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TortoiseTree says

Hey, yeah I’m assuming you’re doing an edit for a guy that’s already bought your project. If he hasn’t then obviously ask them to buy it first, you’ve been here a while, I’m sure you know that!

As for payment and contact, yeah it’s pretty much a one-on-one deal and as long as they agree on how to pay you and how much you should be able to take it from there!

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TortoiseTree says

Hey guys, I know there are too many threads that complain about sales and stuff but this isn’t about that. I just want to check with everyone else whether they’re recovered from the “holiday lull” we all experienced earlier.

Most authors that have been here a year (or at least six months) have a pretty strong idea what they can earn in a month and how many sales they can score. Yes, there is an ebb and flow to it but from what I’ve heard most people don’t vary too much (again referring to authors that have been here a while and have a decent size and strength to their portfolio).

I’ll share some of my numbers first and I’ll see how you guys compare. I had a great autumn and early winter and was scoring a lot of sales per month (in my mind) and quite a bit of money (again, in my mind), money that was used to pay energy bills, internet, phone etc… January (I know) was a big drought for everyone yet some seem to have pretty much recovered in Feb. As for me, my January was mediocre in sales and my feb is being saved by the amount of packs I’m selling but in terms of sales is pretty weak. I’ve been producing and writing as much as always (if not more) and have done more to update my site yet I still haven’t broken out of the drought.

I was wondering (again mostly asking ppl that have been here a while), how are you guys doing? Are your sales back to normal or are things still dry?

Again, not complaining but just trying to find out if it’s a marketwide issue or whether my music is (gulp) not in fashion this season or is outdated (a very realistic problem that a lot of authors fail to realise is a problem/choose to correct)!

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TortoiseTree says

Depends how much he wants you to do. In one case a client asked me to take away the melody so he could sing on top. That took five minutes so I did that for free. If he wants a serious re-arrangement than consider making him pay for it. Of course some people here advertise free edits so if you’re one of them you might have to honour your word by doing it for free. Of course all of it has it’s limits and YOU must decide what is too much. Check out other author’s official websites (Non-AJ) and you’ll see some commission rates and that should give you an idea how much to charge. As for payment, that all varies according to each of your countries, banks etc….

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TortoiseTree says

Hi everyone. I have a question. What do you guys do when a customer request a customization of your existing track and send you an e-mail about that. Maybe he wants it shorter or longer or in slightly different arrangement. Do you upload the new version to the existing item’s page or do any other way?

I normally email it to the guy. If you think the edit is a brilliant idea and would increase sales by including the variation, go for it. Otherwise I’d keep it simple and send it to him.

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TortoiseTree says

Hey guys, If you want me to add tracks to the collection please do it via forums. My AJ account links straight to my main email and that’s been flooded recently so often I miss/forget about certain requests. When I’m on the forums I’m on them and I normally put the songs up straight away!

SO keep up with the great vocal tracks guys!

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TortoiseTree says

Hello Tortoise

I have also a few full vocal tracks in my Portfolio. More on the POP side tho, but maybe you see a chance to add them to your collection as well :)

http://audiojungle.net/item/free-my-mind-/1051571
http://audiojungle.net/item/princess-bollywood-remix/904382 Thanks :)

Hey Sonic, Just added them! Pop works well in the collection!

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TortoiseTree says

I do it depending on the style. Like if I’m doing a soul, RnB or jazz track where lots of tensions, chromatics and upper structure triads are used I can “sneakily” go through keys and modes without it being too obvious and it all still sounds coherent. Some of my more film scoring style tracks are very modal hence again I can “sneak” around scales without it being too obvious.

In both occasions I’ve still scored sales. Now, if it’s a pop or rock track and you’re doing the ol’ raise it a half step to give it a fresh breath of air… that won’t work unless you do the whitney houston move as Patrick stated earlier. It sounds too obvious and it puts focus on the music, which it isn’t suppose to as chances are your music was used to support someone else’s project.

Mind you, if it’s a normal pop song which people buy to listen to on it’s own… I absolutely applaud key changing, particularly raising the half step or a minor 3rd!

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TortoiseTree says

I diversified my portfolio recently with some songs.

Sparkle And Shine (upbeat boy/girl song)

A Long Way Lost (downbeat Coldplay-esque boy/girl song)

Those Days Are Gone (harder more driving rock track)

I have a couple more about to be put in the queue with this vocalist. One is U2 pop-rock style, another is…hmm. Christian rock? lol..

And if you’re into country music…...

Whiskey In A Wineglass

Cool stuff Gareth! Listened to some of it, really liked it! I’ll add them to the collection right now!

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TortoiseTree says

Yeah man, I checked it out. I think it’s a really good idea to get an identity around here. A lot of the authors who have succeeded her innovated and started something new and it has helped their success. PinkZebra always has amazing images (where do you get them from man?) with each of his songs AND he was the guy that innovated the whole colour-system/his own subcategories and putting those in the preview thumbnails. Tim McMorris has a fantastic number system-contents page which he has in all of his pages to make them easier to navigate. Gareth Coker has these thin strip links which are very elegant and allow him to put a lot of visible links in very little area. These are a few amongst many authors here who aside from composing/producing amazing music are very creative and innovative with their marketing and web design and use that to their benefit!

So, keep at it man. Be famous for being the guy that does the witty item descriptions. Be quirky and fun!

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TortoiseTree says

This brings up an issue and I wonder if any of you thought this. Magix (Music Maker, not this Audio Cleaning Lab) was my first audio-type program I ever used/got comfortable with. It’s an OK program but really is child’s play compared to Logic, Reason or Pro Tools.

I find it a bit sad that they needed to buy audio here despite being a music company and having musicians and their own audio files from their music maker program. Tim once commented in a forum that he uses Reaper as his DAW, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t use Magix (I could be wrong though). It feels like they wanted to use Tim’s great song and style to quietly imply that their product would deliver such sound quality, thing is we all know he didn’t use it.

Before all Magix commercials used audio from the actual program, which is why I initially bought their stuff but now this just seems sad. I’m sorry but this made me lose respect for Magix…

On a brighter note, great job Tim!! Great to see your stuff being used everywhere!!

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