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tacoMusic says

@ProTunes, I think that was unnecessary, we’re just debating points of view here, nothing else. Swallowmusic already said he/she doesn’t necessarily agree with the way things are working, just that it seems inevitable given the current set up and interests of those who license our music.

But back to the point, obviously this marketplace is different to the higher tier libraries in their model and market, but what concerns most people here is that big companies are using it to buy cheap music for very expensive campaigns now.

Maybe a minimum price (like I believe happens in the mobile phone industry) would be the solution, but that would require union intervention and involvement of some global politics I think, which is unlikely.

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tacoMusic says

Why wouldn’t it be in the interests of other industries as well? If everything is free, how do you think musicians will make enough money in order to create the product that companies use to add (arguably huge) value to their products and services? I don’t understand composers these days, it is if you should be embarrassed to ask for money for your hard work.

Maintaining competition in the marketplace through fair prices is the only way for a sustainable economy if you ask me. I believe someone posted a link to evidence behind that theory not so long ago

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tacoMusic says

Sorry but no, it is not about convenience, it is about maintaining a fair market for all involved. If we followed your line of logic, then everything would be free as that’s the most convenient situation we could arrive at.

Regarding your reference to the availability of samples making everybody a composer, well, I would argue that having the tools doesn’t make you a master of your craft, and the more ubiquitous certain sounds become, the less value those ‘composers’ have.

I think our biggest challenge in the music industry at the moment is educating people about what is right and fair which requires going against the grain sometimes (such as with pricing), and adapting the current copyright models to a more modern format as it’s not working currently.

Like ProTunes said, it’s about negotiating a fair deal, not accepting a poor deal for the sake of convenience.

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tacoMusic says

That’s very cool, thanks for sharing Benji. The only downside is that you might look as weird as those people who wear Bluetooth headsets and look like they are talking to themselves in the streets!

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tacoMusic says

I still really don’t have a grasp on what the reason behind these fluctuating sale numbers are. I’m fairly new here so I don’t have a lot of sales, but to me it always feels really random when I sell something. Sometimes 5 in a week, sometimes 0 (this week). Why is this?

Wait until you sell here for 2.5 years, you’ll start to eat your fingers and face out of frustration and confusion. But like Wadyman says, it’s literally unpredictable.

I’ve found that the best remedy is to focus on improving your technical and creative skills while drinking lots of beer and running around town in a tutu.

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tacoMusic says

Even aafter 2.5 years here I learned something from this. Very well written article, I think this will be a valuable resource for lots of authours and a great reminder of what to focus on when composing for the rest of us. Good job Adrien.

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The egg that rules them all: It came before the chicken, but this fine specimen of an egg shaker that features in many a track of mine was purchased in Nepal when I was trekking back in 1999. Good times, good shakey eggy times.
Egg shakers rule for percussion. So controllable. That hand looks pretty talented too, Cato!

Garry! Good to see you around here, it’s been a while! Yes, I totally agree, egg shakers are most uber-fantastic. However, my talented hand has unfortunately converted into a talentless hand for the next month or so. I broke it playing basketball so no egg shaking fun nor music-making for me for the moment :impatient:

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tacoMusic says

Good to hear some of you are doing so well in June. Not so much here, but my real concern is August based on last year…

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tacoMusic says

Good to hear you got it sorted in the end Noizman! :)

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tacoMusic says

Ercument, the same thing happened to me. It’s due to a faulty connection in the USB device and Native Instruments have been trying to ignore it for a very long time now. I had to send back two different USB drives to find out what was wrong with it and, in the end, it turned out to be a matter of opening up the USB drive and making sure that the hard drive was well connected to the casing.

Its pretty embarrassing that NI keep sending out these faulty drives, but what can you do, it’s company policy I guess! Another way around this is to remove the hard drive from the casing, but obviously you’ll lose your warranty, and then put it into an external hard drive USB ‘loading bay’ like this one:

http://www.pccomponentes.com/sharkoon_sata_quickport_xt_duo_usb3_0.html

If you want some assistance, send me an e-mail via my profile and I’ll help you out.

Cheers,

Taco
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