It’s fantastic as it’s like a release from my stress, it’s almost as if my job is my inspiration for my music LOL.
Funny thing is I think there’s very much truth to this. I think if I were doing music full time I would really have to kick myself in the pants sometimes just to wake up and put my time in in the studio. As it is, I do have the family, day job, etc., and so those 5-10 hours a week I have to devote to music are usually pretty focused.
If I had no commitments, I could easily quit my day job right now and live off stock earnings, presumably using the extra copious free time to expand into other areas of the music business, as well as training and improvement. In answer to the question what I would do differently: I would spend a lot more time than I do currently honing the craft of production and composition/arrangement to take myself to the next level. It’s hard to do this when you’ve got about an hour in the evening to use in the studio – you just try to get the next thing produced as efficiently as possible.
Congratulations! What a great first year – I had better drink two beers
Congratulations, Gareth! You’ve been one of the biggest contributors to the community since you joined up, and I’ve gotten a great deal out of your forum posts over the last couple of years. Like others have mentioned, having you on the review team will be a huge boon to the overall quality of submissions on AJ. Best of luck in the new gig!
Off topic isn’t a bad thing, especially when you learn something new . I hadn’t seen the M5s yet. I know nothing about them, but did have the NT5s at one point and they were really a good value for the money – a matched pair around $400. I sold them when I got a couple of other mics but I kind of wish I’d kept them around.
The stereo bar actually looks really cool, and I couldn’t find it either, even on Rode’s site. I have an inexpensive one, and it’s fine but a little cheesy when I need to adjust it – it would be great to upgrade to a more solid one. Maybe it’s not on the market yet?
Telefunken ELA M 260, one of the best mics I have ever tried for acoustic recordings!
I would not mind getting my hands on a Royer 122 either…
I wondered if Telefunken would make an appearance in this thread . Those are pretty sweet mics, and you get three capsules out of the box, it looks like. I was also reading there’s an adapter you can get to attach Blue capsules as well – I bet it would look funky, but that’s intriguing for me because I have a few of those for a Bottle Rocket S1.
Awesome, Martijn! You’ve got one of the most solid portfolios out there – well deserved!
I like it! Yes, that is an unusual use of the ukulele, which just goes to show – as I keep trying to tell people here – it’s an extremely versatile instrument. I might not have known it was one at all if you hadn’t said anything.
Why not upload it here?
I understand the OP’s concerns, and obviously there is some support from the community for this. I honestly never really thought about badges in a negative way, I guess.
For me, the badges are a serious motivator. I’m on other marketplaces that don’t have this kind of system, and of course while I of course am ultimately motivated by money, and on at least one make more than on AJ, I don’t get the same excitement of nearing and reaching an arbitrary goal. It’s silly, but there’s also something deep in my psyche that desires that little digital trophy. So I’d hate to see them go away, and I strongly believe that they’re a big piece of the community nature of Envato that sets it apart from other marketplaces.
I’m not in a precarious situation, though, so it’s comparing apples and oranges. Where I am people certainly judge you by how much you make, no doubt, but there is no reason to fear for safety, and I have to pay taxes regardless of paw color. In any case, very few people actually take me seriously when I say my side job is selling little songs on the internet, and wouldn’t have any idea or care what that badge color means.
But sure, making it optional might be a good feature, though as even the OP points out it’s not difficult to determine the money somebody is making by counting sales, etc. If obfuscation is helpful, why not have a profile name and picture that separates your actual person from your online persona?