YouTube Thursdays - The Sound of Music

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YouTube Thursdays - The Sound of Music



Just like the hills, videos come alive with the sound of music. A well-chosen music bed can do wonders to enhance a viewers experience. Music is powerful, especially when it reinforces and compliments the mood of a video. 

However, it is important to keep in mind some basics.

The volume of the music should compliment, not detract from the video.

Don't bury the narrative or dialog under the music. 

Make sure the music is loud enough, that too is distracting. 

The use of Ducking - Or not. 

You can tell when someone is using ducking in a video as the music lowers when there is speaking, and rises again when they finish. Personally, we think it can be distracting too. 

Instead, we try to find the "just right" level for music that allows a narrative, or dialog, to be heard, without the need to adjust the volume continually. Admittedly, it takes practice and occassionaly we will ride the volume levels a bit to adjust. 

Listening to the music and watching the video with headphones really helps you to tune-in, and fine-tune any sound issues. 


Just Listen

It would be great if there was a general rule for choosing the right decibles for a music bed. However, because music varies so greatly, there are too many factors involved. The best advice is to listen.


If you find yourself distracted at any point between the music and the dialog, there is a problem. Good videos are seamless. There is nothing jarring, including the music. Unless it's meant to be part of the theme, or story. 


Here's a recent video to illustrate the point. The music stays at the same decible throughout the video and the narration stands on its own. 


            Mumbo Jumbo - The Humble Bumble Bee from News and Views of Clark County on Vimeo.


Much like Anita Clark 's Facebook Fridays, we encourage you to subscribe to each other's YouTube Channels - and take a minute to "like" or leave a comment. You can also add your own YouTube Channel in the comments below, and ask for subscribers. Be sure to subscribe back though - it's quid pro quo!  

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Say Sound of Music to me, Debb... and the first thing I think of is the Broadway  play, Sound of Music. It was the first Broadway show I ever saw as a young girl in the 1950's with the original cast with Mary Martin and Theodore Bickel. I think I still know all the words to all the songs in this show to this day. I repeated the experience when they revived the show on Broadway probably about 25 years ago with Richard Chamberlain in the lead (my Dr. Kildare heart throb as a teen). Loved the show, but no as good as the original!

Aug 22, 2019 05:04 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Debb. Sage advice to listen and evaluate. Too many bad videos out there. Enjoy your day!

Aug 22, 2019 05:34 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely video of mumbo jumbo, and a very cute name.  I learned all about decibels when a contractor who did not know what he was talking about mentioned that the decibels of the dubbing company we were working with would blow of the window cladding of the building...  LOL A

Aug 22, 2019 06:57 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I always add music to the video home tours that I do, I have found that it always adds something nice to the tour.

Aug 22, 2019 07:03 AM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

There are so many intricate parts in making a video. My husband does most of the intricate work and I get involved at the end process for the stamp of approval. He appreciates reading your ideas. 

Aug 22, 2019 07:05 AM #5
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb-I had never heard the term ducking before.  It makes sense to make sure music and dialog are a seamless fit.  

Aug 22, 2019 07:18 AM #6
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...


marti garaughty, composer, pianist, soundscapes, abstract art


Aug 22, 2019 07:35 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - you continue to show how there is a connection between the steak and the sizzle.  Oh, that sound of the sizzle too.  

Aug 22, 2019 09:04 AM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

Another great lesson on what to do and not do when producing a video. You are the King and Queen of videos..thank you for all your tips! I too never have heard the term "ducking"...always learning something.

Aug 22, 2019 02:53 PM #9
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

I really like your bee video!  Well done and a nice way to get your message across.

Aug 22, 2019 06:33 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb and Bernie- I loved watching and listening to the video. You have done so much to advance the use of professional videos in blogs!!!! 

Aug 22, 2019 06:36 PM #11
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The blogs are alive with the sound of music! What did you say so, guys! Love and light! :)

Aug 22, 2019 08:44 PM #12
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Debb I really like your video and the tips you share.

Aug 22, 2019 09:28 PM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I had not heard of ducking but I do see the logic behind it.

Aug 23, 2019 09:51 AM #14
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hey Debb,
I so agree.  I've been quite distracted at times, not only by the decibel levels of music but the choice of music itself which sometimes is not appreciated by everyone's taste.  You found just the right music and decibel level.  

Aug 23, 2019 10:17 AM #15
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have had to mute videos & then leave because of the music which was detracting/subtracting/distracting from the presentation. Need to focus here

Aug 24, 2019 05:31 AM #16
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb, Learning from you all the time, you are a great teacher and should teach a class in person.


Aug 24, 2019 07:55 AM #17
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's background music that's too loud. Your post really spoke to me!

Aug 24, 2019 07:57 AM #18
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