This is a great product—I have 2 albums worth of tracks to process for AJ, and I was absolutely dreading the tedious process of watermarking—$10 later and I had software that did it in 10 minutes.
Highly recommended for anyone who regularly uploads to AJ.
A couple of things:
1) Definitely would second (third? fourth?) the SSD suggestion. You can have as many slave PC’s as you want, but unless you’ve got the engine set to run absolutely everything from RAM (which for many libraries isn’t possible), a mechanical HDD will cause issues at some point unless its 10,000 RPM or in a well-configured RAID.
2) I get the hurt over SSD prices, but they’re way cheaper now than they used to be. If you would have told me even 2 years ago that I would have a 1 TB SSD at all I would have called you nuts—these days you can get a 500 GB Samsung EVO 850 for less than $200. Fortunately if the past is any indication, this trend will likely continue.
3) I run VE Pro on a slave PC and LOVE it. My orchestral templates are geared heavily toward East West stuff (I own almost every library they make), and I definitely see huge performance increased in Logic X running PLAY in VE Pro—even if its on a single machine.
4) If you’re not into building your own PC, I’d recommend Puget Systems (https://www.pugetsystems.com)-- they make fairly reasonable-priced custom machines that are truly excellent. I use a Serenity as my slave PC (I run the DAW and a few small libraries off a new-ish iMac) and the only sound I’ve ever heard it make is the POST beep. No fan noise even when running most of the Hollywood series in multi-mic configurations.
5) Invest in a good audio-repair tool. I go with Izotope RX, but you can find tons of click repair tools all over the internet. In addition to my EW stuff, I run a lot of Kontakt Libraries—particularly 8Dio and Output synths and choirs, and I find that every library is going to pop and click sometimes, you just can’t avoid it. A good click-repair tool can save you hours of headaches trying to figure out what PLAY, Kontakt, or a custom engine is popping or clicking on certain notes or transitions. Just run the repair and call it a day.
Nice to see someone come into the forums with a hard reject, ask for advice, actually follow it, and persevere when they still face some harsh reviews. Glad to see the track is approved, hope it sells well!
Note to people posting hard-rejects here: this is a great example of how and why you should post them. To learn and improve, not to complain about the review policies here.
The reviewers here are generally very good at knowing what is going to sell here. I’ve only had one item hard-rejected, so I simply sell it somewhere else. It sells well there, and while I’d rather that my stuff be on AJ, if they don’t approve it, I just move it somewhere else. Every soft-reject has resulted in feedback that improved my tracks, so I try to follow the reviewer’s requests, or, if I think they are asking for something unreasonable or something that would change the quality of the piece, I just… sell it somewhere else.
I’m not trying to be annoying here, but just know that AJ’s reviewers focus on their audience. It isn’t necessarily a comment on your music quality (even though they often cite that as a reason), but rather on a disconnect between your music and the site’s audience. Fortunately, there are other sites and audiences to sell your stuff on.
The glock is a bit aggressive and could be seriously toned down while still preserving its nice chipper feeling. Unlike others here I actually think the sort of lower-quality piano samples actually give this some nice character.
I shudder to recommend uke, but that could probably round this out nicely.
If you can afford it, I’d recommend Diamond. The bow change legato is worth it in HS alone, and the close mics make a big difference on the short patches for all instruments (giving them a bit more “bite”). If you’re doing broadcast work you’ll generally need to send a 24-bit master along, so it is very nice to have that as well. Just keep in mind that extra mics/24-bit samples are significantly more resource-intensive, and you’ll want to stream them off an SSD with at least 16 GB RAM (I’d ignore the EW recommendation of at least 8 GB, as I have 32 GB and occasionally still run out).
Does anyone uses an external HDD connected with usb 3.0 for storing their sample libraries? I’ve heard it can be beneficial.
I use this buffalo drive that came with the East/West CCC2 Pro collection:http://www.buffalotech.com/products/desktop-hard-drives/drivestation/drivestation-ddr
It works beautifully—I’ve been very impressed with the “SSD-level performance” that it claims. Excellent product for fast reads in particular.
Glad to see Envato making a wonderful, very positive change. Thank you very much for taking the time to implement this—those of us who sell exclusively here are much more willing to stay with this policy in place.
Thank you again!