I live in Sweden, one of the highest taxed countries in the world. It has its highs and lows and almost free healthcare is one of the highs. Running my own company has made me look at tax differently though. After deductions I can put about 50% in my pocket. I’m exclusive here on the Envato Marketplace so that gives me 50%. I’ll probably stay in that percentage for a while before things start to take off. In the end I make 25% of what the item is sold for. I don’t complain though, it’s just a fact.
On top of that the dollar is quite low at the moment compared to SEK . Naturally things are expensive here in Sweden. As a comparison, a beer at a local pub (not a fancy one) is about 6 dollars.
Now, since this is an international site and I guess most of you have your own companies, how much can you put in your pocket after the tax is payed in your country?
The most question of all though is of course, how much do you pay for a beer in your hometown
I mean looking at Envato forums and my Dashboard 30+ times a day is normal right? RIGHT ?
And only about 8 months from your first upload.
That’s almost 38 per month. More than one per day. On average that is, it only gets better from here!
This is something every musician struggles with. I’ve gone from trying to be the best, to trying to make it as easy as possible, to hiring people to do it for me and now I’ve landed in some kind of middle ground.
Mixing and mastering is an art form in it self. To be honest, they both are, in their different areas. Here are some tips to help you on the way.
1. Cut low bass. One of the things I’ve noticed with my mixes in my previous years (15 years ago) was that the instruments seemed to have some kind of internal fight. I never understood what it was until I was at a seminar with Carl-Michael Herlöfsson (worked with Rammstein and many others). He suggested that we cut the bass under at least 80-100Hz, even in bass . I thought this was crazy but gave it a try. Of course the results at first was that I cut too much bass, but then I started to get it right. Try it, you’ll like it ^^
2. Learn basic compression. The evil compressor is somewhat confusing. You try it out because you hear it’s great and after a while your song just pumps back and forth. That’s why I use the word “basic”. Just a tiny bit can do a lot. Since it’s a tricky tool just learn the 2-3 most important things about it and use that. And yes, also during mastering. That’s where you use your very best compressor.
3. Repeated from thesecession – Take breaks. Maybe mix 1-2 hours maximum then clear your head. Preferably leave the room and rest your ears. If I have a client that needs custom music and I’m working at an hourly basis that can sometimes be impossible. At times budget is so tight that I only get 2 hours for mixing and mastering. Sometimes I can push it to 4 but that’s about it. On the other hand, if it’s my own production I try to give it 3 days with at least one day in between. That goes against my nature since I want to stress in the end but try not to do that. At least in my experience the mix I thought sounded awesome in the evening, don’t sound that great the next morning.
Good Luck buddy. You’re not alone
Oh Sorry everybody, my files were rejected because i didn’t added the audio jungle watermark sorry everybody my mistake, so moral of the story is dont forget to add watermark to your preview.
Unfortunately not. If the reviewer would find your production to suit Audiojungle, and the only problem was the watermark, you would have gotten a soft reject. That means that you would have had the chance to take care of that and then the item would be added to the marketplace.
As stated in this thread, and the Item Discussion thread, there are potential but you need to work more on your music. This feedback might be hard but take it as inspiration to do something better. Remember that before Eminem became the big star that he is now he was booed of stage.
You can also use this script to access your statistics:http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/integrate-envato-analytics-into-the-marketplace-pages/47793
Good on you urbazon!
I find your items to be of high quality so you’re definitely worth it.
I found this very interesting since I didn’t know that Lucasfilm might own the word. Searching Google does give you a few hints on that they do, but mostly on forums and comments from blog readers.
The lightsaber design is owned by Lucasfilm that’s for sure. Although I would be interested in seeing hard evidence on whether they actually owns the word.
A week is not that bad. I waited longer for another question. Be patient my friend, in the end Envato staff is working as fast as they can.
EDIT : As joesacco suggests, perhaps “light sword” might work?
When I get a contract to make music I can always listen to Spotify or find something on YouTube for inspiration. Sound effects doesn’t always work in the same way (especially not on Spotify ^^).
Now, with a few years of experience, I can usually figure out where I’m going with a particular sound. Not all the time though. There are still days where I’m ripping my hair out and wondering why on earth I chose this line of work. That’s when I use my friend Google. The big G usually takes me to stock sites like Envato’s awesome Audiojungle. So when I myself decided to go stock, this is where I started. The interface, support and the quality of the products here are among the finest on the web.