Posts by AlumoAudio

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AlumoAudio says

You have one of the strongest portfolios here and I still don’t understand why you would ever pull a track you thought was good enough to upload, unless your production skills have majorly improved.
Thanks for the compliment. As I mentioned, the reason for pulling them was simply because they hadn’t really made any impact on my earnings or were really adding to my income over a certain period of time. I may have also felt they weren’t as strong as other tracks in my folio, be it in terms of style, production, structure, or whatever.

Selling microstock should ideally be approached with both a creative AND business mindset and removing tracks here and adding some there, and testing the water with certain styles are all pretty much part of a full time music microstocker’s job. Curating my own portfolio, as it were, to fit the tastes of that particular library.

So on AJ, it’s possible to get a great income from one track only, but it can quickly change for the worse and all of a sudden you lose a lot of sales if you rely on only 1-3 tracks. It has happened, and it will happen again. Just look at author BeatheBeat…
This is true and a very important factor to consider for anyone pursuing this business full time. However, being non-exclusive on a variety of libraries does tend to negate the whole ‘eggs in one basket’ strategy, and so of course, sales may continue well over on another marketplace, despite dropping on another. This is something I’ve already had to get used to. Not becoming complacent and keeping a very close eye on market trends is crucial here.

Also, if you talk to any of the Music Library guys from the older days (before microstock) they will tell you that you’d need 500-1000 tracks to be comfortable and enjoy a steady, somewhat reliable income.
Yes, this is something I hear quite a bit, and still to this day it often gets bandied about. I don’t doubt them at all, but as I’ve mentioned many times in the past on the forums, I do think the selling of music licenses is taking a whole new form, especially with the internet now playing a massive part. Exposure and availability of our music has increased thousandfold from times past, yet so has the competition. And this is where quality takes precedence over quantity, in my opinion.

@MusicBoxStudios: Think I just answered your question above! ;)

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AlumoAudio says



My item count goal for this year is 20 – one strategically placed and well produced track per month.
+1. I’ve stuck with this strategy since I began and has worked out incredibly well for me. I’ve also got into the habit of removing less well performing tracks from my portfolio every few months or so too.
That’s very interesting. If I my ask, at what point do you decide to pull the plug on a track?

I’ll pull tracks after maybe 6 months if I can see that it’s failing to build any traction. Looking at the average p/month earnings is a good indicator of this.

I do actually agree with what others have said in the past that leaving tracks up is generally a good idea, as it can’t sell if it’s not there, and in theory increase the chances of having a track ‘discovered’. But my own personal strategy has always been to build a compact, strong portfolio that caters to the tastes of the majority of customer that shop at AJ, and also one that I can direct certain clients of mine to (they find it a much easier process to browse my portfolio and quickly find something they need as a result).

However, both strategies of selling mentioned in this thread can work, and it all boils down to the author’s preference and their own workflow. Also, it’s worth mentioning that my own aim here is to produce regularly selling tracks, rather than ‘top selling’ tracks.

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AlumoAudio says

I see that there is now a Reviews tab, where we can see all the ratings for our items, which is nice to see. Hopefully the enhancements will continue, like full statistics (for all!). Cheers to the guys and gals at Envato – please keep them coming!

Here you go dude, already had a little discussion about it. Don’t get too excited! ;)

http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/so-funny-to-see-detailed-reviews-on-my-ratings/121345

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AlumoAudio says

My item count goal for this year is 20 – one strategically placed and well produced track per month.

+1. I’ve stuck with this strategy since I began and has worked out incredibly well for me. I’ve also got into the habit of removing less well performing tracks from my portfolio every few months or so too.

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AlumoAudio says


It looks like you can hide items :) Very cool, I remember months ago that authors(including me) wanted this feature. Envato listens :)
Really? I can’t see where / how you can hide an item – Sky, am I missing something?

+1. I don’t see such a feature here either.

The ‘Hidden’ feature has always been there to my knowledge and I thought it referred to where items were temporarily held if they were soft-rejected. Maybe I’m wrong on that.

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AlumoAudio says

This is absolutely brilliant. The lyrics are perfect. https://soundcloud.com/fredscott-1/this-is-a-trent-reznor-song

Hahaha, this is great! Good find Gareth! I know a few people that would be deeply offended by this, so into the bookmarks it goes ;)

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AlumoAudio says

Yep, same feelings about it here. Received my first written review yesterday, apparently with an issue regarding ‘item quality’ (?)

It kind of begs the questions, “so why didn’t you listen to it or try it out first?” and “if you were able to make it work, (which is what editing music to video is all about ) then why rate it down?”.

I can see quite a few of these ratings and ‘reviews’ are going to be quite aggravating or perplexing going forward, so I still maintain that the whole ratings thing for audio doesn’t quite work in the way it does on the other marketplaces.

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AlumoAudio says

Yep, same thing happening here. It’s a bug apparently, according to this: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/found-a-bug-in-earning-page/121293

EDIT: Darn, got there before me Sebastian! ;)

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AlumoAudio says

It still baffles me to why there are sales threads here for the current month. It all seems a little counter-intuitive, as things quickly change (as we all know by now) so therefore doesn’t give an accurate picture of what’s going on. These quickly turn into sound off threads, mostly comprised of authors complaining of poor sales.

Ideally, we should be reporting our sales experiences from the previous month, when that month is over. Much more accurate and helpful in my opinion.

Anyway, as you were!

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AlumoAudio says

Hi Guys, just chiming in here, we always appreciate all the feedback and as most of you know by now it seems there is some sort of ebb and flow to the AJ proofing time, due to several distinct and varying factors.. At the end of the day the review team is proud to say that we feel quite ahead of the curve in many respects.

That said, we trust you can imagine that long days, weeks and months of constant listening to all the submitted content sometimes means that reviewers deserve a little family break too, (in noise isolating padded chambers!) :P

Kidding aside, just advising you guys that we have a couple reviewers who are taking a well deserved few days off now and in the coming weeks, not at the same time though :) So for the foreseeable it’s likely the queue age will continue to be counted in days, rather than hours.

Management is always extra careful of the situation so don’t worry, it won’t be allowed to get too too long. We’ll do what needs to be done as proofing times and submission numbers are monitored and prioritized.

In the meantime, please continue to write great tunes while your tracks wait to get heard, and enjoy the ride.

Thanks for everyone’s support and realistic understanding :)

Thanks for the update on this Adrien and bringing us back to reality, it’s most appreciated. It’s always reassuring to hear a voice of reason from the other side, especially as it’s all too easy for us sensitive creative types, stuck in our studios, to start theorising and getting all tin-foil-hat about these things! :)

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