Welcome back, Rob! It’s good to hear you’re making music again
Personally I try to spend more time now, in the beginning stages of my production, just making sure that the sounds that I’m using are very good quality and sound good on their own. I find this makes mixing down the song afterwards a lot easier, as I don’t have to worry about making each audio track/channel sound better or listenable, but rather on the overall balance of the sounds.
I find mixing challenging as well and am still very much in learning mode, and getting the source as close to 100% right is a big help. I find with acoustic guitar especially if I don’t get a good upfront recording no amount of EQ or other processing is going to make it sound anything but worse. Pick the right mic and pre and you don’t need to do much post processing at all.
The best set of monitors and phones you can afford are a big help as well (although a good set of ears are best :P).
I agree that a lot of the best selling tracks have happy sounding his and mids, but it depends on what the music’s being used for and who is buying. I’d say go with the type of music you like and are best at, then branch out from there.
It’s been by far the fastest start to a month for me. I have not uploaded any new files for a month, and I haven’t done any additional marketing.
That could be a really good argument for supplying a free file of the month (though doesn’t that count as additional marketing?). You may be introducing droves of new buyers to the wonderful world of Gareth .
What I’ve experienced with the whole stock music thing:
1. Lulls happen, even really bad ones where you don’t see any movement for a long period of time. It’s easy to think that the gravy train is over and get discouraged.
2. When #1 happens, invariably you’ll get even more discouraged because other authors are having a stellar week or month, so you can’t blame your lull on a site-wide slowdown.
3. Once you’ve dealt with #1 and #2 (Stiff drink maybe? Bubble bath?), the best thing to do is get back in the studio and make the best product you possibly can.
4. Sooner or later, you’ll get sales again. IMO the measuring stick is simple – if buyers thought in the past that your songs are good enough to pay money for, there will be buyers in the future that feel the same way.
I think that you can track yearly trends, and even general trends of sales per day of the week as we saw with another thread a while back. Lulls and streaks can’t be predicted, though. It’s like the weather – you may be able to predict 10 knot winds on a particular day, but you won’t necessarily know when the 18 knot gust is going to come until it happens.
@sweetwaveaudio – your tracks rock. You have nothing to worry about
That’s really funny – I had exactly the same experience with my daughter .
The watermark must be infectious. Whenever I point anybody at work to my AJ profile, they’ll invariably come by a few hours later, repeating “AudioJungle… AudioJungle… AudioJungle…” softly. Score one for brand recognition!
Amazingly fast – see you at silver soon
I’m an engineer as well, but I’m also in a band – actually I believe that the majority of us are engineers of some sort . It’s not too creative because about 95% of the songs we play are covers, but we do keep the dance floor a lot more active than the 95% original band I used to play with long long ago.
Almost all of any music money I make is from stock sales – my day job and family commitments don’t allow for much outside the stock passive income and a few hours per week in the studio (and of course posting on AJ forums when I should be working).
I do a bit of freelance every now and then but generally discourage it because I don’t have the bandwidth.
I’m also in a band, but since most the members have similar time constraints we try to play out no more than once a month (which is pushing it). Our individual takes are similar to yours, JC – about $100 apiece when we play out. (Shameless plug for any Portlanders out there – we’ll be at the Dublin Pub February 18th from 7-10, or later if they didn’t book a band after us :)).
I’d love to get into renting out a studio someday, and am stocking up as much as possible on good recording gear. Doing the stock scene over the past couple of years has been an amazing way of improving my songwriting, performance, and music production know how, but has also made me realize I’ve got a long way to go before I’ll feel comfortable recording other people (also my studio space is currently less than optimal).
Over time I hope to ramp down on the day job and ramp up on a modest music career. But I’ve got a mortgage and my daughter’s college education to pay for first .
Thanks so much for the answer on the PhotoDune license – it’s good to know that the same license will cover multiple tracks. It will be a while before I have 250,000 tracks on AJ, but you never know.
The devs and the rest of the Envato staff are doing great work – it’s much appreciated!