I just received my first extended sale yesterday (hooray!). I hope it’s placed in a cool project and I thank the buyer for the opportunity. So my tally is 1 out of 16 since I joined in mid-October.
Congrats Tim – that’s a wonderful achievement! Best of luck moving forward.
As far as I know, you have to earn $600.00 per year or more to get a 1099 form. If less than that amount, it’s up to you to claim that income. If you do not receive a 1099 form, it will not be reported to anyone for tax purposes. Just food for thought…..
It has now been replaced by another song.
Thanks for the heads up on my category links, but they are working fine on my end??? Your YouTube link comes back as a “404” error and I can’t access your Facebook page either?? Ahh… the trials and tribulations we must suffer
muscma01 saidONLY TWICE?? I have this on a permanent loop at my house ..hee hee. No sales so far though on that song (sigh). YouTube has not really helped me so far.
Also I am a fan of those youtube links you have on there, very cool. Haha I watched the one with the pretty girl dancing twice. Awesome Job Jerry!
I think we all suffer to a certain degree of having G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) To answer your question, I think it really depends on what type of music you make. If you plan to make those EPIC cinematic trailers, then you probably have to have the latest software to remain current. Otherwise, think carefully before you purchase anything new (unless it is totally different than what you have). Success and sales can be fleeting.
My friend and I routinely have this same discussion. He wants (but can’t afford) to buy darn near everything new that comes out. He spends a lot of time researching and demoing those products, but rarely makes any music. I have recently had some “buyers remorse” on buying plug in’s that I now realize that I haven’t used in years, but I HAD to have them when they were introduced. Jeez, at least if they were physical objects, I could use them as decorations on the mantle to admire
Anyway, I decided a while ago to start concentrating on creatively using what I have now and only buying new VST’s when the price hits rock bottom. I think any purchases in the near future will be physical instruments like a ukelele or a violin, a lap steel or did I say ukelele I think that those types of instruments would be far more useful than yet another synth or EQ. In fact, I deleted 45 unused VST’s from my plug-in folder last night and I’m ready to perform a second go ‘round today. Less can be better in some cases too.
If it makes you feel good and you can afford it and if you will USE it regularly, by all means reward yourself. However, if you really can live without it, then do so. Just wait and pick it up next year at 50% off. You may thank yourself later
Great topic, best of luck
P.S. That was a killer flute sound you used on “Mourns of Solitude.”
Well, the folks from Graphicriver & Themeforest etc SHOULD have good looking promo pages. After all, they are the experts in design I think your profile page looks just fine and the graphics are nice! I spent all day Saturday sprucing up my profile page. Maybe someday I’ll learn how to do it fancier (sigh). Until then, it will have to do. Now I just have to learn how to attract more customers to view it on a regular basis….
Congrats, great job so far!
Mat, you’re on a major roll…..keep up the good work! Best of luck in 2013.