On AudioJungle, Monday through Wednesday for me are the best, and usually Friday through Sunday are the weakest. I like that graph – I’ll have to do one of my own and see if what I perceive to be my best days are actually consistent with reality.
Trying to figure out daily trends will drive you nuts, though
Awesome work, Russell – congrats on the first 100 and many more after that!
its really a very supportive community of writers and in this day and age,its increasingly rare to find people who are this friendly that share the same market place.the composing world is savage and i come here and find a stressfree place to make some music and some extra cash.
As a guitar player first and keyboardist by necessity only, I tend to agree with solarsound It would be difficult to get a non-prefabbed sound out of a guitar library (although I’ve been fooled before). Also I like to be able to choose my own mics, pres, and well, that’s what happens when you become a snob… I’m sure that, for instance, a trumpet player would have the same sentiment about a brass library, no matter how good it was.
That said, I have been putting together some attempts at more corporate/motivational pieces for a change of pace from my usual fingerpicking stuff, and although I’m doing all the acoustic strumming myself I felt myself wondering if a prefabbed sound might be preferable in some cases. Recording a guitar is a tricky and sometimes time consuming business to get right, and if you’re going for a slick and polished feel that’s mostly keyboard driven but with a little acoustic flavor I can understand why you’d use a library.
I probably won’t make the leap, though – I just like playing stringed instruments too much
Sweet! Nice work, musicant!
My goal is sometime in 2015
Here’s my rambling opinion on your questions:
1. Yes, by all means try to be the best rock author here! I think it’s absolutely true that corporate and commercial tracks sell better because there’s simply more demand for them. If you’re writing for a marketplace, it’s always imperative to keep in mind that your track will 99% of time be background to a visual piece, there to enhance the emotion but not get in the way (to paraphrase a friend of mine who does video, if the audience consciously hears the soundtrack then it’s the wrong soundtrack). However, the rock genre of music can fit this bill if done right. I also believe that very few people can convincingly create music in a genre that they don’t enjoy or are not comfortable with. It sounds like rock is what you enjoy and what you need to produce to be happy creating music, and that’s fantastic because you can connect with so many people that way. I’m the same way with the folk-acoustic genre – it’s what I’ve played and listened to for years – but also try to find ways to make that marketable (yes, using the occasional hand claps :P).
Not that you shouldn’t try experimenting with other genres – some of the most successful authors here do that – but not if it makes you unhappy or demotivated.
2. You could, and I and others here have done this with some success, but lately I’ve been hesitant to recommend this to people at AudioJungle because of the overhead of maintaining your tracks on all the different marketplaces. Also, I’ve found that for the most part with very few exceptions the songs of mine that are popular on AJ are popular elsewhere, and the ones that are duds on AJ are also duds elsewhere. So I haven’t seen any evidence that AJ is the corporate music marketplace, Site B is the rock marketplace, Site C is the folk marketplace, etc.
3. In my opinion, stick with AJ, for the reasons mentioned in #2. The exclusive option at AJ is far more lucrative than on other major sites, where usually the only difference is a few percentage points between non-exclusive and exclusive. On AJ you can potentially be 70% exclusive vs 33% non, or more than double the take. At the very least go non-exclusive but stay with AJ. Or, set yourself up on some other sites and just post songs that you’re not posting on AJ to try them out.
I have the H2 (it’s about 2 years old now – don’t know if they’ve updated it) and love it for capturing my band since the four mics allow for 360 degree recording for practice sessions. Recording live shows I usually only use the XY pattern and stick it out in front of the band wherever it won’t get trampled or spilled upon . I don’t have experience with the H4, so I can’t compare the quality, but in my opinion the H2 sound quality is more than sufficient for getting bootlegs for the band to listen to, or to make sketches with. I do find that I have to master it a bit in the live case so that everything is EQd better, but it does a pretty good job on its own.
The interface sucks, but I don’t ever use anything except record and delete, preferring just to use my DAW for effects, etc. Oh, and one other issue with my version is that it’s USB 1 .1 so it’s pointless to try to copy to my computer over USB (I just pull the SD card out). Otherwise it’s a great little tool for sketches.
I wouldn’t use it for any serious recording, though to be fair I don’t think any hand held would be up to the task.
Yeah, you need to report all income, even a small amount, in the US at least. My first year, reporting 2009 taxes, I had only been doing it for a couple of months so I reported it as hobby income, but for 2010 taxes I did the whole Schedule C thing, separate from my day job, which I’ll do again this year. I used tax software so I hope I was at least moderately accurate .
But please don’t take my advice on any of this – I’m still very new to reporting business income and there are other authors who are far more knowledgable. Probably the best thing to do is get some time with an accountant to be sure you’re crossing the right t’s and dotting the right i’s. Even if you’re not making enough to justify it now it would be beneficial to start off on the right foot. I might actually try following that advice this year .
There are a couple of threads that touch on this subject, though I’m not sure if they really answer your questions:http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/any-tips-on-starting-a-music-production-business-in-the-us/36986?page=1
There are a couple of different options, but the one I usually choose is to withdraw all funds available at the end of the month. You can request this at any point during the month, and then on the 15th of the following month you’ll get a payment for the amount that was available at 11:59 on the last day of the month for which you requested a withdrawal, provided that you have earned at least $50 by that point.
So you could put in a request now and you’ll get the payment on January 15th. You’ll notice on January 1 that your earnings have reverted to 0.00 (always a depressing moment :)).
You can also request a withdrawal of the amount at the time of the withdrawal request, but I always find it simpler do withdrawal in monthly increments.
Forgive me if I’m behind the times and this has already been announced – but I just noticed that Mr. Tim McMorris is now adorned with an Envato Elite badge!
Congratulations, Tim! It’s an amazing meteoric rise you’ve had here