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Brady HarrisSmartSound Country/Folk Vocals are a select, but earthy collection, starring primarily Jesse Smith and Blind Optimism, Josh Eagle and the Harvest City, and Brady Harris.

» Read the entire Country Vocal Music article

Published on: July 11, 2014

Classical Suite #1Hope springs eternal in the human breast, and never more so than at a wedding. Traditional Royalty Free WeddingMusic from SmartSound underpins the hope that this marriage, at least, will last as long as the traditions it embodies. Whether your wedding scene is a heartfelt reflection of serious intentions, or a tongue-in-cheek contrast to the bride and groom’s real chances of keeping the knot tied for good, one of these tracks will supply the grandeur you need.

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Published on: July 10, 2014

Interestingly enough, the number of tracks answering to both Classical and Orchestral among the SmartSound stacks is relatively small. However dozens of songs in the Classical department, played with full orchestra, could easily take their place in productions needing Classical Royalty Free Orchestral Music.

Leading the pack, as appropriate, is Richard Strauss’ Zarathustra from album Cinema Standards, arranged by Ron Sorbo. Immediately recognizable from its use as theme music for the Apollo space program, and in the greatest movie of all time, 2001, A Space Odyssey, (Can you tell I’m prejudiced?) this theme makes a fantastic intro for stories of epic proportions.

» Read the entire Classical Royalty Free Orchestral Music article

Published on: July 09, 2014

World musicAs usual music transports viewers wherever you want them, faster than anything, except the sense of smell. These examples from SmartSound’s collection of Royalty Free World Music demonstrate how you can make them feel almost-at-home with a recognizable ethnic sound, or disorient with rhythms and instrument too general to immediately pinpoint.

» Read the entire Royalty Free World Music article

Published on: July 07, 2014

Scoring audio density in video

When we talk about “density” in audio we mean how much aural or sonic space a dialogue track, sound effect, musical instrument, orchestra, etc., takes up in the available aural space. This is not volume (loudness) but represents the sonic “thickness” taken by that item. Some sounds are denser than others.

» Read the entire Audio Density In Video article

Published on: July 02, 2014

Patriotic Royalty Free MusicRoyalty Free Patriotic Music music isn’t limited to just the old favorites, like Sousa march Stars and Stripes, though Smartsound does feature a very lively, dignified version, thank you very much, or vintage Yankee Doodle Dandy. It also brings the spirit of America alive with regional specialties like Dixieland, ragtime, marches and folk music.

Album American Spirit gives you a robust sampling of American favorites, making this collection a perfect background for political, holiday, and historical projects.

» Read the entire Royalty Free Patriotic Music article

Published on: July 01, 2014

Final CountdownSmartSound’s orchestral TV music adds depth and dimension to the medium, which can be lighter than big screen movie fare. Call on the orchestra to make any scene majestic or ground it in a certain importance, regardless of the overall tone of the scene, from intensely serious to just barely there.

The foe gathers slowly and stealthily at first in Enemy Swarm with descriptive variations like “Lurk,” “Get Out,” and “Scramble” from Final Countdown. This track is good for the slow buildup of tension, and is designed, like others in the album to create an ominous yet unobtrusive background.

» Read the entire Orchestral TV Music article

Published on: June 30, 2014

Club Scene Reality TV Commercial music from SmartSound brings in the desired counterpoint to the alleged true-life drama of the show, either keeping up the same hectic atmosphere, or switching gears completely to keep viewers grounded.

It’s gonna be a great week with Monday from Core Evolution. Everything looks bright in this Alternative Rock uplifter, with clear electric guitar strumming in the front, and “different drummer” guitar solo rockin around in the background.

Downtown Mix brings us a similar tempo with Smooth Ride, a competitive number with more of a Rap/Hip-Hop edge, and a dark inner-city ambience. Graduating from the Shelter might be the title of this Reality TV show.

» Read the entire Reality TV Commercial Music article

Published on: June 27, 2014

Sony Vegas Plugin

Utilizing Sony's powerful Vegas scripting API for third parties, SmartSound's new plug-in for Vegas Pro manifests as a dead-simple three-step process. Simply identify the portion to be scored on your Vegas Pro timeline, invoke the "Add - Edit SmartSound Music" menu command and, like that, you'll be in the Sonicfire Pro search interface, Express Track - with the length of your video selection already input into Sonicfire Pro.

» Read the entire Sonicfire Pro Plugin for Vegas Pro 12 or 13 article

Published on: June 22, 2014

Urban DramaCommercials are 15-60 second mini-stories that have to get to point in mere seconds, SmartSound TV Commercial Music offers fast and rich scene-setting backgrounds, so you can sell the idea over the course of a few breaths.

