As I announced recently, Engraver’s Mark Music has released new bundles of our Finale and Sibelius templates. And while you may be having hard time controlling your over exuberant enthusiasm (come on people, keep it together out there, it's not like a new Justin Bieber album), some of you might be thinking, well, why would I need those and why would I want to buy them? Fair questions and ones I’d like to answer. I hope in this blog that you not only come to a greater understanding of our templates, why we made them available for purchase and the value they can bring to any composer, orchestrator or publishing company, but also illustrate the great value there is in the music engraver/copying/preparation profession and those who practice it (to be strictly accurate, those who practice it WELL).
So, without further ado:
1. Why do I need these templates?
Learning any music notation software, whether Finale, Sibelius, Dorico, etc. can take months before you truly feel comfortable using them and even longer before you’ve built up the proficiency to use them on a professional project. Like a carpenter or stone mason, the basics can be mastered fairly quickly, but the art, artistry and true mastery comes only after years of work. I’ve been Finale for over 17 years, there are still things I am learning about how the program works and different ways of accomplishing various tasks in a given piece of music.
You can certainly build your own templates in any of these various programs, but you’ll need the years of experience and practice first. Until you’ve experienced literally thousands of different music scores for hundreds of different kinds of ensembles, there’s just no way you can make a template flexible and powerful enough that can be used in all these situations. As a music engraver, I have to be able to adjust to any type of composing or orchestrating style, the demands of musicians in the recording studio or stage and the editorial standards of any given publishing company. Each and every situation can have different needs. standards and expectations, but one common one is EXCELLENCE. They all want precision, accuracy, readability, and they all want it ASAP. Sometimes, there is no way to satisfy these demands without robust templates to work in; templates that have a broad range of uses with consistent and repeatable results.
At Engraver’s Mark Music, we have proven our reliability throughout the years that many publishing companies come to us to design the templates they will use for entire collections, even on projects we may not be involved with. They know they can trust the years of experience we have and expertise we can bring to provide the highest quality sheet music, in consistent, readable forms, again and again for their customers.
2. Why would I buy these templates?
As I stated above, there are years and years of experience and knowledge behind our templates. The benefits our customers have enjoyed can be yours for just a few dollars. Still, you may be tempted to think, well, I can build them so why pay for them?
Simply put, time is money. The whole concept behind our templates has been to find those features and workflows that allow us here at Engraver’s Mark Music to quickly, efficiently, and with precision and accuracy generate the sheet music our clients need. Our templates have been designed to save hours of work for each project, each and every time you use them. These time saving features are a huge benefit for you, and all our clients. What takes come companies days to accomplish, we can do in a matters of hours, which means dramatic cost savings for every project. Engraver’s Mark Music often works with independent clients on very tight budgets, often less than $150 for a full orchestral score and parts on a given piece of music, and we can provide them with amazing results for that amount of money because our templates and processes allow us to accomplish our tasks so much faster than other services.
And now these templates are available to you to enjoy and use in your own projects. How much more time could you save? How much more music could you write and not feel exhausted by the process of getting the sheet music ready to be play? Just think about it and think about what that might be worth to you.
3. Why are you selling your templates? Isn’t that hurting your business since now I won’t need Engraver’s Mark Music since I have your templates?
Honestly, these are questions I have struggled with for a while now. If Engraver’s Mark Music “sells our secrets”, then aren’t we losing clients in the long run? The answer that repeatedly came to from clients and colleagues who I discussed with topic with was a surprising one, but one which fits in perfectly with the core value of Engraver’s Mark Music; that providing these templates would increase the value of our services because clients could experience first hand all the benefits of working with us and would remember that every time they use one of our templates. That in turn would lead them to contact us to learn more about how we could help them on the next project and they would know that there is a music preparation company out there that can provide them exceptional value for each and every project, no matter the size or scope.
As is the case with many service professions, if you can be trusted with a small project, your clients will trust you with larger and larger ones as they come along. Engraver’s Mark Music is no different; our clients trust us because they have experienced the value of our services and will turn to us with every small or large project (or even just random question, which we are happy to answer free of charge) they may have, knowing the value of our service is best represented in the trust they demonstrate in us.
Lastly, the most unique feature of our templates is our included tutorials. Beyond the PDF files you get with our templates that explain certain features, with the purchase of any of our template bundles, you received a 30 minute guided tutorial. We provide this tutorial to walk you through all the benefits of your purchase and to offer our clients an opportunity to further customize the templates to their specific needs. No other company offers this level of attention to those who purchase their templates.
If any of these ideas have made you think about the value a good music engraving template can bring your work, before you even consider buying one of our template bundles, please contact us. Let’s start a conversation and find where the value of our work can enhance of the value of your own artistry. From there, let’s build something together.
After months of experiments and editing, Engraver's Mark Music is proud to offer 3 new template bundles with their own unique characteristics:
1. TV/Film/Video Game scoring: tailored to the specific needs of composers, orchestrators and musicians working in this field and the unique needs they have. This bundle includes a Finale and Sibelius version, so no matter what program you use, or if multiple composers are working on a project, the music will look and feel the same.
2. Standard publication: so every composer and arranger can have professional looking sheet music for submission to any publisher or for their own projects.
3. MOLA (Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association) guidelines for orchestral works: for those composers working with, or hoping to work with, major orchestras around the world.
(check out more information here)
Even better, all our template bundles INCLUDE a 30 minute tutorial, via Skype or Google Hangout, with us. Get the most out of your new templates from the people who designed them; whether its further customization of your templates or you just need an expert to walk you through all the features, we're here to help. We even offer a FREE, ONE TIME UPGRADE to those who have purchased previous versions of our templates so they may enjoy the new benefits.
All these combine to give all our customers amazing value, expertise and precision right at their finger tips.
To purchase, please visit our store page or contact us
There’s a term in woodworking circles for a very important tool. Its something called a “jig”, which basically is a tool you create to help you make other pieces, or help to repeatedly and accurately make cuts or other features for a given project. If you’ve ever done any woodworking, you know a jig can be immensely valuable, saving you time and effort while giving consistent, repeatable results for your work. I did a good bit of woodworking with my father growing up and even in middle school where we had a shop class! Some of my first building projects were making jigs for other furniture builds.
When it comes to music engraving, we have similar tools that help create accurate and beautiful sheet music. Ah, templates! Truly, these can be life savers in our industry. Having the tools to quickly, and predictably setup any piece of music and know you have systems in place that can adjust to any situation is extremely valuable. Another valuable feature of a good template is the savings in time and money for our clients. Being able to take a certain process that had once taken 30 minutes to accomplish and now thanks to you template takes only 10 minutes to achieve the same results, means major cost savings.
Templates, whether in Finale, Sibelius or any music notation program, are the bread and butter for any serious engraver. These can be files that have been refined over years of experience or even work processes where knowing how a piece of music should be formatted and then finding the most direct path to achieving that finished product eliminates errors and inefficiencies. When a major project or unusual piece of music, or really tight deadline comes along, there isn’t time to guess or hope that each piece of music will be uniform, clear, concise and accurate. That’s where the time spent refining a template or work process really shows its value because those issues are already handled by the template.
Here are Engraver’s Mark Music, we are constantly adjusting, refining, and improving our templates and workflow processes to achieve maximum efficiency, accuracy, repeatability and flexibility for our clients. We even offer some of templates for sale (check them out!) so you can benefit directly from our years of experience and bring your sheet music up to professional standards! Also, we can custom design a template to your specific needs and directions. Contact us today and let us show you how powerful these tools can be and how a little investment in templates from Engraver’s Mark Music can turn into some serious time and money savings for years to come!