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SERFmusic says

Alex, I’m telling you this to try to motivate you:

2 new songs in the last month and a half is not consistent enough for newbies like us unless you’re a rare case like Benji or Alumo. You have 17 items since you began in October. I have 78 since December. For us unestablished authors, we need that front page exposure. If a buyer likes what they hear, then they search through your portfolio for what they’re really looking for. My sales didn’t pass up my number of items until around sale 45. That means it took me uploading 45 items to get to 45 sales, and from there it grew. The more you write, the more you understand what the niche you are writing for is looking for. Obviously, AudioJungle likes your music since you got featured. Now start uploading more of that great music! And don’t stop until you hit page 1 of top authors. ;)

Phil.

Phil…you should be Audio Jungle’s motivational spokesperson :) Very good advice for a newbie like me as well…

Alex, keep on working hard my friend. Nothing comes easy! Don’t doubt yourself as well. You know whats in you…STRATEGICALLY let it out and continue to strive for the best. Be intentional with your Audio Jungle strategy and it will pay off!

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I find the modern music always relate to synths. Modern producers somehow got too bored of instruments that have somewhat some limitations of is capabilities of producing different sounds. Then synths come out, where you can tweak them and get sounds beyond your imagination. And hey, with so many people with access to computer synths now, everyone’s doing it. So choice of sound i presume.

I”m a guilty synth addict…

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I totally agree with you Sophonic. I’m the same way as far as writing what’s current and in with all of the genres contributing to. I was just giving an example of the “corporate” sound, or at least one of the sound. But I am determined to stay with what’s in because well, it’s what’s in! I study everything on the radio, top 40s, etc. Good business says to stay up with what’s in :)

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It probably means different things to different people, but I think the main thing these people are talking about is being “up-to-date” in every genre. For example, a lot of people don’t want music that sounds like it was created 20 or 30 years ago. They want more 2012, radio sounding music. Or sometimes, they just want “whats in” in the media music world, like the acoustic/bell feel in the corporate genre. Again, it varies but I think they are referring to music that’s more relevant to today. There’s nothing wrong with “older” sounding things as well :) . It’s all good music!

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SERFmusic says

Awesome! Keep up the great music :)

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It’s one thing to BE an engineer or a producer. We all do that and there’s nothing wrong with it. In many cases, some of us have to because we don’t have resources to hire someone better than us, so we learn ourselves, and that’s a good thing.

It’s another thing entirely to be a PROFESSIONAL engineer or producer, things which generally – especially in the case of engineering – require a lot of training and expertise, and most importantly a good ‘feel’ for what makes a good song and a phenomenal ear. There is a reason why certain engineers constantly get rehired.

If it was easy, we’d all make money doing it. Mixing is really really hard. An engineer can take a good piece of music and then completely reimagine it (for better or worse) with the mix. It’s that important.

The ‘producer’ label irritates me a lot more because it’s really misused. I’ve met so many producers, and I don’t actually know what many of them DO. I find that many of them are actually consistently good at producing BS though….

Honestly, the only secret to getting a good mix is to constantly listen & analyze popular music, and try and break it down to see what makes it work. It’s done in every entertainment industry, not just music, and it’s very effective.

The way we learn is by copying others and then applying the techniques that we learn and match it with our own creativity in the hope of creating something original.

I agree hunger and Gareth. I personally study mixes everyday for different styles. I study the production and mixing simply because these days, it is possible to get a professional sound at home. I’ve heard countless engineers say that now so i’m thinking to myself “why can’t I!?” It’s a good challenge for me and in the business of royalty free music, I want to offer the best that I can. So my approach is growth and expanding my production to many styles. I listen to my tracks and mixes from three months ago and know that I could have done the mix different and better. That’s a good sign.

Oh yes, by the way, I feel that with the flood of project/home based studios, the line between producer and mix engineer (and now even mastering) has become more blurred. It’s not a bad thing, but those processes are now so interlinked, it’s harder to say “that’s the producer’s job” or “no, only the mix engineer knows how to do that.” Producers are mixing and mixers are doing some producing :)

Great responses guys.

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SERFmusic says

Very good point. Who’s to say something’s good or not good, right? At what point is it good or bad. It’s all relative and subjective. But at the same time, I think it’s always good to grow in skill (in whatever you do) and to become better. Hmmm..

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It’s definitely a good sounding track. Well produced and creative. Just want to encourage you :)

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SERFmusic says

Congrats on 100 …soon to be 1000! And summer is HOT in NC (106 degrees this past Saturday!)

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Awesome….i’m happy for you 8-)

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