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With over 30 years experience in many facets of the music industry, producer, Lynn Monk will ensure that your audio project is completed on time and to the highest standard possible within your budget.

Depending on the budget you have available for your project, there are 3 forms of licensing available to you. The amount of copyright control you have, depends on how much you can afford to pay. For example, we can produce the same length, standard and quality of music for your project, but you could pay 3 different prices...

  1. Copyright-Free - This is the most expensive. The music is charged per second of unique music per track. E.G. If a song has three verses and a repeated chorus, you are charged once for the verse melody and once for the chorus melody, as they are repeated. However, if there are lyrics, they will be different for each verse, so you will be charged once for the chorus lyrics, but 3 times for the verse lyrics. The same rules apply for each instrument track that makes up the arrangement. You are only charged once for each part, but certain sections may be repeated or "looped" throughout the song. The charge is £2 per unique second. This may not seem a lot, but if you had a 3 minute piece of music and the arrangement was 16 tracks and every second of every track was unique, it would cost £5760. Obviously, it would be an extremely rare case if there was nothing repeated in a song! - The advantage is that this music is specially created to be unique to you and you would own full copyright to it. Your fee will pay all the composers, arrangers, and musicians to assign full rights to their compositions and performances for perpetuity to you.
  2. Commissions - This assigns the copyright in the sound recording to you, but all arrangers and composers retain their copyrights. This would be akin to our "Work for Hire" contract. You pay for the studio time and all hours worked by all studio personnel and musicians. Our current rates are £20 per hour for the studio and producer, plus any required session musician fees. The average 3-minute song to radio-ready standard would take about 40 hours and would therefore cost around £800 in studio time.
  3. Licensing - This is the cheapest because all copyrights remain with the composers and arrangers. Also, Wobbly Music retains the copyright to the sound recording. The music is Licensed to you for personal use, plus the specific use you commissioned it for. Commissions for licensing start at around £180. Further uses can be purchased from our new record store at SeniorSounds, where the recording will be available for download and licensing. All performance royalties will be collected by PPL. If you find any music in our store that is already the kind of thing that you are looking for, you can license it for various uses directly from our store. This is much cheaper than commissioning a new piece of music.

Below, you can find further details of the kinds of projects we could produce for you.

  • Adverts, Jingles, Voice-overs, Radio shows, Corporate Video Soundtracks. We will consider any kind of project and produce something that will match your budget and can guarantee good value for your money. We have voice over artists and actors who can take care of your adverts, radio shows and corporate video soundtracks. We also have musicians and vocalists who can take care of jingles for radio or mobile discos or compose and record soundtracks for low budget films and videos.

  • Copyright-free background music. Sometimes projects don't require music in "Song format", but need music composed to a specific length or looped into a long track. Copyright-free music is intended for people who want no limitations to the number of times they wish to use, perform, broadcast, or copy the music either for free; as in media presentations or education; or for reward, such as in advertising or video.

    Copyright-free music is written to a specific length rather than as a song and is charged per second. It is generally supplied as an audio file on CD.

    As explained on the previous page, depending on your budget, we can either write a varying piece of music to the length you require, or write a few short passages and loop them to your required length. Only the lengths of each unique section of music are taken into consideration for pricing. Copied & looped sections are not charged for.

    Applications for this kind of project are usually video soundtracks, but perhaps you haven't considered one of these...

    • Perhaps you run a dance or aerobics class or dance studio. Isn't it a pain when you have to keep stopping to select a track for a specific tempo, and then have to keep restarting the song every 3 or 4 minutes? We can compose a piece of music with a strong beat to the precise tempo you require and loop it to fill a whole CD. You can run an hour-long class without having to stop and re-start the music. We can even incorporate specific "timing cues" to help you plan the length of your choreographed pieces. Ideal for learning or practising long, complicated dance steps. You'll never have to stop mid-flow to re-start the song! Once you have all the steps learnt, you can then replace it with your selected song.

    • Most telephone switchboards are supplied with only one licenced piece of music. We can supply you with specially composed pieces of music that will give your customers a variety of sounds to listen to whilst they are waiting to speak to you. We can also incorporate voice-overs to tell your customers of your latest products whilst they are waiting!

