Musicbed, one of the premier sources for finding the best quality songs and compositions for filmmakers, has always been about supporting artists across the board. Recently they’ve started a program called “Musicbed Sessions” that pretty much embodies that belief. What is it? It’s a mix of a right place, the right motivation, and the connection to the right artists. Sessions is about live music that gets local artists connected to each other while also sharing that with the rest of the Musicbed global network. It’s a program that highlights artists in a cinematic style that puts the focus on their work.
It’s a blend of everything that makes music tangible and relatable, all within the confines of Musicbed’s home base.
“Musicbed exists to connect filmmakers around the world with relevant music that they can easily license,” Josh Read, VP of Marketing at Musicbed, told me. “When we moved into our new office earlier this year, we knew we wanted to do something cool with the warehouse out back. It was this big, empty space with roll-up doors and unfinished concrete. It was like music wanted to be played in there. So we turned the space into a venue — the setting of what would become Musicbed Sessions.”
“As we were building out the space, we started thinking about ways to take these Sessions even further. Make them more than just a flash-in-the-pan experience; something that could last — something we could share. So with the help of some amazing sponsors (more about them below), we added a second element to the Musicbed Sessions: a high-quality live recording/film that lets people experience a Session even if they can’t make it to a show. And, even better, it gives them a chance to meet some of our favorite people in the world: our artists.”
Musicbed believes that the idea, and thus far the execution of, Sessions connects intrinsically with the core of what Musicbed believes about music: You know it when you hear it. “That’s what drives these Sessions,” Josh said. “Getting people together to hear it. Something powerful happens at a live show. You see how music — great music — moves people. How it fills up a room. That’s why it’s such an important emotional element in films — it contains powerful, raw emotion all on its own. And all the more so when it’s being played live just a few feet from where you’re standing.
“After doing a handful of these events, we’ve realized that Musicbed Sessions are a concentrated dose of everything Musicbed is all about: music, film, community — a monthly reminder of why we love what we do.”
Musicbed Sessions features artists that they represent, and they share each of the Sessions with their community of filmmakers who are always looking for the next great song for their projects. “This is a great way for musicians to let more filmmakers and brands discover their music. Our first three Sessions have had 50,000 views in their first 30 days on YouTube.”
- Sessions happen about once a month (check the calendar for upcoming shows).
- They’re often held in the evenings or sometimes over lunch.
- Food trucks are common.
- Beer and wine are free and plentiful.
- Everyone is invited. This is a family event.
Josh pretty much read my mind with this next bit: gear. None of this would be possible without the right equipment, and for that they have some pretty great sponsors. Below Josh categorizes everything that Musicbed uses to make Sessions a reality:
We know that a lot of Resource Mag readers are really into gear. We are lucky to have some incredible sponsors for our Sessions and that helped us get some really impressive gear. Here’s the rundown…
All of our Musicbed Sessions are recorded exclusively with RØDE microphones. When we’re capturing a moment, the audio is every bit as important as the film. We want Sessions to sound just as beautiful as they look. RØDE mics are some of the best in the business — just listen to Musicbed Sessions as proof. If you want to hear RØDE in action, try out their NTR Ribbon mic.
- RØDE NTR Ribbon
- RØDE NT55
- RØDE NT5
- RØDE S1
- RØDE NT6
When building the Musicbed Studio, one of the first things that came to mind was the audio — we wanted it to be fully integrated. PreSonus has built something revolutionary. We can control our entire operation from an iPad — everything from room tuning and control, to sound and monitors. Our team uses Capture to multitrack each Musicbed Session, AI speaker, and mixer lineup; and our artists can even use iPhone apps to control their own monitors. It’s a start-to-finish operation with the Musicbed Studio, and PreSonus is an essential part.
- StudioLive CS18AI
- StudioLive RM32
- StudioLive 315AI Mains and 18sAI Subs
- Capture for Live Recording
- SL Room Control for Room Tuning
- UC Surface for iPad Mixing
We like to keep an eye on everything while filming Musicbed Sessions, and Blackmagic helps us do just that. Their equipment helps us monitor and record our multi-cam video feeds. Blackmagic has all of the gear to take us from switching to monitoring to recording.
- ATEM 2 M/E Production 4K
- ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel
- HyperDeck Studio
- SmartView HD
All of the work that went into the Musicbed Studio would be wasted if we didn’t have great gear to bring the performances to life. That’s where Guitar Center comes in. With artists flying in from around the country, we want to be sure they are working with the best instruments and setups in our studio. Guitar Center gave us an incredible lineup of backline and lighting gear to maximize our production quality.
- Nord Piano
- Ampeg SVT-VR
- Fender Deluxe Reverb
- VOX AC30 Hand-Wired
- DW Classic Drum Set
- 8 Moving Lights (for our lighting grid)
For more on Sessions, stay glued to their blog and check back for regular updates.