Off topic isn’t a bad thing, especially when you learn something new . I hadn’t seen the M5s yet. I know nothing about them, but did have the NT5s at one point and they were really a good value for the money – a matched pair around $400. I sold them when I got a couple of other mics but I kind of wish I’d kept them around.
The stereo bar actually looks really cool, and I couldn’t find it either, even on Rode’s site. I have an inexpensive one, and it’s fine but a little cheesy when I need to adjust it – it would be great to upgrade to a more solid one. Maybe it’s not on the market yet?
Telefunken ELA M 260, one of the best mics I have ever tried for acoustic recordings!
I would not mind getting my hands on a Royer 122 either…
I wondered if Telefunken would make an appearance in this thread . Those are pretty sweet mics, and you get three capsules out of the box, it looks like. I was also reading there’s an adapter you can get to attach Blue capsules as well – I bet it would look funky, but that’s intriguing for me because I have a few of those for a Bottle Rocket S1.
Awesome, Martijn! You’ve got one of the most solid portfolios out there – well deserved!
I like it! Yes, that is an unusual use of the ukulele, which just goes to show – as I keep trying to tell people here – it’s an extremely versatile instrument. I might not have known it was one at all if you hadn’t said anything.
Why not upload it here?
I understand the OP’s concerns, and obviously there is some support from the community for this. I honestly never really thought about badges in a negative way, I guess.
For me, the badges are a serious motivator. I’m on other marketplaces that don’t have this kind of system, and of course while I of course am ultimately motivated by money, and on at least one make more than on AJ, I don’t get the same excitement of nearing and reaching an arbitrary goal. It’s silly, but there’s also something deep in my psyche that desires that little digital trophy. So I’d hate to see them go away, and I strongly believe that they’re a big piece of the community nature of Envato that sets it apart from other marketplaces.
I’m not in a precarious situation, though, so it’s comparing apples and oranges. Where I am people certainly judge you by how much you make, no doubt, but there is no reason to fear for safety, and I have to pay taxes regardless of paw color. In any case, very few people actually take me seriously when I say my side job is selling little songs on the internet, and wouldn’t have any idea or care what that badge color means.
But sure, making it optional might be a good feature, though as even the OP points out it’s not difficult to determine the money somebody is making by counting sales, etc. If obfuscation is helpful, why not have a profile name and picture that separates your actual person from your online persona?
The geeky threads are the best.
These days I use the Beyer DT 770 for tracking and DT 880 for mixing (880s are open backed and not suitable for tracking when you’re using a microphone). Reasons are all the things Tim and Gareth mentioned, and comfort is not the least important. I also have a pair of 770s for my day job because I can have them on for hours and not get fatigued, or honestly even remember they’re on my head.
These pairs aren’t the cheapest, but they’re not too bad (around $200) and are really a good bang for the buck.
Yes, incredibly good news! I’m glad to hear that there is some serious focus on this issue, and I agree that as AJ moves into a more mature audio marketplace the quality of the submissions can only continue to increase. Thanks for the note, Ben!
I think closing the marketplace to new authors would be a mistake. A lot of top notch authors have joined in the last year alone. As noted above, there are other ways to control the amount and quality of accepted tracks if necessary.
Given the rapid growth of the library lately, it makes me wonder sometimes what Envato’s overall strategy is, not necessarily in a bad way. 27K of commissions from from authors with single sales sitting out there indefinitely seems more a liability than anything else. I guess so far (or at least last time I checked unscientifically by comparing year over year sales from the top authors list) total sales are also going up at a rapid rate as well, so maybe until this levels off the strategy will be to continue to build up the library. Maybe at some point there will be diminishing returns, and at that point the strategy will be to do some culling and stricter quality controls.
BTW Tim, thank you for bringing up that first point. I hate to single anyone out but the follow/unfollow game is pretty annoying. Seems also like a lot of work for probably zero gain.
Hey toraha, welcome to AJ!
There are very good arguments for and against going exclusive. Check out this thread (with links to several other threads) for some opinions this way and that.
Short answer: Exclusive means a much better percentage that can increase as you sell more, and a single spot to market your music. Downside is that you could be missing out on sales and exposure by posting to other sites. Non-exclusive means you can sell anywhere else that’s non-exclusive, including some places that sell for far more (but potentially less frequently) than AJ. Downside is a lot of maintenance work, and of course the 33% commission regardless of how much you sell.
There are also other considerations, e.g. Envato not allowing PRO registered music, selling from other sites gives you less visibility into where a song came from in the case of copyright infringement or other problems, selling on multiple sites helps make you immune from things you can’t control like website or search engine changes, etc.
Several of us have both exclusive and non-exclusive accounts, and may have tracks that don’t get posted to AJ at all because they’re PRO registered. You’ll usually find me with opinions on these sorts of threads because I’ve given it a lot of thought since joining here in 2009
Anyway, good luck in the jungle!