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And probably only a handful of tracks with the word ‘inspiration’ or ‘motivate’ in the title/tags, before it became a thing. I bet all the tracks sounded to pretty unique to one other too! ;)

Liking the competition for the Axiom 61. Use one myself, great controller. Envato should definitely run something like that again. There’s something exciting and fun about winning actual bits of gear or plugins for the studio :)

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Oooh sorry to pee on the bonfire, but linking to your own tracks on the forums isn’t actually allowed, as it’s considered self promotion!

Check here to see what I’m referring to.

ps. I’m all good thanks! ;)

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But when one is receiving messages and comments daily from YouTube users on my videos saying “it’s that song from so and so commercial” and ‘I heard this last night on so and so show” I cracked and had a little peep.

Yeah, that sucks, sorry to hear that man! Time to seek out a dark cave? :)

You’re right about the PRO income though and people new to the concept should realize that its not a quick route to riches. Unless you have a ton of material with a good publisher securing you top tier placements you’ll get peanuts in return. Even if you do have a good thing going it can take between 1-2 years to see any cash like you said . People also need to be cautious of the lower end PRO libraries that offer blanket deals to the smaller channels. This means no upfront licensing fees and pennies for royalties. That said, good PRO placements will reward you for years to come and AJ are missing out on a ton of extra revenue.

Very good advice and something I know quite a few of us here have been dwelling on for quite a while now. For me, it’s been an ongoing case of ‘do I?...don’t I?’, especially during a time of continuing downward trajectories on RF license sales across the sites I sell on.

Personally, I think I’m going to ride the wave with my existing catalogue here and just write it off in a backend royalty scenario for now. I can also see why Envato as a business are keeping things ‘royalty free’ in the very strictest of senses too, so guess we’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope they change the policy, to fall in line with all the other major libraries out there.

@Erick, @nahkaorava Thank you guys! :bashfulcute: I’m pretty terrible with compliments on my music, because I personally have a really hard time with my own stuff and I’m my own worst critic!

Anyway, that concludes my biannual rant and thread hijack. Sorry bout that!

Back to sales reporting: Income reset to $0.00, 0 sales. Fingers crossed for a more positive March! :)

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I know its tempting to see where our work ends up but using Tunesat to track AJ tunes sounds like torture mate.. I use it for my PRO stuff but thats it.. Until AJ step it up ignorance is bliss :)

Haha, tell me about it! I’ve done pretty well until now not to log in and check TuneSat for the very reasons you mentioned..

But when one is receiving messages and comments daily from YouTube users on my videos saying “it’s that song from so and so commercial” and ‘I heard this last night on so and so show” I cracked and had a little peep. Bad idea! It basically resulted in a knee jerk reaction from me to be honest. That’ll teach me! :bashfulcute:

Matt,

may I ask if you are signed with PRO at all? I have no knowledge of these things, but maybe it’s something you should consider doing with your future tracks. :)

I was registered with PRS a while ago, when I was blissfully unaware of AJ’s policy. However, I had to terminate my account when it was brought to my attention that AJ, along with another site I was licensing my music on, don’t currently allow PRO registered music to be submitted.

And this is where I’ve been getting stuck. My RF musical output is very low (probably because I’m not a ‘professional composer’, coming from a Dance music background and have a limited musical knowledge – so it takes me a very long time compared to other composers to get things sounding ‘right’) yet when I do make tracks, I prefer to create specifically for the RF market, as this is best suited for the music I create.

Also, the chances of redeeming any income from these creations are significantly higher (and quicker) than those ingested into a royalty based licensing structure, where you could wait years for anything to show up, even then with limited earnings.

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I know its tempting to see where our work ends up but using Tunesat to track AJ tunes sounds like torture mate.. I use it for my PRO stuff but thats it.. Until AJ step it up ignorance is bliss :)

Haha, tell me about it! I’ve done pretty well until now not to log in and check TuneSat for the very reasons you mentioned..

But when one is receiving messages and comments daily from YouTube users on my videos saying “it’s that song from so and so commercial” and ‘I heard this last night on so and so show” I cracked and had a little peep. Bad idea! It basically resulted in a knee jerk reaction from me to be honest. That’ll teach me! :bashfulcute:

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I’m having to look all the way back to March 2013 here. Very poor month and if I’m perfectly honest, I’m really not too sure where I stand with things on AJ right now.

