Stock music is weird, even commission work is weird – it’s hard to find a line between commercial marketability and stuff you actually want to write or that you are proud of. I respect all the guys who can crank out one commercial track after another – and make a decent living doing so – but I personally find it to be difficult. I think deep down we all know music is an art-form, and the business side of music can really get in the way of that. I’m sure everyone on this site has had a conversation or two with themselves about it. But I think at the end of the day the fact that you are making stuff and putting it out there is what counts.
These seem pretty decent. http://www.compositiontoday.com/sound_bank/percussion/sleighbells.asp
I usually use the sleigh bells in virtual drum line, but they are not that great. Really only good for orchestral stuff. Maybe next year I will sample some Christmas sounds, as they seem to be a fairly popular request.
It’s bit off-topic, but do the songs with christmas feeling sell well? Just wandering whether or not I should write some songs like that…
Hmmm, that’s an excellent question. To me, it seems like the Christmas Music market is heavily saturated by classics that retailers and businesses resurrect every year. You will usually hear around five renditions of Carol Of The Bells on various ads. IMO , the best bet is to rework those classics so that you make something that is both familiar and new. I think the market can be good, considering it’s the holiday that has the most staying power. These days (in America) it seems like we start celebrating Christmas in mid-November.
Hey guys, I live in Guatemala, you know… the home of mayan civilization, and a well known paleontologist from this country read on national television the mayan script which supposedly says that the world will end in 2012. He cleared that this old script only says that a new era will begin after 2012 because of a solstice… absolutly nothing dangerous for humanity… I hope jeje
From what I understand the Mayan Calenders were based around cycles, so this could just be the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. But even if they intended something else, I’m 100% sure the world is not going to end. There is a possibility that our civilization will end, like all civilizations before ours – likely, considering our broken system of economics and dwindling resources – but I don’t see it happening by the end of the year. Maybe in the next hundred or two hundred years, or maybe humanity will get it together, who knows.
Yes, I too have had the idea that shorter clips would be better when you are doing music searches (we could still have the full clip on the item’s page) but I think the logistics of having to do this is probably more than the AJ staff is willing to take on. Advancing a track seems like a bug to me…it seems to work fine on an item page most of the time, but in searches or lists it would seem almost impossible.
In every piece of music I write it seems more natural to start a bit more laid back and build to something special. I think the key is to make all parts of your composition equally interesting, and to make sure they all lead into-and-out of each other. Sometimes when someone whacks you in the face with something huge at 0:01, it can be distracting at the least, annoying at the worst.
I think non-exclusive rates are ok, considering you can spread your stuff around many websites and generate extra income…and that’s what Audio Jungle is to a non-exclusive author; extra-income. Maybe only $2.64, but it’s an extra $2.64 on top of income from your other sites people consider exclusivity. If they raised the rate to, say, 40% for non-exclusive, they’d have to raise the exclusive rate to 55 or 60%, but also probably raise the top-line commission rate (which is 70%) to something like 80% for Authors making all the sales. There has to be some kind of break between exclusivity and non-exclusivity. 50% over 33%% is decent enough to make someone consider exclusivity, if they are selling well enough. Audio Jungle’s pricing also seems relatively low compared to the rest of the stock market industry…might be a reason why the percentage rates they pay their authors would be lower. IMO , you can make it up in transactions, you just have to be selling the right kind of music. I think every market is different and can work for different people and different types of music.
It’s always a good feeling – making money from something you put into the world and love doing. I could be paid a thousand dollars working for someone else, and probably still get a better feeling from making 7 dollars off my music. I think this validates the old saying “money isn’t everything.”
Welcome aboard Jerry, best of luck in your future sales and music.
Denny, you are right, but that’s always been the case with music and it always will be. Music moves in trends; what sells tends to fit within those trends. Someone found a formula that includes ukulele and glockenspiel, so a thousand people try to write around that formula. But trends come and go, and in 10 years it will be a different market over-crowded with a whole new trend. The key is to try to be the guy who comes up with that new trend. That’s how you make money and become successful – by getting there first. I think the boat has sailed on certain kinds of songs, because there are composers here who have already done everything you can with that stuff, and have been successful at it. That slice of the pie has been eaten. I make music because I like doing it…if something sells, it’s a bonus. I think most people who buy music don’t really understand much about it – at least not on an analytical level like most of us probably do – and especially, most people buying stock music are probably just looking for something that “sounds like” something they have heard elsewhere, or that has the “feel” they are looking for. But tastes are always changing. All the music from TV commercials and television shows in the 70’s and 80’s – you couldn’t get a dime for that stuff now. We are products of our time.
Protools comes with ELEVEN free, which is their free/demo version of their own amp modeling program. I’m not sure how useful it is, but if you like it you can always upgrade to the full edition.
They also sell an ELEVEN RACK /PROTOOLS software and hardware bundle for around $800? dollars but I’m not sure if it comes bundled with a “light” or “full” edition of protools.
Congratulations. I think some of us have experience when it comes to how hard it can be to reach even 25 sales.