The Behavior of a Sound Hunter: 3 Ways to Get Your Own Soundbanks

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Today’s article seems pretty much psychological doesn’t it?

Though it is not what you may be thinking.

I’ve studied this subject for a while, and finally I’ve decided to explain it into an article.

Well, I’ve been thinking that, the well known music producers began from 0 (zero).

In any domain it is the same, you will start from scratch.

Sometime I wanted to be born with all that knowledge, but where would the fun be?

How would it be if you could get anything you wished for without any effort?

How I was saying earlier, every artist started from 0, even the very popular ones.

When I say artist I’m referring to the producers, because this is the main subject on the blog.

There are many templates of behavior that may be shown by a producer.

I’ve used the term of “sound hunter”.

The beginners which have been working with music for a while are always searching for sounds and samples.

They need a lot of resources to define their creations.

What is the behavior of a sound hunter?

I‘ve identified 3 types of behavior and I will present them all in detail.

I’m very curious in which of these 3 categories do you fit, please tell me in a comment.

So let’s get to the subject!

In the first category I would put those that use templates and already made presets.

I won’t deny that a lot of music producers use the sound banks on the internet.

How do you get them? Well, there are a lot of sound banks on the internet.

Some are free, others are not, and others can be found only on torrents.

In the previous articles I highlighted the need of making your own sounds.

Now I will list the advantages of using other’s sounds.

You fit easier in a certain type of music.

Using presets made by others your projects will somewhat resemble theirs.

You are easier to recognize by your style and you will make your own custom signature.

Those in the 2nd category are a bit more original.

Here I’ve included those that mimic others when it comes to sound-design.

What does this mean? 

Before you work, you watch a few tutorials, then you copy a part of what you see: either they try to reproduce step by step to understand the process, either they try to make their own sounds using the knowledge they got from the video.

I don’t know if you agree with me, but when you copy something you can’t be too far.

As long as you will keep copying you will make something that is close as a result.

I admire those that try to make their own sound banks.

It’s a good start, but it’s far from enough.

You need to try something new to define your own style of music.

If you are limited by the lack of knowledge then your creativity has to suffer.

A lot of people try to make their own sounds by mimicking others because they are afraid of being different.

Of course that, if you try to make your own sounds you might make mistakes.

How will you know what to do if you are the first one to do it?

How will you make an innovative sound if you don’t know how to?

Even if you don’t really know that doesn’t mean you can’t try to make something that hasn’t been done before.

This is the last category.

If you have been paying attention I’m sure that you already know what I will be writing here.

In the 3rd category I’ve put those that are able of making their own sound banks.

They handle the sound with ease, making it easy for them to create their own sound library.

To have your own sound library, made entirely by you shows professionalism.

The effort is fully worth it, I can tell you from my own experience.

It’s easier to copy others as sound-design, you simply watch a video/tutorial and you mimic it.

When it comes to copying and originality I have my claims.

I don’t agree with copying when it comes to sounds, concept, or other musical element.

I’ve noticed a lot of producers trying to sound like X or Y, but this is not the problem.

It is not a problem if you try to copy an artist if you are a beginner, quite the opposite, I even recommend it.

The problem is that some copy others from years, being unable to create their own style.

It doesn’t matter if it’s about musical concept or sandbanks, they don’t do anything but copy the well known artists.

I’ve written another article about originality in music so I won’t write about it here again.

I want to say that this is also a type of behavior.

If some producers are original, others are less than original.

Everybody has his own dose of originality.

Of course you can’t be 100% original, and nobody asks for it.

The only thing that really matters is that you must try to always bring something new.

I believe that you know a lot of old classic songs that are still very well known, and now ask yourself, how many people did attempt to copy them?

Does this mean that those that have copied had the same success?

It seems not.

I congratulate those that made a new style of music.

It’s like using the refresh button on music, like bringing the music back to life again, a new style of music is like a spring.

Every producer has his own unique behavior.

Some will manage to succeed even with other’s libraries.

As a closing I would like to know what is your musical behavior?

Are you a sound hunter?

Or are you one of those people that like building something new?

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below.

Thank you!


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