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TortoiseTree says


From AudioJungle’s perspective I think they should definitely do it when a well selling non-exclusive author sets up an exclusive account. A kind of (insert New England country club manager’s voice here) “Welcome, I’m glad you’ve finally joined the club” welcome gift basket. One case that springs up to mind is Joel Hunger (his AJ account name is JHunger) he’s a great musician and super guy, always helping out new authors on the forums. He’s been a top selling author here for a while and a real column of strength for AudioJungle. He opened up a an exclusive account recently and whilst his sales have been very healthy so far and he no longer has newbie badges, I still feel that they should have given him the senior badges.

Oh jeez, I must have glossed over this the first time I read this thread – it’s still early here and I need more coffee :). Thanks for the compliments, Antonio!

You seriously helped me a lot answering a lot of my questions when I was new here and you also participated in a lot of my funky forum threads! It’s the least I could do man!

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TortoiseTree says

First of all, we need more subcategories so we can start really helping customers get what they want faster. I preached it a long time ago and I still stand by this for exactly this sort of situation. With so many thousands of cinematic tracks, we need more of a way to classify things.

As for your track, great job Phil! Really love the track, it has an epic yet nostalgic feel that’s fantastic for trailers. I actually think the reviewer called it right and you’ve had 8 sales in 5 days so I think it shows!!

I used to get a bit annoyed at it as I felt it foiled future pack and site layout plans but actually it almost allows me to put things in two categories. I learned to simply trust the reviewer and go with their recommendations as they’ve normally worked out for me.

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TortoiseTree says

As a side question to this topic can you remove items from your exclusive account, create a non exclusive account and reupload them? I’m considering pulling some low selling items to put them in other catalogs but I’d still like them to be on AJ but I’m not sure how I can do that.

I’ve seen some people do it, they just delete from one side and upload on the other. I know you can ask special permission to do this. I don’t exactly know how, but I believe it’s either you write it in the comments box or you send them an email telling them what you’re up to.

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TortoiseTree says

I can never find the videos im in because no one puts me in the credits except for a few. Where do you check?

Type various different combinations/versions of your username/real name into google, then hit the video button to see the videos where someone has attributed it to you. If your username uses real words like mine you probably want to use quotation marks to filter out other results. You can try TuneSat but at the current 35 USD per month price tag, it’s a bit pricy for a bit of vanity (as you can’t collect royalties anyway). Mind you, I’m super tempted to do it though as they now offer retro-searches (as in they no longer just do new videos).

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TortoiseTree says

So I check once a month or so for my videos online by typing in my username in various ways to find videos where the music has been attributed to me. About half the videos I find aren’t even using my music. You can imagine how disappointed I get when I see my username pop up and when I click I find that the music isn’t mine. But then they have attributed the music to me and put links to my site, so in a strange way i’m grateful as it is publicity. There is the saying that “there is no such thing as bad publicity” but how about completely wrong publicity?

I tried to find out who the authors were using soundizer but the audio was so chopped and there was so much narration it didn’t work so I haven’t yet gone through the arduous task of correcting them.

Anyway, does this happen a lot to you guys? I find it deeply annoying that half the videos I find attributed to my aren’t even done by me…

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TortoiseTree says

This is a great question. Normally, I jump on the keyboard and fire away when a topic as good as this appears but this time I’m actually finding myself pondering whether they should or shouldn’t.

I’m kind of torn because I have lots of colleagues and friends here who have either gone from being non-exclusive to opening an exclusive or vice versa and I empathise with your plight. At the same time, I still feel very protective over AudioJungle and envato and part of me still wants to see this marketplace beat out the competition.

I know I’m gonna get a bit of heat from the community for this but here goes.

From AudioJungle’s perspective I think they should definitely do it when a well selling non-exclusive author sets up an exclusive account. A kind of (insert New England country club manager’s voice here) “Welcome, I’m glad you’ve finally joined the club” welcome gift basket. One case that springs up to mind is Joel Hunger (his AJ account name is JHunger) he’s a great musician and super guy, always helping out new authors on the forums. He’s been a top selling author here for a while and a real column of strength for AudioJungle. He opened up a an exclusive account recently and whilst his sales have been very healthy so far and he no longer has newbie badges, I still feel that they should have given him the senior badges.

