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TortoiseTree says

Here’s the thing, is the only way to get sales going to be to keep writing new music?

For most authors… yes! Basically, some customers searching here just click on the genre they want, listen to 20-30 tracks then pick the one they liked most. Since the files here are initially organised by date (very smart envato) it gives recent items a shot at a sale since these rushed customers like to pick quickly. It is good to constantly keep adding to stay relevant here. There’s a guy I buy a lot from on PhotoDune and one of the main reasons is that he uploads often so I constantly have access to new media that no-one has every used. I’m sure certain customers here like buying from the same author once they’ve realised they like all their tracks,

Of course, once you’re here a while and your portfolio starts to grow slowly your sales will become more regular. Especially if you have invested a bit in genres other than corporate/motivational. Of course having a “big hit” can’t hurt you, of course getting a big hit is very hard too!

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TortoiseTree says

Yes, you can sell files on all the marketplaces with one profile, like this guy. They will be in separate portfolios, you’ll have 1 audiojungle portfolio, and one videohive portfolio :)

That guy is epic. He even has a .gif (or something) for his homepage banner, don’t know how he did that. Anyway, very cool!

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TortoiseTree says

“Birds of the same feather, flock together” most musicians are friends with other musicians. This is natural as one normally seeks companions with similar interests.

One big tip I learned for networking is to make a special effort to meet people outside your circle, even if it means doing something that’s not 100% related to your career. An old schoolmate of mine met a director in his ping-pong club and ever since he’s been scoring hollywood movies. If you have the money, one useful thing you could do is join a film school for a semester or so. You will learn more about the world of cinematography and meet the people who will be directors and producers in the future.

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TortoiseTree says

Thought this was a good video to share. Helps keep us in a good mindset when mixing. http://themoderncomposer.com/2014/03/07/the-simple-secret-to-mixing/

I’ve seen this, it really changed my perspective on mixing. Thanks for sharing!

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TortoiseTree says

Hey guys, I’m quite relieved to hear that this article also resonated with a lot of you and that I’m not alone feeling the way I do. A lot of my colleagues think that this is “easy” work as I’m doing what I love but I think many don’t realise what burdens lie behind it. Between site maintenance, keeping up with technology and trends and managing the time spent on all this that actually it can be quite an emotional toll, especially when sales don’t quite meet predictions and expectations. We all get really bothered during slow sales periods and I definitely feel more stressed and agitated on days I don’t score sales.

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TortoiseTree says

Hey guys, just read an article that I think really applies to a lot of us here. As much as we see ourselves as artists and craftsmen, we are entrepreneurs too that have set up shop here in this marketplace. This article covers really well some of the emotional turmoils we go through (especially when there are less sales than we normally expect LOL) check it out:

http://www.inc.com/magazine/201309/jessica-bruder/psychological-price-of-entrepreneurship.html

Enjoy!

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TortoiseTree says

So I rented a movie recently and when I put the DVD in the player trailers began to show. I enjoy watching trailers so I didn’t skip and watched them all. I knew of none of the movies as they were all B movies and C movies (mostly C movies) and the music for some for the trailers (and I imagine the films too) sounded really cheap and awful. The whole time I was thinking, why don’t they just buy a few tracks and packs from AudioJungle, edit bits here and there and put that in? With the quality we are pushing here now I can definitely imagine it would have been way better. I even asked myself where they got that awful music from (will try to find a link to it), perhaps some website that offers free stock music… perhaps the director decided to compose the music himself…

Do any of you know if in C movies if they hire composers or if they use stock music and if so what type of budget are they looking at?

I’m just a bit appalled as both personally and digitally (here on AudioJungle) I know so many talented composers/producers and I really see no reason for movies to have bad music if they just hire someone, be it a composer or a music supervisor who puts in stock music.

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It seems as though Envato has telegraphed what they intend on doing, a three dollar raise to popular items by the top authors. This still allows huge companies to come in here and get a track for next to nothing for a national ad campaign.

Isn’t it ironic how this plan will benefit 2 parties: Envato, and top authors already succeeding on this site. I suppose I should stop complaining, I noticed a co-relation between complaining and sales.

I don’t know if I agree with this one. I mean so far you’ve made a lot of very valid and observant points and I do thank you for starting and fuelling this very interesting topic.

On the subject of top authors getting the price raise, I actually feel it should be raised more and this would really benefit all. A 50% raise wouldn’t be a bad place to start, let’s say their 17 USD tracks go up to 25 USD (not even 50%, just nice numbers to play with). Top authors already have their loyal clientele and they show up for top of most lists anyway, their clients will gladly pay that amount and as you’ve seen there is quite a lot of big hitters buying from these guys and for them an 8 dollar difference (40 for extended) will not stop them or make a difference.

Also take a listen at Tim McMorris’ and PinkZebra’s new songs, it’s reached a point for them where studio recording (I know I said this before LOL) makes financial sense (chances are they own their own studios at this point). So yeah, their tracks ARE worth more as they are recorded as such and I think they deserve it too.

It helps the rest of us as the more “casual” clientele here will be more likely to buy amongst the “normal” authors to save money and may even mean a slightly bigger share of the pie for the rest of us. Big clients also benefit as they can feel that the tracks they bought are more “exclusive” and less likely to appear in some silly vlog. Top authors win as their total revenue would increase, and other authors would get a few more sales. Envato also wins as it’s more money for itself.

Whilst, I’m in complete agreement with everyone here that a broadcast license is desperately needed. I think charging more for the top author’s top tracks is a step in the right direction and should be expanded for the benefit of all.

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TortoiseTree says


this is even more interesting:

Awesome Matteo :)

Check this one out, check the “forecast” box! Competition losing

That pretty much answers the question for a lot of people considering going non-exclusive.

Envato, you might be tempted to block out that link… but that link is an amazing piece of motivation for your authors to stay with you. Keep the link up for others to see.

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TortoiseTree says



this is even more interesting:

... and then for fun, delete one and add “themeforest” :D

O_O

most of us chose the wrong marketplace! :D:D:D

I was half considering throwing my hat in on ThemeForest…given I also have a fine arts/graphic design and engineering background I thought it would be easy…. it’s not that it’s hard, it’s just very different and you really need to get the lingo. It’s a good market and I am personally trying to predict what might be hot next. Looking at 3DOcean and VideoHive….

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