When I do a slideshow, I usually make the show fit the music, not the other way around. I can see where being able to change music would be helpful (I certainly have had to edit music the hard way enough times to make it fit what I wanted.) But, it still seems kind of cumbersome. The music structure gives me something to go on.
Has anyone found scoring edition useful?
I've been using SonicFire Pro for 2 years now - for every show I've made.
By my opinion - it is extremely flexible: length of music, how you could combine & "mesh" several melodies together, add extra sounds for effect, even take melody "apart" & create something new out of it.
... and ONE huge PLUS: everything you will create out of it - is ROYALTY FREE.
Here is the link: http://www.smartsound.com/index.html
However - (my opinion again) - there are several conditions:
...- you have to own quite a number of SmartSound "Albums" - (usually 10-15 melodies in one album & about 5-10 variations for each melody) - to find melody to fit your show.
...- have "good" ear to recognize, what fits and what not.
...- & also (probably - why & what works in my case) - some basic music theory education or musical background, in order to be able to use & utilize the software fully.
For illustration - it would take me about 10-20 minutes to pick, adjust & create several (usually different length of music) variations for simple 60-90 seconds show. (But: shorter the show - more work on music it needs.)
... and talking about using NOT Royalty-Free music - link to another thread discussion here:
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=19333 .... getting in lawsuit ...
Keep an eye out on the website and you may catch some very good sales about twice a year. I picked up a few CDs for a very good price last year - (what I thought was reasonable at least) and have used enough selections to have made the purchases worth the money. They don't seem to be as many synthetic sounding pieces as some companies. Some other companies seem to have a lot of synthetic music that a sounds like it comes from 10-30+ years ago. Maybe ok for some application but not what I'm looking for most of the time.
I also like JewelBeat . . . and their prices per track are exceptionally good also. I think their music is much better than most other royalty-free tracks that I can afford, too. It is rather neat that one can download a track of pretty good royalty-free music for $.99.
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