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Hey Matthew,

As far as I know, there will be no reporting from Envato for the 2014 tax year. You’ll still have to report the amount you have made either as hobby or business income – heretofore I’ve just been tallying up the PayPal amounts for the year and reporting that.

Envato is planning on sending out a 1099 for commission + Author Fee in the future. It was originally planned to be for the entire 2015 tax year but that’s been delayed for the time being. I don’t know at this point whether part of the 2015 year will end up being reported in 2016, or if 1099s will begin to be sent in 2017 for the 2016 tax year, or what, but it seems that at some point in the future you will start receiving one.

Hope that helps, and doesn’t confuse the matter further!

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Congratulations!!!

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Hey all, just curious if any of you have done much with Mid-Side mic placement, and if so what you thought of it, what mics you used, what you used it on, etc.

For anyone not familiar, this is a stereo mic technique that involves a mic with a cardioid (or potentially omni) polar pattern, placed as close as possible to a mic with a figure 8 pattern. The cardioid mic points at the source, and the figure 8 is positioned so that one of the null sides is facing the source. This way the figure 8 picks up a good stereo image and some of the room while the mid mic is much more directional. The trick is that the mid mic is recorded into one track, panned center, and the figure 8 mic is recorded into two tracks, panned hard left and right, with one of these tracks phase reversed. There’s a decent write up here.

I hadn’t tried this configuration until a couple weeks ago (didn’t have a figure 8 mic until recently), and I was really happy with the results on acoustic guitar. Now I want to try it on everything :)

Anyway, anybody use this technique and care to comment?

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I have a Kala concert and a Lanikai tenor. Both were inexpensive and sound nice IMO. The Lanikai is not solid wood, but I end up using it more often because it feels more comfortable.

One day soon I’d like to spring for one of the spendy “Big K” brands, most likely a Ko’Aloha, and will probably opt for a tenor there as well.

I don’t necessarily have a tone preference, but I do have fat fingers, and it’s easier for me to get around a tenor than a soprano or a concert. It feels just a little more beefy and “guitar-ish,” and might be an easier transition for a guitar player. On the flip side tenors usually cost a bit more, but especially at the low end it will just be a few bucks, so probably not a concern.

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I liked it – it has a very interesting and driving groove that I could picture in a variety of video applications, and I’m not sure I’m understanding the hard reject here either. If I had to be picky I think I would echo what other people are saying – there is a bit of dissonance when the trumpet comes in, and maybe is too similar all the way through.

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In the past we have not gotten a 1099 form from Envato. The money still has to be declared as hobby or business income, depending on how you’re reporting, but you don’t have an official tax document. This will be the same for this year – you will not get a 1099 from Envato for 2014 earnings. It’s possible that for the 2015 tax year and beyond we may see a 1099 from Envato. A few months ago they made the announcement that they would be doing so, but have delayed 1099 reporting until further notice because of complications that arose around the “Author’s Fee” (and possibly other issues for all I know). As far as I know they have not come back with more information after that, but I assume at some point they will be sending 1099s so us. Whether any 2015 earnings will be reported I don’t know, and also it’s not yet determined as far as I know whether they’re also going to reporting the “Author’s Fee” as well as what you actually get paid.
I think as far as USA authors go we only need to report just the actual income we received.

That’s true for this year.

For subsequent years it’s up in the air. If Envato implements what they had originally announced, we will all need to report what we are paid plus the “Author’s Fee,” and then deduct the “Author’s Fee” on our tax forms. This essentially forces everyone into using Schedule C rather than hobby income to report their taxes, and also may cause other problems depending on what state and local taxes you have to deal with. But hopefully Envato will back off on this reporting method – we’ll just have to wait and see.

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If it makes you feel any better, I’m having my worst sales/revenue month since 2011 :). I agree with Phil that historically this is the slowest period of the year, though it’s definitely a worse January than usual based on my experience. Other marketplaces have not been stellar either, though I’ve noticed some momentum in the past few days.

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In the past we have not gotten a 1099 form from Envato. The money still has to be declared as hobby or business income, depending on how you’re reporting, but you don’t have an official tax document. This will be the same for this year – you will not get a 1099 from Envato for 2014 earnings.

It’s possible that for the 2015 tax year and beyond we may see a 1099 from Envato. A few months ago they made the announcement that they would be doing so, but have delayed 1099 reporting until further notice because of complications that arose around the “Author’s Fee” (and possibly other issues for all I know). As far as I know they have not come back with more information after that, but I assume at some point they will be sending 1099s so us. Whether any 2015 earnings will be reported I don’t know, and also it’s not yet determined as far as I know whether they’re also going to reporting the “Author’s Fee” as well as what you actually get paid.

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Acoustic guitar is tough too!! The room has more of an impact on an acoustic….

The ribbon I am using is an old Cascade Fathead 2.  with the Lundahl transformer.  Mine is from the very first batch ever sold by them.  I mostly like it.  It can tend to smear the bass a bit when super close to a loud amp, but I just move it back to accommodate.  It also has a low output, but that is insignificant to the loud source.  For the price, it is hard to beat!  Almost all of the electric stuff in my portfolio is recorded with that mic.  The cab and mic rarely move.
The cab sounds good, but the amp in that track is the star. It’s an Oldfield Marquis 36. It gives me every British voice I could want and also has it’s own thing that is pretty amazing… I also record with vintage Silvertone’s, and occasionally use amp sims. My pre helps out too! It’s fun to geek out on this stuff… I like to go all out with searching for guitar sounds!

Yeah, I’m unfortunately quite familiar with the room having an impact :P. I’m in a better space now, but still sub-optimal, and I think that’s my major hurdle at this point.

I have a Fathead 2, actually from a recommendation on an AJ forum post a while back, and I think it’s impressive for the price. It’s the stock transformer though – would be interesting to try with the Lundahl. I came very close to giving into buying a pair with the Lundahl upgrade and a Blumlein bar on sale for $649 last month, but largely because the Blumlein configuration relies on the room being decent I decided to hold off. Suppose I need to better learn to optimize the gear I’ve got first anyway :)

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OK… If anyone is still following along… I tried my best to emulate this tone… It’s on my latest upload… I don’t want to break rules by posting a link, but this is close to my ears…

This is a dual hum bucker guitar (vintage Gibson) with a compressor pedal into a clean boutique amp… The mic is a ribbon mic on a closed back cab into a vintage API pre. There is some post processing involved… mainly EQ and a reverb.

The original sound could very well be a tele in the middle position as well… Hope that is helpful!! Getting good guitar sounds can be very difficult! There are so many factors…

Sorry sorry sorry – I promised myself I wouldn’t geek out, but what ribbon mic are you using, and what do you think of it?

Sheesh, you’re telling me that recording guitar is difficult. I have a hard enough time with acoustics, and there aren’t even any pickups or amps involved.

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