How to Use Music Beds on Your Show [audio]
by Tracy Johnson
You probably use music beds in various ways on your show, but many shows do so without a strategic plan or knowing exactly how to.
Why use music beds? Do you really need it? Usually, personalities play a music bed under the mistaken impression that it will add pace or energy. It can help momentum, but it often becomes a crutch, substituting for sharp, concise content.
When choosing production pieces, pick music that either fits the topic or sets a tone.Beds are to support your content. Use them to enhance your material, and help you entertain. If you’re doing a story about something that happened to you on an airplane, using “Danger Zone” from Top Gun may make sense to set the stage.
Many times, music beds are just there, in the background, and they are distracting. It’s almost as if they compete with your break.
Keep the levels a little lower so you cut through easily, and avoid use music beds that include vocals, unless you’re using the vocals as part of your content.
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