garethcoker saidThanks for the reply.
I’ll give my general opinion on this.
Many authors here have similar libraries. Some of them have what would be considered the very best libraries.If you give the same sample libraries to 2 different composers, you are likely to get different results. It is not just about mixing concepts and orchestration, it is about programming or what is now popularly termed ‘synth-estration’. I guarantee that MIDI data from one composer to another varies greatly, and thus composers using the same instruments get different sounding pieces of music.
What I meant is: he sent me his main melody with the chords and I made the arrangement using almost exactly same libraries and same techniques used in my track. There is no using the MIDI “out of the box”, it was carefully rearranged and some of it re-harmonized, re-orchestrated and remixed.
There is no 2 different authors, there is 1 arranger. The only thing from the other author was roughly the melody with the chord changes. If you put the tracks one next to each other you could see what I mean (I can eventually send you the links on private).
After taking the discussion to our Facebook group I was able to pinpoint the issue. It seems that people disliked the cello, especially the legato articulation. In my track I used a fake kazoo, in his track I used a cello.
Still, because he get a lot of hard rejections, he got a hard rejection on this one too, instead of a soft rejection with a “fix that cello buddy and you’ll get through”. I have the feeling that if I would have uploaded that track from my profile, from which I never got (well, not yet) a rejection, the reaction of the reviewers would have been different. That’s bias.
Thank again for the answer.
I promised him (the author) that I will record a trombone tomorrow (bought recently one with pistons, so I can play it like my trumpet), let’s see what will get from there… but still, it was a hard rejection…
I’m sad to see that the process is actually very biased. Yep.
There are authors that made a first good impression, and those get approved even if their files are… less standard, and authors that made a less impressive first impression and their files are constantly rejected.
A friend of mine send me a composition as MIDI, I was using same instruments that I used on one of my latest tracks and I was using a very similar mixing concept. The tracks, his and mine are quite similar as orchestration, feel and mixing. His track got rejected, mine got approved. Again I say, same instruments used. Explanation to him? low quality instruments… if 11 people are THAT much biased, then…
Maybe the most obvious advice, BE IMMORTAL. This is what I could come up with so far as solution, but I was born in Transylvania and I have photophobia and don’t really eat garlic… if you know what I mean…
I pushed the “Request Staff Reply” and it saddens me to see no answer in this thread…. from nobody.
In a overly crowded environment with coldplay/ u2 delayed guitars + piano (corporate style?) or ukulele + glocken + claps, a blues track would stand out I guess. Some of my best selling tracks are jazz and metal, so, you don’t have to follow the trends, sometimes you can go full against.
My worse selling track is an ukulele + glocken track, so…
Sounds good, very “woody” pizzicato, very open violins, nice. Also the piano sounds good, not really like the typical sampled instrument. What piano is that?
Also +1 to Toivo. While I agree to an overall sentiment that community needs to keep some constant healthy level of positivity, discussing problems, including low sales, is an important source of reassurance and unity among authors. Authors holding back from expressing their dissatisfaction would create fake, artificially sugary environment producing a lot of invisible (held back) depression.JBlanks saidIt would be MORE like Facebook – people trying to make their lives look better than they actually are.
This is not Facebook. It’s a marketplace.
Thinking how buyers are checking the forums before making a decision from whom to buy a fitting track makes me laugh. We are not a multi-level scam pyramid to “market” ourselves with hyper-positivity and “fake it till you make it” principle by screaming around how great everything is.That being said – less whining, more professional discussions – is certainly not a bad advice!
I took a look on your profile. You got 137 items approved, that’s much more than many others around. That means the reviewers think you did a good job, so, you’re doing fine from quality point of view.
93 sales, so, somebody did find your music useful.
I wish you that the issue is solved soon, your items approved and you start selling them Cheers!