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jhunger says

Hey guys, you are not released yet. Getting a track approved is only the first hurdle. For an author, who is doing this not just for fun, the main obstacle is the minimum of 50$ you have to earn before you can withdraw your earnings. Until you have cracked this nut you don’t went through the real AJ-author experience. ;)

Actually the true AJ author experience is getting a 3 star rating because the song “could be a little bit longer” :)

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jhunger says

Let’s put it this way, then – the entity who is buying the tracks is doing so on the bet that he/she/it will make a profit from the purchase, probably within a given amount of time (2-3 years max). My comment was not at all about honor, but strictly bottom line – does 2-3 years in the hand outweigh sales you could get over 50 years? Maybe… but probably not. Anyone in the position to offer cash out of hand will be savvy enough to be able to turn a hefty profit off the deal.

One of the reasons I continue doing this gig is that the work I do remains my own, unlike at a day job where your hour worked only pays for that hour and no more. We are in a unique situation where we are creating sought after intellectual property that can be endlessly sold and doesn’t expire – that’s what you’re giving up by letting that go.

Sure, everybody has their price. If somebody came along and offered me 5 million USD for my portfolio, I’d take it in a New York minute and never look back. But any realistic offer will likely be a serious trade off and probably a long term loss.

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jhunger says

Good News! My desktop PC could power up the HDD ( or the HDD inside connected to the casing while carrying ). Now I will buy another external HDD and copy the contents. Shame on you Native Instruments! Cheers!

Awesome (sort of – at least I’m glad you got it working :))! What a pain, though. I wonder what the general failure rate of those disks are. Well, at least you’ll have a backup now :)

Good luck installing the rest of the way and many weeks of fun discovering all the new stuff!

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jhunger says

I actually had this opportunity a few years back – it was roughly 2.5 times what I estimated I was making per year on my portfolio at the time, so not a small chunk of change. I declined, and I’m very glad I did – about three years later it turns out I was much better off keeping ownership of my tracks.

My opinion is either never to do this unless you’re in dire straits, and then make absolutely sure it’s well worth your while. Your musical works are your assets, and on top of that music doesn’t have a shelf life like other kinds of assets (software, equipment, etc.) – there’s every possibility that even your children may reap the benefits years from now from your copyrighted work.

I will say that I also had an opportunity to license my entire portfolio for a marketplace on a non-exclusive basis for one lump sum up front, and I took that one, figuring that it was probably more than I could expect over several years of selling piecemeal on an average marketplace. However, I don’t think I would do it again in retrospect – even though it’s basically the same as selling on any other non-exclusive marketplace I lose the control of being able to take the music down when I want.

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jhunger says

Are you planning on moving into areas other than folk, or is this for another account where you do brutal dubstep, hardcore techno and hybrid orchestral mash ups? :)

Good call! It’s a secret account completely made up of all-ukulele dubstep – really hard core :)


So I say buy it! Because you might regret not buying it, and there will be no way back! :D

You’re probably right! But… I sort of regretted buying Komplete 7. 9 was released March 2013 – 10 has to be on the way pretty soon.

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jhunger says

I just bought the Komplete Ultimate and waiting for the package. I would like to check for you but it may be too late when I got it.

Actually, I’d be pretty interested to hear what you think if you get a chance.


I’ve never been a huge fan of Native Instrument’s libraries. They are really, really good at building and maintaining a sampler (Kontakt) but as far as their sample libraries go they are usually so…meh. I guess their synth stuff sounds ok. That being said it looks like you are probably getting a $1000-$1500 worth of new Kontakt libraries for a $200 upgrade so…not too bad? :-)

I hear you – and the stuff I do like and use is already in the version I have. But with NI the sheer quantity that you get is hard to ignore.


jhunger, I think ultimate comes already installed on a USB drive!

If I remember right, it was the install package delivered on a drive rather than shipping something like 15 DVDs. It does make the installation much easier, but you still have to install whatever components you want on your own drive to use it. But maybe there’s a way to run it direct from the USB drive – I’m not sure.


this stuff is a lot like drugs I am afraid!

Geez, no kidding!

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jhunger says

Thanks, all!

Matt, your cynicism is exactly what I need. My hard drive is already straining under the weight of everything else, and it reminds me that the $200 would be a nice start towards replacing my aging production computer.

Antonio, I am a software engineer in my day job which means that I want to do nothing of the sort when I get home, so tweaking horns just so to sound good doesn’t sound appealing either. Also, I mainly do the folk stuff and you almost never have a trio of brass musicians doing jazzy hits around the campfire. As for wonderful things I do outside of AudioJungle – my proudest accomplishment this week was that after thinking about it for 3 years, I finally got a Traeger grill and made some pretty awesome grilled chicken BBQ quesadillas, but I’m not sure if horns would enhance that either.

Anyway, I’m going to sleep on it for now :) Chances are it will be an impulse buy on the last day of the sale :P I think it’s a pretty good deal though for anyone taking the opportunity to move to 9 or ultimate.

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jhunger says

I pretty much already know what I’m going to do, but…

When Komplete 9 Ultimate first came out I looked at the upgrade offerings from Komplete 8 Ultimate (which I own) and decided it wasn’t really worth the upgrade cost + the installation time, and decided that it was my “skip a version” version.

However, it looks like they’re having a 50% off promo which would make the upgrade cost around $200.00. Against my better judgment, I’m now considering it. There is a nagging voice in my head, probably my Ego, saying, “remember when you got Komplete 7 at a discount and they released 8 pretty much right after that?” And then my Id chimes in, saying “so what? It came in a big shiny package! And it was a really great discount!”

Anyone care to encourage me or talk me down? Is Session Horns really worth it? Can I live without The Giant? What do you think?

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jhunger says

@ JHunger Is that you in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjA7BCKZ1Ag

Yep – that’s how I record all my tracks :). It’s a real bummer having to split the proceeds 5 ways, though.

BTW interesting about nylon strings for a banjo. I’d never heard of that before – shows how little I know.

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jhunger says

Hey Dan, thanks for the article! This question has loomed large on my mind for upwards of 5 years now, and you’ve methodically confirmed the anecdotal conclusion I’ve arrived at. I should do a similar analysis of my own stats sometime and see where they align (or don’t align) with your findings.

BTW, for future posts on this thread we may want to refrain from mentioning other libraries by name. This is an interesting topic and I’d like to hear others’ opinions without it getting locked :)

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