Nice work and a great achievement!
Based solely on my experience alone, which is limited, I found that it paid to invest in a few genres to start with so people had more opportunity to find you, especially if you are a fairly unknown commodity coming in to AJ. In the next few months after starting, you will start finding that people tend to like your work in a few specific categories. Then it probably pays to focus on those categories more than the others. I still will write for other categories, but since finding those few that people seem to prefer my music, I write the bulk for those few.
Again, this is only my perspective, and I came in fairly unknown with little true following. Your mileage may vary.
Hope this helps!
Sorry to be late to the party. Congratulations, Udo. I have enjoyed your work since day one. Best wishes for your increasing success!
What’s the point exactly of uploading a track you think is crap, expressing disbelief in these forums that it got approved, and then being surprised that it’s getting sales? ... Maybe I’m missing the point.
Actually, there is a great point here. The point is that the music we might consider great is not what our customers find great. Making the post here allowed discovery of that point. I think it is an observation that many of us have made here. What we think is great is not necessarily what sells or even gets approved because it is not what the customers are buying. The first step to discovering this is making the observation that the OP made.
Hope that makes sense.
Anyone for a beer?
MichalskiMusic saidSeriously? Gosh dangit, I’ve been working on arranging Mahler’s entire 8th Symphony just for AJ. My hopes have been dashed! lol, okay, kidding aside, I think taking excepts of Mahler-like music can be very useful. Classical music can be very long and obtrusive for production purposes, but taking key sections out of the pieces can be effective, I think.
They are not looking for a Mahler Symphony on Audiojungle.
It can be useful and effective but I am don’t think doing this should be mistaken as a viable business model for an AJ author. I would be very happy to find I am wrong on this.
A few thoughts…
While production quality certainly matters and strength of composition is also important, at the end of the day, people buy music that works for their project. They are not looking for a Mahler Symphony on Audiojungle. They are usually looking for a track that subservient to the rest of the content of their project.
My point? Usually what you think is a good track is not what the customer thinks is good at all, because strength of composition and audio production is secondary to the role the music will play in their project. It takes some time to really understand what this means…at least it did for me. It means a track that I think is stellar may not sell much at all, while another, simple, whistle a happy tune track will do well.
It’s not about being the next great hip hop artist. It’s about writing a hip hop track that will do well under a commercial for Nike. It’s about writing a track that enhances everything else in the project and not being a distraction. Actually, the last point is probably the most important. The track should not be a distraction.
Now back to drinking…
This…it should be required reading for anyone producing audio, IMHO…even though it is more textbook than manual.http://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Audio-The-Art-Science/dp/0240808371
Berlin-InEar saidOh yes Fasttracker II! I remember this one very good!
I love Propellerheads REASON 7.0 (beside Cubase 7.5)
Does anybody remember Impulse Tracker and Fasttracker II?
I started with this shizzle back in the 90s
sigh. I have a soft spot in my heart for EZ-Track on the Atari ST. I still miss how easy it was to use. Of course, no audio, but for sequencing, it was da bomb.