Classical piano, KORG nanoKontrol, 3.5" diskettes, and patience. Our sister site AudioJungle is a royalty-free stock audio site that helps musicians earn money. In this interview series you’ll learn about those musicians, their gear, and their AudioJungle experiences. Today we meet Rodrigo Noales (Sonicbyte).
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
My name is Rodrigo Noales, and I'm from Mar del Plata, Argentina. My main job is being a web designer/multimedia at sonicbyte.com a design studio I founded 10 years ago along with Pablo Jimeno (project manager and designer) and Juan Pablo Vincent (Programmer/Developer), my parteners in this adventure.
In fact sonicbyte.com was created as a Royalty Free Audio site. :) Ha ha. But just as a part-time project, until I found AudioJungle some years later, and fell in love with it. I then got some of my old tracks, created some new ones and the rest is history.
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
I'm an AudioJungle author only. I always try to create different styles for AudioJungle but I mainly compose cinematic, electronic and motivational music, most of them full tracks and sometimes loops.
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
Yes, I started learning classical piano at the age of five. I kept studying for 10 or 11 years, and one day I decided it was time to start my own band. So I left the classical genre and played on several rock bands since then.
I also worked in a recording studio, mixing, producing and creating jingles for broadcasting projects, recording a few bands and, of course, I've always loved to create music on my own little studio at home, not only for my own projects, but also for fun.
I'm now also learning to play guitar, It's something I always wanted to add to my music... the great feeling of a real guitar sound, so hopefully I would start adding that to my upcoming tracks at AudioJungle.
Describe your home workspace.
Well, it is not too impressive I guess. It is very expensive to buy pro gear in my country, but I managed through the years to get some cool stuff.
I use an old Roland JV-30 as a basic MIDI controller keyboard connected to a nice M-Audio Fast Track Pro audio interface. I also have a KORG nanoKontrol (awesome little device) to help me in the mix and control process, an Epiphone Gibson SG electric guitar, all connected to a Mackie 1202-VLZ mixer and my awesome laptop.
I have a beautiful old upright piano, but is a little out of tune. I have to fix that. :) Also have some vintage gear, a Roland MC-50 MK II sequencer and a Roland R-8 MKII rythym machine (both excellent stuff but I don't use them at the moment).
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
I think you can't sit and say, "Well, today I'm gonna create an awesome piece of music." I guess it just happens, like magic.
Usually I would start playing my piano (the real one) for fun, and if I'm lucky and find something that catches my attention, I would then try to develop it into a bigger idea, but always keeping it fresh and simple, without over arranging it. Then I rush to my computer and I record a raw take on my DAW, just so I won't forget it.
In most cases I would just leave it there, untouched, for a day or two. And then, if I listen to it again and the idea still interests me, I would begin to add some sounds and give it a musical direction. Also I never delete music ideas, just in case. I even have tons of 3.5" diskettes (search on Wikipedia about it) full of song ideas, and once a while I find something there that inspires me.
Nevertheless I also believe that composing music is an exercise, and one gets better and better with a good amount of practice. This is particularly true with things like arrangements, styles, mixings, and other more technical aspects involved in composing a song.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
I think there are 4 key aspects:
- Keep uploading songs consistently.
- Original ideas. Great music composing can't be achieved just by getting the best and newest software/hardware available.
- Marketing (Twitter, social networks).
- Patience. As Scott Wills said in a post, "This is not a race, is like a marathon." I believe this is true.
What do you do to market your files?
Well, I post my new tracks on my Tumblr blog, on the sonicbyte website, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc. I also try to contribute and write a lot in the AudioJungle forums, to help people and get involved with the AudioJungle community so people will know me. For instance, I recently created a little MP3 player to market your portfolio outside AudioJungle, on blogs, etc.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
Well, I like most of my songs of course, I think my favorites are:
Strings of Heaven, one of my best string arrangements. I think the melody is very nice, it grows and grows and transmits a great emotional strength and an epic feeling.
Lost Paradise. I think it sounds awesome, so epic, like the Blade Runner movie soundtrack (Wikipedia again ha ha). Also it's only music, no drums or percussion, and that makes it more deep and enigmatic.
Mystic Dance, a very positive dance track, uplifting, fun, with lots of rhythm, and a soft and subtle gated melody that gives a sensation of joy.
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
I like the music of NikiN. Some of his tracks are really awesome. His musical range is pretty cool.
What do you do in your spare time?
Play music of course, with my band, alone at home, play PC video games... And also go to gigs. Last year I saw Depeche Mode and Radiohead at Buenos Aires.
Hey, but most important (this is the tender moment of the interview) now I'm a father, so I try to spend a lot of time with my son.
Thanks for reading! :-)