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Thanks for the links, very interesting. Question: How can I check if my track is similar to someone? (maybe there is a special site). Because sometimes this can happen by accident … For example, when Paul McCartney wrote Yesterday, it seemed to him that this melody he had heard and he was asking other people to make sure that it is not. :-)

Just write music, chances are unless you are purposely trying to mimic a song your probably not going to accidentally come up with same sounding thing. Too many combinations of chords and melodies, instrumentation, tempo, feel etc.

One of the most copied songs that I have personally seen is Coldplay “clocks”, I think everyone thought they needed to have a clocks sound alike in their portfolio. That is what I think envato is worried about more than just accidentally writing something that sounds somewhat close to something else.

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Hi everybody, I have a doubt: I was reading in “withdrawal” section that if you choose the All earnings option, you must still meet the minimum withdrawal amounts below and I think you know that is at least $50 (for example with Paypal). So, my question is: Can I make a withdrawal even if I don’t have the minimun of $50 amount? Thank you

Payment Method PayPal Minimum $50.00

Skrill (Moneybookers) Minimum $50.00

Envato Prepaid MasterCard® (Payoneer)

International Transfer (SWIFT) Minimum $500.00

I think the only one way you can make a withdraw with less than 50 dollars in your account is Envato Prepaid Mastercard(payoneer), and I have know idea how that way works, as far as what fees you might incur. I use paypal myself and I don’t think I get any fees whatsoever using that payment method.

Maybe just wait it out till you get 50 bucks, you still have till the end of the month. Just make sure you make your withdraw by last day of the month ENVATO TIME . Im not sure how their time is relative to yours but I usually do it 2 days before last day of month to be safe.

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This is a very basic 4 chords progression that can be heard in many songs but because Adele’s song was hot recently, that Feel-Good-Piano is easy associated with it. But in my opinion 4 chords match is not enough to conclude plagiarism, pastiche, or whatever.
Art-Of-Sound, it wasn’t the chords that was the problem, I think it was more about the melody of the arpeggios over the chords. Though slightly different obviously AudioJungle felt it was too close. I think TheSecession(Author), claimed he wrote it before he heard it, and if so thats a shame because it was a great seller for him, stayed in the top selling files for a very long time.
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AdamLewen this is author of that song, http://audiojungle.net/user/thesecession Try contacting him and see if it’s somehow still available.

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Yeah sounds good. I didn’t mean you should limit yourself to only a few songs, i meant more like take your time and put out well thought through music to build your portfolio. If you have 100 bad songs just because you rushed them out that isn’t going to get you sales. Take your time and put out music buyers will want, that is the reason or should be that we are all here. But sounds like you have a good plan. They always say “its a marathon not a sprint” and that really does seem to be the truth.

Good Luck to you MrLukeFor, I personally think that someone giving you a link to music theory website was a bit over the top. I think your material is fine. I actually thought renaissance love was a very nice track, and just because it has the name renaissance in it doesn’t mean you have to have the exact instrumentation, rhythms, and chord progressions from that era as someone mentioned.

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Its not the number of items, its really making the ones you do make count. I would rather put more time and effort into a few killer songs than flood the market place(which we dont need) with 200 tracks that either all sound the same or are just low quality because your just trying to push stuff out. I have seen a new author come in and make 1 killer song that goes on to sell more than someone that has been here a while with 200 plus tracks. If you do this over time you will have a large portfolio of quality and in the long run you will be very happy.

Just make music that people need. open your ears when watching tv and commercials there are certain trends that = $$$ If it is indeed experimental type music you want to do I would put your stuff on youtube or soundcloud.

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I searched via google and found the track, the author’s name was http://audiojungle.net/user/starbugsound but it appears that the song is now gone. Here is a forum thread where he was promoting it. http://themeforest.net/forums/message/recent_for_user/starbugsound?page=4 .

Maybe he changed the name of the song or you can contact him to find out where it is. If you can not get that track, your welcome to check out my work and soon many others will say the same, so hopefully you can find something close to it if you cant track it down.

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Once again I would suggest buying and using video loops from videohive, as they are great hd visuals and you can also send people there via refferal link from your youtube video and maybe get a referral credit from people that need stock footage. Probably same crowd that is searching out royalty free music.

When you buy a videohive video you get a license as well in case youtube comes knocking. It would be a shame to get your promo video ranked and then have to take it down. Another site is bottled video. Com. You can use there stock video free with just a credit. But no hd quality stuff, like I see on videohive. Even if you get one referral from your video you pay off the low video hive purchase fee. Always looks better to use professional looking things.

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I think ETA is only really important for corporate/motivational tracks and nothing else and even so what’s really important what day it lands rather than what time. If your corporate/motivational track lands on a friday (afternoon) then it’s pretty doomed to not be seen for the whole weekend (even though there are exceptions) as many businesses close during the weekend. Then there’s two days of releases until monday in which your song may be put a bit further away on the most recent page. In general you don’t want the track landing on any day of the weekend and you want it to land early in the week so it has corporate exposure. For any other genre I think it doesn’t matter at all, as people will look for specifically what they want in that genre and date of release or time of release won’t affect it. Also the reviewers are the ones that control this time so really there are few ways to control this (for example, we normally get the same reviewer for most of our songs, I don’t know if it’s a time zone thing but he’s a great guy so we’re good) so all our tracks seem to be released at the same time. I think home page display time gets me more views from other authors than anything else…

This is very true. Thats why I really liked the old queue bar because you could figure out the best time to put your song in for review. With motivational corporate category it is very important to time the release. You want a chance to get a full week of sales starting Mon or Tues to hopefully get on a weekly top seller list since there is no “new item” top seller list which almost everyone sounds like they would like and would give a great opportunity to newer authors that aren’t as established.

Also like tortoise said, the weekend is most likely going to be the worst time for it to drop. Since I have heard people write straight up blues songs with slide guitar and then label them corporate motivational just to be in that category it is a very fast moving category. You have a day at most to be on first page of results when someone clicks on corporate category. Of course those results by default are sorted from newest item to oldest. Anyone who knows about websites knows if you not on the first page of google search results your not getting found.

Would probably be smart for people to take advantage of the categories that don’t move as fast but do get steady sales. I think the rock categories are underestimated.

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I feel most of the time a song has zero sales for a reason. If you are an exclusive author and can find another use for it, than it makes sense to do something else productive with it. I would take it down after a decent amount of time has gone by and promotion for the item has been done with no results. Although if you are non-exclusive cant see the problem with just leaving it and also trying to sell it elsewhere.

Although it does look bad if you have a large portfolio and alot of songs are at zero it kind of is unattractive to buyers looking through you portfolio. It stinks that some real gems go without a sale, but if items have sales numbers next to them it makes buyers want it. People feel secure they are making a good choice if they see others have made the same choice.

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