Excellent. There’s no guarantee that I’ll sell one of those Broadcast/theatrical release licenses, but at least the possibility is there. I feel this change allows us to swim with bigger fish, and automatically bumps up our standing as contributors.
Hmmm. A direct link to soundcloud sounds great, but I’m not thrilled with the idea of non-watermarked music in soundcloud. Wouldn’t I just be encouraging piracy?
Both great suggestions. The ‘stache will have to wait until Movember.
I’m just going to come right out and say it – I have badge envy. I’ve been selling on AJ for five years, and have few attractive icons of which to boast.
Help a guy out; what’s the most logical (easiest/most attainable) badge to shoot for? Help me give my aging parents something to brag about aside from their grandchildren.
I’ve decided to go ahead and give this a shot. I’ve only got 170 items, so I’m no heavy hitter, but if doesn’t cost anything…why not?
Am I correct in assuming that you upload non-watermarked files to AdRev? This would be a lot easier if I just uploaded from Soundcloud, but I watermarked all of those. What works best?
Great news! I’m just off of my best month of all times on AJ, and am a little sad because I can’t help but think August is going to suffer by comparison. You’re like a welcome old friend invading my pity party to share a pizza.
I’m also excited to finally get to 51%. It took forever. I’m hoping that the rise in prices doesn’t have a corresponding bump in the rate schedule levels. I’d love to bump up quicker.
Lots of neat new stuff going on there in Australia at Envato. Keep up the good work, folks.
The simplest solutions are always the best – Just don’t click links in emails. Just open up your browser and click your saved Envato link, you can always count on that one.
Toivo, I think you’re probably right on the money with the “limited usage options commercially” comment. I think sometimes they are just pretty free with the form rejections because they get busy. It seems to me they only have two hard rejections forms that they use for the most part.
I have been agonizing over software synths lately. Conventional wisdom says I should be able to pull off a lot with built in logic instruments and plugins if I’m creative and meticulous.
I’m afraid if I start sinking thousands into software synths I’ll never recoup the cash. Let’s face it, gear-lust is a serious problem for musicians. Every time I get the mixing/sample rejection, I become self-conscious about my equipment. Or I could just be blaming it rather than face up to a lacklustre submission. It’s hard to know when it’s time to start down the gear rabbit hole. So many appealing toys, so little money.
It’s funny that you mention that. I have been thinking about how much of what I write and record for AJ is cliche’. Everything has been done before – I’m just doing variations on themes. The only problem is that those songs tend to sell better. They are more “commercial.” If I try anything too new, it won’t get approved or sell. There isn’t a lot of atonalism here, for instance.
Personally, I’m a bigger fan of sales than stars. I always appreciate the rare star, but don’t mind not getting one as long as the item is selling. Extended licenses are the best pat on the back as far as I’m concerned. Star or not, it’s always exciting when someone shells out $50 for a 30 sec. loop. I’ll take those sales over stars any day. I’m such a capitalist.