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Stockwaves
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Here’s an idea:

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I think a majority of AJ buyers use the music to supplement their youtube videos, trailers, ads, product presentations etc. I doubt a lot of TV people come here, evident by the small ratio of broadcast licenses being sold. TV is more about storytelling, entertainment, drama, reality shows, more need for short cues etc and less focus on build and structure. My guess is that many TV production teams are still in another budget world than the average man, and can still afford to buy from more expensive libraries. That being said, it’s probably only a matter of time before they also start looking to save money. Perhaps it would be a good idea to fire up a new AJ category called “TV cues” or something.

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Hi E-Soundtrax! I had a look at your Youtube channel the other day and you really seem to be quite successful! I’d love if you would share some of your secrets ;) I started my channel just a few months ago and I still have no idea how to get more views/subscribers ;)

Now, my opinion on your track – the mix is a bit high mid, string samples are a bit thin here and there as has been pointed out, but for me the biggest issue is the melody. I like the horns part but the high strings melody is a bit all over the place. I’d also suggest you divide the horns+strings part into at least two to make it more interesting. Maybe one section with just horns and the other with just strings, or at least use more a more coherent arrangement instead of having two seemingly unrelated melodies on top of each other. I’d take away all the strings and then add some supporting notes where it’s needed, and only where it’s needed. Right now the piano parts are the strongest and the dynamics suggest it should be the other way around. Good luck ;)

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from an SEO perspective could actually have a massively detrimental effect on both the referrer and in this case, even Envato themselves.

This is so true. Google ranking is still highly dependant on links from other domains. Please support AJ and the Envato ecosystem by using full URLs. It drives more search traffic to these sites and benefits us all in the end.

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Introducing the Item Updater

Wow ;) Thanks Eric!

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Great work!

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In general there’s no need to separate music and sfx. Many authors produce both. And what we should do with logos? Another site?

The fact is that these top authors ranks etc are just fun and nothing more. In 2 years all top ranks will be occupied by Sound Ideas :) But is that any profit from them besides of more following other authors? I don’t think so. I don’t see any sense to make another site like SoundGarden or SfxIsland etc. How many people submit SFX frequently – 200-300?

So if the ranks are useless and not fair just bring them down or sort by earned cash or badge level :)

Yeah… I’m actually a bit divided on this issue. Up until recently I used to think a rebranded music/sfx division would solve a lot of concerns, but thinking about the broader picture I believe we need to be very careful changing something that has worked so well compared to competing sites. I believe the “Audiojungle” brand is so well established and strong now, that it would only be disastrous to change it into anything else. That goes for both music and sfx. On the other hand, it does make some sense (as OP points out) to divide the sales ranking (Top Authors) into different categories.

But why stop at music vs sfx, we should have “top authors” for every subcategory as well. I agree that the “top authors” list is mostly for fun and all, but there’s actually a difference (I think) in buyer patters if we compare music and sfx. If you’re looking for sounds, chances are you dive into search first because you know what you’re looking for, and browsing through previews doesn’t take as much time as it does with music. Looking for music can be like that as well, but there must be at least some proportion of the buyers that come here with more of an “open mindset”, they may have a video and they just want to get some ideas for “good music”. Chances are they will at least glance at the top 3 authors’ portfolios and if they find anything they like, they won’t need to go to search.

Ideally I’d like to see a “top authors” page that starts out blank, but with a category menu that would filter out the top authors within that category. Think music/corporate, music/rock, logos, sfx/cartoon etc. Click on a subcategory and boom, get the top sales authors counting only items within that category. More fun for more authors, and much more relevant for buyers.

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Stockwaves
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1) Depends on the sound – sounds that are supposed to be loud, like an explosion, could peak at 0dB but if you’re recording ambient stuff like bird song you may want to keep it down a bit. Try to think about how buyers look through previews with similar audio and how your sound compares to the competition ;)

2) In general, I wouldn’t automate fades or apply compression to parts of sound. Rather look at the whole of the sound file, present a coherent raw material and leave the final edit to the customer, I guess.

3) If you’re not going to use your low frequencies later you might as well use a lo cut on the recorder, to lose some wind, hand noise and whatnot. I usually filter that out in the DAW though. I wouldn’t use limiter on the recorder, check the levels instead and see to it that you get a natural, non-distorted sound to work with. Features like that on the recorder are there for people who don’t want to get too technical in their DAW later on. The limiter is useful to protect from overload when doing voice memos, interviews and stuff but since it’s hard to “un-limit” a recording it’s not something you’d want to do on a regular basis.

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