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tacoMusic
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Agreed, great track, really like it! Congrats on the feature :)

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That’s great guys, really appreciate the help. I think Omnisphere 2 is going to be my first port of call for the time being, I can satisfy my rabid desire to buy it which has been growing in the background at the same time. Double whammy.

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Thanks Gareth, nice comprehensive answer as always. My initial thoughts (and impulsive buyer side of me) was to get Omnisphere 2 as it really does sound like a solution plus I have the first version so I’m familiar with the interface. I just wondered, considering instruments like 8Dio’s Rhythmic Aura and Spitfire Audio’s eDNA have a bunch of configurable knobs and dials, whether ‘blank templates’ with those sorts of parameters existed already where you just drop in your sample and mash it up a bit.

iZotope Iris also caught my eye for creating nice washes and pads, but doesn’t seem like I could use that as a playable instrument as such. Sounds like I should just get Omnisphere 2 then and be done with it!

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tacoMusic
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Hi,

I’m just wondering if something like a set of Kontakt ‘drag-n-drop-your-own-sample’ instrument templates exist out there? What I mean, is literally a Kontakt instrument where a bunch of scripting has been done already to link up any sample that you drop in to the instrument so you can mess around with filters, reverbs etc but using your own start sample?

I know many instruments use loads of samples to get a realistic sound for things like a piano, so I’m thinking this sort of thing would be good for textural or pad like sounds, but I’m keen on building more of my own sounds that are playable on a keyboard.

Any pointers appreciated.

Thanks!

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tacoMusic
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Well done mate, big milestone! You can have some of my pizza instead:

pizza-elite

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tacoMusic
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Does exclusive / non-exclusive choice affect only the percentage of revenue or does it also affect your possibilities to get featured tracks / trending items or any other features?
+1. I’d also like to know whether appearance of items in search are limited due to non-exclusivity.

Another +1

Also: what are the officially recommended steps for promoting our tracks with the new Google algorithm updates that favour mobile and penalize referral sites for thin content?

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tacoMusic
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Okay, maybe I am fundamentally misunderstanding something here. For everyone using shortened URLs on YouTube, when you look at the Envato analytics and click on “referrals” do you see YouTube listed there? In the past, when I used the full AJ URL I saw YouTube on that list. Using smartURLs and now Bitly links I do not see YouTube in my referral list. My new Bitly link stats indicate clicks in the past 36 hours yet YouTube is still not listed in my Envato analytics. Do shortened links just get lumped into the “direct/not set” stats or should they actually show where the referral is coming from?

Pz, if Google Analytics are anything to go by in general (and I’m assuming as an Elite Author you get the same Google Analytics as a normal account), then I believe a lot of the results you’ll see in your stats under ‘direct / not set’ could well be from YouTube. See here:

“The ‘keyword’ (not set) simply identifies traffic that doesn’t arrive via a particular keyword and hence may not come via any search at all. This includes traffic coming from email, referral sites, or even things like Google Images.”

http://www.whereoware.com/blog/not-set-vs-not-provided/2013/05/

My understanding is that people who find you via Google and YouTube searches (https searches) have their referral information hidden, so it means you can get a lot of ‘not set’ results from those as well.

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tacoMusic
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Speaks volumes really, with Envato finally turning the faders down on us non exclusive authors. Don’t worry Envato, I can take a hint. ;)

Unfortunately, I have to agree with this. It’s a little sad it is going this way as many of us have actively promoted Envato and spoke of the place in high regard among friends and work colleagues, stressing that it is a supportive and thriving community that cares about its authors. Why doesn’t it feel that way now?

Like many non-exclusives, I’ve continually uploaded the best content I can over the course of my time here – that’s almost 4 years. That effort, combined with the feeling you’re part of a ‘family’ of sorts here, has meant that being treated this way unsurprisingly upsets you as the ‘cold shoulder’ feels deeply personal.

I have the tendency to speak my mind, which I’m pretty sure works against my efforts here. However, I feel it’s important to highlight issues in a marketplace that actively promotes feedback and has an emphasis on ‘community’ in its strap-line. Surely that works in Envato’s favour if they do care about their authors as they’ll know how to address the concerns of their content providers?

But maybe you’re right Alumo, and this really is a hint for us to pack up and leave. If it is the case, rather than turn the dial down on sales and leave us in perpetual silence, why not be straight up with us and then we can weigh things up as a business decision?

Answers on a postcard.

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tacoMusic
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I’d also recommend either Sibelius or Finale for notation – export your MIDI file and adjust in one of those two programs so it’s more readable / realistic for players to perform and you should be fine (or hire an orchestrator if it’s a one off or particularly complex notation, it will be worth it believe me!).

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tacoMusic
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Here’s a poem that reflects things more accurately – sorry Scott, I’m ready for your tomatoes, boo’s and hisses! :)

Whenever you feel the pinch
Upload and keep on smiling
And try not to wince and flinch
With the dodgy EU VAT filing

Community was once a priority
With support and encouragement aplenty
But now it’s all just authority
While sales drop close to ‘empty’

Where once individuals were heroes
Faceless companies take their place
New uploads get but zeroes
(Which is a bit of slap in the face)

How nice it would be to have transparency
But that might upset the system
So let us continue things merrily
And worship a biased sales system

I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.

Love Taco the ever optimistic
(and undoubtedly poorer as a result of this beautiful poem!).

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