I think the new colour palette is much better. The place always looked so dingy before. Most other websites have white backgrounds so I’m sure authors and buyers will be able to cope.
Since our launch in 2006, our terms and licenses have expressed Envato Market as a platform with direct transactions between buyer and author…
This is absolutely not the case. I’ve been here since 2009 and have no idea who buys my tracks – no name, no email, no location. Not a single detail, and no way to find out . “Commission” has been the word used to describe the payment authors get. And never have I heard authors described as “sellers” until this whole VAT calamity.
“Direct transactions” is a system like eBay. Envato Market clearly follows a different model. End of story.
I’m encouraged by Collis’ post of 9 Dec which states that Envato will “be managing the EU VAT compliance (i.e. collection, record keeping, invoicing, remittance, and so on)...” This is in line with advice from HMRC (the tax collecting authority in the UK) and an indication that Envato is in a roundabout way acknowledging that it is indeed the seller.
Music software and hardware developers seem to be particularly tardy when it comes to keeping up with the latest OS version. General Yosemite compatibility, certainly for non-music apps, is from my experience excellent. There’s been a public beta out for months so hopefully most devs have tested and updated their software.
I use Symphobia 1 for pretty much all my orchestral samples – I’ve found it to be an excellent sounding library. One thing I try to do to get things sounding musical is automate the modulation/volume during long notes. Particularly in classical orchestral music, long notes tend to change in dynamics over time, so automating the volume can help with realism.
Having a wide stereo image has really helped me get things sounder bigger. Here’s a good overview: How to Boost Your Audio’s Stereo Image.
For me, making improvements to the way I mix has made the biggest difference. The Inflator and FX-G make an already decent mix sound bigger. Sometimes easier said than done, of course.
Great story, thesaka24. I wish you every success here at AJ!