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TortoiseTree says

@ Synchrotron and @KabbalisticVillage:

Thanks for the quick reply guys!

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TortoiseTree says

Hey guys, quick question about the competition.

It says:

“Please note: Eligible tracks must be 2 minutes or longer. Additionally the item must include at least two shorter commercial-length versions as well, such as a 1 minute edit, a 30 second edit, or a 15 second teaser version of the track.”

Does that mean that the edit must either be 1 minute, 30 second or 15 second or are those just examples?

For example I just uploaded a track with a (1:15) version and I’m guessing that is ineligible.

Anyone know if it’s one way or the other?

Thanks

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TortoiseTree says
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TortoiseTree says

I’m walking in the jungle for fourteen month and i feel the same as you Tortoise tree. The number of sales is quite constant but i sell old tracks more than new. In fact i don’t know if i sell old tracks or specific tracks as world music, seasonal,etc. These kind of tracks have a longer life time. Is it the reason ?
It’s a strange feeling to sell old stuff more than new. In one hand i’m happy that my old tracks can be chosen but in another hand i’m puzzle. Why am i working now ?
Last week i try to increase my exposure, try to make a “coup”. I uploaded four corporate tracks. I have worked on it all summer long. Precisely, taking my time to make the best i can. Result : 5 sales for four tracks. Bad result and deception. As an example during June i made a World track (Paris) and i sold it 5 times !
It’s a strange feeling to sell old stuff more than new because in fourteen month i learned a lot (mastering, etc). My tracks are technically better but i sell less.
So i’m a little bit confuse now.

I found that the corporate/motivational category is now so flooded that it’s hard to make a sale (even get an approval) there these days. I don’t mind too much though as it wasn’t really one of my main genres anyway.

I feel the same as you as I too feel that I have improved but my new stuff isn’t selling so I guess I’m just taking it personally. As I said earlier I think the new layout/way of things is better and if it does mean that perhaps a track I write today will sell in a couple of months then I guess I don’t mind.

I think what I miss is the excited expectation when a new track is approved and you want to see it bought a few times to validate yourself as a musician. I guess now we all play the quality game and just make sure the tracks shine regardless of the sales number so when someone does come by to listen, they won’t be shy to buy either!

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TortoiseTree says

Thanks so much for your thoughts and views guys. I am honestly surprised to see that so many are experiencing the same thing, at that a lot of you started around the same time as me so this is very interesting!

A few ideas on your ideas:

@bdProduction: There is a LOT more published now than before. If your can find the monthly audio jungle reports that Eric Schwartz used to produce before envato hired him then you’ll get an idea what things were like before and how the amount of items produced has increased. Eric is a really smart guy and envato was very clever in snatching him up!

@NoizMan: I too have considered uploading elsewhere but I really just do a lot better here than other places. I mean I do like to send my rejected tracks away and I’ll get a rare sale every now and then from them but for me AudioJungle is really the best place to sell.

@Joel(aka jhunger): Hi Joel, so good to hear from you! I think you got the situation right on the money on how I’m feeling things are here!

@LumenMedia: Yes! I think the front page change is also a huge factor to how things sell. It encourages buyers to try keywords first rather than searching through fields. I guess it’s a good thing for us authors who have been here a while but I can imagine it might be tough for new authors here.

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TortoiseTree says

Hey guys,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of my long reflections here but been analysing my portfolio and just wanted to see if you guys who have been here a while are noticing this too:

For those of you who have been here for more than a year, you probably remember the days when whenever you uploaded a new track it would probably sell within a few days or so. That has stopped happening for me for the past few months. Sales have still been healthy as ever on my end, partially thanks to the price increase and my own percentage rate increase but I do feel that there are more customers now and that my portfolio has become stronger. Thing is most of my sales these days are from my older tracks/packs. This initially (and still) made me very happy as it felt like I had reached the point where all me efforts had paid off and essentially my account was making money by itself but I’m also noticing that my new songs aren’t selling as well.

I do realise that I’ve veered away from some genres where the sales were easier and also that I don’t upload as much now but still it does worry me as I’m wondering whether my stuff sounds outdated or whether it simply gets lost in the vast jungle of new authors and songs out each day. That coupled with the fact that reviewers are now able to approve/reject a song within a day means that the outflow of songs is faster than ever.

My real worry stems from the fact that since my new songs aren’t selling as much does it mean that my current AudioJungle account has become stagnant and this is all that it can make now, relying on past hits for good money but unable to grow more.

Have any of you who have been here a while noticed/thought about this too?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

(I really have slowed my uploads down a lot from maybe 10-12 a month to about 2 a month so I will admit that this could be a factor in it)

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TortoiseTree says

Hey guys!

I was at my local audio shop recently and I was playing around with the Novation 37-Key Ultranova:

http://us.novationmusic.com/hardware-synths/ultranova-0

I was having a great time with it and I actually found a nice used one for about 700 dollars.

So, I need some advice guys.

1st: Is there a better outboard synth I can get for 700 dollars?

2nd: Are there any SoftSynths (software synths) that can match the sound of an outboard/hardware synth?

3rd: Is an outboard synth it really worth it? Now this is a loaded question obviously as everyone has different circumstances. Stock audio really provides most of my music earnings but I am planning to go on a big marketing campaign to get more commissions so I do want to raise the level of my portfolio/studio.

Anyway, any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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TortoiseTree says

A track by a new author (their 1st song) that was just approved was one I had heard on AudioJungle before… sure enough, I found the same track by a completely different author. Both authors claim to be exclusive authors. Both have 0 sales for this song. So… how did one get it from the other (is one not really exclusive)? ...or did they BOTH steal it from some place else? ...or is it the same guy under two exclusive accounts, submitting the song again under a different name?

If only AudioJungle had a way for reviewers to check the fingerprints of songs already approved… Is this something AudioJungle should collaborate with Soundizer on??

Anyway, a support ticket was submitted.

But I wonder how often this happens.

Let’s be each other’s ears and eyes as best as we can and keep this marketplace safe!

Good on you for spotting that Phil!

This has been a problem for a while now. There was even a top author (Yes… “top author”) who turns out just uploaded a whole library of other people’s music and was just raking in the money for more than a year before he got found out. I think a few of the veterans here remember this “chick”.

I agree with Phil, we’ve all got to stay tuned to all this and stay alert so we can watch each other’s backs.

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TortoiseTree says

Hypothetical question here that I think a lot of people have asked themselves before and I’d really love to hear what people are going to say.

Imagine someone was to lend you 10,000 dollars to buy music gear to advance your career, what would you buy with it? How would you set it up? Would you invest in something not necessarily gear-related (e.g: education, books, membership to a country club) that could still advance your career?

Imagine you’d have to pay this back in say 5 years so you can’t just go nuts and buy every guitar you like and hope it goes vintage lol!

So yeah let’s hear them!

(If you were going to write: “I’d buy tons of new guitars and hope one of them would become vintage” I’d love to know how one can discern that… it would be a great investment skill!)

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TortoiseTree says

That’s pretty fair consumer advice for us. Has this happened to anyone else?

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