Never let me down yet!
No, but seriously, for royalty free stock (not my film score work) I cross check on:
- Equator D5s
- Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro headphones
- Macbook speakers too
- Occasionally some piffy fizzy lame-o consumer headphones to get the ‘real’ picture
Really, I should test on my iPhone too, but hey, only so many hours in a day!
+1 for advanced search for me as well. We simply didn’t have the right backend to do this before and we are a little way from being able to do this now unfortunately.
Thanks for the update Michelle, appreciate the transparency.
So, just to confirm, as I’m not sure what ‘advanced search is being considered at the moment’ means: since the 2+ years when the ‘new search’ functionality was announced as ‘coming soon’, all the work gone into the filters we see in the image D_Cooper posted has not actually been in development at all? I thought we were closer not further from seeing those features in action?
Let me know if I’ve misunderstood.
Good shout out for audioindustry – his track Gravity is beautiful.
Agree that audioindustry has got some rocking tunes, your portfolio (I know it’s only one track so far, but hey!) sounds good too FreshEars.
Btw, I see you’re based in Brighton – I went to uni in Sussex a while back. Great city. I miss the place quite a bit actually (I’m located between Seville and London now), always get myself down there at least once a year with my other half.
TT, if you’re open to new sequencers, check out Reaper, I’m about to get all dirty with it after watching a few videos. I’ve used a lot of DAWs (Logic – which I like a lot, Cubase, Digital Performer, Sony ACID etc.) but Reaper just looks like it might consolidate quite a few of my likes into one system. The only thing I’m yet to see tested properly is the film scoring capabilities which is a biggie for me as I write to picture a lot.
Bit off topic as I haven’t ever used Reason, but have a shnufter of Reaper and see what you think
Nice one Sam, hope the uni work isn’t getting in the way of your celebrations mate!
Thanks for your input everyone, I got a sale last night, so it’s broken the painful silence at least. I know it’s pointless predicting sales, but there really seems to be no way to break out of the average sales range for me. Like I’ve said before, it’s as if the sales are buffered here to prevent you going too high (although not too low it seems!).
In the two or so years i’ve been active here, Ive noticed that creating more tracks doesn’t seem to influence things, or at least creating lots of new tracks, probably because customers see a bunch of 0 sale tracks in succession. Nor does Twitter have much of an effect, writing in a range of styles (this seems to actually harms sales), YouTube videos (unless they go viral of course) and tagging / describing videos differently also doesn’t seem to have much of an effect.
Sales just bumble along at a fairly constant level, which is fine in some ways, but not if you want to make a living out out of this industry and build on things. Whether it’s the search engine, changes in Google’s search algorithms or something else like VideoHive collaborations, it all seems completely out of our control.
So, it’s great that so many of you like Gareth are doing so well, but it seems like you don’t know why you’re doing so well. If it’s down to music quality and usability, then that’s something I can work on, but from a business perspective it becomes a little frustrating hearing so many people doing so well without knowing why as it offers no suggestion of how to improve.
And yes, I have read Scott’s post on how to publicise your work and have practised various suggestions there. It could just be that my music isn’t right for stock, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the quality of my stuff that’s the issue considering I work on commissioned work outside here without issue (I could be wrong of course!). All in all, it’s hard to know where to go next to bump up to the next level other than sitting here hoping for some limelight from the curators or an elite VideoHive authour to use one of my tracks in a popular video.
I feel your frustration, although at the end of the day, it’s about demand and if that’s what customers here are asking for, then I guess more elaborate and higher-end stuff is best placed elsewhere.
You could argue it’s a chicken and egg situation where customers won’t be able to acquire a taste for those kinds of tracks if they don’t get past the review process, but the current model is working for Envato so they’re probably being business-like and keeping a winning formula.
I’d love to hear that track – any chance you can post it on SoundCloud?
What’s up with the sharp drop in sales, anyone else experienced this in the last week? Very unusual behaviour on my account, I normally never go more than 3 or so days without a sale and now it’s 6!
Maybe a Halloween end of the month wrap up? Some dude with a pumpkin scared off my customers?