In the case of people making non-exclusive accounts, I don’t think they’ll want to give the badges as it’s a bit like (Insert annoyed spouse/partner’s voice here) “Oh, so you’re putting your music elsewhere huh? FINE! No nice badges for you!”

At the same time, (this was brought up on my forum topic about entry tests to AudioJungle) part of what makes AudioJungle great and what makes authors loyal is how they treat them and this too should be reflected with badges. Both exclusive and non-exclusive authors should be treated well, as whilst non-exclusive authors do have their music available elsewhere, they fork over a higher percentage over to envato!

It’s a hard call man, let’s hear more opinions!!

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TortoiseTree says

Yes, I too have had this problem. Have sent a support ticket, comforting to know it’s not just me…

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TortoiseTree says

Hey guys, I Just finished watching Top Gear’s “Worst Car in the World” Special where they enumerate certain cars that were expensive and awful and I figured that we could do something in the same vein.

We already have plenty of lists and threads about what great VST’s, microphones, compressors etc. are around but I think what would actually be (maybe) an even greater service to our community is a list of products that we should avoid. This helps authors save money and spend money on the right gear.

Now 3 rules:

1. You can’t put a free item on the list. Since it didn’t cost you any money the most you lost was a bit of time finding out the product/gear was rubbish so really there’s no loss. If you could put the price the product cost, that would be really helpful.

2. It can’t have been part of a bundle. Popular bundles like Kontakt Komplete have a really wide variety of products in them and it’s a bit unfair to include something that you got in the bundle anyway and wasn’t even the main reason you bought the bundle. Often times these things we don’t like/use as much in bundles are disfavoured as they aren’t used to make the type of music we like to make.

3. You are allowed to mention products that may not necessarily be bad in themselves, but just weren’t very useful to you (e.g. Big Fish Audio products, they’re good and everything but you’re not allowed to use them for RF sites)

Ok. So I’ll kick it off:

NI Action Strings

I’m normally quite a big fan of Native Instrument’s products but this one fell a bit short for me. I will admit I bought it during the summer sale, but still at 150 Euro (300 for most of the year) I did feel it. The automations for common rhythms like triplets and eighth notes are good and I liked the distinction between lower strings and higher ones. What I didn’t like was that most of the focus around the product are these pre-made loops/run-throughs of melodies they constructed. Rather than giving you building blocks to help build around your arrangements, I feel that they are designed to build your track around instead.

Again, this might be tailored more for music supervisors with some musical ability so they can make fast cues on the fly but I feel for composers who want to make original work it’s not that useful. I mean you can use them but the problem is anyone else who has it spots it immediately and that can look a bit crass at times. I was flipping through channels the other day when suddenly I heard a cue entirely made from one of these presets on Action Strings on some B-rate TV drama. Suffice it to say I wasn’t impressed.

Side note: I just found out Action Strings is part of the Komplete Ultimate bundle, but I didn’t buy it in the bundle… I bought it individually so yeah…

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TortoiseTree says

Congrats mate! If the wedding is in Sydney I might even pass by (Wedding Crashers much?)

But seriously, good on you mate! Best wishes!

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TortoiseTree says

So I had a bit of an unfortunate run in with a client recently. I sent them some sample tracks for a project that they were doing and they responded that whilst they did like the musical ideas behind the compositions they felt the quality of the production was too low and the sounds of the instruments sounded too much “out-of-the-box”.

Now I know I’m very guilty of using presets like the Reason “Combinators” and I often do nothing to my VI’s & VST’s after playing them in except for a bit of EQ, reverb and sometimes compression. Until now I didn’t think this was a particularly bad sin, I even went as far as to think “that’s why I’m paying good money, so a very smart and talented man at Propellerhead can do this for me”, but I’m beginning to realise perhaps this is something that has limited my success here.

The budget on the project wasn’t exactly big so I know getting studio players was not the solution. I really need to learn how to do better with this technology.

So i’m asking you all, do you guys tweak your VI’s & VST’s before using them so they sound different?

What other tricks do you guys use to make the most of your VI’s & VST’s?

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