Mostly using Ableton Live 9 Suite, and occasionally Reaper when working on more orchestral based stuff.
Been trying out the new Bitwig demo over the last few days too. A nice progression on the neo-DAW format. Seems very powerful, backed by a wonderfully creative workflow. Even more so than Ableton, I’d say.
Looking good folks. Love it!
You and I had discussed this earlier but I’ve always thought that most buyers really wouldn’t be savvy enough to even tell who’s library on here is exclusive and which is not. As far as I know the only thing that indicates is our badge which is fairly ambiguous looking in terms of recognizing what it means unless you moused over it. I would think that if envato really wanted to feature exclusive authors accounts over non exclusive they would have made the difference much more apparent for the customer. I do know that some customers value knowing they are buying a track that is exclusive to one place it just doesn’t seem like Envato has made much differentiation between the two types of accounts. I don’t even think there is a way as a customer to browse files on here based on exclusive or non-exclusivity. All this to say Matt while I do think that it is weird that a quality portfolio that has had good success here in the past would suddenly start tanking it just doesn’t seem like envato is too focused on highlighting or favoring exclusive accounts.
Well, of course the less Envato make light of the different types of account, the better, and for the very reasons I’ve mentioned. They would hardly want to highlight the fact that an author has their items available elsewhere, with more suitable licensing options for example. It’s not just a price issue. The more people they can get through their gates and keep them there, the better. And I don’t blame them. I’d do the same if it were my business!
But I am concerned that they now view having non-exclusives wandering about the place as a potential lost customer to another marketplace, forever. A few more competitive stock sites have already popped up in the last year or so, already filled with many familiar faces from here, so naturally Envato would want to take some form of action. Simply prioritising exclusive accounts in search is an obvious start.
Alongside this, I’ve already noticed over the last 6 months or so, that certain top-author non-ex accounts are appearing less visible on the ‘customer facing’ popular items page. Unbelievably, one of them I can’t even see at all any more. And this is alongside hearing from other non-ex authors also sensing some sort of change and drop in sales.
It’s all conjecture, and maybe I’m just being overly sensitive to imagined slights. But I’m also a bit of a realist and recognise that business is business. Sometimes things have to be done in order to make a business thrive.
Ironically, I’m having to do the same myself to accommodate for these drop in sales. I think getting an exclusive account up and running is a good start!
I might be throwing a bit of logic in with the conspiracy theories, but doesn’t it make more sense for Envato to favor non-exclusives selling more since they ultimately take a larger percentage of each sale from those authors?
You’d be right in thinking that at first. This was one of the reasons I went non-exclusive in the first place, with an ‘I’ll be alright Jack’ attitude. It’s only after spending two years working full-time in the stock music industry, that it’s apparent that many libraries are beginning to change their tact as the market grows (both in terms of authors and buyers), in order to get customers coming to one marketplace alone; in this case, AudioJungle.
Take a look at my reasonings at the bottom of the page here earlier in this thread.
What went wrong? Something seems to have changed.
You see, here’s my major itch and it keeps coming back to it, despite me trying to ignore it: it’s that lack of Exclusive badge. I can’t speak for exclusives that are seeing a sales dip, but I’m intuiting that exclusivity is being prioritised as part of Envato’s recent search changes. It just makes perfect business sense from their end. It’s going to happen sooner or later, even if this isn’t the case.
PS….I’m learning After Effects too!
Actually, I’m going to focus primarily on stock footage. Alongside music, video making/photography are big passions of mine, so seems to be the right avenue to go as an extra income stream. I’m all fingers and thumbs when it comes to After Effects!
Sorry to be negative here, but again, quite the contrary for me.
Yet another below average month..long stretches go without sales, new (marketable and useful) uploads not getting much action. Once very high, regular selling tracks, reduced to almost nothing. And what happened to Tuesdays being the highest selling time of the week?
Just goes to show how quickly things can change here and how it’s not all up, up, up. What makes it harder to swallow however, is when others are revelling in tremendous sales, yet I feel my account is failing and no longer growing how it once was. Quite demoralising really. I guess this is all part of the business and I’m now getting a taste of that, as I’m sure others are too.
No priority given to non-exclusives any more? Search engine or Google changes impacting sales? Drop in quality of uploads?? Arrival of new stiff competition?? I honestly don’t know any more. Given up the ghost on that one.
Need to make some adaptive manoeuvres to cover my ass here. VideoHive here I come! (to sell, not to spam, that is)
Mat is the short form. And it should have a double ‘t’ of course, but a friend of mine started this some decades ago and it always stayed like this since then… so I’m not ‘MattSteiner’ but ‘MatSteiner’.
It’s also come in handy on the forums a couple of times too dude, as I know which Mat(t) people are talking to!
Congrats to you both dude! That was certainly a very brave move!
I just asked my girlfriend what she’d do if I did that. Her response: “I’d dump you” lol