Posts by TortoiseTree

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TortoiseTree says

End of February through the first two weeks of march were a high point but since then I’ve been on a 7 week downtrend with each week being worse than the last. I might need to make the jump to non-exclusive sooner than later if this trend continues.

+1 I’m pretty tempted too but will still wait things out for a couple more months to recover. I’ve seen a 60% decrease on expected sales and I still really wonder what is causing the hit, could it be that new site I see being advertised everywhere?

I’ve noticed it’s a lot of the more senior authors here with large portfolios reporting the slow trend hence it being statistically viable that there is something. This is mostly for the music category, I have noticed those still reporting healthy sales have strong sfx/logo and ident portfolios.

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TortoiseTree says

I totally feel you on the slow sales trend, apparently not for everybody, but it has been very noticeable for me this month too.

@Greg: Yeah the slow sales trend seems to have affected nearly everybody, I have noticed though from the sales monitor that the ones mostly not reporting bad sales are relatively new authors (red ribbons) so I have feeling that either they have uploaded a large portfolio recently and are hence reaping all the new item sales or have been here such a short time that they have less to compare to and had it been april last year they might have made even more!

@RoyaltyFreak: As for the exclusive thing, I thought one had to wait the 30 days if you make the switch? It would be cool to get a staff reply on this…

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TortoiseTree says

It really depends what you want to do with your musical career to establish whether your should stay in AudioJungle or not. If you’re here waiting for things to take off for your band/solo career then I think your time is better spent looking for more gigs or finding new ways to promote yourself.

The people that do well here understand what production music is and who buys this type of music and what these places are all about. It really is it’s own thing, it’s not film scoring, it’s not producing albums it’s a very unique market and like any career has it’s own advantages and disadvantages.

To answer your question more specifically, convince you to stay in AudioJungle? If what you really want to do is be a film composer or rock star then there are other things your should be spending your time/efforts on. If you want a career in production/stock-library music this is a great place to start!

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TortoiseTree says


Reading this thread it seems that we all are on the same boat with sales :)
Life belts at the ready ladies and gentlemen…..women and children first….now where is Jack?

LOL

Captain: “Bosun, damage report?”

Bosun: “Full broadside. Major damage to the hull, Captain”

Captain: “Thank you, Bosun”

(little tidbit for fellow Master and Commander and Horatio Hornblower fans… also Star Trek if you set it in Space LOL)

Seriously speaking, this is all very odd… I wonder what’s behind such a drop in sales..

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TortoiseTree says


and we’re seeing a major drop in sales across a lot of different users.
Please explain what you mean by this. I think I’m missing something. How does what happened affect sales? ...because the last 2-3 days have been excruciatingly slow. :/

In hindsight I realise mixing the two topics in one post was not the best of ideas. I’m not saying that the hacking and the slow sales are correlated, I’m not ruling it out either but I don’t think they are.

What I meant was if you check the trends thread you see that a lot of authors (amongst them top selling ones like Martjin De Bont, Matt (AlumoAudio) and Carlos (Allegro120) and yourself Phil) have reported a MAJOR drop in sales. I too have seen a huge drop (I’d say close to 60%) and whilst I’m a medium selling author I do have a very large portfolio and any of you who know statistics know that a large sample size = more reliable trend estimates. Basically it means that I’ve been able to predict sales quite accurately over the past few years but have NEVER seen an anomaly like this.

For those of us who make a certain percentage of our living from this, this is pretty damn serious….

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TortoiseTree says

Some accounts are getting hacked because of this:

http://notes.envato.com/general/envato-response-to-the-heartbleed-ssl-vulnerability/

Everyone please change your passwords ASAP!

and we’re seeing a major drop in sales across a lot of different users. I wonder what’s going on… AJ represents a decent percentage of my earnings and all this stuff happening is really worrying me. I’ll be honest, I’m starting to freak out a bit. I know I’m supposed to post this on the trends thread but I think this is too big for that and needs to be discussed specifically.

Any views guys?

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TortoiseTree says

Yeah, I’m seeing a rather noticeable drop in April compared to March. Traditionally, April is supposed to be an improvement on march but so far it seems like the opposite. Seems to be a global trend mostly.

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TortoiseTree says

That’s odd. Isn’t their email included in the email they sent you? Normally the email they used to sign up with is included in the email that they send you and when you hit reply that’s where it goes.

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TortoiseTree says

Most of the classical sub genres here on AudioJungle have been very good sources of sales for me and I do actually consider a lot of my pieces inspired by modern classical composers like Philip Glass and Michael Nyman but I have noticed as of recently that whenever I try to place a track in “Classical – Modern” it gets sent to other genres. I’m fine with this so far as these have garnered sales regardless of where they have stood but I was wondering what is it exactly reviewers want in the Classical – Modern section anyway?

I have noticed that as of recently they want to put original orchestral pieces under cinematic and we are no longer able to put them under “classical – smaller ensembles” or “classical – orchestral” instead reproductions of famous classical pieces by famous classical composers have been filling these categories. That’s fine, I understand why they’ve done this. I don’t get it for Classical – Modern though. I’ve seen other high-end production libraries and they always have a section for “modern tracks with a classical flavour” as they are often used in sports car an other luxury product commercials. Even if they wanted to do what they’ve done in “classical – orchestral” for “Classical – modern” it’s not possible anyway as most modern classical composers are either alive or died rather recently (less than 70 years go) so their work isn’t in the public domain anyway.

I’d like to know what the plan is for the classical – modern section as it has been rather good for me and I do see a trend for this type of music selling rather well…

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TortoiseTree says

Cool, I didn’t really mind to be honest. Having tracks in queue made me feel less guilty about not writing LOL. Whenever the queue is short I’m always thinking “ooh, I have to take advantage!!” Anyway, congrats to those who are going to become reviewers!

Incidentally, you said there might be more reviewer spots at the end of the year, will we all have to apply again or will you consider from those that already applied?

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