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New Music For Video

New Royalty Free Music

New Music For Video

I’m delighted to welcome talented, young composer James Bennett to Smartassmusic.
James has written some great upbeat, fresh music – perfect for corporate video or commercial projects.

Individual tracks are available as well as some great value compilations.

New Royalty Free Music  Sunshine – a compilation of 5 royalty free music tracks with a bright, positive, youthful sound. Natural, clean, fresh, perfect modern commercial music. Listen here….

New Royalty Free Music Winning Business – a compilation of 5 royalty free music tracks with a positive, determined, strong sound. Uplifting  guitar led music, perfect business or corporate video soundtrack. Listen here….

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Music Arranging

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Music Arranging – Recently  we’ve moved our music arranging services to a dedicated website with far more detail and more examples of both audio, video and manuscript examples.

If you need an arranger we’ll work with you and make the process as simple and smooth as possible until you receive your completed arrangement. We don’t require up front fees and we keep you updated as to progress, with guaranteed deadlines.

In house arranger James Treweek has been a busy music arranger since 2000 and has arranged music for high profile chart acts, TV, theatre, live shows, studio sessions, cruise ships shows and function bands. If you need a music arranger for your latest musical, your touring show, next hit single or just for fun, get in touch and ask anything you like. We’ll be happy to help. We pride ourselves on clear, intelligent scores that are easy to read and sound great.

OUR CLIENTS SAY….

“What a superb piece of work!!.. I am very impressed with the totally professional, skillful way you have executed this job. Please send your bill….it will be a pleasure to pay for such high quality work.”

“Checked it and all looks good – very good. We are all very pleased Great job “ Colin, UK, (Playwright)

“James has arranged several numbers for us superbly. We love playing his arrangements. They really are wonderful. I can’t recommend him highly enough.” – Lynette, UK (professional musician)

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Music Transcription

Music TranscriptionMusic Transcription.

If you need music transcribed there’s a few things you should know so that you can be sure of getting a quality, accurate transcription.

1. Transcribing music takes time and patience!

There are no short cuts when it comes to accurately notating audio to sheet music. No matter how good your ear is, this skill requires a great deal of experience to understand exactly what you’re hearing and how to notate it clearly. Personally, I listen to the whole piece several times (always with good quality headphones) and then a place a marker every bar (measure) for the entire piece. I transcribe each bar by looping the audio and when it’s all done I go back over the entire track and make sure I haven’t missed anything. Now it’s time to tidy up the layout. Although there is software available which says it can “transcribe” audio I’ve never seen anything that produces intelligent results that a musician can actually read and make sense of.

Music Transcription
Music Transcription Software

2. Make sure you get to hear the finished sheet music transcription.

This should be relatively simple. I use Sibelius to notate the music score and it allows me to play what is written because it can “read” the manuscript. This can be useful because if your transcription is accurate then it will sound good…except that it sounds as though a robot is playing it (which it is!). Inevitably a human should always sound better as long as they play the right notes but it gives a good idea of how accurate the pitch and rhythm is.

Here is an example of Sibelius “reading” a complex solo jazz piano transcription:

Music Transcribing

Music Transcribing

3. Carefully check the layout of your transcription. I’ve seen music produced by some very talented musicians, which is virtually unreadable. There are many reasons for this but watch out for odd phrase lengths (5 or 7 bars to a line – this may be ok but probably not, especially for a rhythm section), missing bar numbers or rehearsal marks, does the page look cluttered? Is the font large enough? clear enough? Is there actually too much information on the page? Even if you can’t read music make sure you look through carefully to see if it looks clear and tidy. There may be a good reason for an odd looking page turn or layout but if in doubt, ask the arranger.

4. Music Transcription is a labour of love! Music transcription is a laborious, time consuming affair which requires a patience and dedication to detail that not many people possess. Personally, I transcribe music because I love to “get inside” the music and find out exactly what makes it work and exactly how great some musicians are.

Custom music transcription clientsNeed music transcribed for theater, TV, shows or just for fun? Feel free to contact me and ask anything you like. I’ll be happy to help.

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Royalty Free Music Sale – 50% off!

low cost royalty free musicRoyalty Free Music Sale – 50% off!

To celebrate the new year we’re giving away HALF-PRICE tracks and packages…..but only until January 16th.
You can license and download full length tracks for  £4.99 ($8),  packages, which include multiple loops and edits, for £9.99 ($15) and even Compilations.

We can’t keep these prices for long so download your music nowsale ends January 16th!

Visit our New Year Stock Music Sale >>>>

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Free Royalty Free Music

Free Royalty Free Music

Free Royalty Free MusicI’ve just updated the site with a new menu category – “Free Music
You can now simply add these free loops, stings and tracks to your basket, as normal and whizz straight through the checkout without adding any payment information. Our Standard license is automatically added and the free music, license and invoice are added to your account along with any other purchased tracks you may have. Here you can convert the audio into various formats (Aiff, Wav and 5 types of MP3) and download anytime.
I’ll be changing and  adding to this category quite often so be sure to check by every so often to download your free music.

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Ben Lindholm-Royalty Free Music

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Ben Lindholm-Royalty Free Music

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Talented Swedish composer and guitarist Ben Lindholm‘s music is now available for licensing at www.smartassmusic.com.

Ben’s music has an uncluttered, clean quality to it and is great for commercials. Bright and positive guitar tracks to ambient textures, this is some of my favourite royalty free music.

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Sinatra Arrangements

Sinatra Arrangements

A while back, I heard this solo piano backing track through a great stereo system at a gig and it caught my attention. When I asked the singer about it he said “you did it”.
That really is embarrassing. I’d never heard the track in a live environment and I thought I was listening to a real piano. It was actually a virtual piano and I’ll let you into a few secrets about why this sounded so authentic.

1. Transcription:

I’d transcribed the original performance note for note, from the original Frank Sinatra performance:

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2. Phrasing:

I also recorded the new piano part in sync with the original so that the singer could phrase very naturally, having rehearsed the original Sinatra version. This is quite a complex thing to do, technically and musically and does require some experience to make it work.

3. Performance:

We’ll take it for granted that now we have the notes written down, we can play them properly, sensitively without having to program them in.

4. Mixing:

When most people use a virtual piano, they tend to just export to audio and maybe use some compression, EQ, and reverb. I like to treat a virtual piano just like real grand piano recorded with several microphone positions. I export several stereo tracks, adding different amounts of reverb and send them all to a group channel. I can then mix this much denser, more complicated sound which gives the piano more of a realistic timbre.
Yes, all this takes far more time than most people like to spend.

For more information on written arrangements or recorded arrangements visit smartassmusic arranging or music production

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Free Halloween Loops

Free Halloween Loops

free halloween musicDon’t miss the chance to get a 15MB download of completely free Halloween loops for use in your web, video or multimedia projects.
Get the Free Halloween Loops pack here.

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Royalty Free Film Music

Royalty Free Film Music

Looking for that big production, film style track? “Big Planet” is a great new track which combines strong melodic orchestral strings and powerful brass with heavy grooves and percussion. This track is also available with a percussion only edit as well as a version without percussion until half way through, as well as multiple loops.

Get the package here: Royalty free film music “Big Planet”- package or the track here: Royalty free film music “Big Planet” – track

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