Music vs. Sound Effects? Here’s some Sun Tzu for the battle.
Earlier this year I began offering online masterclasses on various aspects of being a professional musician – from composition and orchestration to marketing and the business – and I’ve been thrilled to find people are not only truly enjoying them, but putting the practical advice, tips, and techniques I teach to work immediately in their own music and seeing great results. Because of the popularity of the classes, I’ve decided to make them available to everyone – there’s plenty of material in the classes for beginners and pro’s alike – for just $30 US per each 3-hour class.
Superb class, enjoyed every second, would do it again, unbelievable value for $30. Can’t recommend it enough.
As of this writing, there are 4 classes available for 1-click PayPal purchase:
This class is about creating simple, compelling, and engaging ideas which not only connect with your audience consistently, but have the inherent building blocks to merit sophisticated development over time.
Just finished it, the sheer amount of stuff you cover is amazing!
Shoutout to Mike and his ways of teaching, or rather sharing ideas, philosophy and techniques and what not, really helpful and insightful stuff! (And the dude’s got experience to back it up with, so no bull s@#ting!) It’s just great to watch and learn.
My method for the initial process of orchestrating your ideas – choosing instruments, families, complimentary colors; letting the music tell you which instruments will best express the inherent drama and message within.
Fantastic class, Mike! Lots of great tricks and techniques. Thanks for the 3 hours of fun!
I agree, the class was filled with practical tips and strategies as well as a lot inspiration. The best $30 I’ve spent in recent memory, highly recommended!
A veritable cornucopia of tips, tricks, techniques across a huge range of topics; from the technical aspects of writing and developing ideas, to producing, recording, and realizing music on virtual instruments. The most popular class!
$30 for information that I am essentially going to implement on a daily basis.. well, let’s just say I’d have spent more than $30 for that.
I would not hesitate to take part in it again and again. It is very informative from a technical, compositional and business side. Plus, Mike is an entertaining dude, you will definitely get your moneys worth. Looking forward to the next one(this time Live).
Marketing, branding, networking, negotiating, royalties, stories from “the trenches,” and much more. Rather than Art vs. Commerce, this is about why you need both to truly maximize your craft, contribution, and life as an artist!
Bravo Mike, loved it!! Truly great ideas like sweet melodies to the ears… Seriously this one is really important to those who are interested in carving a career out of composing for film/tv and other things. So pluck that index finger out of your bottoms and click on the video link to buy!! You won’t regret it.
Great class as always from Mike! Got an opportunity to use one of his negotiating-tips today, less than 24 hours of watching the video. The class paid for itself way quicker than I thought. Looking forward to the next one!
Not only are the classes jam-packed with information, they’re fun, conversational, no-bullshit Friday-night hangs (R-rated warnings, and everything!). And they’re not only affordable, they’re easy to get: Just click on one of the class icons above to be taken to PayPal, and afterwards you’ll be provided with a private link to the class(es) of your choice.
Look, I know you’re a genius; I know you’re super-talented; I understand that; I think we all understand that…
…I’ll make you better. :) Composing music should be fun, fluid, inspiring, and rewarding. Try a class today and I’ll help you make it moreso!
Seriously, all of these masterclasses are just pure gold, and worth the entry price a dozen times over in my opinion. Compared to the price of a new sample library or piece of studio gear, these should all be considered “no-brainers” for the value you get back. Can’t wait for the next one!
“Woodland Mischief” for flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. Written for the great woodwind sample library Berlin Woodwinds from Orchestral Tools.
This is a demo I did awhile back for the great SampleModeling virtual instrument libraries The Trumpet, The Trombone, and French Horn & Tuba. To really showcase the quality of these virtual instruments, I wrote the piece almost exclusively for brass, with just a touch of percussion for drama. I[...]
Internationally acclaimed composer and visual effects artist, Mike Verta, has a truly generous reason for launching his online studio. Read on for his impressions on Hollywood success, paying it forward, and appreciating downtime.
Powhow: You recently offered your first hugely successful online session to mentor upcoming composers around the world, Settling the Score: The Nexus. Why was it important to you to offer coaching to other composers?
Mike Verta: Be the change… The tremendously helpful and rewarding master/apprentice days of old are long gone. We no longer have commonplace opportunities at studios and production companies to be writing music daily under the tutelage of seasoned pros, and then carrying that music into the next room to have it performed by world-class musicians. For most of us, this was the way our heroes learned to write. I wished for that sort of guidance so often while I was coming up… I decided, now that I have 20-plus years of experiential knowledge to impart, I would pay that dream forward. And nothing helps cement and organize one’s thoughts like having to teach them. So it’s a win-win.
Powhow: The Nexus focuses on the music. Your next session Settling the Score- Career 101: The Gameplan is all business. How did you get your big break in Hollywood and what’s your secret to staying so busy?
Mike Verta: Build it and They Will Come. It’s an illusion to think you’re going to muscle Hollywood into doing what you want. My break came by following the advice I give up-and-comers: Be good, and be everywhere. In the very beginning, your abilities come second to your clout, and you build clout by seeming to be everywhere, known to everyone. Sooner or later, one of the thousands of seeds you plant sprouts, and that’s your first break. To stay busy, do a great job and be fun to work with. Both of those qualities ensure the phone will continue to ring after the first time.
Powhow: Your designs are amazing too! Does the inspiration for your art come from the same place as the inspiration for your music? How does the process for creating your visual work differ?
Mike Verta: One of the core concepts I teach is the common language that is shared by artists and audiences alike. In the end, as an artist, once you understand how to relate to your audience – how to talk to them – it matters very little whether you’re speaking the language of music, visuals, scriptwriting, etc. The message is the same; the process is the same. A piece of music has composition, tone, and style. Visual pieces have composition, tone, and style. One paints with sounds, the other paints with light, but they draw upon the same skills and understanding to get their messages across.
Powhow: What projects are you excited about right now?
Mike Verta: As usual, ones that are under Non-Disclosure Agreements. But I can say that what I really enjoy is being able to work on pieces across a wide array of disciplines. At any given time, I will be writing a piece of music, doing some visual effects work, doing lectures and consulting, some sound design and mixing… it keeps things from becoming stagnant. I usually find that when my music well is dry, my visual well is full and vice-versa. And sometimes dipping into one well helps fill another. And, again, each discipline informs the other, so there is a lot of crosstalk and inspiration to be handed around when the time comes.
Powhow: After a hard day, how do you like to unwind?
Mike Verta: I tell all my students: Don’t sit at home practicing your art 24 hours a day. If you don’t live your life, you’ll have nothing interesting to say through your art. So for me, the most relaxing things are not necessarily about unwinding, as much as they are about balance and contrast with my day-to-day. For example, working out is great – it’s so physical, versus the largely mental world of creating music. And getting together with friends and talking – just talking a lot – you know, writing music is a very solitary experience; I’m often by myself for days or weeks at a time. So those balancing moments of social interaction feel great, and welcome, and important. And doing them makes me feel complete, which is the essence of calm.
Powhow: How does your Online Studio differ from your podcasts and tutorials
Mike Verta: Obviously, the interactive aspect of it is key… the best communication is always bi-directional, and those in attendance actually shape, hone, and tailor the information precisely to their needs by interacting with me during the lesson. It’s far more effective and efficient than even the most well thought-out podcast could hope to be.
Sign up now to learn the ins and outs of the music business in Mike Verta’s Online Studio: http://www.powhow.com/classes/mike-verta