Sound-alikes are pieces of music that are meant to sound similar to well known musical artists. The record should convey to the listener a similar feeling and vibe while still being unique. Music supervisors quite often have small budgets and cannot work in sync licenses for the original band's recording and song. Because of this, it is more realistic to utilize a soundalike recording in the same style.
As a songwriter wanting to create sound-alikes, you want to take influence from the original band without infringing on their copyright. Firstly set your composition at a similar speed. This ensures the overall attitude will remain. A few beats per minute difference would be smart. Do to change the key. Study the song's chord progression and song structure. Make sure you use a different progression whilst retaining the feel. Another important aspect is instrumentation. You'll want to record instruments that sound like on the referenced record, aiming for tone and arrangement in their manner.
Lyrically, aim for text that convey the general concept yet are original enough to be considered a great song unto itself. If your vocal style is not similar enough to the band's you will want to hire with a session singer who can convincingly sing the intended genre. This factor is very important to convincing the audience.
Once you have recorded all of your tracks, the production additionally should use similar techniques as the musicians. Read articles covering the artist's recording process in detail. The producer usually covers what equipment was used and how they approached processing specific tracks. If you have a decent home studio, you should be able to complete the recording at home. However, many times hiring a mix engineer to fine tune the record will allow your piece to stand out. No matter where you decide to mix the production it would be smart to have the song mastered by a dedicated mastering engineer. Send both the referenced song and your version so the engineer can model something very similar in comparison.
Now that you have perfected your soundalike writing process, your songs can start to be picked up by music libraries. If the songs are good enough and fit the right situation, the recording can be a nice source of money via sync licensing and back-end public performance royalties.
Scott Horton of Short Ton Productions is a stellar example of today's songwriter, music producer, and mixing and mastering engineer. Working with artists the world over his music can be noticed on musical albums and in TV and film. check out Scott's songs at www.shorttonproductions.com
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