# How to Produce Music That Syncs Well with Visual Media
If you are a music producer who loves both EDM and classical music, you might be wondering how to combine these two genres in a way that appeals to sync licensing opportunities. Sync licensing is the process of obtaining the rights to use a piece of music in conjunction with a visual media output, such as a film, TV show, video game, or advertisement¹. Sync licensing can be a lucrative source of income for music producers, as well as a way to gain exposure and recognition for their work.
However, not all music is suitable for sync licensing. There are certain dos and don’ts that music producers should follow when creating music for sync licensing purposes. In this article, we will explore some of the best practices and tips for producing music that syncs well with visual media, as well as some of the common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid. We will also introduce you to Fiddlers Dream Productions, a company that can help you sync your music with reputable sync libraries.
## The Dos of Music Production for Sync Licensing
- Do your research. Before you start producing music for sync licensing, you should do some research on the type of visual media that you want to target, and the kind of music that they are looking for. For example, if you want to sync your music with a horror film, you should study the genre conventions and the mood and atmosphere that the film creates. You should also listen to some of the music that has been successfully synced with similar films, and analyze what makes them effective. This will help you to create music that matches the tone and style of the visual media, and that enhances the emotional impact and storytelling of the scenes.
- Do experiment with different sounds and instruments. One of the advantages of combining EDM and classical music is that you have a wide range of sounds and instruments to choose from, and you can create unique and original compositions that stand out from the crowd. You can use electronic sounds and beats to create energy and excitement, and classical instruments and melodies to create elegance and sophistication. You can also mix and match different elements from both genres, such as using a piano or a violin over a synth or a drum machine, or using a classical chord progression with an EDM rhythm. The key is to find a balance and a harmony between the two genres, and to create music that sounds cohesive and coherent.
- Do pay attention to the structure and length of your music. When producing music for sync licensing, you should keep in mind that your music will be used to accompany a visual media output, and that it will have to fit within a certain time frame and follow a certain narrative arc. Therefore, you should pay attention to the structure and length of your music, and make sure that it has a clear beginning, middle, and end, and that it has enough variation and dynamics to keep the listener engaged. You should also avoid making your music too long or too short, and try to match the duration of the scenes or segments that you want to sync your music with. A good rule of thumb is to aim for a length of around 2 to 4 minutes, depending on the type of visual media that you are targeting.
## The Don’ts of Music Production for Sync Licensing
- Don’t use vocals or lyrics that are too specific or too distracting. While vocals and lyrics can add a lot of personality and emotion to your music, they can also be a potential problem when it comes to sync licensing. This is because vocals and lyrics can clash with the dialogue or the narration of the visual media, or they can be too specific or too irrelevant to the context or the theme of the visual media. For example, if you use vocals or lyrics that mention a specific name, place, date, or event, they might not fit with the story or the setting of the visual media, or they might confuse or mislead the viewer. Therefore, you should avoid using vocals or lyrics that are too specific or too distracting, and instead opt for vocals or lyrics that are more generic or abstract, or that complement or reinforce the message or the mood of the visual media.
- Don’t use samples or loops that are too recognizable or too overused. Another potential problem that music producers face when creating music for sync licensing is the issue of originality and authenticity. While using samples or loops can be a convenient and efficient way to produce music, they can also be a source of legal or ethical issues, especially if they are too recognizable or too overused. For example, if you use a sample or a loop that belongs to another artist or another song, you might infringe on their intellectual property rights, or you might face a lawsuit or a claim from them. Moreover, if you use a sample or a loop that is too popular or too common, you might lose your competitive edge or your creative identity, and your music might sound too generic or too cliché. Therefore, you should avoid using samples or loops that are too recognizable or too overused, and instead create your own sounds and melodies, or use samples or loops that are more obscure or more original.
- Don’t forget to register and protect your music. The last but not the least thing that music producers should do when producing music for sync licensing is to register and protect their music. This is because music is a valuable asset and a form of intellectual property, and music producers should ensure that they have the legal rights and the proper documentation to license their music to others. For example, music producers should register their music with a performing rights organization (PRO), such as ASCAP or BMI, which will collect and distribute royalties on their behalf whenever their music is played or performed publicly. Music producers should also register their music with a music publisher, such as Fiddlers Dream Productions, which will help them to pitch and place their music with sync licensing opportunities, and to negotiate and manage the licensing contracts and fees. By registering and protecting their music, music producers can safeguard their interests and their income, and avoid any potential disputes or conflicts with other parties.
Producing music that syncs well with visual media can be a rewarding and profitable endeavor for music producers, especially for those who love both EDM and classical music. However, it can also be a challenging and complex task, that requires a lot of research, experimentation, and attention to detail. By following the dos and don’ts of music production for sync licensing, music producers can create music that matches and enhances the visual media, and that stands out from the competition. By working with Fiddlers Dream Productions, music producers can also find and access sync licensing opportunities, and deal with the technical and legal aspects of music licensing, with ease and confidence. If you are a music producer who wants to sync your music with visual media, why not contact Fiddlers Dream Productions today, and see how they can help you? And if you have any questions or comments about this article, feel free to leave them below. We would love to hear from you!
¹: [Music Sync License For Creators – TunePocket Music Library](^4^)
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