Use On My Way-JE from album Jade Element to describe the dreary “before” transportation scene in a TV car commercial with a little angst-infused vocals such as “riding this train till it sets me free.” –then segue to energizing release with the heroic strains of Approaching the Gates, from motivating Will to Succeed. Bold brass, especially trumpet and trombone resurrect vehicular joy with panache

» Read the entire TV Commercial Music article

Published on: June 20, 2014

Royalty Free Country Music features catchy upbeat rhythms, ballads and barroom blues. Contemporary Country goes to town with Southern, confident Beer Bottle Blues, a no-frills gritty guitar jam that kicks back and wails it for a biography or any scene needing the good-times Country/Folk feel. Tasty funk guitar licks strut through the nightlife scene with Down Home Funk, in a fresh country-soul blend.

» Read the entire Royalty Free Country Music article

Published on: June 18, 2014

Home Cooking

It's the soundtrack for strolls down big city streets, the sunny deck of a private pool at a Miami resort, a pensive moment on an isolated California beach. A warm saxophone sets the tone, a piano answers and perhaps an acoustic guitar interrupts the conversation.

It's smooth jazz and very few musical styles have the ability to create a distinctive backdrop for so many different scenes. If your next production calls for musical accompaniment that can be both unobtrusive and filled with personality, consider one of SmartSound Inc’s distinctive royalty free smooth jazz collections.

» Read the entire Royalty Free Smooth Jazz article

Published on: June 17, 2014

Instill that pop sound into your corporate music to let viewers know your company stays up to date. SmartSound’s collection is extensive and adaptable from subtle backgrounds to exuberant announcements.

Charmed, from Pop Beds 1, starts out with a simple repeating pattern, and adds layers of piquant interest with driving percussion, guitar and strings. This one would make a good background for a corporate or Spoken Word/Narration story that started out on shaky ground, ultimately triumphing in a situation far better than anyone dreamed possible.

» Read the entire Pop Corporate Music article

Published on: June 16, 2014

Mervin Mathews - Massive Edge Orchestral

An intense cinematic exploration of “big-sound” orchestral music layered with electronic textures ranging from low growls, huge sweeps, digital flutters and syncopated spasms. Huge drums and backbeats match the big-orchestra sound and electronics for heroic climaxes juxtaposed with the dark and dramatic. Use this multi-layer album with SmartSound’s Mood Mapping technology for mixes from face-meltingly full to minimally atmospheric and personal, while timing the piece perfectly for your visual.

» Read the entire Massive Edge Orchestral: New Artist Series article

Published on: June 15, 2014

Let’s face it. Corporate training films don’t always rank high on the interest scale in everyone’s mind. Using a medium that’s supposed to be entertaining for doling out facts, figures and procedures disappoints our inner child. But it has to be done…in real life, and for pretend, in the movies. SmartSound Corporate Training music stays lively and quirky, to keep the mind engaged and even happy enough to absorb some of that (dreary) material.

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Published on: June 13, 2014

Ken Stone has posted a great review by Steve Douglas of Sonicfire Pro with its FCPX plug-in on his popular Final Cut website:

» Read the entire Another Great FCPX Review! article

Published on: June 11, 2014

Royalty Free Music

SmartSound’s new release Nova Page was born to sing. By thirteen, she was writing & recording jingles for local & national marketing campaigns. However, after years of being told by industry types where, how, and what she should sing, she was so discouraged by the process that she vowed that she would never sing again.

» Read the entire Nova Page & 21AD article

Published on: June 10, 2014

Most all corporate music is positive, but the moods can still vary tremendously depending on the company’s culture or circumstances.

Simple acoustic guitar, with unique percussion accents that sound like a stick tapping the ground mimic the refreshing thoughtfulness of Conscious Consumption from Going Green. Use it for green-conscious corporate projects, or commercials for the discerning, those who think through each purchase, weighing all the costs, not just the “I want it now” decision.

A much lusher ensemble creates Rising Light for album Core Evolution; a feel-good track to back up scenes of hero/heroine deciding today’s going to be a good day, filled with accomplishments, no matter how it started out. Piano and breezy accents from a primitive flute-like whistle give it world feel; dreams of travel keep him/her motivated.

» Read the entire Positive Corporate Music article

Published on: June 09, 2014

Corporate communications music has traditionally painted a rosy picture regardless of what’s actually going on. This can be a good thing, since many “goals” in life take longer than the time frame we first hoped for, but eventually they get to good, or even great. SmartSound’s Corporate Communications library always leaves room for realism and dreams of better times to come in the company.

» Read the entire Corporate Communications Music article

Published on: June 06, 2014

Royalty Free Alternative Rock Music

If you’re filling out the soundtrack of a youth- or angst-oriented picture, the jagged edge of alternative rock makes a perfect sonic complement.

SmartSound Royalty Free Music provides both no-budget newbies and cost-conscious professional filmmakers with a wide range of options across all genres.

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Published on: June 05, 2014


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