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I like a little bit of humanization in music and will record as many things (guitar, uke, etc) as I can on my own, even the dreaded hand clapping and whistling (actually, especially those, because IMO they should have an informal, natural sound). These I very rarely fix up timing wise unless there are a couple of really bad spots.

However, because I’m not perfect on guitar or whatever there is always at least a bit of variance, so I find that if I have MIDI piano or string tracks, especially ones in the background, I can quantize those directly to the beats to make the track feel tighter but still have the unaffected acoustic tracks for a more human feel overall in the mix. That said, most of my earlier tracks, including some better selling ones, aren’t quantized at all, and it’s possible that the less formal feel was what was needed for those buyers.

I guess in a nutshell I’d say I use quantization cautiously, and for me there are always unquantized tracks in my songs. But that’s my style of music (mainly Folk, Acoustic) – there are other genres that obviously need to be a lot tighter.

One more thing I’ll add – as a piano player I’m almost always ahead of the beat. I find that I can just grab all my notes and move them slightly to the right to make them tighter with the rest of the song without any quantization at all (but it’s still cheating :)).

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We’ll have to see Madagascar as well – I haven’t seen any of them yet because I’m a Pixar snob (except for Cars 2 – what was that all about?), but my daughter’s about the right age and we owe her a cartoon after bypassing The Lorax, which looked like it would have been dreadful.

As far as I can remember, the Madagascar films are not too bad, but like you I love the Pixar stuff, it’s so good for all ages I think they really get the balance right. I have had to endure hours of cartoon stuff, I think the worst being Chicken Little, it was so awful, I can’t believe I actually paid money to see that rubbish. My daughter is now twelve and her tastes are changing but we still love watching the Pixar stuff. I’ve finally got to the age where i am starting to feel uncomfortable about some of the stuff she does watch.
Madagascar is wayyyyy better than chicken little. I didn’t like chicken little as well but that was a long time ago. But I think most cartoons by Pixar are excellent! Remember Monster Inc.? Funny, I feel young as a kid again when i watch these cartoons. :D

Pixar does produce some of the best, and Monster’s Inc. was very very good. One of my favorite movies of all time is WALL -E, if just for the sublime first 30 minutes. What I like is (usually) the storytelling and dialog are top notch – they do an excellent job of appealing to both adults and kids without being too shameless about it.

simaudio, I know what you mean about feeling uncomfortable about kids movies. My daughter is at this age between outgrowing the little kid stuff but wayyyyy too young for some of the young adult stuff out there. Same goes for books – she loves to read but is now at a level where any books that challenge her have subject matter that could make for interesting questions :).

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For the foreseeable future it’s mostly G/PG rated movies for us, so yesterday we went and saw To The Arctic at the OMSI IMAX . Would have been a great 40 minutes if not for the highly distracting McCartney soundtrack.

We’ll have to see Madagascar as well – I haven’t seen any of them yet because I’m a Pixar snob (except for Cars 2 – what was that all about?), but my daughter’s about the right age and we owe her a cartoon after bypassing The Lorax, which looked like it would have been dreadful.

I am looking forward to getting a babysitter and seeing Moonrise Kingdom, though. Maybe next weekend.

Agreed on Avatar – I tried to watch some of it at one point and got bored. Maybe if I’d seen it on the big screen it would have been more impressive.

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First of all, thanks for the information, Gareth!


From what I’ve read here, most of us use AudioJungle mainly as a form of promotion with a nice side income or as a hobby. I don’t think many of us make enough money off this to live off of. Maybe the top 10 sellers might live comfortable and then the next ten can use it as a means of part-time employment but that’s it. As for me it might cover the energy bill or part of my groceries but that’s it. I have heard stories about people getting better paying commissions out of this and did want to find out whether freelance commissions really do come out of doing this so if you are one of those lucky authors that got contacted please do share to give us a glimmer of hope!

You’re correct in my case – it’s a nice extra part-time job for me. I wouldn’t be able to live off AJ income alone, but I could live somewhat comfortably (if I were single) off what I’ll make in stock sales overall this year. As it is it’s a great way to build up my studio and put a nice chunk in savings every month. But I’m not leaving my day job any time soon :)

I get some freelance contacts – no 20K jobs yet :), but you never know what could come up. I did have a recent opportunity with my existing tracks that was a nice chunk of change and happened as a direct result of posting to marketplaces such as AJ.

As for the 100,000-250,000 jobs – to me they are not a reality. I don’t have the time, expertise or motivation to put in the legwork and build connections for that sort of work, nor can I normally work on a deadline. I personally am OK with the model we have here (multiple micro sales instead of a few big gigs) because a.) I am extremely time limited and b.) 90-95% of the time I do have is spent just in the creation and production of music, which is the most satisfying part.

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You’re all absolutely right. Given that every instrument, effect and tool that I use is a third party plugin, I think that the only reason I continue to use Cubase is that I’ve figured out where the device setup dialogs are :). I probably use 5-10% of what’s available in the DAW itself.

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I am not one for counting sales milestones…

Why not? We should celebrate our achievements, and you are one of the achieve-i-est amongst us!

Really, congratulations on the ongoing success.

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By a couple of seconds, it looks like :)

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Hey enrimusic,

Cubase 6 for me. You can find a bunch of answers in this recent thread.

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Hey RedGiant, here’s my two cents:

1. In all cases, a VideoHive author contacted me.

2. No, I don’t actively browse VideoHive, though I will check out new works by authors I’ve collaborated with.

3. I don’t think so, although I have collaborated with some VH authors more than once so it’s possible that subsequent works have been influenced by my musical style. But I think that VH authors have a pretty good idea of what they’re trying to get across and are looking for matching background music to fit their vision.

4. I don’t think I’ve ever been asked to do this. One time there was a problem with a preview file sound quality when compressed in the video, so I supplied a watermarked WAV , but I think that was it.

5. I’m not sure what advice I can offer except to be friendly and professional when collaborating (of course I’d say this about any form of communication with other authors or buyers). I’m always honored when someone wants to use my music and it’s exciting to see it in action with some great video, so it’s easy for me to be enthusiastic when contacted. It’s possible that others may say that you should pick and choose who you collaborate with, but I’ve never turned down a VH collab and in all cases I haven’t regretted that.

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to JHUNGER :

Compared to Presonus converters ,difference is very big. Even if you just play a cd with Aurora, you hear it. Aurora is very detailed, and vety clean, especially on high frequencies.

Presonus is nice , very simple and compact device, which i still have home, but UAurora is the thing you can have for many years without having to go for a better converters.

Firstly i wanted to buy RME FF800 , because i have a respect to that company,and really love it. Two friends of mine have RME ,and are extremely satisfied.RME is very simple and easy to use. But i had a good offer to get 16 channels, and i need no preamps, since i already have few preamps.And everuthing i read about AURORA was that it is excellent converter But i think you did not make mistake choosing RME , definitely!

Thanks, Kris! That’s good info, and you’ve put my mind at ease :). I agree RME is a great company, and the UCX is a good value for the $$.

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