I’m sad to see that the process is actually very biased. Yep.
There are authors that made a first good impression, and those get approved even if their files are… less standard, and authors that made a less impressive first impression and their files are constantly rejected.
A friend of mine send me a composition as MIDI, I was using same instruments that I used on one of my latest tracks and I was using a very similar mixing concept. The tracks, his and mine are quite similar as orchestration, feel and mixing. His track got rejected, mine got approved. Again I say, same instruments used. Explanation to him? low quality instruments… if 11 people are THAT much biased, then…
Hi Mihai – I don’t see how you can accuse reviewers of bias based on one example. There are many top composers who have had tracks either soft or hard rejected so I think you’re drawing a long bow on this one. Adrien carefully explained the review process and the unavoidable element of subjectivity when one is evaluating art vs commerce. I don’t think reviewers are biased against one author vs another. There are many factors influencing an individual reviewer’s decision to approve or reject borderline tracks and it won’t always be the same as another reviewer’s opinion.
I’m ready. Good news for those that own Omni, Trilion and RMX that the upgrade will only set us back $200. From what I see of Omni 2, it’s a small price to pay for the countless hours of fun we will all have exploring this beast. I am counting down the days…
You just need to select all the WAV and/or MP3 files you wish to make available for sale and zip them into one file. It sounds like you may have been trying to upload multiple zip files?
No still waiting for approval but I do have another awesome sound pack in the works. It’s my sharks+Christmas+blenders and bowling alley pack. (I’ve included birds as a separate option on each track because I feel it’s important to give buyers the choice. I think they appreciate it when you go the extra mile.)
It was tricky, but I think I managed to get the obligatory sexual overtones happening between the sharks and the blenders. I gave up trying to make same magic happen with the bowling alley as there’s just not the sonic emotional range necessary with those sounds. Big waste of a weekend…
Fingers crossed this one gets past the reviewers and their precious “commercial utility”...
Welcome to AudioJungle Lex_Brownstone
Already lots of good advice here, but here are my suggestions for you:
1 – Write music you are passionate about and good at executing. There are already lots of authors trying to emulate the top selling tracks here. Find your niche and do it well.
2 – Upload frequently (not necessarily every week, but as often as practical). This keeps your brand visible.
3 – Use YouTube, Soundcloud etc to promote your brand (with watermarked music only). Some do, some don’t (your mileage may vary)
4 – If you get a hard rejection, consider not opening a forum thread to advertise it, as many do. Your stuff is good so I don’t expect you’ll encounter this problem too often, if at all.
5 – Expect AudioJungle income to be pocket money at first. It will take some years before this becomes a primary source of income. Good things take time and it’s already a crowded marketplace
6 – Read this thread: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/aj-book-of-tips-by-authors-for-authors/99015
7 – If you encounter spam in the forums, feel free to flag it for deletion. It shows up every day!
8 – It’s worth repeating…have lots of fun writing music – you’re one of those lucky people who have musical talent (and clearly a healthy hard drive with good sample libraries!) It’s an amazing gift to be a composer, and you’re a very good one. One of the great things about selling music royalty free is that once you’ve done the work and uploaded your music, the rest becomes pa$$ive income.
I wish you great success and fortune here in the jungle. You have two great tracks so far – add to your portfolio and sales will follow. Cheers – Jamie
Hi James. AdRev topic has been covered extensively. This thread is worth a read if you haven’t already…http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/adrevnet-really-rocks-/120262
We’d really love to give you examples of the “best of the worst” we hear, for your elucidation, if anything, but for privacy reasons we simply can’t. But we have a feeling most of you wouldn’t believe your ears.
If you can picture as an example, a track that sounds like a locomotive having intimate relations with a chainsaw while a music box sample plays in the background in a completely different key, with birds singing here and there, and random atonal electronic vocal accents… Well, you get the picture. Very creative perhaps, but AudioJungle is not the right library for that!
Hi Adrien. Thanks again for the post but you’ve (once again) failed to acknowledge an important topic that I’ve attempted to address several times now. I’ve contacted support but still haven’t received a reply. To cut to the chase…
When is my garden tools with music box + trains of the world with birds sample pack going to be approved…?!!! (By the way it was a lawn edger, not a chainsaw! There’s a difference you know.) I’ve checked sfx category and there’s nothing like what I submitted currently available. I know it’s a niche market I’m aiming at, but I’m just trying to ensure diversity within AJ. Maybe New #1 sfx author has all the power tools/locomotives/chainsaws/birds you need? (Well whoopdie doo – good for them…)
I appreciate all the fancy mumbo-jumbo about reviewer subjectivity and commercial “utility”. But simple reality check, pal…riddle me this…what’s a buyer going to do when he or she needs the sound of a train approaching a music box while sparrows fly in background…with a chainsaw operating nearby…(with implied sexual/romantic overtones)...? Well?
I’ll tell you… nothing. That’s right. Nothing. ‘Cause your review team thinks it’s not worth anything, or lacks “utility”. You know how many locomotives I had to record? You know how many birds? You think I like hanging around hardware stores recording power tools? You ever talk to a power tool salesman, or try and convince them to do you a favour? Do you have any idea of the long term consequences of making deals with some of these kinds of people?? You think implying romantic relations between a train and a garden edger is easy???
Next time I hope you consider how much work goes into this stuff before rudely dismissing my submissions as fodder for your “humour”. You’re a Canadian, right? Figures…
Hi Gaetano – my guess is that they are allowed to use your track in this way. That is, provided they bought a license in the first place. I’m sure there are many videos utilising our music where no dialogue or sound fx are added to the music bed.
I could be wrong, but I don’t recall any specific mentions precluding music only use in the AJ terms and conditions. One would hope not, it would limit our tracks’ commercial utility considerably if this was the case.
In the end, someone who would rip your track off the commercial and use it is unlikely to have ever bought it legitimately anyway, so I don’t think you’ll see any lost sales due to this. All the best, mate. Jamie