So as of late, I’ve been noticing that any synth-predominant track I upload here gets hard rejected. Initially I thought it was a fluke but I soon began to notice that it was a trend. Initially this was when I was using some of Reason’s combinator patches and pre made synths and the reviewer said the sounds sounded dated (on numerous occasions) so I got the message and stopped using those patches. As of late, even synth tracks that heavily feature some of the synth sounds I use from Absynth and FM8 are getting hard rejected too.
So here is my question, is there a really nice (and probably expensive) VST/program for synths or is it (gulp) about knowing how to tweak these programs and synths to make them sound nice?
Or is the answer in buying outboard synths?
If it’s about tweaking do you know any good guides?
I try tweaking them myself but rarely does any of it sound nicer than the pre-made patches made by the company that made those VSTi’s.
Learn from the masters of branding:
+1 Great idea mate! Only thing is I believe that the author test no longer exists so I think we would need to revert to your other idea that someone needs at least one purchase or approval to write on the forums. Great thinking!
Envato please listen to the man!!
Second and final submission into the competition:http://audiojungle.net/item/christmas-family-comedy-suite/8916317
I’d say I buy gear as promotions happen/as I travel to countries where gear is cheaper. I’ve currently moved out of Sydney for a few months so I had to buy a few basics again (mic stand and pop filter) but I did sell stuff when I left so it all equals out.
As a percentage it comes out to about 12%-20% a year but that is in itself a slightly false number as A.) I already had a lot of gear from graduating music college and B.) some of that gear I buy for fun and I secretly know it won’t directly make any money for me any time soon! Like buying foreign instruments when you go to other countries on holiday, many times those instruments aren’t tuned the best and don’t sound so good in recordings. I just tried writing a song that featured o few of these “instruments” and I got a big hard reject in the face for it! lol!
I’m currently in between things right now and supposedly told myself I would be composing/producing more, working on my marketing and advertising more and just generally focusing on my music career now that I have more free time. I even moved city temporarily (but am planning on returning to Sydney by next year) so in that sense I’m experiencing the whole moving + focusing on music more thing right now.
Have I? Well, yes but I’ve also been working on other things and one thing that kind of happens when you go from one job to another and you have free time in between is that a LOT of stuff you’ve been pushing aside suddenly comes tumbling into that free time and you find that you should address it.
Also transitions take time and money so you may find that it may take a while before you get back into the groove of things music-wise. Furthermore as Adam said earlier,once you’re relying on yourself more for income (rather than on your job where the income is fixed) the mental strain of how much you make from music really goes up a bit.
On the positive side, I have found that moving (and travelling) has really cleared up my mind a lot and I have been able to compose/produce more than I was before (I had been going through a mental/creative rut) and that I’ve begun having new ideas again. Also I’ve been able to really take a step back and assess where my career is going and that is a plus too from the new perspective and free time.
To sum it up, I’d say yes the transition is nice but its important to first ensure a smooth transition and secondly then focus on your music afterwards so everything goes well. Write up a business plan and really be aggressive on the whole marketing thing, simply writing /producing more is ok but may not yield the results you want financially as efficiently.
If you want to discuss details please do send me a personal message via the AudioJungle “contact me” box (or anyone else who is interested) as it is something I would enjoy to discuss in detail but I think there is some personal and private information that I would rather not just leave in public for anyone to read.
I saw this through my Facebook feed and gave it a quick read:http://pando.com/2014/09/26/how-to-make-it-in-the-new-music-industry-the-long-slow-ascent-of-electronic-star-tycho/
Some pretty good info here. Hope you guys find it useful too!
@ Synchrotron and @KabbalisticVillage:
Thanks for the quick reply guys!
Hey guys, quick question about the competition.
“Please note: Eligible tracks must be 2 minutes or longer. Additionally the item must include at least two shorter commercial-length versions as well, such as a 1 minute edit, a 30 second edit, or a 15 second teaser version of the track.”
Does that mean that the edit must either be 1 minute, 30 second or 15 second or are those just examples?
For example I just uploaded a track with a (1:15) version and I’m guessing that is ineligible.
Anyone know if it’s one way or the other?