The geeky threads are the best.
These days I use the Beyer DT 770 for tracking and DT 880 for mixing (880s are open backed and not suitable for tracking when you’re using a microphone). Reasons are all the things Tim and Gareth mentioned, and comfort is not the least important. I also have a pair of 770s for my day job because I can have them on for hours and not get fatigued, or honestly even remember they’re on my head.
These pairs aren’t the cheapest, but they’re not too bad (around $200) and are really a good bang for the buck.
Yes, incredibly good news! I’m glad to hear that there is some serious focus on this issue, and I agree that as AJ moves into a more mature audio marketplace the quality of the submissions can only continue to increase. Thanks for the note, Ben!
I think closing the marketplace to new authors would be a mistake. A lot of top notch authors have joined in the last year alone. As noted above, there are other ways to control the amount and quality of accepted tracks if necessary.
Given the rapid growth of the library lately, it makes me wonder sometimes what Envato’s overall strategy is, not necessarily in a bad way. 27K of commissions from from authors with single sales sitting out there indefinitely seems more a liability than anything else. I guess so far (or at least last time I checked unscientifically by comparing year over year sales from the top authors list) total sales are also going up at a rapid rate as well, so maybe until this levels off the strategy will be to continue to build up the library. Maybe at some point there will be diminishing returns, and at that point the strategy will be to do some culling and stricter quality controls.
BTW Tim, thank you for bringing up that first point. I hate to single anyone out but the follow/unfollow game is pretty annoying. Seems also like a lot of work for probably zero gain.
Hey toraha, welcome to AJ!
There are very good arguments for and against going exclusive. Check out this thread (with links to several other threads) for some opinions this way and that.
Short answer: Exclusive means a much better percentage that can increase as you sell more, and a single spot to market your music. Downside is that you could be missing out on sales and exposure by posting to other sites. Non-exclusive means you can sell anywhere else that’s non-exclusive, including some places that sell for far more (but potentially less frequently) than AJ. Downside is a lot of maintenance work, and of course the 33% commission regardless of how much you sell.
There are also other considerations, e.g. Envato not allowing PRO registered music, selling from other sites gives you less visibility into where a song came from in the case of copyright infringement or other problems, selling on multiple sites helps make you immune from things you can’t control like website or search engine changes, etc.
Several of us have both exclusive and non-exclusive accounts, and may have tracks that don’t get posted to AJ at all because they’re PRO registered. You’ll usually find me with opinions on these sorts of threads because I’ve given it a lot of thought since joining here in 2009
Anyway, good luck in the jungle!
Luckily I decided to put my eggs into several baskets a while ago, which on one side means lots and lots of more work (I dont need to tell you), but on the other hand lets me sleep better in case one marketplace should decide to make some changes or take me off the frontpage.
+1. This is one of the big arguments for diversification. I am an exclusive author here as well as of spring last year, but both my main accounts have been experiencing a feast and famine cycle since November, and sales are still 2/3 of where I was up to October 2013. I love Envato and will be here for the long haul, but just like I wouldn’t put my 401(k) all in one company’s stock, there’s some security in having multiple fishing holes (albeit the lots and lots of more work involved).
I’m not going to be much help because I haven’t worked with Lavry units, but I’ll give you my uneducated opinion anyway . My guess is that the MSYNC outs on the back would connect to SPDIF connections on an interface (PCI/Firewire/USB) and that you would either sync to the Lavry clock or use an external word clock. I’m just syncing to my A/D converter’s clock and don’t have an external clock, so I’m not quite sure how this works.
I don’t know about the PCI cards you mentioned, though I did see them mentioned in this support thread (for a MacBook Pro, where a PCI solution might not be the best, but there is some discussion about using PCI cards for latency reasons): http://www.lavryengineering.com/lavry_forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1165. If I’m interpreting it correctly you can connect the Blue via coax cable.
Anyway, that probably wasn’t much help. I’d say check out the product page (http://www.lavryengineering.com/products/pro-audio/4496-7.html), or just email them – maybe Dan Lavry will answer you himself
I don’t have a problem with people congratulating themselves or others (I did one myself for the gold paw), but I’ve kind of stopped responding to them at this point. I totally agree that having a separate congratulations forum would be most welcome. Seems like useful threads do get drowned out these days.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but the funny thing is that for the first couple of years I was here you didn’t really see these kinds of threads. Not sure how it all got started.
Oh damn. I didn’t know you could resubmit. Hmm…
News to me as well.
Hey Carmen, if you’re still watching this thread – am I interpreting it correctly that if I wanted to take a non-performing song out of my exclusive portfolio in order to see if it will sell elsewhere, I could resubmit it on my non-exclusive account? I had always thought this was against the rules (possibly based on that warning soundtrove posted).
I know that there are several of us with both exclusive and non-exclusive accounts, and may want to move songs from one to the other for various reasons.
I guess on the one hand this could only benefit Envato, in that there is still potential revenue from the song if it still exists somewhere on Envato. I could also see potential for abuse if a song is deleted and then resubmitted on a regular basis in an attempt to keep it eternally “fresh.”
I would first upload tracks to AJ as an exclusive item, when the track doesn’t do well after 6-9 months or longer, I’ll delete it and upload to my non-exclusive sites.
This is exactly what I plan for my exclusive profile, though I’m going to give songs a year before moving.
As far as other sites go, I have one where I do better than AJ, and several that are worth posting to but don’t do as well and aren’t as consistent.
I hate the “what do you do” question, but it’s true that’s a question I get asked a lot. I normally just tell people what my day job is (software engineer – people understand that and don’t ask any more questions). Sometimes I’ll go into trying to explain the stock music stuff – most people don’t understand, or think it’s just some silly thing I’m too old to be doing.