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Jonah-B says

Wow! I’m a fairly passive AJ user. I don’t do a whole lot of upkeep on my portfolio so I don’t make sales all that often. I have a slightly older track that just sold two extended licenses within a few hours. Needless to say it’s exciting! I’m wondering if it was the same buyer, but why would they need two licenses? Just wondering out loud here.

http://audiojungle.net/item/spring-step/2616696

Track in question

Whoever it was, THANK YOU! You’re awesome. Feel free to get ahold of me if you need any kind of assistance. :)

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Jonah-B says

Ok, Thank you! I’m looking into it. :)

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Hello all! I’m an AudioJungle author. Music will always be a primary hobby of mine, but it gets a bit stale and repetitious at times. I find myself interested in taking on more hobbies to distract my mind from the frustratingly monotonous nature of daily life. Photography seems like a good one to consider as it may actually inspire me to get out of the house a little more. A hobby that takes place away from the pale light of the computer screen will probably be a good idea.

So I did a bit of preliminary research on photography and the terminology behind it. I thought I would pose this question here. What is the most basic equipment that I should consider? I’m not looking to do this professionally, so I don’t want to throw my whole bank account at it, but I would like to take pictures with a high enough level of quality that they may pass photodune standards.

If it makes a difference, the kind of photography I’m interested in is more outdoors (forests, ponds, nature, wildlife, ect.). There are a number of forests and wildlife parks nearby that would be interesting to shoot in. I fondly remember spending a good bit of time in the woods as a kid, and now that I have kids of my own I feel this could be a good outdoor hobby that we can share in. :)

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Jonah-B says

It’s not impossible because several artists here make enough through AJ to support a good lifestyle, but it is a bit rare and it may even be somewhat of an impractical goal. You would probably have to quit your nine to five just to have enough time to focus on the music and marketing required to make it happen :p

Most people that make a living through sound design are doing hired contract work. That’s where the money is, and that’s where my sights are set. Working yourself into a position where you can maintain a steady stream of interested clients is difficult though. For many composers, the contract work is the primary income and the stock audio is just a little extra pocket change on the side. That’s the more traditional way, at least.

This could be changing though! Computers, the internet, and our rapidly changing culture is converting more and more content consumers into content creators. That’s more demand for easily accessible and affordable stock music. Hence the reason most of us are still making some sales even though the site is swamped with absurd amounts of music for buyers to pick from. Who knows where this trend will take us. :)

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Jonah-B says

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback, and thanks Adriantry for the tweet. I’m liking the tips you guys are sharing :)

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What’s up! I haven’t had any activity here in awhile because I’ve been busy with some other junk. I have some new AJ stuff on the way though. In fact, one AJ track is nearly done. If only I can get off my lazy butt and finish it.

For now I’m wanting to share something that I just finished typing up. In a lame attempt to attract more traffic to my personal web site I’ve started doing articles about stuff. I’ve done two of them so far. My first one was about the music business and piracy, and this new one is about the most useful tricks I’ve learned as a mixer. I’m talking about those rare bits of mixing knowledge that had a major impact on the sound of my music. The ones that I’ve used in nearly every mix since I discovered them.

Here’s the article

It is geared a bit more towards novices so a lot of you AJ veterans might not find much here that you’re not already familiar with.

Now, let’s use this thread to share more mixing tips! What are some of you’re favorite mixing / recording techniques? :D

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I’m gonna be buying new headphones soon. I’ve going with a relatively low budget, ~$150-ish. I did some research and I’m leaning towards the Audio Technica ATH -M50. I read a lot of good reviews from people saying it was the best buy for the price. GunPowderBob seems to be the only other one in this thread using them. Anyone else have experience with these? Would you recommend them?

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Jonah-B says

Thanks! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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Jonah-B says

Thought some of you AJ peeps might be interested in this. It’s pretty cool, and I’m not just saying that because I contributed to it :D

http://projectvgm.net

Back in spring 2011 some guy named Joe Schwebke started up a pretty crazy and ambitious project. He put together a storyline for an RPG that would never be created. The goal? To create a soundtrack for this fictional RPG . Why would this be ambitious? His goal was 100 tracks. He wanted to make it massive collaborative project, so he contacted numerous composers from across the internet and asked them to contribute.

I was personally skeptical that the thing would ever get finished, but here it is a little over a year later and it’s done. You can download individual tracks, or the entire project as a torrent (mp3 or flac), for free at the website. There’s a lot of talented composers on there so it’s definitely worth checking out. :)

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Jonah-B says

Thank you for the feedback! I definitely agree that it was too plain. I added a background and made a few other small changes. It made a pretty big difference.

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