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TJMusic says

Logo + simple equalizer animation is still good idea for music promotion.

When I try to upload such video, it gets less than 20 views per month. So it’s not working, unless I’m missing an important part.

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TJMusic says

I think you got the point, but I’m not sure for the reason. Is it because animation is so much more difficult to make than music, or because I have 20+ years experience in music and only about 2 years trying to learn animation? This music track took about 2h to fully produce and the video took about 2 months, so definitely there was a point of not dragging it even longer.

Usually I was using even worse videos to promote better music tracks, and they failed to bring many views, obviously. A few years ago, using AudioJungle/VideoHive contest loops was working nicely, I have 2 videos with 5 digit number of views from that times, but this year if I upload a video based on simple freebie loop, it doesn’t get any YouTube views at all. I suspect YouTube search algorithm just got harder, and it works only for videos that bring genuine interest.

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TJMusic says

Have you ever tried to create a music video that would be funny enough to generate its own shares and likes on YouTube? I had such idea in mind for long, but making videos takes a lot of time unfortunately. I’ve spent years on a complex video for one of my AudioJungle tracks and still haven’t finish.

Here, I’ve tried to make things as simple and easy to make as possible, but still funny, and I’ve completed this video in about 2 months:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tJcvDg23bc

This video is not advertising any of my AudioJungle tracks, just one of my freebie tracks. But I definitely will make more videos of this sort also for my more serious music tracks, from AudioJungle portfolio.

What do you think about such ways of promotion?

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TJMusic says

It makes no sense charging money (even mere $1) for music that is watermarked. But what also came to my mind, now I can post YouTube videos of my AJ tracks without watermark, if they advertise iTunes sales instead of AJ sales. Watermarks aren’t much of a protection anyway.

Other question that comes to my mind is if the name of the track should be the same on AJ and iTunes? I will probably rename some tracks on AJ to the titles more suitable for broader audience. I hope it’s not too hard to get item name change accepted.

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TJMusic says

That’s really great news! I think some of my older tracks are a bit more suitable for personal listening purpose than for production music, but still I wouldn’t like to take them out of AJ, and I wouldn’t release them with PRO when somebody already licensed it on AJ. This new option is the best solution for such tracks.

Recently I started to consider releasing some PRO registered music on CD Baby – obviously none of the tracks I have on AudioJungle. If I could also publish some AJ tracks there – just without PRO registration – it would be great way to quickly build a bigger portfolio there. Now I just need to research, if it is possible on CD Baby to use a single account for publishing some tracks with PRO registration and licensing options, and others without these features, like required by AudioJungle.

Has anybody some experience with that? Like having non-PRO tracks and PRO tracks on one CD Baby account?

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TJMusic says

I thought that it’s not important to include many cuts as the buyer can make them on their own, but recently, this forum thread given me second thoughts about this:

http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/ferrari-video-10-or-15-seconds-lenght-music/129848

The buyer says there:

I’m not able to do it! i’m a video editor but i’m not good with audio!

I wonder if there is a significant portion of our buyers who also don’t feel like editing the audio themselves and would like to have ready-made cuts exactly matching their applications. If this is the case, I think it might be good idea to include a few additional cuts of the song with lengths matching typical lengths used in TV advertisements, like multiplies of 5 seconds (because TV ads almost always have length of multiplies of 5s like 10, 15, 20 or 30 seconds).

I think I’ll try to make such cuts from some of my songs, and see if I can make really interesting cuts several seconds long from 2min songs.

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TJMusic says

I remember it was required to use constant bitrate, and in CBR, 128kbits is pretty low – the MP3 encoding losses are easily audible, unless you listen on very cheap equipment. I always upload previews in 160kbits CBR, I think it was somewhere explicitly required when I joined AudioJungle. Maybe the requirements have changed since then.

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TJMusic says

The fixed version sounds really nice to me :) Good luck with next project.

I’d like also to suggest one additional method for future mixing that sometimes is helpful for me when it comes to drums timing. I don’t know how can it be done in your DAW, but I record each instrument group to a separate WAV file and then I mix them in multitrack audio editor. There, I can see a waveform of each group and zoom them in. I’ll zoom the tracks near the point of beat and look on the shape of waveform if attack of kick or snare is properly aligned with attack of lead instruments. This way I don’t control the timing only with ear, but also with eye. It’s sometimes hard to head milliseconds of timing error, but it’s easily seen when zoomed in.

It doesn’t mean that I quantize and align all the instruments precisely to the beat, but I control their alignment and I can delay some of them deliberately. But some sounds, like lead instrument or kick, sound very sloppy if they are several ms behind accompaniment instruments. I often put them a bit a head if this sounds good. Also, slow attack instruments can be aligned in time much better if looking at their waveforms instead of looking at MIDI data.

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TJMusic says

It seems that music packs are waiting in the queue as long as new music tracks. My upload is 50% now after 5 days. I hoped packs go faster because the items have already been accepted but it seems they wait in the same queue. Only editing the item and fixing a soft-rejected item are faster than normal upload.

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TJMusic says

Composing takes between a few hours and a few months for me. The tracks composed in few hours sell better than the ones composed in few months, but the more difficult ones allow me to develop my skills and also they add some nice quality to the portfolio even if they are not that commercial.

Recording and mastering of composed track almost always takes me a few weeks that adds to composing time. I need to listen to the working mix many times on different equipment in different places, letting the ears rest, and after all major changes in mix and mastering settings I need to listen again, and it takes a lot of time. Whenever I didn’t spent additional few days listening after a change, I have regretted this later, because it turned out that I would change something more and it was too late and the track was already accepted. Of course the track can always be edited later for such fixes, but it’s better to upload it in the ultimate version.

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