Being a non exclusive author here is becoming a real thorn in my side and I’ve been very reluctant to upload new material, on the basis that I don’t feel it’s fairly given the opportunity to shine, as a non exclusive asset.

I tested the water with a separate exclusive account, but hardly caused a ripple. All this is alongside seeing my TuneSat detections currently clocking in at over 25,000+ TV network usages too.

Wow Matt..I hope you are getting paid royalties for all those!

That figure puts my 410 TV Network usages with one track to shame! But I’m not earning royalties on it anyway! :(

Nope, not a penny Gae. I just want to maximise earnings from my limited creations (I’m not a prolific composer by any standards) and I’ve been sitting tight for the last year or so, waiting for Envato to allow PRO registered material to be uploaded here. But I don’t think we’ll see the restrictions lifted from this slightly draconian ruling any time soon.

In the meantime, I’m just watching RF sales plummet (which will only get worse now Google are looking to ‘penalise’ sites that aren’t mobile-friendly in April, which will seriously affect non compliant RF sites in search results) and all the while knowing there’s a healthy additional income stream I’m not allowed to touch if I submit here. Tough times ahead I sense!

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Just 9 in February.
Same here Mike. Worst month since December 2013! :(
Same here. Worst month since December 2013 ):

I’m having to look all the way back to March 2013 here. Very poor month and if I’m perfectly honest, I’m really not too sure where I stand with things on AJ right now.

Being a non exclusive author here is becoming a real thorn in my side and I’ve been very reluctant to upload new material, on the basis that I don’t feel it’s fairly given the opportunity to shine, as a non exclusive asset.

I tested the water with a separate exclusive account, but hardly caused a ripple. All this is alongside seeing my TuneSat detections currently clocking in at over 25,000+ TV network usages too. I do feel I’m clinging on by a thread and decisions will need to be made.

Also, it’s clear that one longtime, non exclusive behemoth author has almost disappeared without trace from the monthly top selling author and items list after being a mainstay for many years. That’s pretty concerning. Things are changing in a big way, so I guess it’s time to be flexible.

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I do believe the original player (with the EQ animation) was an ageing Flash element, which has now been replaced by a newer, more web friendly HTML5 player, to fall in line with modern web standards. This basically means that music can now be reliably previewed across most devices, mobile included. Previously the player was pretty unreliable and strange workarounds had to be implemented to just listen to music on a mobile device.

I’m guessing one reason Envato haven’t prioritised on this particular visual aspect is simply because it could do more harm than good. For instance, in order for a website to rank well on Google, it has to confirm to a pretty strict ‘mobile friendly’ standard that Google have in place, and one of these factors is page speed and load times. Having fancy graphics or animations load up alongside buffered audio for example, could have a considerable negative impact on page ranking and even overall site performance.

Also, you may want to check out the Google Developer Mobile-Friendly test tool. (Get prepared for a bit of a shock when you input any item page url): https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

I’m certain Envato are aware of this of course, (as are all the other major RF sites out there looking to get back up the search rankings). The huge global drop in RF site rankings in October last year as Google rolled this out, would have served as a big enough clue to this ;)

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If ContentID is to become our industry standard, it would be best to let our buyers know about the process, so that they’re comfortable with it and know how to deal with it on their own.

+100. The best thing is to deal with these things as they arise. It’s a lot less (often unnecessary) work for you and gets buyers familiar with the process, as Pierre says.

Regarding channel whitelisting, you indeed have to contact AdRev about this, and provide them with the URL of the YouTube channel in question. However, there is a caveat with this. AdRev will firstly have to review the channel whitelist request, as on occasion they won’t be able to do this if the client’s channel already has existing, uncleared AdRev claims by other AdRev registered composers on their videos.

Whilst this isn’t a big problem right now, as more composers join AdRev going forward, this could become more of an occurrence, so another reason why it’s important that buyers get used to the claim clearance process.

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What´s your experiences with Steven Slates plugins? Any specific “must have” plugins :-) ? Cheers!

I’ve been using Slate’s Virtual Buss Compressors for a while now, and they’re just superb. Based on the original high grade studio hardware (SSL 4000, Focusrite Red and Fairchild 670) they’re incredibly transparent, easy to tame and very versatile, as each compressor has it’s own unique qualities suited for certain roles.

More often then not, I’ll have an instance of the FG Grey compressor on my master stage, just to add a touch of gain reduction to smooth things off, which these do very well at. They’re basically a joy to use, look great and are actually very good value for money, when compared to similar plugs from other developers.

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