Posts by AlumoAudio

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AlumoAudio says

@Soundengine: Yep, and there’s plenty more videos, and forum posts, and angry support threads to Google about this. But there’s also plenty of people who support the idea that creators can now finally monitor and monetize theft of our creations. The fact is, negativity is a hell of a lot louder than positivity on the internet.

Let me put this into perspective for you guys. My current total license sales here in 2 years currently stands at 3295. Total YouTube claims showing in my AdRev dashboard currently amounts to an average of 1950 claims…a month. Over 23000 instances a year where people haven’t even considered purchasing a license for my music. And that number is growing. That should paint a clearer picture of what we’re dealing with here.

@Ryan: You’ll have to trust me on this one dude, but I’ve been using AdRev for over a year now, and no major headaches have been induced as of yet. Just recently, it got even easier for our customers to clear claims, without having to go through the whole YouTube claim process. It’s like a 30 second process to clear a claim now. (via here: http://adrev.net/contact-us). And the guys over at AdRev are pretty helpful and always get back promptly with any questions I ever have.

Looking at the AdRev dashboard (which gives you direct links to videos containing your music) I’m pretty sure you’d need a sick-bucket if you saw exactly how many unauthorized and unlicensed instances of your music has been used across YouTube. You’d also be equally sick seeing how much you could’ve potentially earned from that. Trust me, over time, we’re not exactly talking pocket money.

However, If there is anything could be done to streamline the process, is that we could add a text file to our uploads here mentioning that if the customer uploads the music to YouTube, if they could enter their license certificate details and video link on the AdRev claim page. At least they’d anticipate it and would minimize any surprises or knee-jerk reactions.

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AlumoAudio says

Happy Anniversary Erc├╝ment! You’ve done incredibly well up to now, so keep it up! It’s also been a pleasure to meet you and your great music, and hope you’ve enjoyed my long-winded emails along the way! ;)

I don’t drink beer myself (strange for a Welshman), so Joel, you can have mine! You’ll be wrecked at this rate! :)

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AlumoAudio says

When I was new I complained on the forums because I wasn’t having much success until I decided to do something about it. I took 2 months away from music and learned how to make a website, studied search ranking Seo , and made social promotional sites work for me.

It really paid off as before I had my main money maker “hit” song I was having not huge but steady sales on my music from referral links plus making referral income. I see some of the guys posting here have not a single referral because if you did you would have at least a level one badge.

I still think Audiojungle creates as fair market place the best they can but like someone mentioned it human nature to want or feel secure buying what everyone else is. But others have come here as new authors and overcome that with relative ease.

I recommend searching the forums for promotion topics and give some of the ideas a shot. Audiojungle can only do so much until you have to do things yourself.

+1000. I really would take heed of what Ryan is saying here.

I’ve also followed this route of extensive market research and self promotion, and I can say it’s working out pretty well so far. As Ryan says, AJ (or any other RF platforms) can only do so much for the authors/items on their system. The rest is down to us I’m afraid.

The royalty-free marketplace model is a completely different beast to the more traditional one, that many of us composers have gotten used to over the years. Sure, as it stands, it may appear a little ‘unfair’ at first glance. But really it isn’t.

AJ is a vehicle for us to ‘rent out’ our creations to customers with a need. And if there are authors who are consistently uploading highly usable, quality items to this platform, with audio geared specifically for AJ’s target audience (which is a mostly different audience to those buying from boutique libraries), then relative success is inevitable.

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AlumoAudio says

Excellent news Gareth! Hope it works out well for you, and feel free to leave nice comments if my music passes your way! ;)

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AlumoAudio says

Just had a quick look at the Audiam website and my first impression is that it seems like a really good idea to me.
If all that it takes for our customers is clicking an ‘Acknowledge’ button, then for god’s sake nobody should complain about it! At the moment, with still a broadcast license lacking here, they’re getting high quality music for almost nothing.

Remember that clicking the ‘Acknowledge’ button allows ads to run on the videos. Sure, most customers couldn’t care less about that, but our music is used on quite a bit of online commercial work, as we all know. So having an HP Printer ad pop up on a commercial for Canon Printers can be problematic for the creator, and they would no doubt want to sort this quickly.

Audiam operates similarly to AdRev, utilising AudioMicro’s ContentID system. But the issue with these third-parties is that there are so many more hoops for the licensee to go through in order to have claims/ads removed from their vids.

At least with AdRev (who are in direct partnership with YouTube) they have now provided a simple webpage where our customers can easily clear claims with their AJ (or whatever) license certificates: http://adrev.net/contact-us Our customers just pop in their video url and copy/paste their AJ license certificate, and they’re good to go.

To my knowledge, Audiam, ONErpm and similar platforms don’t have these utilities. The customer has to clear claims via YouTube’s dashboard, which is much more long-winded, and sometimes quite hit and miss if the customer doesn’t complete it correctly.

Also, Audiam may work well for more ‘traditional’ musicians, but I could imagine being slightly more problematic for musicians like us, who rely on the sale of licenses.

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AlumoAudio says

No, These royalty free sites must evolve in order to have some fairness to the composer. Otherwise, it’s the company that is making most of the money and not you. I’m not trying to be mean here or curse audio jungle because they are really nice people but it’s just a fact.

And a nice, big, fat +1 for you sir.

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AlumoAudio says

I just started posting some “royalty free” music videos to mine a few weeks ago finally, inspired by the great Alumo no less! Really hard to find good CC videos you didn’t already take :) http://www.youtube.com/schwartzsound

Haha, honestly dude, they’re there to be used! Just do an advanced search for CC Attribution vids on Vimeo (important they’re under the Attribution License btw).

One thing that makes me chuckle is a few other authors here have cottoned on and used the same vids I chose. I get at least a couple of emails a week from my subscribers or random YouTube kiddies telling me people are stealing my videos and have flagged/reported them! Luckily I think YouTube know the score so ignore them mostly.

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AlumoAudio says

I just find it amazing the videos get any hits at all – it seems people will watch any old rubbish online ;-)

I do find the Youtube channel gets far more hits than Vimeo though.

http://www.youtube.com/freshearsaudio

You’d be right there. In fact, Vimeo isn’t even on the chart.

And to those here who think YouTube is a waste of time – really, it isn’t ;)

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AlumoAudio says
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AlumoAudio says

I’m usually working on 3 or 4 different tracks in a given month, and hop between them purely dependant on my mood at that time. The idea of listening and focussing on the same one track over and over in a short amount of time can really exhaust creativity and I’ve found can lead weak or underdeveloped tracks. I generally like to take my time over these things.

After getting the main ‘skeleton’ track down, I spend considerable amounts of time on arrangement (so it is easily editable and usable by video makers) and getting a good overall dynamic mix. With that, I’ll aim for 1, sometimes 2 uploads a month.

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