Never listened to the Beats headphones, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody recommend them for any kind of production. A short (non-exhaustive) list of headphones that seem to be recommended the most on these threads.
AKG K702 (K240s on the lower end)
Beyerdynamic DT 770/880
Sennheiser, HD280 on the lower end, HD650 on the higher
Audio Technica MTH50
I have both the Beyer 770 and 880, and I like them both. The 770s are closed back so I find myself using these the most often since I don’t have to switch out for tracking. One possible complaint is that the bass appears to be a bit hyped, but this is actually helpful in my case because I tend to mix with too much bass/lo mids so it helps me pull back a bit. Also they’re super comfortable, like wearing earmuffs – a consideration for long studio hours.
Congratulations to you both!
I still have my lousy iPhone pic as my avatar on my non-exclusive account, and a picture of a bee for some reason on my profile page. These just happened to be a couple of pictures I had handy when signing up in 2009. Sometimes I think about rebranding, and then am distracted by a shiny object somewhere.
I agree with Art-of-Sound that ultimately the music is what sells. If you’re a graphic designer and enjoy that sort of thing, sure, why not make an awesome looking portfolio with a consistent brand (e.g. AlumoAudio or Stuck-in-the-Basement)? If you’re like me and you can’t design your way out of a paper bag, it’s probably best to just do something simple and concentrate on the music, unless you’re willing to pay somebody to make it look professional.
IMO the LumenMedia profile looks just fine, and it sounds like you’re picking up momentum as it is.
BTW love the Coke/Pepsi example. Anyone remember New Coke? If there was ever an argument for not rebranding, that might be it.
One more contribution to the pretty much universal sentiment in this thread – guitars, ukulele, banjo, mandolin (and various other stringed instruments) as well as whatever hand percussion I own is all live (mic > preamp > A/D converter > interface > DAW). Everything else is VST.
Obviously keyboard and percussive instruments translate very well to a MIDI controller. I have heard some convincing guitar tracks done with VST, but unless it’s some simple strumming pattern IMO it would be way too much work to do it that way. I avoid doing anything with horns or anything more complex than an ambient pad sound in the background with strings using VSTs for the same reason – the time and skill it would take to do a solo violin or something correctly is beyond me.
Sweet! Congratulations, Gareth, and extremely well deserved.
Absolutely, or if you choose just one format IMO it should be the uncompressed WAV. In fact, that’s all I’ve been including because once you have that you should be able to convert to MP3 or whatever else with any number of programs.
One big issue with MP3 is that the format sometimes creates a bit of space at the end or the beginning of a song. Not a big deal with a normal full track, but definitely with a loop.
Interesting question. In my experience, it doesn’t seems to matter. I would think a well written, and well produced track at any length, matters most. Cheers!
I agree – others might have a different experience but I haven’t found track length to be a significant factor in the amount of sales (although, of course, there is a revenue difference per sale based on length on AudioJungle).
You may consider a buyer’s ability to cut a song into a standard length, though. Between two songs with the same feel, quality, and total length, a buyer might prefer the one that will be easier to cut down to a 30 second spot, or find a good loop point, etc.
Hooray! Congratulations, Daniel!
All really good feedback, and I don’t have much to add because it’s not my genre either, really. I agree that the drums are a little repetitive, clean, and treble heavy and could use some production to make them fit with the feel of guitar a little better.
Great guitar performance, though! It’s possible the reviewer thought it was kind of busy for a stock track, but at the same time it really does fit the genre.
Maybe pull out the sound effects. Even though they fit with the song, I could see this piece used for something other than a police chase. I’m generally of the opinion that sound effects vastly limit the use for a background track.
You can always email support to get some more information on what you might be able to do to fix it, or to consider for future tracks.