Audio-Technica AT2035 – $150
Rode NT1-A – $230
Shure Sm57 – possibly the most used mic in the world, $99
Shure sm58 – better for vocals, possibly the second most used mic in the world. $100.
I have a Neumann tlm 102 and find it a bit harsh for my voice. I find ribbon mics to be a better match for my voice, but of course we are talking a lot of money to buy ribbon mics and decent sounding, hi-gain preamps to power them.
If you are buying cheaper mics it’s generally worth it to buy a stereo pair. Your voice will sound fine with one mic, because vocals generally sit in the middle, but anything else you record will likely benefit from stereo recording.
Like lets say I have 3 tracks with the same song but when viewed on a spectrogram plugin inside a DAW each of the track has AJ Personal or AJ Commercial or iTunes word on it. It’s possible but do I need to bother?
No not really, just make sure you have your AudioJungle account set to non-exclusive, and then you can sell your music anywhere else you like.
Will definitely be entering.
I’d wager the major problem is probably the quality of your sample libraries, notably the string sounds. AudioJungle doesn’t really like anything that’s not hyper-realistic sounding these days. I know in hip-hop and electronic music you don’t always want a realistic sound, but that weighs fairly heavy here.
Could use some more bass frequencies to balance out the harsh mids.
Your first tack has a bit of a “hole in the middle,” that is to say everything sounds a little too panned to the left and right channels respectively, the bass frequencies are notably panned towards the left when they would probably be better in the middle. It’s actually quite weird hearing that much bass in the left channel, as in most music bass is centered, but even in something like orchestral music, bass is heard towards the right. Going back to early music production (Rod Stewart’s Maggie May for example) the bass is still panned right. You will of course find exceptions to this rule (Most of the Beatles’ catalog has very different mixing than the mixing standards of of today) but to modern ears, and to a stock music site especially, anything that deviates from the current norm is going to sound “weird.” So, although panning most everything but auxiliary sounds to the middle and compressing the hell out of the track might be fairly boring, It’s really what modern ears are used to. The sounds and arrangement themselves sound really, really nice. Alternately, you could cut some of the bass frequencies, or pan/double the backup guitar sounds to the right as Stardiva says.
Your second track sounds much more balanced, but the crackling atmospheric and some of the more mid-frequencies are perhaps a little too distracting for the reviewers/Audiojungle – it takes away slightly away from being atmospheric. Again, the sounds and playing themselves sounds fine, I would just be aware of the mixing “preferences” of AudioJungle.
As far as your track gos, the arpeggiated piano is a bit repetitive, track might flow better if it was 2/3rd the length. There are some nice points (like from 2:20-2:45, but it takes a long time to get there. From a mixing standpoint, things might be better if you threw a TINY bit of reverb onto your master track to tie everything together, as things like the bass drum stand out as being in a separate environment. You also have quite a bit of noise in you track from your drum sample library, which makes it stand out even more. I would try to isolate that frequency and cut it out. The longer notes on your strings don’t sound great…probably has a lot to do with your library.
lol @ the “Roland Tr-909 hi-hat”
USB 3.0 is…pretty fast! compared to SATA III, it’s only like a gigabit slower (about 5 Gbits/sec or 600+megabytes-per-second). Either way, your 7200 hard drive is probably going to have a max read speed of around 1 gigabit/second (around 120 megabytes), so that’s going to be your bottleneck.