Thanks for the education. I hope I continue to be lucky.
Do you know why you got more sales? Its not because you have better music, even though you might think it is. I just scored a trailer for “Broken City” and have list of credits with other exclusive libraries/publishers so I can hold my own.
I am not sure where I said I had better music…. Don’t accuse me of saying things I did not.
I think my experience might be a bit different. My last upload was May 22, but I sold 250+ items in July. It can be dangerous to make over arching assumptions about sales and the importance of front page exposure.
I’d personally say that a lot of the best music out here is from the newer authors. There’s tons of people that uploaded a huge portfolio a few years back and just earn from their catalogues, a lot of these composers are established composers that pretty much put their b-list stuff here before AudioJungle became big just to earn a bit extra.
When I see quotes like the one above I get offended. For some reason there tends to be a lot of bashing of the top authors in the forums and it gets a little tiring. There are exceptions to every rule but from what I have seen the top authors all have:
1. Large portfolios – a few notable exceptions have smaller portfolios but most of the top authors have portfolios between 100 and 200 tracks.
2. They have very well produced and composed portfolios – I would not call their stuff b-list.
3. They work hard at perfecting their craft.
4. I have also found they are very willing to answer questions and point new authors in the right direction. When I was a new author I contacted many of the top authors to get tips from them and they were all very willing to share what worked for them.
Yes – there are many talented new authors uploading tracks at here. And the ones that are creating great product and building a solid portfolio will eventually rise to the top. I have been on AJ long enough to know that a great writer with a solid portfolio will generate sales. It may take some time but as in any industry the cream rises to the top.
AJ goes out of it’s way to promote new authors more than any other library I have worked with. If I were Tim McMorris or SoundRoll or Pink Zebra ..etc… I would actually be a little frustrated at how little they are being promoted. When you go into any retail store – the products that are featured are the best selling products – they get the best shelf space. When was the last time you saw one of their tracks featured or saw them as the featured artist. Just because they have massive sales does not mean they shouldn’t be featured. In my opinion they should be featured more.
As I stated earlier there are many great new artists coming on line and I have no doubt that with a little time, perseverance and hard work at building a solid portfolio they will be successful.
I am a mac user and love my mac…. but I am not sure apple will continue to be reign supreme. I also edit video and was appalled at the latest release of FinalCut. They announced to the world that they were abandoning the professional video market.
Also I was recently on a college campus and saw tons of college kids on their phones – out of at least 50 kids, only 3 or 4 were using iPhones.
At the Nashville meet-up I had nice conversation with Scott Wills and told him about something I was doing to check possible copyright issues with tracks. He thought other authors might be interested in it as well:
As a writer I am sure we all have fears of hearing something and inadvertently copying it. What I have started doing is taking my tracks and creating a video with 9 or 10 tracks with a black screen or logo and loading the video up onto youtube. This causes the tracks to be run through their watermarking and recognition program and it will alert you if you have anything with potential issues. It appears to work pretty well. I have only had one track get flagged for possible issues – it was the Star Spangled Banner (which is in the public domain). There were arrangements that were copyrighted but since the song shared the same melody it was flagged as a possible violation.
It is not perfect but it might catch possible issues before a file is uploaded.
Just got back home from Baileys and had a great time. I was really nice putting real people with their online avatars. The Envato staff was awesome and great to meet in person. Thanks Envato!
I think your AD converters / preamp and interface are much more important than the DAW . If you are working professionally – IE collaborating with other users or working in multiple/major studios protools is still the standard.
Looking forward to it!
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