I don’t know the exact statement of course, but maybe the spirit of it was to not use superfluous keywords just to pack it out to 30, since that might lead to appearing in searches that don’t relate to the track and just annoy the buyer. But I doubt that it’s advisable to arbitrarily use fewer keywords, if there are more that can specifically describe the music or feeling.
Mat, you are absolutely right. I did measure the distance to the mics when starting, but the guitar can move while you play, or the performance can be different, etc. Also, the uploads were uncompressed, but Soundcloud did mush them for sure. Though the fact that you can hear the difference even through that I thought was significant.
I did try to normalize, but you’re right – because they’re two different signals I had to sort of manually tweak them and use a best guess.
Okay, I should be able to do a single recording and then pass it through the line input like you said. I’m curious as well, and actually I may be able to add MOTU converters in as well if I get motivated to take them back out of the box . I’ll keep you posted…
BTW I don’t mean to bash RME at all – I have the UCX and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Oh, and thanks for the compliments (though I can always hear every single mistake I make in my performances :)).
I love that graphic. You’re probably lucky if the end user has paid as much as $12 for their headphones
BTW I want that mic.
blind test guys!! @mat, I also have a second hand fireface800 that I use for mobile work, sounds great!
Okay, you asked for it Though I didn’t make it a blind shootout: https://soundcloud.com/jhungermusic/sets/bla-vs-rme-shootout
This particular test is actually not very helpful for this discussion, but I had the files handy and I thought I might just demonstrate that converters alone can make a difference. I recently got a BLA White Sparrow Mk 2 A/D converter because I really want to have 2 channels that are the best possible. When I first plugged them in I did a test with just acoustic guitars, a ukulele, and a shaker. The disclaimer is that although I tried to be scientific, there is of course limits to what I can accomplish on my own. However, here are the parameters:
- Comparisons are between converters in the RME UCX and converters in the BLA Sparrow
- The converters should be the only difference in the takes, since I bypassed the pres in the RME and the Sparrow has no pres
- The same preamps, Great River MP 500-NV, was used for all tracks
- The same mic, I believe a modded Oktava MK012, was used for all stringed instruments. I normally use an SM7 for shakers, so I may have switched the mic for those, but whatever it was was consistent for both units.
- The only thing I did to the tracks was attempt to match the volume. For the “all instruments” tests unfortunately I had to AJ watermark them because this test turned into one of my songs for sale
Whether you like the RME better or the Sparrow better, you can’t deny that they are very different.
EDIT – oh, I guess there were vocal ooos in there as well. Keep in mind – no mixing and no Melodyne
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My answer is still exactly the same as it was two years ago in this thread . I could quit my day job now (not on AJ earnings alone, but on revenues from all stock sites), but I will feel a lot more comfortable once I’ve met some pretty serious financial goals first (pay off mortgage, pay for my daughter’s eventual college education, have a certain amount in savings, etc.). I’ve come to peace with the fact that it puts me about 5 years out at least. The good news is that by that time I should have a pretty good idea of whether it’s viable or not for me to make such a move, and also get 5 more years of much needed composition, performance, and production experience under my belt.
Uploaded 2 tracks last night, one to my exclusive profile, and one to my non-exclusive profile. The one uploaded to my exclusive profile was reviewed and posted within 2 hours (thanks, David!), and the other one appears to be taking the normal queue time. Both songs were in the same category.
To venture an uneducated guess, maybe songs are going to different reviewers’ queues and some are more backlogged than others (or on vacation, or on a weekend, or working part time, or whatever…). In any case, I doubt there’s anything insidious going on – probably just load balancing of some sort. 4-5 days is still pretty quick in my opinion.
This business has become one of the most unpredictable models I’ve ever had the pleasure to operate in, and there are just so many unseen factors to consider.
Agreed – unfortunately it’s all too easy to get complacent when things have been (relatively) predictable for years .
I think it’s time for me to stop posting about this and get back to work, but I thought I’d do one more follow up on something I said earlier, which was that I thought that I wasn’t getting as much variety of sales as previous months. Well, I tallied up September vs. November and found that I was completely wrong – not only was the variety of sales pretty much the same, most of the best selling songs kept around the same percentages of the total sales as before – some switched spots but nothing significant.
Except… pack sales. In September I had 28 pack sales, accounting for 10% of my total sales and 25% of the revenue. In November, I had 10 pack sales accounting for 5% of my total sales and 12% of the revenue. So I thought that was kind of weird – maybe just a fluke .
Final tally for November was about 63% of my monthly revenue average for the first 10 months of 2013. Whether it was the search engine changes, Google algorithm updates, or something entirely unrelated (or a combination of many things), it was a very sudden and noticeable drop unlike anything I’ve seen before.
Right, who’s turn is it to say how well their sales are going?
Ha ha – okay, my turn, and I will sound like a broken record! Quite noticeably badly – I’m still tracking to end at about 60% of normal in November, essentially putting me back to February 2012 levels after nearly 2 years of steady inclines. Anecdotally, I’m also getting much less variety of songs selling – mostly just my top few that have been around a while – but I’ll need to do some comparisons at the end of the month to see if I’m just imagining this.
Strangely, I’m getting as many or more page views as ever, though my bounce rate has increased since October. Again, I’m wondering if I’m either coming up in searches that aren’t appropriate, or if I’m getting more competition in the search results.
BTW, thanks for the awesome information, Matt! This month has been an excellent wake up call for me that I will need to start really learning how best to stay on top of these trends, and in general how all this stuff works (it would benefit me in my day job as well – win win).