Calling all composers!

We are looking for Dramedy Tracks of all kinds—from classic to urban, to sneaky and everything in between!

We want tracks that have realistic sounding instruments, are dynamic and evolving with light and shade and add something amazing to our catalog.

If you have top-notch arrangements and amazing mixes, we would love to work with you.

Below, you will find a list of our current requirements, as well as tips for producing top-quality tracks. Additionally, there are some guidelines for mixing, mastering and submitting your music to us.

For details about our current requirements, please click here

We wanted to create a music library that focused solely on dramedy and comedy music. We know the genre inside out and are committed to getting the best placements for your music

Dramedy box is a a fully exlusive music library and we offer a 50/50 royalty split and the same for sync and mechanical payments.

We want to build long-term relationships with great composers!

Dramedy music is a cross between drama and comedy. Often used in reality shows to give a scene a particular mood or feeling. This could be humorous, silly, incredulous, or even angry. Melodies are usually light, whimsical and playful, with instrumentation that can include pizzicato strings, clarinets or xylophones to evoke a sense of fun and mischief.

View our existing catalog here

What are we looking for?

We want your music to work as a piece of music in its own right but also work well underneath dialog without getting in the way. As with most things in life, simplicity is key. Try not to have too many ideas competing for attention at once.
For example, a pizzicato string rhythm part, layered with a simple marimba melody and a basic Pizzicato bass line can be enough to create the desired mood. Add some shakers and tambourines and you’re on to a winner.

We also need to ensure that the track fits the genre you are submitting to. If you’re submitting Urban Dramedy, please make sure it is exactly that. You can send the best track in the world to us and we may love it. However, if it doesn’t fit the genre, we can’t accept it. That said, if it's great dramedy, it may work well on a future album

This isn’t a definitive list. You don’t have to stick to these but they are a great starting point for any Dramedy masterpiece.
Melodic Instruments
  • Pizzicato Strings
  • Pizzicato Bass Strings (Cello, Contrabass)
  • Piano
  • Xylophone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
Percussion
  • Shakers
  • Tambourines
  • Triangle
  • Maracas
  • Handclaps
  • Finger Snaps
  • Guiro

When choosing instruments, often a smaller-sounding instrument is better. E.g A solo pizzicato violin rather than a pizzicato orchestra patch. Instruments need to sound realistic. If it sounds fake to your ears, please don’t use it. There are some amazing libraries and software instruments available so thankfully, it’s not as hard as it used to be to sound convincing. “Noise” e.g. a squeaky piano sustain pedal can add realism, however, please keep usage to a minimum, if at all.
We are looking for clean production without anything that might distract from the scene it may end up being used in.

Track length

Please keep your tracks between 1m 40s and 2m 20s

Track endings

No fade outs please. Sting endings only.
A sting is an abrupt ending, almost always ending on the root note of the key the track is in. (Instruments can ring out naturally)
A composed ending is great as opposed to just stopping on the root note. Maybe a short xylophone run leading up to it for example.
Be careful not to cut reverb tails off. The ending must fade naturally

Stops and edit points.

Editors love to have edit points. These are short breaks in the track that they can use as a mini-ending or loop point. Try to include 2 to 3 in your track. Maybe at 15s, 30s and 60s. The gap only needs to be milliseconds but it makes an editor's life easier and therefore increases the chance that your piece ends up being placed.

Finally

No key changes
No mood changes
No tempo changes unless requested

Mixing

Before beginning a project, set your session to 48kHz and 24bit. This is the format we will need for all submissions
Please ensure your mixes are clean (not muddy) and well-balanced.
Please avoid making the stereo width too wide. Some people still listen in mono so bear that in mind when adding stereo-width plugins.
Make sure no individual track is clipping. Keep peaks well under -1db.
Keep the stereo out track at around -10db so you have headroom to master.

Mastering

Your final track/s will need to be mastered. If you are unfamiliar with the process, there are some great plugins that can handle this for you. For Example, Izotope elements - Izotope Ozone
Please ensure that your mixes don’t peak over -1db. Also, do not master too aggressively. The final waveform should look varied, not flat at the top and bottom! As a general rule, the limiter should not be reducing the volume at any point in the track by more than about 5db.
Also, be aware of RMS levels (average loudness of an audio track)
This article may be helpful - RMS Level for Mastering: Achieving the Perfect Loudness

Please send us links to your music. Do not email the actual tracks. The easiest way is to upload to them to Google Drive, SoundCloud, Disco.ac, Dropbox or any file sharing website and send a link to composers@dramedybox.com Please ensure that include your have name in the file name so we can identify you easily.

We appreciate and listen to every submission and will get back to you with a Yes, a No, or possibly suggest changes where we feel they would be needed to fit into our library.

To assist you further, here is what we look for when reviewing music we have been sent

  • Is it an accurate match for the genre you are submitting it to?
  • An engaging intro and first 30 seconds. (Not a long intro but an engaging one)
  • Have suitable edit points been included?
  • Does the track progress and build without getting too repetitive or changing too much?
  • Does it have a sting ending?
  • Is the mix well balanced?