I have to be biased on this and say the UK, if I were to say “abbey road” or “air studios” or “The Beatles” or “The Stones” or forgive me for this, “Simon Cowell” Yeah I know the last one’s a bit iffy but hey we can’t win em’ all LOL .
I have used it on occasion. But I find it to be rather limited when it comes to tweak-ability, I have also used Nomad factories “Magma” which is pretty similar to EZ Mix but has much more tweak-ability. In the end though I always find myself going back to traditional mastering techniques. Compressor Limiter EQ. etc.
The purists amongst us will always say Mac, but in truth $ for $ PC’s are cheaper and much more upgradeable. A new mac-book air in the UK costs around £1000! Yet you can build a liquid cooled monster PC for that. Windows 7×64 is very stable thankfully. I have owned a mac, and a many PC’s and I will always go to PC’s now. Of course you have to take your DAW in to account as well, I run Cubase 6.5 and have never had any crashes or lock-ups even before I upgraded to 6.5, this is on a custom built system too.
Unfortunately it seems to me that the vast majority of high sales music is the jingly jangly banjo/ukulele, celeste/Glock driven stuff that you hear on just about every major TV ad campaign. Now while I don’t mind writing this kind of stuff, after a while it just sounds like everything else. The competition amongst the top authors is fierce in this neck of the woods and in truth, anyone would be hard pushed to top these major sellers. Personally, I use AJ to write stuff I like to write, Mainly Electronica and rock/classical. I get more satisfaction from it, and while I don’t have huge sales, I know when someone buys my music it is truly original and not based on formulaic instrumentation. That said, I am in the processes of completing 18 tracks for a Production Library. Where royalties come into play. What they want is completely different to the top selling stuff on here. More mixed Genres like Grime/Classical or Pop/Breakbeat. This is way more challenging and wholly more satisfying to write. I don’t want to call AJ because it is the place I actually started to sell music properly, but for me writing for a major production library is the end goal. So in answer to your question,
- More Sales=Jingly jangly corporate
- more satisfaction=what you want to write
What an interesting thread, to hear peoples opinions on why their stuff is selling/not selling. I agree with a lot that’s been said on here about correctly marketing your music, I also disagree with a lot of it too. For me the facts are this. If you put no effort into marketing your music whether it be well or badly mixed, the chances are you will make very few sales. The flip side to this is that if your stuff is badly mixed then it won’t sell anyway. You could use the analogy “you walk into a phone store and see a brand new iPhone 5s for $200, right next to it is a Nokia brick, for the same price, they both do the same thing, but one looks and feels and sounds amazing, which one are you going to buy?” The simple truth is the top authors are the top authors because they have professional sounding stuff, they market their stuff well and because of that now have “word of mouth” marketing too. For example, I don’t own an iPhone but I sure know what one is, I know what it can do, I know what it looks like. Whether we like it or not AJ is a marketplace, so by it’s very nature is a competitive place, with the best stuff attracting the most purchases. I fail to see why people find this annoying, or a reflection on their own music. If you believe your stuff is of the same quality as the top authors, then shout about it, tell the world, the internet is used by billions of people every single day, but if you don’t tell them, how will they ever know you exist? Don’t wait for AJ to put you in the “new top authors” or “featured author” or “featured file” slots, sit on your butt in front of your computer and put twice as much effort into marketing your music as you did writing/mastering it. The sales will come. I’ve been on here a year and have only 94 sales, this is because I spent to much time concentrating on getting stuff up, rather than marketing. Now for every track I write I spent at least the same amount of time, updating twitter, writing on Facebook, Google+, YouTube, MySpace, I’ve even started to learn about “white hat” SEO techniques, website optimization, keyword research. The list is endless, but it has to be this way, otherwise I will be consigned to a few sales a month.
I know this is an old (ancient) thread, but I just had to say something as I’ve just bought myself a copy of Melodyne 2. It’s amazing stuff. Autotune is a great tool, but this new DNA scripting in Melodyne is fantastic. Having lots of fun experimenting. Just made myself sound like the Bee Gees the harmonies are perfect. I would recommend this piece of kit to anyone.
Okay so all my new stuff now goes up with WAV files included as well as mp3’s. The next question I want to ask is; are we allowed/should I included the WAV files for each track dry and each track mixed with FX and EQ? My reasoning is this, a buyer may hear something they like in a piece but are put off by some of the other instruments/phrases etc. Given the option to pull out a single phrase or instrument or track they may just be tempted because of the freedom it gives them when putting the music to their project.
It’s also been my best month, ever. You just have to keep doing as AudioMonks says and the sales will follow.
Do you think buyers are put off by only including the MP3 ? If so, I have wasted 10 months, because of my own stupidity Thinking about it now I have no idea why I have not included the wave file as well as the MP3 . I have 5 tracks in the que for approval, do you think I should take them down and put the wave file with them and re-upload them to the que?