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jhunger says

Glad you all are paying attention – I had sort of skimmed through the different tiers and didn’t notice the broadcast option in the standard license. I don’t mind that the prices for the higher tiers are low (Envato has a history of adjusting upwards, albeit slowly), or even that this announcement wasn’t paired with PRO allowance, because I believe that will be coming in the future.

I’ve always been okay with the lower prices on AJ, partly because I’m honestly still a hobbyist, but also because I was fine with making my music available to people who aren’t going to be able to afford $50+ just to get a song behind their kid’s graduation video. So a more granular licensing system seemed to make sense in order to separate these buyers from professionals who are charging their clients much more than $18 for the music budget, but the way it’s proposed it doesn’t seem to quite accomplish that.

Anyway, I’m not really adding anything to the conversation, but just wanted to thank Tim and others for reading closely, and pushing back in a respectful way. I still think the 4-tiered licensing – if done right – is a positive move, and one of the first to really show that Envato is recognizing that the way you distribute music isn’t the same as the way you sell Wordpress themes.

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jhunger says

That’s great news! I’m glad to see that Envato continues to be serious about bringing the marketplace forward and addressing long-standing author concerns.

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jhunger says

Interesting idea, and the result wasn’t bad when I did a test (no clipping), but it wasn’t really to my tastes either. I’m definitely not a mastering genius, far from it, but I know what I like – for instance, I prefer things pretty dry in my tunes and didn’t care for the added reverb of the resulting master.

Honestly I think if you’re looking to churn out quick masters it would be better to set up your own chain once to your liking and use that on everything, rather than to use an automated service.

Maybe it could be useful for draft recordings that you’re sending out to a client for testing before you do the final master. But again I don’t think it would beat having your own stock effects chain.

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jhunger says

I think they put that lasts only as long as the birthday. But cool I’d loved them stay :)

Nope, they’re here to stay

I like them – they were a bit shockingly big at first but I’m getting used to them already. Envato has always delivered on the community aspect of the digital marketplaces light years ahead of everyone else. It’s nice that Envato Marketplace is taking it a step further.

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jhunger says

The AudioJungle forums have been darkened for years with woes around the rating system. As far as authors go, no one really understands why a buyer who gets a full preview of a song would rate it 3 stars or less, because it doesn’t make any sense. The staff understands this quite well, and suggestions like a “Like” system have been tossed around. But it’s kind of low on the priority list behind, say, search engine updates.

Envato recently changed the rating system for the better so that ratings are no longer anonymous, and that optionally feedback can be left on the song. I think the first reason may account for the fewer ratings, but I also believe it will lead to fewer low ratings as well.

Miranda, some authors remind buyers to rate on their profile page (which you’ve done) or song pages, or in a readme file in the zip. My guess is that buyers often neglect to rate not out of laziness, but just because they don’t think about it.

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jhunger says

Congratulations, James!

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jhunger says

Yes!!! Congratulations, SilverHoof! You should just wait a bit and rename yourself to PlutoniumHoof when the time comes :)

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jhunger says

Hey guys, you are not released yet. Getting a track approved is only the first hurdle. For an author, who is doing this not just for fun, the main obstacle is the minimum of 50$ you have to earn before you can withdraw your earnings. Until you have cracked this nut you don’t went through the real AJ-author experience. ;)

Actually the true AJ author experience is getting a 3 star rating because the song “could be a little bit longer” :)

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jhunger says

Let’s put it this way, then – the entity who is buying the tracks is doing so on the bet that he/she/it will make a profit from the purchase, probably within a given amount of time (2-3 years max). My comment was not at all about honor, but strictly bottom line – does 2-3 years in the hand outweigh sales you could get over 50 years? Maybe… but probably not. Anyone in the position to offer cash out of hand will be savvy enough to be able to turn a hefty profit off the deal.

One of the reasons I continue doing this gig is that the work I do remains my own, unlike at a day job where your hour worked only pays for that hour and no more. We are in a unique situation where we are creating sought after intellectual property that can be endlessly sold and doesn’t expire – that’s what you’re giving up by letting that go.

Sure, everybody has their price. If somebody came along and offered me 5 million USD for my portfolio, I’d take it in a New York minute and never look back. But any realistic offer will likely be a serious trade off and probably a long term loss.

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jhunger says

Good News! My desktop PC could power up the HDD ( or the HDD inside connected to the casing while carrying ). Now I will buy another external HDD and copy the contents. Shame on you Native Instruments! Cheers!

Awesome (sort of – at least I’m glad you got it working :))! What a pain, though. I wonder what the general failure rate of those disks are. Well, at least you’ll have a backup now :)

Good luck installing the rest of the way and many weeks of fun discovering all the new stuff!

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