Yes, I too have had this problem. Have sent a support ticket, comforting to know it’s not just me…
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…
Congrats mate! If the wedding is in Sydney I might even pass by (Wedding Crashers much?)
But seriously, good on you mate! Best wishes!
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?
Here’s the thing, is the only way to get sales going to be to keep writing new music?
For most authors… yes! Basically, some customers searching here just click on the genre they want, listen to 20-30 tracks then pick the one they liked most. Since the files here are initially organised by date (very smart envato) it gives recent items a shot at a sale since these rushed customers like to pick quickly. It is good to constantly keep adding to stay relevant here. There’s a guy I buy a lot from on PhotoDune and one of the main reasons is that he uploads often so I constantly have access to new media that no-one has every used. I’m sure certain customers here like buying from the same author once they’ve realised they like all their tracks,
Of course, once you’re here a while and your portfolio starts to grow slowly your sales will become more regular. Especially if you have invested a bit in genres other than corporate/motivational. Of course having a “big hit” can’t hurt you, of course getting a big hit is very hard too!
Yes, you can sell files on all the marketplaces with one profile, like this guy. They will be in separate portfolios, you’ll have 1 audiojungle portfolio, and one videohive portfolio
That guy is epic. He even has a .gif (or something) for his homepage banner, don’t know how he did that. Anyway, very cool!
“Birds of the same feather, flock together” most musicians are friends with other musicians. This is natural as one normally seeks companions with similar interests.
One big tip I learned for networking is to make a special effort to meet people outside your circle, even if it means doing something that’s not 100% related to your career. An old schoolmate of mine met a director in his ping-pong club and ever since he’s been scoring hollywood movies. If you have the money, one useful thing you could do is join a film school for a semester or so. You will learn more about the world of cinematography and meet the people who will be directors and producers in the future.
Thought this was a good video to share. Helps keep us in a good mindset when mixing. http://themoderncomposer.com/2014/03/07/the-simple-secret-to-mixing/
I’ve seen this, it really changed my perspective on mixing. Thanks for sharing!
Hey guys, I’m quite relieved to hear that this article also resonated with a lot of you and that I’m not alone feeling the way I do. A lot of my colleagues think that this is “easy” work as I’m doing what I love but I think many don’t realise what burdens lie behind it. Between site maintenance, keeping up with technology and trends and managing the time spent on all this that actually it can be quite an emotional toll, especially when sales don’t quite meet predictions and expectations. We all get really bothered during slow sales periods and I definitely feel more stressed and agitated on days I don’t score sales.
Hey guys, just read an article that I think really applies to a lot of us here. As much as we see ourselves as artists and craftsmen, we are entrepreneurs too that have set up shop here in this marketplace. This article covers really well some of the emotional turmoils we go through (especially when there are less sales than we normally expect LOL) check it out:http://www.inc.com/magazine/201309/jessica-bruder/psychological-price-of-entrepreneurship.html