excerpts from: "A Cut Above The Rest: Stock20"
A Review by Award Winning Composer/Producer/Author, Douglas Spotted Eagle
It's rare that I'll review a stock music library, and even more rare that I'd have great things to say about stock music. In fact, this is the first time I've ever wanted to say anything good about cheap stock music at all...
The songs are clever. A couple of them are seriously commercial in terms of being comparable to what one hears on the radio today. Some of the wedding compositions are emotive, yet a couple of them are a bit trite and similar to some of the piano music you'd expect to hear. The songs themselves are fresh, and the mixes are overall excellent, I'm just not a big fan of piano-driven music outside of certain artists. That said, if you're editing a wedding video, you'll probably appreciate these songs and the way they build. Songs like "Daddy's Girl" have a special quality to them. The songs are quite melodic in most instances, but they're not melodies that stick in your head and leave you wishing you could shake them loose. Catchy, non-repetitive, and generally smooth, leaving the music breathing space, perfect for most video editors.
...Each mix in varied length isn't the same as the longer mixes in a shortened version as you'll find in most stock libraries. Each version is distinctively different than its longer or shorter counterpart. The editor in me loved cutting them up and "creating" my own mixes. The musician in me appreciated other aspects of the libraries.
Instruments on the discs run the gamut. No cheesy electric piano in these mixes, these are either very tricked out piano samples such as the Holy Grail library (famous among piano players) or a real grand with sweet room acoustics. Acoustic guitars and electric guitars are noticeably real. While the library demonstrates solid musicianship, there are no "grandstanding" moments where the guitar player seems to want to fill in the space at every turnaround and that is tremendously appreciated. I was struggling to decide about the violins in the "Summer Dream" cut, as they sound like a blend of real and synth'd violins, which means in any case, they sound very good.
The library discs are fairly evenly divided between tempos. About half the library is uptempo, with the other half being a mix of romance, playful/gentle, smooth jazz, piano, and world beat. I particularly liked "Urbanix" and "Metallicated" in the upbeat choices. "Perfect Moments," and "Sunday Morning" are both very evocative pieces of work that with some massaging and vocals could quite easily be Adult Contemporary radio cuts.
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The music found in the Stock20 library is easily something you might hear on top 40 radio today. For example, "Runway", a techno sounding track moves along with a steady beat and would go perfect as a music bed for an industrial training video. Whereas "Adeline", a soft piano driven ballad, carries an emotional tone, and would fit perfectly in a wedding production, or even a documentary where you would need to emphasize an emotional moment.
Videomaker Magazine Review
Brent Holland, March 2007 (Excerpt from Page 2)
"Gold Medal" an alternative, progressive rock tune reminds me of something we might hear from Nickleback or The Fray, and could easily work as a commercial's theme music or a compilation video highlighting success. Each track is unique, catchy and melodic, and completely different from the next.
[note: this review was written when the stock20 library was much smaller (37 song-themes instead of the current 141)
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Ken Stone's Final Cut Pro Website
"And the bottom line is...... this is an excellently produced package of real music. Its not artificial fakery and the quality coming through my speakers sing high praise. And finally, the cost is more than reasonable for the size and quality of the package. I think you'll agree."
An excerpt from a review from Steve Douglas published by Ken Stone's Final Cut Pro website.
Unsolicited Customer Comments:
Thanks for providing such high-end production music at an affordable price. I'll be back.
Jeff Jones (Colorado Springs, CO)
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As a veteran of over 2000 productions which I've created in over 30 years in this business, working at every level from wedding videos to The Backstreet Boys at their peak of success, and speaking as a national Addy Award winner, I would tell anyone interested that this is the kind of stock music service this industry has long needed. You provide an excellent choice of reasonably priced tracks, appropriate to every need, that are well labeled and catalogued for excellent ease of selection. To borrow a well known phrase, "Nobody does it better."
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Michael Veronneau (British Columbia, Canada)
Stephanie Cain (Lampasas, TX)
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As the producer of inspirational DVDs , I have found Stock20 to be a real find. I needed music that would appeal to a wide range of people, and I found a variety of choices in Stock20's full collection, which I bought last year. As I've been showing my DVDs with folks, I often get comments like: "Great music, really set the mood." "What was that music. It really enhanced your presentation." As a producer, I also find the wide range of clip lengths provided by Stock20 very helpful in my timing chores. And from a business standpoint, I've found the folks at Stock20 are great to work with.
Len Sroka (Rochester, NY)
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I really do enjoy the music, and so do my clients. The Little Star Remix, in particular, is surefire tear-jerker when added to young children's and baby's portraits. Your music added to our portraits on DVD slide shows for presentation has definitely added to our bottom line.
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Nick Haskins (St. Petersburg, FL)
Kudos to everyone who composes and performs the music. And thank you for making it affordable!
Kristine Lang (Concord, OH)
Thank you very much for making possible a license like this.
Ryan Lonac (Loma Linda, CA)
I have been searching for the perfect music for my slide shows. Your selections are great! I can't wait for more releases. Thank you so much!
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You have a great site and a great product. It was so nice to be able to listen to the full recording of the selections without that intermittent voice. That really helps in making a decision. Especially when you are trying to visualize and concentrate on how the piece matches up with what you are using it for. I spent hours checking out other royalty free sites and I have to say that the quality of your music is far and away the best. And I was thrilled with your price. I will definitely be back for more selections.
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Stock20 is the FIRST place I look when I want music for my projects. You have such great music and a super easy download system. I look forward to buying many more tunes! Thanks again!
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Keep up the rockin' work. I'm in it for speed. Honestly, if you hadn't already suggested music scores by use (weddings, kids, etc) I would have quickly jumped to another website. So thanks! You have my business!
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I must say, I love the music you have available. I am a wedding photographer and I am always looking for new beautiful music to play in slide shows. Your music takes me away.
Daryn Backal (Victor NY)
Very talented musicians. I like that you are creating actual pieces of music not just a bunch of sounds put together.
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Your music sounds wonderful and it is reasonably priced. Thank you!
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Great concept and great tunes. I'll be using Stock 20 for as many of my clients projects as I can.
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