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Yes, it usually sounds a bit weird to me when violins aren’t panned left and cello isn’t panned slightly right. ;-) I think most problems occur when trying to blend different libraries, because most often it will not sound like your strings are sitting in the same space. Your cello sounds much more exposed and in a different room than your violins. Yes, you can address this a bit with reverb, but I think best practice is just to avoid blending libraries, whenever possible. Blending different choirs of the orchestra sure, but strings…the room or concert hall they are played in just effects the timber and characteristics too much. For me, +1 to Spitfire stuff, because it’s all recorded in the same hall, so the solo strings blend very well with the Sable and Mural strings.

I Used to spend massive amounts of time mixing Vienna strings with different reverbs and pannings to try and get a realistic sound, but for me, an orchestra recorded in a nice hall with baked-in reverb will always sound more convincing. One day I got the feedback from Audio Jungle about my strings sounding “dated,” and I realized it was time to move on.

Now of course, we are strictly speaking about realistic strings. I don’t think strings necessarily need to sound realistic, and indeed, in 99% of Audio Jungle tracks they probably don’t sound realistic at all, but since your composition predominantly features strings, they are exposed and need to sound ultra-convincing.

Personally, I find the whole “realism” thing a bit chuckle-inducing when it comes something like orchestral strings and stock music. Sometimes the only way to make an orchestra sound convincing is through use of dynamics – or at least by not over-compressing your mix – but we all know dynamics and stock music are natural enemies. mix. :O

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Not trying to sound pretentious, but I used to go to a lot of open mic nights and I’d get pretty inspired by everyone playing G-C-D chords and thinking, “I can do better than that.” Listening to music and thinking “I can do better than that,” can really inspire you in the opposite way that hearing a beautiful piece of music and thinking, “I’ll probably never make something as good as that” can.

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Ah yes, the old loop-and-poop. :)

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The size of the portfolio is most crucial. With three tunes, I’m afraid I won’t make big sales, unless you get lucky and one of the tunes manages to become trending the moment it’s published and stays trending for a long time. Otherwise you will lose search visibility in a few weeks. Only way I’ve managed to get to 600 sales has been to constantly keep building up the portfolio, diversifying the genre carpet and using different titles / tags to make sure I’ll keep up with as many search results as possible. Other tactic is to try and get lucky with single items, but it is all the time harder because there’s just too many good tunes here.

+1 for the hardest working Panda in the music business. :)

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Sounds like traditional house clap and snare sounds? Like 808’s and 909’s? Those sounds are fairly ubiquitous, there are a few companies trying to make money from sampling/modeling vintage drum machines(Arturia Spark for example) but generally speaking, that stuff is out there for free.

This site seems pretty legitimate – just a collection of free VST’s/plugins – and they even provide links to the original websites – so I think you are a good to go. :)

Also, EULA sounds like typical sample library-boiler plate.

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That’s some pretty fast composing.

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Old thread, but seeing as how the stock music world (and Audio Jungle itself) has changed quite a bit in the past few years, it’s probably worth revisiting.

Personally, I think it depends on if you are driving traffic, and where you are driving traffic to. You can drive traffic to this site or another stock music site, and probably end up with comparable sales, considering the library of this (and every other stock music site) is getting to be quite large, unless you already have traction at one place or another, you are probably going to be generating a good portion of sales yourself. I’m not saying being an exclusive author here hasn’t worked out fantastically for a few people, or can’t work out great for you, but for me personally, I think it’s better to spread my stuff around.

I went non-exclusive awhile back, and I don’t know if I’ve necessarily benefited financially from it (still an experiment in progress) but I will say it does feel good to not be bound to one place, and to retain the right to do whatever you want with your music. Also, it’s no longer a big deal when Audio Jungle rejects your track, because you just throw it up on 5 or 6 other marketplaces.

I think it’s also worth noting that from a financial perspective, it’s probably better for Audio Jungle if you are non-exclusive, because they retain a higher percentage of your sales, but of course, that gets balanced out by exclusive authors driving traffic to this site only.

One also has to think about the advantages and disadvantages of marketplaces in general. The obvious advantage is that they expose your music to potential customers, but again, as marketplaces grow the potential for your music to get lost in the shuffle also grows. If you do quite a bit of marketing/promotion yourself, and know how to build a website, it’s not all that difficult to license your music directly as well as through 3rd party marketplaces, and being non-exclusive is obviously a huge advantage there.

I still consider Audio Jungle to be “my main” marketplace, as it’s still were I mostly sell music (and of course the community is the best) but as paradigms shift, one should not be afraid of constantly reevaluating the state of stock music and one’s place in it. :)

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With 349 items, you certainly deserve it.

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Hey Adam! Thank you for your time! I really appreciate this!
I’ll check your vocals later. By now I already have some feedback to check and I’m in the process!


your song “eager to life ” and “magic” is potential enough to win man,it reminds me of kings of leon and The Ark.. i hope you get the right singer soon. so do you have some EP work?i’d love to hear it , i think i’m a fan of your work now. :)

Thank you for your kind words man! Unfortunately, “magic” was brutally rejected. Only two of my songs were given a chance. And this is not me who sings. This is my bandmate :) Band “Pony Rush” http://www.ponyrush.com/ you can check out our LPs if you like.

Prepare for disappointment, lol. It’s a shame AudioJungle has such a strict accents policy. The Hives were a pretty big band in the English speaking world.

“Dear Hives192, Unfortunately, your song “Hate to Say I Told You So,” does not meet Audio Jungle’s minumum production requirements, as your singer’s accent is too strong. If possible, re-record with a native English speaking singer.”

Also, bands like the International Noise Conspiracy and Rammstein have had quite a bit of commercial success in English speaking countries, but hey it’s their marketplace.

Not sure you are going to find someone to sing it better than the original track, but again, good luck!

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Well I did my best my friend. http://adammonroemusic.com/eagerforlife.mp3 Vocals are spotty at best (especially that E), but If you want them, here are the vocal tracks: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/adammonroemusic.com/eagerforlifevocals.zip Maybe they could sound better with some processing.

(slightly) Different Lyrics:

EAGER For LIFE I can not get in I Can’t Open the door. I’ve pushed and I’ve pulled it and I’m carrying on.

And I’m chasing a demon, but I’ll keep on trying

Even if it looks like I’m relying On nothing. But I know that there’s something

And I’m seeking out the light! and I’m eager for life!

And I’ve seen so many Incredible things. and It means so much to me To get in!

And I’m chasing a demon, but I’ll keep on trying. Even if it looks like I’m relying On nothing. But I know and I feel that there’s something more!

And I’m seeking out the light! I’m eager for life!

For the record, I don’t think accents are that big of a deal. Everyone knows this song kicks ass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cswv6JAdNpQ

Good Luck!

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