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Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in...

Posted by SimonSlick on Saturday, November 18, 2017

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For the past few years I have been free of the deadlines, schedules, budgets, and many other stresses that abound within the music business. I was perfectly content writing, arranging, and recording solely for the enjoyment of the music and the creation of it. This past week I received a telephone call from a telecommunications company inquiring about licensing some recordings for "on hold" use. 

I explained that I would consider it but that any agreement would require that:

(1) The license be for use of the recording only (not the music itself)

(2) Files would be 320 kbps MP3  (16 bit WAV optional)

(3) They would be responsible for any licensing fees for any non-PD music written by others 

(4) I would use my home recording hardware and software only. Any costs for commercial production (studio; musicians; engineer; mastering) requested would be in addition to the license.

They asked me to put together a proposal in outline form. I'm hesitant, but I could use a little mail-box money, and I would not have to deal with the Nashville crowd.

We'll see what happens.





8 comments on “Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in...”

jimifive Says:
Thursday, March 1, 2018 @3:27:07 PM

Hey Simon- what ever became of that proposal? Sounds like you laid out some tight but reasonable terms. Were you able to negotiate something and have they commissioned you? - Jimi

SimonSlick Says:
Sunday, March 11, 2018 @3:40:38 PM

jimifive I licensed five originals (Annie McIntyre; Diffusion; Tempestas Furit; Nostalghia; Pres du Bord de Jamais) on a per account basis. Not going to get rich but what the hell? It will pay for a couple of meals a month.

BTW, I really like your approach and style with music.

jimifive Says:
Monday, March 12, 2018 @10:34:57 AM

Thanks Simon, I really appreciate that.
Some of your music videos really create a rare world to be pulled into. The music and imagery work so well together and is delightfully engaging. I think many people will enjoy the work.

I am curious about your recording process ...mics, DAW, mastering etc....

SimonSlick Says:
Thursday, March 15, 2018 @4:05:52 AM

jimifive My recording process is pretty plain and simple. I use GarageBand (older version) on a mini-Mac. I have ProTools but prefer the simplicity of GarageBand. The interface is an inexpensive M-Audio. For mics I usually use an old Tascam condenser or sometimes use a Shure 58 or 57.

I typically just use the GarageBand pre-sets for everything except banjo which I record flat and adjust manually (EQ and condenser).
I manually adjust the track levels, and once it all sounds pretty good to me, I experiment by applying various Garageband pre-sets to the
master track until I find one that produces what sounds like the best overall mix to me.

For mastering I use LANDR, the online mastering site. It's not real engineers, but it is very inexpensive.

It's a lot of fun for me to try and put something together. Plus, after being a music junkie for decades, it has become my fix for that insatiable addiction.

jimifive Says:
Thursday, March 15, 2018 @8:27:51 AM

That seems pretty simple and minimal but you come through with a sophisticated mix on most of it.
I use Ableton live for recording just because it was a gift back in the days I was DJing EDM. It’s more complicated to use and not really meant for multitrack recording, but it works. Still the mastering process is an esoteric mystery. I might try L&R for something. Do you ever use any apple Audio Units?

SimonSlick Says:
Thursday, March 15, 2018 @10:44:20 AM

jimifive I have never used apple Audio Units. If you want to try L & R, send me one or two mp3 files ( or post them on soundcloud and send me the link. I will be glad to master them for you at L & R. I can do as many 320 mp3's as I want without paying any extra.

jimifive Says:
Saturday, March 17, 2018 @9:49:56 AM

Thanks – I’ve been meaning to check out sound cloud for about the past 10 years not knowing if or why I should...but now it’s on my list — I’m looking forward to more of your exotic, funny, edgy and excellent productions.

SimonSlick Says:
Monday, July 23, 2018 @1:45:58 PM

I just licensed three more tunes. Great news...

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