When working as a music composer, beat maker, or orchestrator in the music industry during this digital age of technology DAW’s become second nature. Therefore, when you need a level of control at your fingertips look no further than Apple’s Logic Pro X. So, what is Logic Pro? Well it is a digital audio workstation that has an enormous collection of plug-ins and sounds, which can flesh out any musical idea conceivable. This DAW provides the user with the ability to compose sounds from scratch, start with a sine wave and transform it into an industry standard. This feat is accomplished with the advanced options of the sequencer in Logic Pro that lets you record, edit, and manipulate MIDI performances any way imaginable. For that orchestrator in you instantly convert MIDI data into notation within Logic Pro while still being able to edit notes extensively with input options to enter the music manually. Music notation tools with a full notation layout allowing instrument transposition, drum notation, and lyric input, this feature also allows printing of sheet music. With all of these defining features nothing else is needed in creating your next hit or single with this DAW.

Digital based composers develop amazing sounds but just how do they accomplish this without the use of actual instruments and synthesizers. When thinking about creating that next big sound for your project, consider checking out the ultimate production suite. Komplete 9 Ultimate is a package that delivers the entire collection of Native Instruments 65 instruments and effects through Komplete. This package encompasses a complete creative suite for audio production featuring 16,000 sounds totaling at 370 GB all placed on a single dedicated external hard drive, so no more massive disc installations. As an added bonus Komplete 9 Ultimate is the most inexpensive way to obtain Native’s libraries saving over 80% on all 65 products, compared to buying them individually.

Have you ever wondered how a digital based composer developed such amazing orchestral sounds without an actual orchestra, while having access to those hard to find ethnic sounds from instruments across the globe? Well the Complete Composers Collection 2 is where the search should begin; EastWest is the resource to use for instruments of the world at an industry level. Created by founder and producer Douglas Rogers, EastWest is the number one distributor of virtual instruments software with clientele such as renowned composers Bryan Tyler, Danny Elfman, James Howard and John Powell. Complete Composers Collection 2 is composed of 7 of EastWest virtual instruments, and can have additional virtual instruments added at a discounted price. Choosing the Complete Composers Collection 2 is the most inexpensive way to obtain some of EastWest’s Libraries at more than 70% off the individual virtual instruments retail price. The standard medium for the Complete Composers Collection 2 is a 1TB external hard drive. Seeing how versatile putting together your personal collection can be I chose to go over the personal collection I gathered for the Complete Composers Collection 2. My collection choice is as follows, Hollywood Strings Gold, Hollywood Brass Gold, Ra, Silk, Ministry of Rock 2, Stormdrum 2 Bundle, Symphonic Choirs Bundle, Voices of Passion, and Symphonic Orchestra Gold.

Self-publishing is becoming a popular market amongst the independent professional community. Print-on-demand (POD) and aggregator websites have become vast over this past decade. Self-publishing has its advantages over obtaining publishing deals the traditional way. As visited before, to get a publishing deal the traditional way, a query letter needs to be created to obtain an agent. Once the agent is attained, a press kit must be created to showcase your identity as an artist, something like a resume. This will allow an agent to shop your works to a publisher, in hopes of getting a publishing deal. As for Self-publishing, it is possible to publish works without the involvement of an established third-party. Self-publishing forwards the author responsibility and control over the entire publishing process. This process includes design, file formats, price, distribution channels, marketing and public relations. The author can either do it all themselves, or outsource the process to companies that offer these services.

On the road to finding a reputable publisher, there are steps that must be taken in order to reach those reputable publishers. First lets state that the entertainment industry is all about the connections you have and what you know. As a rookie music composer ready to attempt at finding opportunities in the music industry, a certain connection is needed to mediate between the publisher and us. Most production companies will instantly refuse to review unsolicited works, which most likely will be thrown in the trash once received. Getting to the first step at finding a publisher, find a reputable agent that best thrives in your field of choice and at your skill level. An agent is the go between that can successfully solicit works to production companies. Agents have those vital connections to the industry that is needed to get to that next level.

