1. I’m baffled when you say invest in new sounds. I have Kontakt 5.3 and literally almost every sample library you can name. Could it be my mixing that makes the sounds seem bad or not up-to-date?
I didn’t say the sounds are ‘bad’, I just mean you could work them differently to make them shine a bit more. The best advice is to listen to the pro’s and ask yourself questions like ‘why is their sound better than mine?’ and ‘how would I change my music to sound better / more like theirs?’. There’s a lot of subtleties in string writing, I’d start with that – I didn’t study classical music, but listen to a lot of classical stuff for pleasure and so I understand how strings are ‘meant’ to sound.
2. I need more clarification on the category suggestion. Example: Is this in the right category? http://audiojungle.net/item/the-heist/6276469
That particular track seems like it’s in the right place, but let’s take your latest track ‘Timeless’. When people look for Dubstep, they’re looking for raw, gritty and dirty electro sounds that kicks in and is glitched up, while Timeless is much more mellow and has a hint of Hip Hop in it. I would have put it in the Electronic category. This is just my opinion, there will be other people who differ! And I’m not saying it’s easy either!
Please don’t take my feedback as my being argumentative, I’m just looking to really narrow it down to the specific changes I can make to turn this experience around for the better.
That’s cool, totally understand. Hope I didn’t offend you with my comments, just trying to help. If there’s one piece of advice I can give, it’s to say we’re working in stock music where the stereotypical sound (possibly with a slight edge so it stands out) is what sells i.e. is this ‘typical’ of the genre if I was thinking of Dubstep / Corporate Motivational / Hurdy Gurdy music etc? Again, it’s hard to do, but there are lots of successful examples on here of it.
I had a listen through your portfolio – I think it might be worth investing in some better sounds to work with and closely comparing your tracks with what sells in a specific category that you’re trying to compete in.
I’d say your tracks Happy Island and Happy Go Ukulele are more the kind of thing that would sell here and are two of your stronger tracks. That’s not to say they’re the only styles that sell of course, but I think you’d get a better response with those kinds of tracks. Also think about structure, you want to wow people the minute they hear your stuff whether that’s with your production, unusual instrumentation or fresh / modern sounds.
Another thing I’d also suggest is rethinking where you place your music i.e. which categories. You might be placing your tracks in the wrong area meaning people would gloss over them as it’s not what they’re looking for at that moment. Think of what people are looking for when they browse a category and list by sales to get an idea of what works in a specific category.
Hope that helps – social media will work better for you if you’re not doing the hard sell by the way, something that is hard as ultimately we’re trying to sell here!
Congrats Ralf – great achievement
Interesting hearing the experiences of people here. Sorry to hear not everyone enjoyed good sales this month, but I’m sure your time will come soon. Like many, I was one of the lucky ones who smashed their best month by a fair stretch. Obviously not about to enter the top sellers list anytime soon (ever? ), but pleased with the increase.
Especially considering I’m coming up to two years of actively uploading and this feels like a welcome rate increase for a veteran like myself who is eager to survive full time from stock music
I approach the AJ community in the spirit of collaboration, not to simply buy a single item but to attach the music to my After Effects templates. Potentially increasing the number of sales, and exposure. Hopefully I (and other all other VideoHive authors) can be viewed not as a clients, but as a partners
Totally agree, it’s a partnership that benefits both mutually and I certainly view VH authours who I collaborate with as partners. They’d be clients if they purchased my music
It’s a difficult thing to monitor unless the big players get involved – Google have their own system with ContentID which requires various bits if proof that the video uploaded contains original content by the author or a relevant license, but to monitor this stuff worldwide would be a big undertaking. Tunesat try to do that, but it comes at a hefty price.
But I like your idea – maybe there could be an online repository for filing your copyrighted tracks such as a snapshot of your session, registering an mp3 of your track and then this could be used as a platform for digital fingerprinting and disputes over authorship? Again, it would be a massive undertaking, but a great way of establishing what track belongs to who…
Congrats Josh, nice milestone
Luca, this is great, I love this kind of stuff. Thanks for sharing
Nice idea Tim, this definitely has it’s place in improving VideoHive collaborations and cross-promotion.
Thanks for this Steve – another solution is to run VEPro which lets you run both 32bit and 64bit plugins in a separate instance. I use it for orchestral work a lot and it really frees up CPU usage too. I’m using Logic 9 btw, not sure how it fares in Logic X (when some dollars start rolling in I’ll upgrade I think)...