    • Ringtones - Anyone can download the latest hit song or use a melody that came supplied with the phone, but if you want to be REALLY different, we can compose short melodies and convert them to ringtones that will be truly unique to you. For the ultimate ego trip, why not have us make ringtones out of melodies YOU composed yourself!

  • Sound Effects & Foley. You can never have too many sound effects!

    Most people don't think of sound effects being used in music tracks, but the are a surprisingly large number of recordings that use a few sound effects to help illustrate the music. Even in our relatively small reportoire, we've used the sound of a train, a slamming door, glass breaking, an old radio, and a scratched vinyl record, to name but a few!

    We get some of our sound effects from licensed sources and some from copyright-free sources, but mostly in order to get just the right effect for the song, we have a tendency to make them ourselves. We would welcome any Foley artists, or location recordists, to join our collaboration database. You can do this by visiting our Online Studios and registering as a Collaborator member.

  • Mood Music. This is most often used in parts of film soundtracks or video games to help set the mood or emotion of a scene. Likewise, complete compositions and CDs can be made to encourage certain moods within the listener. Most of these CDs are used in relaxation or meditation.

    We prefer to take projects that involve scene setting for games or films. For low budget projects, these can be made just as effectively with a simple MIDI track, as with real instruments and voices. Here are a few MIDI examples that we wrote for a freeware computer game.
    Graveyard

    Temple
    Menacing intro

  • Mixing and Mastering. Whilst we don't compete with the large budget top end studios, all our projects (even demos) are mixed and mastered to ensure they have a sound that is "radio ready" and comparable to most major recordings and broadcasts.

    We use Pro Audio digital hardware devices and professional software, designed for discerning project studios. This enables us to produce mixes using fully automated mixers, virtual instruments and FX plugins that can be programmed to utilise even minor adjustments in real time, so that every aspect of your project can potentially compete with projects costing many times more. Back in the 80's, only the top multi-million pound studios could afford anything approaching this level of automation.

    After mixing our projects, we send our clients an MP3 of the mix for approval. The client can then suggest any alterations, and if necessary, the project will be re-mixed to their suggestions. A second and final mix will be sent, and their choice of the two will then be mastered.

    If the budget is sufficient, we can send the mix to a specialised Mastering facility who will have acoustically designed rooms and high-end monitoring equipment specific to mastering. A specialised mastering engineer is someone with experience in listening for any minor defects in the frequency range and clarity of a mix. They can fix any minor imperfections and bring out the full clarity and punch of a performance. They can widen the stereo field and increase the overall perceived "volume" of the track in order for it to compete on an even keel with releases from the major record companies. They are particularly useful to make the various tracks on an album seem consistent in sound level and quality, even if the tracks have been recorded over a number of years or at different studios.

    Here at Wobbly Music we don't have a specific Mastering facility, but we will "Master" your project in a similar fashion. We don't guarantee to bring out the performance of the recording quite as well as a professional mastering studio and experienced mastering engineer would, but we guarantee to "master" every project, irrespective of budget. This is because, even within our limited facility, a mastered track can make all the difference when it comes to being noticed among other songs on the radio.

    To hear for yourself what a large difference our mastering process makes to our mixes, listen to this sample [Listen Lo-fi] [Listen hi-fi] The sample contains parts of two songs we have produced. Each song starts with the mastered version, then switches to the unmastered mix, and then back to the mastered version.

    We master our projects on specific mastering software that not only covers all the enhancements mentioned above, but also contains a "tube emulation" feature. This aspect of the software imitates the effect of using traditional expensive valve mastering equipment on the sound. All digital audio production creates a "stark" & "sanitary" sound. Many people prefer the "warmth" and harmonic distortion caused by the valves and old components in traditional analogue equipment and tape machines. Our mastering software emulates this effect and takes the "digital edge" off of the sound without adding the hiss!

  • Post Production. Although we predominently mix and master our own projects, we are occasionally asked to Re-mix and/or Master projects that have been produced and recorded elsewhere.

    For re-mixing, we can accept projects in Logic Audio (LSO format) or as individual WAV or AIFF files. You can burn your multitrack project to CD, or upload it to our online studios at BakehouseStudio.net (You will need to register as a collaborator in order to gain access).

    For mixing, 16 or 24 bit files from 44.1kHz to 96kHz are acceptable. For Mastering we can accept stereo WAV files in 16 or 24 bit format.
If you'd like further details or a free quotation for a corporate project, please email us.