cheek, cheesy number complete with vibraphone, flute,string and organ.
This is an extended track, nearing 7 minutes but there’s also a 3.5 min version and 12 edits available in total.
Actually I think this is quite sophisticated at the same time and quite frankly is about as cheesy as I ever hope to get! 

 Jon Cooper has given us a great new electronic  track too – On a Sirius Note 
Another hypnotic track from Jon with a confident distorted bass line countered  with beautiful, etherial synth sounds and a driving groove.

Dave Klotz has more music going live right now and an example of his superior production skills can be heard here:
Rubber Chicken Rodeo – is a  cool, edgy track with attitude, modern synths, guitars, heavy percussion.

We’re having some site improvements done at the moment too – I’m quite excited …..but I can’t say anything yet.
I’ll let you know as soon as they go live 🙂

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High Quality Royalty Free Christmas Music

christmas music royalty freeI know the thought of Royalty Free Christmas Music may send you screaming around the room but we’ve just added some orchestral carols to our Traditional Christmas category which I think are really tasteful, honestly 🙂

Have a listen to these rather beautiful arrangements:
Away in a Manger
Once in Royal David’s City
Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Also:
Slient Night
12 Days of Christmas

More on the way……….

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Old School Funk Grooves

funk-backgroundRemember the 70s and 80s? Well, ok, I was only a kid in the 70s so a great deal passed me by but I do know about all those funky grooves. New composer David Klotz  is helping us get in touch with our inner funk, with some great “Old School Funk” tracks.

Old School Funk 1– A slow, heavy groove with kicking brass riffs, rhythm guitars, funky bass
Old School Funk 2  – Medium tempo, heavy funk with Moog synth and Hammond organ. 
Old School Funk 3  -My personal favorite, with a really strong melody on brass section.  
Old School Funk 4  – Another heavy funk groove with strong clavinet.
Old School Funk 5  – Another favorite, heavy, slow groove, with vocal.  
Old School Funk 7 – A more up tempo groove, more of a “Play That Funky Thing” style groove.
Old School Funk 8 – A slower groove with Moog bass.

These seriously funky tracks are available to license and download  separately (£12.99, $21)  or as a package of 7 tracks (£29.99, $49).

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Latin Music and Brazilian Beats

brazil-backgroundWe’ve recently added some superb Latin music and authentic Brazilian beats by Tempero, composers Felipe Vassão and Janecy Nascimento. After almost two decades writing music for advertising, film and tv, they have honed their skills in multiple genres. Based in Brazil, they and have produced music and sound design for over 1000 TV and radio spots.
Check out these tracks:

Lamento – Utterly beautiful, and a personal favorite. Slow, sensual, tragic music.
Mandacaru Eletronico  – Authentic brazilian MARACATU twisted into an electronic remix. 
 Caatinga – Authentic brazilian slow BAIAO/XOTE, with a 10-string VIOLA playing over a laid-back live percussion groove.
 Lagoa – Latin lullaby, with an accordion and a fiddle playing the sweet main theme over acoustic guitars and light percussion.

All our Latin music can be found here: Royalty free Latin Music
and other great tracks by Tempero.
These tracks (and many more) are all available for licensing in TV,DVD,Video,Film, internet and multimedia.

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Indian Background Music

Indian musicJust a quick post to welcome composer David Klotz to SMARTassMusic.
He’s provided us with some really great tracks and amongst them are a number of really strong Indian influenced pieces which enhance our world music/ ethnic music and Indian background music collection.
Delhi Llama uses traditional Indian percussion along with wooden flute and creates a dark, mysterious backdrop.
Sands of Time is rather  sinister and dramatic and includes a male vocal.
Sruti Box includes female vocal and is more of a dance orientated piece with percussion.
Deva Dasi is a traditional style piece with sitar and tabla and creates a dark, mysterious yet soothing mood.

Dave Klotz is an experienced composer,audio engineer and producer, having worked with a variety of groups, in a variety of styles. He has worked with some of the best producers in the business, including Andy Johns, Thom Panunzio and Dave Schiffman. Dave has provided orchestral arrangements on a variety of projects, toured extensively in North America and Europe as a professional keyboardist, and has appeared on a variety of albums. He is a graduate of the York University music program, where he received a BFA degree with honors, specializing in ethnomusicology, composition and avant-garde electronic music. He is credited for composition in film, television, and dance choreography, for clients spanning from Toronto, to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

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Online Audio File Converter WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3s

smartassmusic_100x100Have you’ve ever needed to convert your audio files quickly and not had the right software to hand?
We know exactly how frustrating that can be so we’ve just added a really cool feature to SMARTassMusic which allows you to convert all of your music into the most useful audio formats, and it’s REALLY fast 🙂

You can see here that in my account I’ve converted “Urban Symphony” to MP3 (128kbps) and I’ve chosen to convert “Insomnia” to all available file formats.

CONVERTER2If you login into your account and navigate to your “downloads” page you’ll now be able to download your purchased music in the following formats:

For explanations of each file type click here 

The converter is incredibly quick and when I tested  a 4 minute WAV  the site converted it to AIFF in 6 seconds!!

In your account area you can quickly review each purchased track by pressing the play button and  download the WAV file at any time. To convert the WAV file choose an alternative format from the drop-down menu an additional download button will appear in a few seconds.
To save server space your converted files are deleted after 24 hours but your WAV files are always in your account and you can revisit and convert/ download as many times as you want.

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