The authoring guide used to specifically state no solo-instrument tracks (with the exception of piano) now it says no solo instruments with only one note played at a time. I’m interpreting this to mean piano is ok, finger-picking guitar is ok, as long as there is sufficient complexity (IE harmony/chords+melody).
As someone who dabbles a bit in the sample-library business myself, I say you can’t go wrong sampling a nice piano. Remember, people can always buy drums, banjos, guitars, trumpets…whatever, but not too many people can afford to go out and buy a grand piano, let alone have the space for it. You can never have too many piano libraries, and every piano will sound a bit different. Piano players love piano libraries, and it’s the by far the easiest thing to script/program. As a musician/composer, you can always think about what kind of sample instrument you would like, that’s where the best virtual instruments come from.
I’m actually quite surprised that so many sample companies continue to make piano libraries. There are already so many of them on the market. With the market so saturated in piano libraries, how does a company justify the expense of putting in the time and financial resources to create yet another one? Unless it offers something the others don’t, I don’t see the benefit.
I personally have a few piano libraries (I bought Komplete 9 Ultimate so I have everything that came with that) and I feel like I’m pretty much covered for everything I could ever need. I find that I use The Giant most, but I also have Spitfire Audio’s Felt Piano (not the one you get with a donation, but the actual release) for the more intimate, cinematic tracks. The only other ones I’d consider purchasing would be ones that offer effects of some sort that alter the timbre of the instrument considerably and give it an extremely unique sound that I can’t get elsewhere.I’m not a professional piano player, so I guess the various types of pianos that have been sampled offer enough sonic variation to warrant the purchases. Is that how you feel?
Every piano has a different tone. A Fazioli will sound different from a Steinway, but even a Fazioli will sound different from a same model Fazioli given specific circumstances and how it’s recorded. It’s a bit like a guitar tone; there are already thousands of pedals and hundreds of amps to choose from, but a guitar player will always be looking for that next pedal or amp to tweak his tone just a bit. After awhile, you tend to get tired of the same piano sound (at least I do), especially if you write a lot of piano-heavy music, or music where the piano is the only instrument.
As someone who dabbles a bit in the sample-library business myself, I say you can’t go wrong sampling a nice piano. Remember, people can always buy drums, banjos, guitars, trumpets…whatever, but not too many people can afford to go out and buy a grand piano, let alone have the space for it. You can never have too many piano libraries, and every piano will sound a bit different. Piano players love piano libraries, and it’s the by far the easiest thing to script/program.
As a musician/composer, you can always think about what kind of sample instrument you would like, that’s where the best virtual instruments come from.
I’d have to agree about the vocal line sounding a bit unnatural. I’d replace it with Violins I or a theremin-type sound. The second track is fine, but maybe it’s just too short? I know whenever I’ve tried to upload short bits of music in the past I usually don’t get good feedback.
“Do I need to buy my own file to use if for a client i.e. as part of freelance work?
No. Actually you’re not permitted to buy your own item under our Envato Market rules for authors. You can re-use your own item for your own projects and for your own freelance work without buying it. If you’re working for a client, they do not need to buy the item from Envato Market because you are the author and you are authorizing your client to use the item.”
You can definitely use your own music for your own website, after all, it’s your music. I would just try to keep it in a streaming, non-downloadable format.
Ah yes, the ol’ “samples that sound like clipping but aren’t actually clipping issue.” Quite annoying.
Exclusivity vs Non-Exclusivity:
IMO, the difference between Audio Jungle and other stock markets is this: You will ALMOST DEFINITELY sell more copies of your tracks through AudioJungle, but other stock sites generally sell for more than AJ, so the dollar amount you get is bigger (regardless of the percentage) but generally most places are around 30-35%. I would recommend starting exclusive and seeing where it gos; if you manage to establish some decent sales here you might not need to try and sell elsewhere. 50% is a pretty good rate. My experience so far is that my Audio Jungle sales aren’t great but at least I get some sales here and there, on other sites it is extremely sparse. Some sites don’t even accept music anymore (revostock) other sites won’t allow you to sell with them if you sell on AudioJungle. These are things to consider. I think if you can’t sell music here you’ll probably have a hard time selling it anywhere.
Honestly its sounds ok to me production wise. The track is a nice bouncy happy track. If it were me I would bring in some high strings/brass/different percussion midway through just to switch it up, or else bring the synth/string pads that are in there now a little more up in the mix. Everything is mixed fine, I think in terms of production quality they probably mean the quality of the sounds/samples you are using. They push pretty hard for realistic sounds these days, and if you are going to do electronic/synth stuff the samples+sounds have to sound pretty fresh, IMO. Although overall the track sounds good, I do think the sounds are a bit dated, probably what they mean by “sample quality.” Sometimes just switching out one of the sounds can make all the difference.
Don’t sweat getting rejected, everyone gets stuff rejected all the time – I’d say they are right about 90% of the time when it comes to production quality. The real kick in the pants is when they say your song is fine but reject it because it’s not “audio jungle” material.