@BCrutchfield – yeah, the thing I worry about going and demoing speakers is that I don’t trust my ears enough to be able to filter out the type of room I’m in and under what context I’m listening. I’m going to make a CD of a familiar song and get used to it with my current monitors (Mackie MR5s, BTW , which I actually like quite a bit for the price and will be keeping as a pair of reference monitors), and then see if they’ll let me use that for a reference. Hopefully they’ll have a couple of sets so I can compare.
Thanks for the info on the VXTs – they’re certainly in the running
@simaudio – I’m definitely going to purchase something like this at the same time. I have my current monitors sitting on Auralex foam two layers deep for isolation, but it would be nice to have the mopads or some equivalent since they’re made for that purpose.
I agree with Tim’s comment – I am surprised we haven’t gotten locked yet . In the meantime, here’s my rambly non-exclusive-y take:
AudioJungle is far and away the best site for artist promotion, community, collaboration, and freelance hits IMO . In terms of sales/revenue it’s my second best by quite some distance (though if you factored in exclusive rates it would be close). However, on any other site for which I get decent sales there is very little ability to promote yourself as an artist. This works for me because I don’t have a lot of spare time (or skills) for promotion, or really anything besides getting my music produced and uploaded.
That said, I spend about 80% of my stock music browsing time on AudioJungle because of the great community .
When I started, the choice to go non-exclusive on AJ was obvious (to me) because it was a lot smaller and the exclusive rates weren’t that appealing. Since then they have become very appealing and the choice would be much harder now.
Keep in mind that if you manage your songs on several sites you will be hard pressed to concentrate promotion efforts on one over another, and also there is a maintenance cost to uploading tunes (say, 10 minutes a pop over 6 sites is an hour per song). On the other hand, if you’re exclusive to AJ, you can funnel your marketing from YouTube, SoundCloud, Twitter etc right into one place rather than having to pick one site out of several.
It really depends on your goal. If you’re in this to get your name out there, make contacts, and do freelance work while making a few bucks on the side selling stock, I’d say stay exclusive on AJ because this is the best place to meet that goal. Not that you can’t make bank selling stock in one place – there are some authors here making a significant amount of monthly income just from AJ. I still think that you may be able to make strictly more stock revenue posting to multiple sites, but there are drawbacks in terms of maintenance time, etc. that I mentioned above that may not make it worth it.
Another thing – AJ is growing fast. Many other sites are not as much. If you go exclusive anywhere, this is the place to be.
I don’t know if this is still valid, but I think the answer is no according to the original announcement thread a while back:http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/coming-soon-trax/44206?page=8
Note that Scott says “for the time being” .
I’d like to know the answer to this as well – I’ve got about a gazillion old songs with lyrics that I’d love to re-record and post in both places.
KRK I should be able to demo (actually the Best Buy down the street has them in their music department, and I think Guitar Center does as well). I do know that Rokits for their price range can’t be beat, but I don’t think I’ve heard the VXTs.
Price is always an issue , but I’m trying over a couple of years to put together the best stereo chain I can. This year was all about preamps and mics, next year monitors and headphones, etc. Given that it’s so essential to the end product I’m willing to push the price range into the 1000-1500 USD range for better-than-entry-level nearfields, with the thought that I’d be able to keep them and add a sub once I upgrade my studio (in the waaaay distant future).
Genelecs have some monitors in that range, e.g. the 8030A, but I’ve heard multiple musicians say they sound too good, so that the mix sounds awesome in the studio but once you play it back elsewhere it’s not what you wanted. Of course, it seems like when you see pictures of big studios you’ll often see Genelecs in the background, so that must count for something. Have you had experience with them?
I’m hoping that at least the Adams will be at the local Guitar Center so I can hear them – dunno about the others.
The Neumanns (or rebranded Klein + Hummel) are an interesting suggestion. I had dismissed them for some reason as out of my price range but they’re really right in there with the other speakers I mentioned. Also Front End Audio has a good price on them and throws in a Mogami cable as well . Actually, as an aside, if you’re buying anything Neumann check out Front End Audio’s “add it to the cart” pricing – it beats anything on the other major sites.
A quick search on gearslutz shows some glowing reviews for the Neumanns – I think I’m going to have to add them to the G.A.S. wish list. Thanks A&J, for the suggestion!
Or possibly a track of a completely different style than the author produces.
My icon is from buying the 2010 Birthday Bundle because it seemed like too good a deal to pass up.
If an author were to buy a track here and sell it on another marketplace, besides being utterly contemptable on many levels, it would be a short lived venture and a very risky one in terms of potential legal action. As a non-exclusive author, I post my songs to many sites and each one of them requires you to agree that the work you’re posting is completely your own. At the very least, any marketplace that found that one of their “authors” was posting anothers’ work would drop that member like a bad habit.
Thanks! That was a good read.
I really haven’t heard anyone say anything bad about the Adam monitors, and I’ve been leaning toward them for about the last 2 years now (it’s taking me a long time to decide to upgrade my speakers :)). However, I’m reading a lot of posts about people favoring the Focals when compared to the Adams so I’m poking around.
Honestly, KRKs are competitors as well – a lot of KRK owners appear to be very happy. The VXT series are usually the ones that are compared to the A7x monitors at this price range, but I’ve heard good things about the Rokits as well (and I have the ability to actually demo those, which I can’t say about the others).
That is a great deal for software that usually has a street price of $150!
Also some of the EZX expansion packs appear to be about half price at Sweetwater as well ($40 instead of $80).
Since there hasn’t been a studio monitor thread in a couple of months, I figured I’d start one up.
I’m looking to upgrade my current monitors sometime early next year to a pair of 5 to 7 inch nearfield monitors. I’m hearing a lot of good things about both Adam A5x/A7x and Focal CMS50 /CMS65.
Does anybody have any experience with either of these monitors, or other suggestions?
I’ll say the same back to you – some excellent motivational pieces in your portfolio especially