Congratulations! What a great first year – I had better drink two beers
Congratulations, Gareth! You’ve been one of the biggest contributors to the community since you joined up, and I’ve gotten a great deal out of your forum posts over the last couple of years. Like others have mentioned, having you on the review team will be a huge boon to the overall quality of submissions on AJ. Best of luck in the new gig!
Off topic isn’t a bad thing, especially when you learn something new . I hadn’t seen the M5s yet. I know nothing about them, but did have the NT5s at one point and they were really a good value for the money – a matched pair around $400. I sold them when I got a couple of other mics but I kind of wish I’d kept them around.
The stereo bar actually looks really cool, and I couldn’t find it either, even on Rode’s site. I have an inexpensive one, and it’s fine but a little cheesy when I need to adjust it – it would be great to upgrade to a more solid one. Maybe it’s not on the market yet?
Telefunken ELA M 260, one of the best mics I have ever tried for acoustic recordings!
I would not mind getting my hands on a Royer 122 either…
I wondered if Telefunken would make an appearance in this thread . Those are pretty sweet mics, and you get three capsules out of the box, it looks like. I was also reading there’s an adapter you can get to attach Blue capsules as well – I bet it would look funky, but that’s intriguing for me because I have a few of those for a Bottle Rocket S1.
Awesome, Martijn! You’ve got one of the most solid portfolios out there – well deserved!
I like it! Yes, that is an unusual use of the ukulele, which just goes to show – as I keep trying to tell people here – it’s an extremely versatile instrument. I might not have known it was one at all if you hadn’t said anything.
Why not upload it here?
I understand the OP’s concerns, and obviously there is some support from the community for this. I honestly never really thought about badges in a negative way, I guess.
For me, the badges are a serious motivator. I’m on other marketplaces that don’t have this kind of system, and of course while I of course am ultimately motivated by money, and on at least one make more than on AJ, I don’t get the same excitement of nearing and reaching an arbitrary goal. It’s silly, but there’s also something deep in my psyche that desires that little digital trophy. So I’d hate to see them go away, and I strongly believe that they’re a big piece of the community nature of Envato that sets it apart from other marketplaces.
I’m not in a precarious situation, though, so it’s comparing apples and oranges. Where I am people certainly judge you by how much you make, no doubt, but there is no reason to fear for safety, and I have to pay taxes regardless of paw color. In any case, very few people actually take me seriously when I say my side job is selling little songs on the internet, and wouldn’t have any idea or care what that badge color means.
But sure, making it optional might be a good feature, though as even the OP points out it’s not difficult to determine the money somebody is making by counting sales, etc. If obfuscation is helpful, why not have a profile name and picture that separates your actual person from your online persona?
The geeky threads are the best.
These days I use the Beyer DT 770 for tracking and DT 880 for mixing (880s are open backed and not suitable for tracking when you’re using a microphone). Reasons are all the things Tim and Gareth mentioned, and comfort is not the least important. I also have a pair of 770s for my day job because I can have them on for hours and not get fatigued, or honestly even remember they’re on my head.
These pairs aren’t the cheapest, but they’re not too bad (around $200) and are really a good bang for the buck.
Yes, incredibly good news! I’m glad to hear that there is some serious focus on this issue, and I agree that as AJ moves into a more mature audio marketplace the quality of the submissions can only continue to increase. Thanks for the note, Ben!