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PatrickAThompson says

Guys party is over, I’m back on 33%. But it was great 5days week:)

I know!!... and I just got 2 sales back to back… at the old rate.

It was awesome while it lasted! Thanks Envato!

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Congrats\Keep it up! :)

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Congrats!!

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First… Let’s be real… It will never be enough. Most of us were elated when they came out with the new 28.8 modem to replace the 14.4…. and now, we’re all going faster and faster every day.

Tim’s got the right idea… There are many different factors which play into having a stable and speedy music production computer. RAM , number of cores, 32\64 bit, whether or not the hamster is sick.. or if it calls in completely (I mean… what if it’s a Monday?)..

Aside from maxing out my system at 16 gigs of RAM , and even getting a new video card which would take more of the video memory while I score to picture, it still wasn’t enough to handle my libraries… So, I bought an internal 1.5TB hard drive (7200RPM) which is for samples only.

It makes a world of difference. And here’s why…. (well, the theory..) Your regular hard drive spends a lot of time switching back and forth between reading and writing to the disk itself… If all my samples are on one drive, it’s reading only… No writing… Thusly speeding things up a tremendous amount. I’m no computer guru, but this logic seemed—logical, and it works for me.

Another tip that helps with speed is to clear off all that fancy stuff on your desktop… :)

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Looks like everyone is on the same page with this… but I’ll add my thoughts anyhow…

My best advice?? Write. Don’t force the music (ever)... but DO force yourself to spend time each day writing. Even if it’s only 10 minutes…

In a time crunch, I’ll sit down and come up with a musical idea. Though I don’t have time to finish it, I’ll record the idea into my sequencer and save it for when I have time to develop it. It makes my soul cry to think how many great ideas I’ve lost because I thought “Oh.. I don’t have time right now”... and by the time I get back, I can’t remember the idea…

Even if you think it’s insignificant… hit record… plunk it out on the keyboard a couple times… Save.

Now, when you come back with more time, you’ve got an idea ready to go!

But most importantly – keep at it to the best of your ability…

Best!!

Patrick

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Loving this! Thanks AJ!! :)

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Definitely in my top 5 favorites… Give it a listen… :)

We Will Win: http://audiojungle.net/item/we-will-win/2851003
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Masters Certificate for Orchestration for TV\Film from Berklee College of Music

Music Composition \ Musical Theater at the University of North Texas (1998-2002)

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About a week ago, I was contacted by a film producer who had my re-named track pitched to him by another AJ composer. The guy had taken the demo track from my page, re-named it, and tried to pass it as his own. When the film producer looked at the details\comments inside the MP3 file, my name was still on it…
WOW !!! That definitely should go to support!
You say about “AJ community come together to help fight this kind of stuff”, I wish this kind of stuff wouldn’t exist in the first place, I was thinking that there is a certain code of honor between artists.

I sent it it and got a response saying basically “We’re looking into it”. So… We’ll see. The user’s profile is still active.

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Mihai! Who knows?

I’ve only been on AJ for maybe 3 months – so I’m not really aware of what’s ‘normal’...

I also came across a site yesterday which had MANY links to tracks on AJ—presumably working as an affiliate\referral guru… but next to my track, he had his name listed a ‘writer’. Again, I’m all for referrals. If someone wants to market my track for me, sweet! But I do kindly ask that affiliates respect the authors of the material they’re promoting.

I’ve spent many years in school for composition and orchestration… I spend a lot of time on the music I create… whether it sells or not, I deserve the right to keep my name on my music.. ya know?

About a week ago, I was contacted by a film producer who had my re-named track pitched to him by another AJ composer. The guy had taken the demo track from my page, re-named it, and tried to pass it as his own. When the film producer looked at the details\comments inside the MP3 file, my name was still on it…

In short – there just seems to be some shady things going on… not on the part of AJ… but its users. I’d like to see the AJ community come together to help fight this kind of stuff… We want to and need to protect our own interests. I’d really like to believe that AJ takes this kind of stuff very seriously – as it’s part of their market\income as well.

Whether the links are still active in the original post or not – this will be an ever-living problem – one we must constantly be aware of.

Fortunately, in my cases stated above, no money (to my knowledge) has changed hands… so, in theory, nothing’s happened… which means there’s really nothing I can do for now.

I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on how they track and protect their music.

My tip of the day is to fill out the info in your MP3 Demos before uploading. Sure, it’s easily changeable, but it just might slip by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. By simply having my name in the info, someone was able to Google me and contact me through my website to let me know the track was being pitched by someone other than myself…

I’ve been long-winded - which is rare before I finish a pot of coffee in the AM.

Thanks for your time!

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