The reverb (and delay as well) choice depends on instruments, so I usually use a few different reverb setting for each group.
The instruments I never use reverb at all are bass (electric bass guitar or a synth bass) and kick. I also rarely use reverb on hihat, and in these rare cases it’s very, very little amount of reverb.
Other percussion and drums instruments usually work great with a bit of reverb, but it’s level has to be set carefully. I sometimes add a bit of reverb on snares, but they can be ok without one, and too much of reverb on snares will probably sound terrible.
The instruments with very sharp attack, like piano, ukulele or accoustic guitar, require a carefully configured reverb, and they usually don’t sound well on excessive amounts of delay. The guitar works great with widening the stereo image (I usually just move right channel a bit relatively to left channel).
There are also instruments that sound great with a lot of multi-tap delays and eventually reverbs – including strings, pads and most synth leads. They can take any amount of delays, reverbs and stereo widening, but the amount of these effects will depend on the particular mix.
A good way to verify the amount of reverb is to listen to the mix on a high-end studio headphones. Sometimes when I listen on speakers, it seems to be ok, but after listening on headphones, it turns out to be too much.
The simpler the track is, the better indeed. But this is about simplicity in arrangement and structure, not about a quality of instruments used. So just take the best sounding instruments available, and make a simple arrangement with them.
Would it hurt to play a corporate track with the best concert Steinway piano? Sure a good piano VST will do, but a cheap VST will not.
The choice of high quality instruments is just one thing, the way they are programmed is another. The sounds cannot sound like they were almost on the same velocity. Adding strong accents with velocity adds life to the track, and it’s again important to use instruments good enough to play note velocity not with just sample volume, but also with a filter and preferrably with using a different samples for stronger or weaker sounds. I don’t know if this is common in VSTs or not, but hardware synths I use take a big benefit from strong changing of the sound depending on velocity. This way the melodic line will never sound flat.
Why does this track sound to me like it was produced with just a MIDI soundbank? Take some care to make it sound like it was produced using a professional equipment – no matter what you actually use
How long ago did you upload your favourite track? I had the same issue with my favourite track in the beginning. It didn’t sell at all, but after a year I’ve updated it with a small arrangement improvement which took months to make, but it gained a lot after this change. After this update, it sold a few times.
The most prominent issue I’ve heard from the very beginning is the lack of proper tracks synchronization. For example, there is an audible pause between kick and piano in the beginning. It’s a good practice to move the kick a few ms before lead, and maybe some secondary instruments a few ms after the lead, because these small displacements of the transient make the mix cleaner and emphasize the sounds which start a split second earlier, but time gap cannot be that large that is audible. If you looked at the audio tracks in a multitrack editor, this lack of synchronization will become obvious.
The other big problem is the sound that was supposed to resemble a distorted guitar. It really doesn’t sound pleasant, and it reminds of the earliest software plugins that were supposed to imitate a distorted guitar. Try to listen to some best hard rock songs created by professional teams and compare it. If you don’t hear the difference, upgrade your audio equipment.
Best luck in fixing all the issues!
Only the final files are stored on the marketplace. For the purpose of protecting the data, all project files and recordings of individual tracks should be backed up. I use a portable HD drive and additionally I burn DVDs with my project files for this purpose. One song may take up to 1GB of such files for me, if it’s recorded on many tracks. My network connection is weak even for uploading the final files, it would not work for uploading GBs of project files, and any network is slower than a local backup disc.
The aim here is to improve page load time, we certainly do not want to prevent authors from gathering their own web analytics. We have some ideas on how to solve this and we’ll be sure to let everyone know what we come up with before turning this on again.
I’m happy to hear that. A simple way to leave pixel tracking images unaffected is to introduce a special attribute inside img tag, for example rel=tracking, which authors would use inside their pixel tracking images, and the CMS would not cache the images marked this way. It might also check if they are sufficiently lightweight.
Is there any chance that we could also have a possibility to add a pixel tracking on sale confirmation page? Such feature would be a pure gold!
The image counters we’ve looked at so far all respond with no-cache in the Cache-Control header. This tells Cloudfront not to cache the image and always request it from the origin server, so page view counting should still work.
This feature has completely disabled my pixel-tracking which tracked visits on my items. Even if I’d change the cache headers behaviour on my tracking server, I wouldn’t be able to see the original IP address and referer which are essential for tracking the visits.
Is this deliberate to disable authors from possibility of tracking their visitors? If so, that it’s not a technical issue, but I rather wished that we were given a possibility to set up a pixel tracking on sale confirmation pages, instead of disabling all tracking possibility.
It’s a fact that the authors are supposed to do some promotion of their items on their own, not only rely on the marketplace to do the job, so how are we supposed to promote without tracking?
My suggestion is, that we might use this sort of proxy for all regular images, but the author might be given a possibility to set up a pixel tracking explicitly in profile settings, by adding an URL of a tracking image which would be automatically added to each page (and be required to be very lightweight in order to not decrease the page loading time).
I’m learning Uke for a few months already, I got Kala soprano uke so I tune it standard way G C E A with first G an octave higer than you’d expect in a guitar. For tuning like a guitar you’d have to replace strings to have the beginning string the lowest one. But if you do that, it will probably not sound like Uke, because this is one of the things that make Uke strumming sound like it does, with the beginning string high, then 2 lower tones than the high one again, while guitar strum is always from low to high tone.
It requires learning all the chords from the scratch, but because of 4 strings it will never be the same as guitar, so I think it’s better to learn Uke specific chords. Good luck catching E major in particular
When I was deciding between being exclusive and non-exclusive, the primary reason for exclusivity was the lack of time. I barely have time to compose, so I wanted to reduce the work overhead of packaging and submitting the item to multiple marketplaces.
But after some time actually I see another reason to stay exclusive. I need to promote my items outside AJ. So right now I drive all traffic to AJ, but if I wasn’t exclusive author, I’d probably split the traffic from my advertisements to different marketplaces. As the result, the sales achieved by my own promotion would be also split between the marketplaces. So instead of having 1000 sales of a particular track on AJ, I might expect maybe 400 sales in three separate marketplaces. What is better? Well, 1200 sales is more than 1000, but I’d rather have one AJ track with 1000 sales on AJ than three tracks with 400 sales, because with 1000 sales the track would already visible in the list of top tracks sorted by sales so it would bring a nice traffic without advertising.
Of course, exclusivity doesn’t mean that all tracks I compose must sell with AJ. I have many tracks I compose with PRO registering in mind, but they are strictly separated from my AJ portfolio.