Nicely written Kristopher. It seems the guys expressing those kind of opinions are always inexperienced authors who think they know better. Maybe not their fault but “knowing is half the battle” as they say. In any creative field it takes time to reach the point of doing really good work, and to guide your inner creative beast in the right directions. Creative beast, I like that…kristopherfisheraudio saidMaybe you should elaborate, since I imagined the worst when I read this, like buying equipment from a bloke down the pub.
There are always ways to get the materials you need to write music which meets industry standards.
I was referring to how people find ways to finance their equipment requirements, IE I was at uni and used my student loans to pay for them. After this I was able to produce music for commercial projects which payed out and then in turn I was able to buy better samples, etc.
I don’t in anyway advice people to pirate software of samples. At the end of the day, samples and software are not actually that expensive when you look at what goes into them and what you can create with them.
Right, honestly those who are moaning need to stop. Simply put, YES. AJ does know what is and what is not commercial. The whole Envato business model is successful because of this, in a time where other stock sites are closing their doors because they just cant compete.
I see the same authors who complain about their tracks being rejected backing each other up, and again submitting more items which again get rejected. You’re not doing you, your fellow authors, or the users any favours by saying ‘yeah your right, I had my tracks rejected too, AJ don’t know what their doing’.
By doing that, you are encouraging other authors and yourselves who have been rejected that your material is in fact suitable for use of AJ or other stock sites. You’re wrong.
If your material is of commercial use then AJ will accept it and it will go live. I have never had a single track rejected, apart from one where I messed up on the actual description – it had nothing to do with the audio. Why? Because I watch and listen to trailers, films etc and see how things are trending, so I can keep up with the current industry and make sure I am creating commercial material.
If you want to write music because it makes you happy, then thats fine, put it up on YouTube or iTunes, whatever, but if your submitting work to AJ then it better be written for commercial use, not just ‘I like it, so maybe others will too’.
And those who have commented who have said don’t AJ realise that not all composers can afford a proper studio, equipment or samples etc…..
My question to you is what are you doing here?!
If you cannot create music which is up to scratch then that is not AJs fault, sure its an expensive list of equipment and samples, but thats what you need. I am not a wealthy man, I have good samples because I have saved up, worked, used my student loans on samples and equipment and ate beans for a month etc. There are always ways to get the materials you need to write music which meets industry standards.
However if you think for a second that AJ should let up on authors and accept their tracks because they can’t use samples that sound realistic because their too expensive then you are really in the wrong place.
I sell music on other sites as I am non-exclusive, and I have too say AJ is the strictest, but it also has the best quality of music, and they didn’t get that by accepting authors items because their friend said it was cool, or by pitying those who cannot afford the correct equipment to complete the job.
I tell you what, I’ll go open a surgery and use a butter knife and spoon to do open heart surgery on people. I think I’m pretty clued up on how to operate, I’ve not been medical school, but I’m a fast learner, and I cant afford all the fancy sterile equipment that everyone else uses who operates successfully, so the butter knife and spoon will have to do.
No? I didn’t think so. Time to sort yourselves out.
I went non-exclusive and went from $100 a month to $400 nearly over night. Things sell better in different places. There is a track on here that was not selling well, now on another site its considered one of the whole sites best sellers, yet one that does really bad else where does really good here on AJ. Just give it a go, if your not making much money now then you have nothing to lose.
So a while back I composed around 90mins of music for a client, I have read over the contract again and also had someone else who is very knowledgeable about music industry terms and contracts have a read and I can safely say that I have retained all rights to the music.
The exclusive agreement has now timed out and I can use it on other project. However this week the film was made available on Hulu, and soon Netflix. So I should get royalties for this right?
BTW, this is non stock music.
I recently had an item approved, however for some reason it was called Epic Hybrid Ident 3, and not Epic Hybrid Logo 3, I think this was a mistake on my part.
Whats the correct way to get this changed?
I have never had a single item rejected. Why? Because I like many other authors here I am creating commercially viable and high quality material. This is not a place to upload music that you composed because you happen to like it. This is a marketplace, a place where money flows, I started off being all ‘lardy-dar’, ‘feeling the music’ etc, I do still write music because it makes me happy.
But like others I rely on this income to pay my way, if you want to write music because you enjoy it, go and sell it on itunes, or give it away for free. If you want to get paid a fee each time it sells then get commercial.
All good, item was just approved
It’s not bad. I’m not sure about using FX (like sweeps and whooshes) in combination with this kind of music, I mean it is more likely to be heard in techno stuff than in epic/orchestral. Other thing is that it has too much of distortion in sound,did you check if there was clipping (volume indication going into red) ?
Its a modern cinematic trailer track, distortion is not from clipping but from distorted instruments like mega horns which goes with the style of music. Seems like most modern action trailers are shifting from the usual orchestra to a hybrid setup with synth elements
Great energy man! Only thing I can think of is maybe a slight abundance in mid-high frequencies at the second part of the track, especially when the large percussion kicks in. Composition is really nice, like the arrangement of synth, strings, horns and choir.
Thanks Flowsopher, ill take that into account when I do a second mix