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Zero-G's most wanted cinematic sample libraries
If you are working in film scoring, soundtrack creation, or producing music and SFX for games or web design then one important element of your success will be exploiting the best available sound resources.
An increasing percentage of our long term customers are already making their living in this exciting and rewarding field, or they are well on their way to doing so. With the need to research different musical techniques and genres for each project, and be proficient at creating music in many different styles, they know that having a broad spectrum of audio resources to hand is essential.
In recent years we've released a selection of libraries that have been very highly rated by the pro audio press and found favour with many of the world's most successful professionals in the field.
In this category you will find some of our top cinematic resources. Scroll down to view them.
But first, here are some TOP TIPS for writing music to picture:
1. Immerse Yourself. Start by watching the film once, to discover the story, then watch it again, and you start seeing different things, and getting into the rhythm of the film, the video editing, other details, the climax etc.
2. Live the product. Have it play in the background while you're doing other things (working on the computer, doing emails etc). Your brain will still get used to it more, it's far more efficient than you might think.
3. Watch it without sound. Another dimension will be revealed. It may talk to you more than with the sound. You will get to see more details as well, or notice other things, if it's very still, or very fast. The style of filming and video editing will stand out more. Your brain will not be distracted by the sound (and our ears are far more sensitive than our eyes), so it frees some space for your mind to focus on the images.
4. Select the instruments and sounds / select the atmospheres. The instruments and sounds are chosen depending on the atmosphere. It might be instruments or types of samples you've never used before. At this point, the video will hopefully dictate to you what it needs. Having a broad selection of cinematic sample libraries that you are really familiar with is a huge asset.
5. Stick to the rhythm of the video editing. The video editing may be fast, slow, make sure you understand the "beat" of the film. It may vary a lot.
6. Stick to the story, to what's happening on each frame.
7. Stick to the feeling of the film. Composing music for film is about emotion. Make sure you really understand the emotion the producer is trying to emulate and stick to it. This emotion may vary from one second to another. There are hundreds of emotions people go through everyday, so make sure your music invokes the right feeling - and make sure it succeeds in emulating that feeling (even if you listen to it without viewing the images).
8. Do not ask others for feedback. Feedback is a double edge sword. If you're really into your creation process, somebody's feedback might be helpful or not. You have to be confident enough to know exactly where you're going in terms of intention and emotion, even if you don't really have a clue what instruments will take you there. You can choose to compose surrounded by people, or really remotely. Both can be helpful.
9. Let the film take over. Like an actor suddenly becomes his role, and lives, breathes, eats, sleeps and talks like his character. The images will inspire you to do the rest.
10. Remember: the music is not for you, it's for the moving image it tries to emulate. Your tastes and favourite music may have nothing to do with what's needed but let the images take you: you'll surprise yourself!