Custom & Sound Alike Tracks
What are your options?
Most of my work is done in the custom arena. These are arrangements that are created for one person, exactly the way that person wants the arrangement to sound. This is achieved by finding the best key, the best notes, and the best possible way to present the song to show off the performer's voice and ability.
We only have 1:30 to make something happen, so the arrangement must help you get that done. A good arrangement and track designed specially for one individual performer can make all the different in a talent presentation.
**When listening to the samples the DEMO will play first, then the NEW CUSTOM TRACK build will play**
Custom Track Options
#1. Sam Lewis $450
These are our basic level, all synth tracks. This option offers a low cost, and still gives the contestant the opportunity to build her own custom track in any format and key that she desires. For the money, these are a great option. (The Demo with track will play first, then you will hear just the track)
They Just Keep Moving the Line
#2. Milton Smith $850-$950
These are tracks built by Milton Smith from Fayetteville, NC. Milton is an incredibly talented musician that totally understands the pageant world and the drama that the track and arrangement must provide. The Bass, Drum, and Piano are always live on the Milton tracks, and his other synth sounds used when building are some of the most realistic I have ever heard. Milton toured with Tammy Wynette as her piano player for years, and was also hired to play for Elvis in his shows in Las Vegas. Not only an incredible live performer, Milton is also a studio musician that is the best in the business when it comes to building pageant tracks. (Track with demo will play first, then you will hear just the track)
3. Buzz Smith $1500-$2000
These tracks are done by Buzz Smith from Houston, TX. Buzz is a versatile performer that can be heard throughout the Houston area performing in shows and various night spots. His tracks are built with all live players, many of whom perform with various symphonies in the city. Buzz is a master at those tracks requiring a lot of live brass or woodwind sounds. (And he has the players to produce them!) Though pricey, the sound of these tracks is amazing. (The demo with track will play first, then you will hear just the track)
I've Got the World on a String
Don't Rain On My Parade-Glee
SOUND ALIKE TRACKS
With the new licensing rules many pageant systems are requiring the use of SOUND ALIKE TRACKS for their pageant competitions. These are a few options for SOUND ALIKE TRACKS:
*Rebuild your original cover from the ground up. (Talentwolfe.com and many recording studios)
*Select an already built SOUND ALIKE track posted on Talentwolfe.com. (Depends on availability)
*Miss America allows the use of ANY song found on the Musicalcreations.com website. Find the song you are looking for (Demo or Track) and edit into the competition time length. You need a SIGNED MUSIC RELEASE form from Music Creations.
*Volunteer America allows the use of ANY song found on Musicalcreations.com or Karaoke-version.com websites. Find the song you are looking for (Demo or Track) and edit into the competition time length.
WHAT ARE SOUND ALIKE TRACKS?
Sound alike tracks are RECREATIONS of the original cover. (The original artist that released the song or remakes of the original song by other artists are not allowed)
HOW DO I GET A SOUND ALIKE MADE?
First, you have to hire someone to build a CUSTOM TRACK on the instrumental portion of your cover. These are done in a recording studio using various methods. Second, if there is a SINGER on your original cover, you have to hire a singer to record the vocal part. If there are background or group vocals on your track, you have to hire and record the background singers.
Talentwolfe.com does accept many SOUND ALIKE tracks for rebuild. When selecting a song that you are wanting recreated keep in mind that you HAVE to be realistic on WHAT CAN be rebuilt. Talentwolfe.com is happy to take a listen to what you wanting rebuilt and either accept or decline the build.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Cost varies on the type of track you are needing rebuilt. LOW END, all synth track rebuilds run $450. These can be used for instrumental players, vocalists, and some dancers. The next level of CUSTOM TRACK build uses three live players. (Piano, bass, and drums) These run in the $800-$900 range. An ALL LIVE orchestra track runs in the $1500-$2000 range. IF your dance track has a singer on it, vocalists are running in the $400-$600 range. If you need CHOIR or background vocals add another $350. Exact pricing will be confirmed upon acceptance of the track rebuild.
SOUND ALIKE SAMPLES
talentwolfe.com has built numerous sound alike tracks. Below are a few samples outlining the cost on east area.
YOU RAISE ME UP-Josh Groben Sound Alike, Track-$850, Singer-$400, Choir $350 TOTAL COST to build SOUND ALIKE $1600
ORIGINAL Josh Groben SAMPLE
SOUND ALIKE Josh Groben SAMPLE
I FEEL GOOD-Track, James Brown Sound Alike, Track-$1200, Singer-$500, TOTAL COST to build SOUND ALIKE $1700
ORIGINAL I Feel Good Sample
SOUND ALIKE I Feel Good Sample
THE 5TH SYMPHONY/David Garrett Sound Alike, TOTAL COST to build SOUND ALIKE $1900, (All live orchestra players)
ORIGINAL 5th Symphony Sample-David Garrett
SOUND ALIKE 5th Symphony Sample
SEIZE THE DAY/Newsies Broadway Show Sound Alike, TRACK-$450, Singer and Choir $600, Total to build SOUND ALIKE $1050
ORIGINAL Seize the Day Sample
SOUND ALIKE Seize the Day Sample
Custom Track Process
1. Select the piece of music that you are going to have a track built on.
2. Either have it in the 1:30 format ready for build, or email the piece to Bill for edit and arranging.
3. Before any edit or arrangement work is started, there is a $100 deposit required. (Deducted off of the total track price.)
4. Once the 1:30 format is decided and agreed upon, select who will build the track. (Bill will guide you through this.)
5. Send full payment to the track person decided upon. Tracks are not scheduled for studio work until they have been paid for.
6. Final tracks are usually back within two to three weeks of full payment being received.
Bill and his team of musicians that produce custom tracks take great pride in providing creative, quality sounding arrangements at an affordable price. The records of these custom tracks speak for themselves. From 1990 through 2022 at the Miss America Pageant we have worked on music for:
10 Miss Americas
7 First Runner Ups
13 Second Runner Ups
7 Third Runner Ups
9 Fourth Runner Ups
143 Semi Finalists
27 Talent Winners
Custom/Sound Alike Track Re-Use Rules
*Track will not be reused anywhere for ONE pageant season.
*Track will not be used in purchase state as long as track is in use by original purchaser.
*Track will not be used at Miss America/Miss Volunteer America or Miss America's Teen/Miss Teen Volunteer America Teen as long as in use by original purchaser.
*To have a custom track remain totally exclusive, an exclusive track fee must be paid when the track is built. In twenty-five years of building custom and sound alike tracks I have never had anyone choose this option. Talentwolfe charges no fees for the early arrangement and or edit work. Nor for the supervision of the track build. All monies paid go directly to the musicians involved in the building of the track. Where Talentwolfe is compensated for his creative time and supervision is in the re-sell of the track. This is how the extensive library of CUSTOM and SOUND ALIKE tracks have been built over the last twenty-five years.
*Feel free to email or call with further questions concerning Re-Use Rules.
Talentwolfe@aol.com or 816-809-1582