I apologize for what is probably not a useful answer, but my strategy is the electronic equivalent of sticking my fingers in my ears and going “la la la la la….”
In other words I figure there’s no way I can get a decent return on investment spending time monitoring for copyright infringements of my own work.
I think it’s actually more effective as a community looking out for one another as we listen to other people’s work. While I don’t like the practice of calling copyright infringements out in the forums (it should be a support matter), we’ve seen several cases where attentive AJ authors have spotted violations.
On the other hand, what I’m more paranoid about is putting up a track for sale that inadvertantly sounds like somebody else’s.
Over the last couple of years of building a portfolio, keeping track of projects, mixed/mastered/watermarked tracks, and metadata (tags, description, etc) is starting to get out of hand. This is made quite a bit worse by being a non-exclusive author, as I need to keep track also of where things have yet to be uploaded. So I’m about to embark on a long overdue organization and cleanup of my tracks and metadata.
Just to get some ideas, how do you handle organizing all of your work? What tools/processes do you use to keep track of everything? Also, do you keep track of sales data or just rely on the reports you get from AudioJungle or other sites?
This may seem like obvious stuff, but I am a disorganized person by nature so I thought I’d see how other people work
Just had my 500th sale a couple of minutes ago! Very cool! Just wanna shout out a big THANKS to all buyers, Envato team & reviewers, videohive authors who supported me and other people who helped me to achieve that I will have a drink now
It’s getting on drinking time in my part of the world – I will tip one back for you! Congratulations!
Awesome – keep it up! (Love the little planet corp :))
Yep, it’s an often discussed thread here! From previous responses it appears that the Envato staff is aware of the fact that the ratings don’t make sense with audio files and eventually plan to replace the system with something more appropriate.
For now, know that you’re not alone – I think all of us authors feel the same way, and many of us have gotten 1 and 2 star ratings, even the great Soundroll.
If it makes you feel better, consider it a rite of passage .
Yeah, that’s a really solid track – love both the trumpet and the guitars!
Online collaboration is so much easier than even a few years ago with the advent of cloud based storage. I collaborate with a few other musicians using Dropbox or Google docs to transfer huge files.
Hey, wouldn’t it be great if our profiles had a searchable setting, kind of like “Available for Freelance” but instead “Available for Collaboration” with a way to indicate which instrument(s), and possibly an option for hourly rate for session work if applicable.
For me personally, I don’t like dreaming big. My little peanut brain can’t think that way. Great big goals are too abstract for me, whereas I’m happiest when I know the next thing I can do right now. Sure, you can break giant goals down into smaller ones, but ultimately the way to $10 million is the same way to the next $10 – write another song, play your instrument, update your page… The difference is that you’ll see that $10 a lot sooner.
For the record, IMO neither Justin Timberlake nor Madonna would succeed on this marketplace without a large team of people to compose, produce, and play instruments for them There’s too much talented competition here!
Congratulations, and best wishes for a quick trip to 1000!
What do you use to warm up? Do you think it is important, or do you not warm up at all?
Yes, I think it’s very important! But no, I do not specifically warm up before recording. Though generally when I go into the studio I’m composing in real time, so I might sit down for a few minutes to come up with a chord progression or whatever before recording it, so maybe that counts.
I’m not doing any Satriani-ish stuff, either – it’s almost exclusively folk-acoustic, which is a different animal and arguably not anywhere near as technical.
Come to think of it, I don’t warm up before playing sports either…