Great guy, great musician! Well deserved! Congrats mate!
Killed the Sith Lord to save his son and featured author! Not too shabby! Well done Anakin!
If you have the time and the money, I actually think having the separate account isn’t a bad idea. Especially if you’re into something really niche. I made my name here writing contemporary classical/orchestral pieces and smooth jazz pieces but when I tried venturing into dreamtrance/new age I saw few sales. Of course I immediately figured either my dream trance tracks were rubbish, or there was no demand for dream trance here, heck most dream trance authors on Youtube will gladly let you use their music for projects for free!
Anyway, I have wondered before if was to dedicate an account solely to dream trance if it would do better. I don’t think I’ll ever do this solely because I don’t have enough passion for dream trance to write 30+ dream trance tracks but I have considered doing it for maybe traditional film scoring cues as that is something I’d be interested in going into and I figured it would be nice for customers to have a one-stop shop for it.
A slightly more extreme example is for SFX. I’ve seen a few accounts here that have successfully combined SFX and music sales, but most go one way or another. I think if you do it from the perspective of “Ok, I’m going to make some (insert style here) music, I’m going to make X amount of tracks and brand it accordingly” it’s a nice focus and project to work towards. A bit like an album. I mean I know it’s been widely debated as to how important page layout and site style is here, but just as a focused musical exercise you may find it very rewarding, regardless of money made or not made.
Good stuff man! Congrats. Hope you get tons of sales and exposure from it!!
i have Reason 7 and love it. MIDI Out capability is great. The new EQ is also excellent and the SSL 4K mixer has always been good since it was introduced in Record. I am not sure why you would have problems with your MIDI Input device. I have never had to change after upgrading Reason.
I will say this. For things that require deeply sampled instruments, Reason is usually not my tool of choice. Kontakt is a far better tool. However, for somerthing that makes heavy use of synthesizers, I prefer many of the Propellerhead offerings. They just introduced a new additive synth yesterday that just sounds sick, I will often Rewire Reason to Sonar just to get the synth sound out of Reason because it is so familiar to me and easy to program.
So, I can’t tell you whether to spend your hard earned cash on it or not and it certainly is not in the same league with Logic as far as capabilities. But I would not want to be without it. I find it complements my VST selections well and it certainly is capable of producing professional results in the hands of a skilled user. No different from any other tool. I thought the Reason 7 upgrade was one of the more worthwhile upgrades in the past few versions.Hope this helps! Michael
Michael, thanks so much. Thats really good advice and incredibly helpful. I think I know what people mean by “Logic can do more than Reason” but in many ways I don’t as aside from Audio Recordings, I myself have not been able to craft Logic + Kontakt that well. During my first year here I happily used the pre-made combinators + preset mixing parameters Reason offered and was satisfied with that but then as I felt I was lagging behind (and also from peer pressure from colleagues) I switched to Logic thinking I could craft better.
I can tell you do the whole bridging different DAW’s and I think that’s what I need to do to get the best of both worlds. Time to hit the books for me!
(On a side note, I just fixed my problem… as a reference to all… I had like 7 different midi keyboards saved as the master keyboard (but all the same keyboard), so Reason chose not to listen to any of them. Just fixed it by deleting the excessive 6.
But yeah, thanks for the advice man.
I’d say there is a lot of variety here. If you look away from high selling items you’ll definitely find some unique tracks out there. Recently I was checking out new game releases on Steam and was listening to the music in the game trailers and for fun played a game where I would try to use the same keywords from the trailer to find suitable music on AudioJungle. Lo and behold I found a suitable track most of the time, and whilst I did often find a piece that hit it on the nose perfectly, more often than not it was just one.
I’d say AudioJungle’s unsung heroes are these low-sale songs that portray a very specific emotion that not a lot of people need for their projects, but a person who does need that specificity can find it and will continue their loyalty to AudioJungle over the other libraries because these odd tracks exist here.
When I first started here I was a die-hard Reason user. I passionately defended it whenever it came up in posts and I recommended it whoever was interested. I forgave it for it’s limitations at the time (no external audio and no sync capabilities for film scoring). Despite it’s lack of popularity with a lot of my colleagues (a lot of them calling Reason a child’s toy) I remained faithful.
Last year, on a black friday sale I saw Kontakt Komplete on a super offer in Guitar Center. I caved in, and since Reason cannot use “foreign” VST’s I learned how to use Logic. I initially found Logic clumsy but due to how much I spent on Kontakt I soldiered through and became quite proficient in it.
So today I did a portfolio listen (which takes a long time if you have over 150 tracks in your portfolio LOL) and I realised that in terms of sound quality I could barely hear the difference between the two. Now granted, I may be not the best at mixing and Reason’s combinator’s and auto-mix function is surprisingly good it did make me wonder why I left my “first love”. 3/5 of my sales are from Reason tracks ad 2/5 are from Logic. Granted I spent the 1st year on Reason and the 2nd on Logic + Kontakt so it seems they are more or less on par in terms of contribution to my account.
On to what i wanted to discuss, the upgrade to Reason 7 is only 129 USD. I’m very tempted to get it but am a bit scared as each time I upgrade Reason one of my midi-input devices stops working on it. My real question is, do any of you have Reason 7 and if you do, how do you feel it compares to Logic + Kontakt (or other comparable VST’s)?
Amongst my colleagues there is the general consensus that Logic is more “professional” than Reason. Do any of you have any opinions on this?
(Basically I’m trying to gauge whether it’s worth risking having to buy a new midi input device to get the new sounds on Reason 7)
Wow! A lot of thoughts here that have passed through my head.
@Joel: I have thought about posting about Lou Reed, especially as all my friends were doing so on facebook. Thing is, there was only one song of his I really knew and was in to before he died and it felt a bit wrong for me to be the one to start the post, didn’t want it to be like when Michael Jackson died then all of a sudden everyone was a fan. But yeah, he was a huge influence to a lot of my other favourite musicians and I did feel sad when he died.
@ Sascha. Yes! I know what you mean about the paw and how much rep/weight your opinion on the forums has. It’s very clever of envato. As for the pacing, believe me I have definitely ground my teeth watching others surpass my account on sales. At the same time ever since I’ve been investing my time in other musical endeavours I don’t feel as bad anymore as I know I’m spreading myself in different fields.
Good stuff guys, it’s been a while since we’ve had such a philosophical thread and am enjoying the conversation.
I signed up two days ago and nothing for me either. I mean I only uploaded a few tracks as I limited it to tracks with more than 10 sales. Still, am crossing my fingers for some detections. I mean I found some myself by just typing “TortoiseTree” in the search so really… I was considering keeping the service for 10 songs, but to be honest, if they don’t find anything soon I’m gonna call it quits.
Anyway, great thread James! It’d be a shame to see it moved to the dusty corners of Item Discussion. Always nice to see some rare and interesting discussion bumping down the ever increasing back-patting threads
+1. This is seriously the most interesting forum convo we’ve had in a while. I’d hate to see it go to the item discussion section where no one will read it. Please AudioJungle ppl… let’s leave it here.
As for ridiculous songs to try to recreate on AudioJungle…
Space Oddity by David Bowie would be pretty insane
You could try to do some Schoenberg style atonal music but I think the reviewers might reject it LOL