Novels made into film adaptations have become the go to means of producing for new films in the entertainment industry. Film adaptations of novels have led to many legal disputes over the years. These disputes are based on if copyrights are still protected or are the works in the public domain, due to the works dating prior to 1923. Adding to this heated dispute lets add some more fuel to the fire by reviewing some of these cases in detail. There are a lot of works out there in the entertainment market related to the character Sherlock Holmes. Works such as feature length films and the TV show Elementary, which is based current day in New York City. What most people don’t know is that the character Sherlock Holmes was first introduced in 1887 and was featured in four short novels and 56 short stories dating from 1887 to 1927. The question that is constantly disputed is whether Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain or not. Based on changes to our US copyright act everything prior to 1923 is in the public domain, which is where most of the confusion stems from with the character Sherlock Holmes. With that being said, the characters Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson’s relationship on what they did and how they worked together were created prior to 1923. However, the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is saying between 1923 and 1927 versions of the Sherlock Holmes story, are being featured in the current book scheduled for publication by random house.

In recent news the court system has been receiving their run of industry court lawsuits. Today lets narrow in on a few of these cases, preferably ones dealing with and affecting the entertainment industry. The European Court of Human Rights has supported the conviction on one of the world's largest sharing torrent file websites, Fredrik Neij, and Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, two of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay. Neij and Kolmisoppi were both charged with Connivance to commit crimes in violation of the Copyright Act. Their sentence was for one years incarceration and a 3.3 million euros (4.3 million US) fine. This sentence was later reduced but the fine was raised to 5 million euros (6.5 million US). Neij and Kolmisoppi then filed an application arguing that under Pirate Bay they received and provided information to Internet users about torrent files, which led them to believe that liability for IP infringement fell on Pirate Bay’s users. They both believed their right to communicate information was protected by Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights, which dictates that everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right also includes the right to embrace opinions, receive and convey information and ideas without restriction by public authority, regardless of borderlines. What Neij and Kolmisoppi didn’t take into account is that the same article also states that this shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises. The ruling says, (Eriq Gardner, 2013) "Since the Swedish authorities were under an obligation to protect the plaintiffs’ property rights in accordance with the Copyright Act and the Convention, the Court finds that there were weighty reasons for the restriction of the applicants’ freedom of expression."

Once an afterthought in terms of game design and overall music culture awareness, video game music is now an authentic industry of its own. Today, worldwide prominent orchestras perform concerts of music composed specifically for video games and features top of the line film composer soundtracks. Like the purpose of all great scored music, it's supposed to appeal to your heartstrings and drive your emotions wild. Video game music has become over this past decade so indistinguishable from scored music for films, that many have begun to envision a video game to be on the same level as a feature length film. In the past video game music was limited by its hardware but that all changed with the introduction of the CD-ROM. Furthermore, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) decided in the year 2000 to let interactive games compete in the annual Grammy awards.

You have to ask yourself, if performing artist’s use artist managers, what can an artist manager do for a music composer. Essentially promotion will be the focus in managing a composer. Due to artist managers working with various clients they have the contacts to Send your music out, talk to directors about your music catalog and look for commission project opportunities. However, for a composer like myself I prefer to employ an artist manager to handle the business aspect of my career. This will allow me to focus on the creative process, which is the music. There comes a point in a composer’s career when they know that they cannot push their skills as hard as somebody like a manager can push. When a music composer feels overwhelmed by the amount of project details and has countless commitments in a short period of time, in my opinion is where an artist manager can place their worth.

William Ury’s Negotiating for Sustainable Agreements presentation discusses the strategies he has developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project for creating sustainable agreements in diplomacy and business. Ury discusses how much time we already dedicate to negotiation in our everyday lives. Conflict has been suppressed over the years and is now coming to the surface. We have a choice to resolve conflict through family feuds, lawsuits, and wars. Or we can deal with conflicts constructively through listening, dialogue, collaborative problem solving and non-violent actions. You can learn from Ury’s presentation that objective criteria can be used in more ways than just preventing wills from clashing. Using a third side to way in concerns for both parties can also use objective criteria to express concerns in a negotiation that can benefit all negotiators. Learning not to react and gaining the ability to listen will take any negotiation to the next level. This allows you to focus on interest and not positions to learn what is wanted and better assess the direction of a negotiation.