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AlumoAudio says

One simple way this issue could be greatly minimized, would be to implement clearly visible notifications at some point during the upload process, to serve as a reminder to authors that any tracks uploaded to the Envato marketplaces in an exclusive capacity MUST remain as that, and NOT sold or licensed via other marketplaces.

I think one of the key problems here is that some authors (especially new authors) may miss the point of how exclusivity and non-exclusivity works, or are oblivious to the consequences of going against the rules, thinking they will just ‘blend in’ and that nobody will notice.

To me, drilling it home from the outset seems like a good start.

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AlumoAudio says

I always assumed it was down to accounts that have either been deleted or disabled, for whatever reason. I’ve had days when I notice my follower count drops by up to 5 in one day, for no apparent reason.

What really gets on my goat however, is when I see my follower count drop then suddenly rise in a matter of minutes, only to realise it’s authors doing that follow-unfollow-follow routine, in some kind of half arsed attempt at getting more exposure, and vampiring off the back of someone else’s success.

For that reason alone, I think the whole ‘follower’ feature needs to be reassessed.

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AlumoAudio says

On reading your thoughts here Ralf, I can only fully agree and relate to how you’re feeling about this. In fact, we don’t have to look very far in this very community to see authors that are engaging in this and shamelessly contravening Envato’s terms, with respect to exclusivity.

You’ve obviously been in this business much longer than I or most other marketplace non-exclusives have, and only recently my own attention has been brought to this particular ‘dark side’ activity of music licensing.

What concerns me most however is that we non-exclusives (sometimes I get the feeling we’re a sort of rogue sub-community which shouldn’t really be participating in Envato forum discussions), have to be responsible for the policing and reporting of this. It puts us in a very tight and difficult situation indeed, which of course is not our job.

AJ isn’t the only marketplace where this is happening however. I’ve seen it on others too, and it’s beginning to look like a real problem. As you suggested, not only does it highlight an author’s integrity, but also completely demotivates fellow authors who are playing by the rules, especially when they’re clearly being put at a disadvantage by this.

Libraries need to be aware however, that there are ways to deal with this phenomenon, other than depending solely on cases being manually reported. A number of libraries are now adopting fingerprinting and AudioID technologies as a way to monitor music held on their systems. This is something which Envato could certainly use to their advantage, and curb this problem before it gets totally out of control.

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AlumoAudio says


There are other sites out there that have no review system at all, and believe me, they are filled to the brim with unusable, ‘musical’ junk, by so called ‘professional composers’.
That´s just so mean Matt, I´ve worked hard for those tunes. That was totally uncalled for!

Well, you know, someone had to say it! ;)

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AlumoAudio says

To be honest i dont think this is a good idea at all! :)

+1 In complete agreement with Pavel and others on this one. The day AJ adopt an ‘audition’ based review system, which is what the OP is suggesting, is the day I leave AudioJungle.

There are other sites out there that have no review system at all, and believe me, they are filled to the brim with unusable, ‘musical’ junk, by so called ‘professional composers’. So much so, I’ve actually had to remove my portfolio from these places as to avoid association.

AJ are doing a superb job here, by constantly raising the bar in submission quality. Definitely progress from a couple of years ago. Sure, there are occasional hit and misses along the way, which is inevitable, but in general I think most authors here rightly prefer this method of vetting.

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AlumoAudio says

Seriously speaking, this is all very odd… I wonder what’s behind such a drop in sales..

Personally, I think it’s a few compounded reasons why we’re seeing a sudden shut down of sales. Easter Holidays, Heartbleed (servers being addressed worldwide), internal marketplace search changes/development, daily Google algorithmic changes, the list goes on.

There is something comforting knowing we’re all going through this at once though! Ryan’s got the right idea. I think we should all go fishing and not worry about it! :)

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AlumoAudio says

Yeah, I’m also seeing a sudden ‘pull plug from socket’ style stop in sales here. And on a Tuesday too, supposedly ‘the best selling day of the week’. That, combined with the Easter holidays in various locations, is no doubt also having an effect.

I don’t think the search is the problem however. I’m still utterly convinced that non-ex accounts are being shoehorned out of search results.

Just a couple of us left on that Popular Files list now, and even then mine’s continuing to work it’s way down to the bottom as the weeks go by. Shame.

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AlumoAudio says

Thanks for the update Adrien! It’s all gravy :)

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AlumoAudio says

Absolutely stunning start here. It’s as if my account has had a jolt with a defibrillator.

Have to say it’s a welcome change, as last month I was really beginning to get a bit panicky. Hope it keeps up at this pace :)

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AlumoAudio says

As a long time Ableton user, I was very curious and have given the demo a good run through since it’s launch. Hasn’t won me over, I’m afraid to say.

Like Benji mentioned, it’s still missing some fundamental features; the main one being that you can’t group tracks. This is being added in an upcoming update however. Also, there are no plans to support REX files. I have thousands of these as part of my libraries, and use them regularly. But not in Bitwig. So that’s something to consider if you’re in a similar situation.

As far as ‘ground breaking’ however…Hmmm, not so sure about that. It’s certainly innovative that you can view the ‘session view’ and ‘arrangement view’ on the main screen at once, but it has no real advantage for producers that already use two screens as part of their workflow. Also, being stuck with that grey and orange GUI is a tad annoying. At least with Ableton you can change the colours to your liking and Reaper you can change the entire interface all together.

Similarly to Ableton, it’s definitely geared more towards the EDM or electronic producer (this is why I use Ableton, as my background is in EDM), and the fact they are keeping the controller script side of things open, is a pretty good development in the DAW market. Apart from that however, there are few advantages I can see for your average stock music producer, that pumps out ukulele/rpoprock/cinematic tracks on a regular basis.

Also, it keeps crashing every 30 mins or so. Teething problems I’m sure, but thinking I might give this one a miss.

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