Stack Tracks: Layered Digital Music
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StackTraxx is a royalty free music library created by Digital Juice. Digital Juice is famous for raising the bar on creative content and this music library is no exception. Not only is the quality of the music exceptional but the price is unbeatable.
The packaging is a slick case that looks and feels as unique as the content. Each album varies in the amount of songs available, but you can plan on 20 to 40 original full length songs. In addition to the full length song, there is a 60, 30, 15 and 10 second version to accommodate any broadcast spot you may work on.
The amount of discs vary from volume to volume. However, each volume has a data DVD that works with Digital Juice's free Juicer software. This software offers music exporting options not seen in other royalty free music libraries, such as the option to work with up to seven individual layers of each track.
The StackTraxx library puts a nice twist on royalty free music. Each volume has the ability to alter the original song via Juicer. This can offer up a whole new world of options for your music needs.
If you've ever had a client that is a musician or just down right picky, you've probably heard comments like, "I love the song but can't stand the bass." Thanks to StackTraxx's ability to select the desired instruments (layers or stacks) you can take the bass out of the song if you want to. For example, StackTraxx volume 40: Alternative Stacks' first song comes with a Drums, Bass, Rhythm, Lead, Guitar, Guitar 1 and Guitar 2 layer. In the Juicer program you can disable any of the instruments or even export out all of the layers individually so you can remix them in your editing applications.
If you have no interest in messing around with the layers don't worry. You can export out the original unaltered song as a WAV or AIFF. In addition, you have control over other settings such as what sample rate, channels or bit depth it will be set to.
If you're using the Juicer software for the first time, be sure to watch their tutorial on how to use it. Also, be sure to update the software every time you purchase a newer volume of the StackTraxx libary.
A lot of royalty free music options are something you would be embarrassed to associate your name with, but not StackTraxx's. They'll add a nice rich quality to your project. I feel the quality is so superb that I use them all the time in the projects I work on. If this review makes the StackTraxx music library sound to good to be true, then you need to see them in action. Check out any of the examples below.
The StackTraxx library is constantly evolving for better or worse. If I had one complaint it would be that the newer albums only come with a data DVD. The first 20 albums came with additional CD's so you didn't have to use the Juicer if you didn't want to. When you look at their unbeatable price you can get an idea as to why they stopped including the additional CD's. Personally I would rather forgo a convenience for a killer deal.