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adammonroe
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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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Cool tracks man. You might also need to change the lyrics a bit so they make more sense. For example, “Eager to Life” should really be “Eager for Life,” I don’t think any native English speaker would say “Eager to Life,” even idiomatically. I think your singing sounds great, but it is indeed hard to make out what you are saying through some of it. If you post the lyrics here I can fix them for you. Once that’s done, maybe I’ll give a shot at singing it, but honestly it seems a bit beyond my range…but there’s no harm in trying right?

At the least you could listen to my pronunciation and re-record it yourself?

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No need to attract them, they are useless.

True, but it makes people feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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I have to agree, Kontakt is fairly weak when it comes to anything but sampling, although a few companies seem to be able to work magic with it (soniccoutre comes to mind). The scripting itself doesn’t really factor into shaping the sound too much, it’s mostly just there for GUI/Parameter control and midi controller/event manipulation+handling and note generation, all the cool stuff comes from messing with insert+send effects, modulation, ect in instrument edit mode.

All the companies you mentioned, If they have knobs in their GUI you can mess around with, they are just tied (through scripting) to parameters inside the instrument that you can edit and change without having to know anything about the Kontakt scripting language. There are a couple cool little scripting tricks you can do, but it’s not as if Kontakt scripting gives you access to the float arrays to do serious dsp programming, generate your own waveforms, program filters, ect…it’s just mostly there for parameter control and automation.

Linking a UI control to a parameter isn’t too difficult, you just declare a slider or a button and tell Kontakt what parameter it is setting. I was able to figure it out without too much frustration back before I started programming seriously.

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Early 2000’s Stratocaster and an Epiphone Sheraton II. I used to own a Telecaster and – although they are cool guitars – I never found myself playing it much. I tell you though, there’s just something about the fender tone (and this applies to basses too) that just has more edge, and that cuts through a mix better when you need it. Of course the general consensus is that Gibson style guitars are better for distortion, but man, that classic Stratocaster clean tone. The Sheraton is ok, but it’s tone can be a little too pristine and mellow at times, if you know what I mean.

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Hello everyone, here’s my first two entries…

Tomorrow’s a Lifetime Away

Messing with the envelope

Andy D (drudoran)

Dude, you have the perfect voice for 90’s indie rock. Go back in time and make a million dollar record.

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