Would you agree with this chart?
To me, that looks fine, although there are other set ups that can work as well. Hyperprod is right that many libraries are pre-panned, but I find I need to adjust these slightly and mixed well to create more ‘space’ in the mix otherwise a lot of parts tend to bleed into each other or sound lifeless for some reason (this varies from library to library of course).
It is tricky to get a real-sounding performance from samples. While it’s certainly possible to get great results, as shown in plenty of films and some TV shows, I tend to try and get a real player to play at least a line or two on top of the track when it matters as it will help the piece enormously. It acts as a kind of ‘focus’ for the ear to distract you from the sampled stuff that might not sound all that real.
Of course, nothing I upload here has live strings as it’s not cost-effective at such a low price point (for me, there is a limit to how much I will invest in a microstock library as I won’t recoup the costs unless the AJ lottery wheel lands on me). But the tracks I put into higher-tier libraries or films I work on almost always do have live strings in some form or another.
Based on the feedback here and after watching the video Mihai provided, it’s safe to assume the biggest missing factor in my string compositions is reverb. That being said, should it be added on a per track basis, applied to a bus track and routed, or coated over the entire mix? Sorry if these questions seem remedial. This is a very new genre for me.
I apply little bits of reverb via a bus on each channel whenever doing string arrangements and occasionally a bit to the master bus to ‘glue’ everything together. I also find the higher frequencies a bit harsh on most libraries (I’m yet to get Albion, so can’t comment on that), but I find it helps to roll off a bit of top end, particularly on the violin sections. Also remember that string placement is important ie make sure your cellos, violins I, violins II etc are placed : panned as you would expect them in an orchestral set up.
Other than than, I think everyone else has covered the basics like careful midi programming / automation used in a way that a real player would play. I find it helps to listen to real string players when trying to emulate strings rather than listening to other sample-based tracks as you’re more likely to get more realism that way.
red: tacoMusic (wishing he had a big mountain like the rest)
Well done Phil, glad to see you’re spreading your wings into scoring to picture – it’s a satisfying area to work in. Is that your music on the kampungquest.com link you sent? Nice work if so!
I’ve been trying to take a broader look at sales these days as opposed to looking at sales on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis, even though I’ve totally been guilty of doing the latter.
For example, so far, I’ve had an 82% drop in earnings this month in comparison to last month and there have been no indicators that it will change. I normally freak out at this stage and say the world is about to implode. Searching around, I can see that this coincides with a large drop in traffic on most RF libraries and AJ is suffering a drop in ranking according to Alexa:
That graph shows that towards the end of September there was a big drop in AJ’s ranking and it hit an all-time low in June which correlates with a lot of peoples’ abysmal sales, including mine.
HOWEVER, if I look at my sales on a yearly basis, I can see that it has been increasing every year. Not by much, it’s true, but it has been on the up which is good news and I’m roughly on target to earn the same as in 2013 at this point, if not the same as in 2014.
If all my sales totally dry up from here on, I’ll eat my ukulele, but I think it’s worth looking at the bigger picture in moments like this as it can be deceiving looking at short timescales.
Feeling like it’s lights out here at the moment, really haven’t seen a drop like this in the entire time I’ve been here – the only thing I can attribute it to is abysmal traffic based on the stats of my tracks. Are any of you switching up your tags, descriptions and titles to try and combat things, or focusing on external marketing?
What kind of TB drives have you been looking at? I’m in the same boat, although probably a little further off than you from getting Darth Vader’s helmet at this point because of finances. But when I looked into it, it seemed like the most economical way of setting up my samples (also over 2tb and I’m also using VES Pro) with SSD’s was to use an external TB enclosure with some SSD’s from OWC (www.macsales.com).
However, it’s still going to be an expensive route, so I’ve been umming and erring on just sticking with the 12tb option which would cost $1k but provide a bunch of storage for years to come.
Subscribing to this thread, as interested to hear what other people have to say about it!
Impressive achievement, well done pz!
Amazing sales. even though it`s summer. We love you buyers
...Or rather ‘We love you AudioJungle search engine’
Simply terrible sales here, haven’t seen anything quite like it in years. Looks like all my external referral links and duplicated content across the web and other stock sites has finally come to bite me on the bum.
The reason for this I suspect is due to recent Google doorway/thin content penalties and other algorithmic updates that were actioned over the past couple of months, and still continuing. I can only imagine the complete nightmare stock sites are having right now trying adjust to these new changes, as they’re so heavily dependent on external backlinking from referrers (especially sites like Themeforest).Problem is, Google’s new measures are detecting these as ‘unnatural links’ to thin content sites (ie. sites that hold little to no informative value to users) – which in reality just isn’t the case. Envato is basically an online shop. Difficult times ahead I sense.
Yup, things are unusually slow here too – now seven days without a sale and the same slowdown across other marketplace. Also nothing like I’ve seen in the six or so years I’ve been here, concerning times! And yes, the logical explanation is that it’s Big Brother fiddling with their algorithms for sure, but we’ll really never know the real reasons unless we are sitting there in the boardroom discussing analytics and business strategies with Collis and chums.
I’m focusing on things I can change / have control over at the moment, otherwise, we end up in a perpetual cycle of frustration at why some people are doing great (cough search engine cough) and other people are doing pants. What’s 100% clear is that selling stock music has now become much less reliable than it was previously as a source of income.