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    I'm gearing up to release a large amount of music on the Marketplace and would like to hear peoples' opinions on pricing.
    I have been composing and producing professionally for Tv, Film, Theatre and Tourist Attractions for 15 years and have classical training from Oxford University and the National Film and Television School. The music I want to release is a mixture of single tracks, and sets of specially composed, layered pieces, which can be arranged within the engine to perform different adaptive functions- e.g. different levels of intensity, or specific stings/sections which can be triggered over the top of over tracks.

    Obviously writing music like this is not ideal and can never replicate the effect of bespoke, tailored music, but I see this as a chance to make some new relationships in the industry and offer people a chance to use some polished music in their indie games for a reasonable price.

    If you have the time, please have a look at some of my demos and any suggestions towards possible pricing would be massively appreciated.

    Also, if anyone is looking to include music with their Marketplace assets and would like to come to an arrangement please don't hesitate to get in touch!
    Fairytale Suite - Free orchestral music for fantasy settings
    Marathon VR Environments - Simple re-creations of environments from Marathon 1/2

    Completely depends on the use, the company and more.

    You can't charge an indie company much, and depends, are these pieces precomposed? If they are pre-composed they won't be worth thousands.
    Check other sites like envato. Those are worth maybe 15 - 20$? depends on the quality.

    You are better off making a bunch of them, posting them on youtube, selling them 10$ each for royalties and free to download to listen too and maybe 1$ - 3$ for albums. Then apply to larger movies/game companies and offer them custom music while providing them with your other samples/credentials.


      Well, Audio Network charge around £500 for a single track for a single TV/radio/online production. They don't have any game-specific pricepoints without you getting in touch with them, but I'm guessing that their prices are reasonable as far as quality is concerned.


        I would pay much more for a heavily layered piece, maybe coupled with some example blueprints on how to set it up in UE4. I also think that would be more profitable as you would have something tangible extra to offer compared to the cheaper alternatives available.


          Nice stuff. Personally I would love to see some Pain Killer type sound tracks. Makes me want to go out and frag someone.

          The thing about marketing and setting a price has nothing to do with what you might think your work is worth but what the free market is willing to spend based on options made available as well as branding.

          If you were John Williams you could set your price to almost anything and people will buy it.

          But trying to be helpful no one knows how big the marketplace is as far as individuals who have access to it through subscription, and I doubt Epic will tell you, or what prices will be as to products that will be similar to yours.

          To figure this out there are two things you might want to do at this stage.

          1) Wait to see if similar products comes to market and see what their prices will be. I suspect that there will be a lot of price adjustments being made in the first while as the marketplace balances it's self out.
          2) Market a test flier.

          A test flier is a simple constructed product intended to test the depth of the market based on volume of sales calculated against the rate of return.

          Simple idea. You sell something for a buck, and since Epic has to pay you, this will tell you just how dynamic the marketplace is with out having to know the total number of subscribers.

          If you can figure out those two setting your market price is an after though and the only consideration is the hours of work worth the rate of return?
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            I think the price of your product will depend on the company issuing more
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              Audio Network is hard to compare as the industries work so differently- I'd actually expect game developers to pay more than the tv companies since the composer would lose out of broadcast royalties- but since we're looking at a largely indie developer community here I can't imagine too many people buying tracks for £500 each. Maybe £100 tops. ALso worth considering that TV companies will pay a high price for quality library music since there is nearly always a time-pressure issue, whereas game development takes much longer, and so developers can take the time to commission original scores. In other words, game developers have little reason to use high-priced music libraries.

              The Unity Asset Store has a huge range of prices and standards of quality, but I notice the majority of 'packs' are just .ogg music files with little in the way of adaptive options. I'm going down the route of heavily layered files with blueprints, although I predict the upcoming integration of wwise and fmod will make the blueprints redundant. I'll probably release a flier as suggested, and maybe free limited versions of larger paid-for packs, all with example levels to demonstrate different methods of usage.

              Thanks for all your suggestions
              Fairytale Suite - Free orchestral music for fantasy settings
              Marathon VR Environments - Simple re-creations of environments from Marathon 1/2


                Even with third party solutions available, I think there will be developers preferring to keep it simple with a blueprint setup.


                  It would probably make sense to have a tiered pricing system, based on the revenue of the company purchasing.

                  e.g. Tier 1 is Hobbyists and Non-Commercial, Tier 2 is Indie, Tier 3 is Commercial Studio > $5000pa*

                  *totally arbitrary number, but you get the point