You have been at this for quite a while now plus you invested a lot of your time and energy into building your profile and portfolio here, why would you pull all of your songs? At least go non-exclusive and upload your tracks at many different sites. Really makes no sense at all to delete your profile unless you are protesting something about audiojungle. I always thought your music was very good, well whatever you decide good luck to ya!
+1. Maybe try other places. You’ve gone through all that effort making all that music. May as well monetize!
Oddly enough I’ve kind of reached a point where I’m kind of here more for the money than anything else. AudioJungle covers a decent percentage of my rent on an “average” month and even though I really put tons of effort the first year I was here, it was pretty much making money by itself since. Take a break, leave for a few months and let the money roll in. I know the feeling man,I nearly have 200 tracks here and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t getting dry on new ideas. I had a months break and then boom I was writing again. Some of it very different (and not selling well… but oh well) and some of it similar to what I did before.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have a passion for music and what I do here but at the same time the monetary gains have been pretty kind to me LOL.
So, the weather is starting to get a bit warmer here in Sydney (Southern hemisphere, we have the opposite climate as the North) and so a buddy and I were thinking of busking (playing music in the street) to make some extra cash. Most of my musical experience is in recording (and some performing) but I’ve never actually busked before so I had some questions for any of you that have busked before. I’ll actually be playing bass even though keyboard/piano is my main instrument. My keyboard is mad heavy and I don’t want to bring it and an amp to the city everyday. So yeah, here are my questions:
1. The busking rules for Sydney are that we have to use battery operated amps, nothing plugged in. I found some nice ones for less than 100 bucks, 5 Watts. My question is, can one of these little amps take a bass? As it is I know that you really shouldn’t connect a bass to a guitar amp but passable sound can be gotten from one if you tweak it properly. I’m a bit scared that connecting a bass to such a little guitar amp may very well kill it.
2. Is there even such thing as a portable bass amp? I have found some but they are very energy-thirsty and are very expensive so it’s not really an option. Is there anything else we can do for bass in case connecting it to a guitar amp is a really bad idea?
3. How much can/should one expect to make per hour busking? You see I’ve heard a whole wide range from buddies in Boston making 30 USD an hour and another friend who busked in Freiburg and made 8 Euro an hour. If any of you have busked a lot could you give me a ballpark figure of how much you made?
4. Is there any other misc. advice I may need before starting to busk. I already researched license, location, setlist of popular songs and even how to keep ourselves protected from the sun and hydrated whilst we do it. Is there anything else (aside from the technical advice ‘m seeking) you advise?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Oh, that’s a shame. Why not just leave the profile open and earning money? Even if you felt you weren’t making that much surely it’s better than making nothing.
Anyway, I hope you are moving to doing greater things and I wish you all the best with your music and your life!!
I’ve had ZERO success with other sites. With all fairness I did send my rejected/zero sales items there but via a partnership I had with some friends and an old mentor I helped them creating accounts on various top sites and still AudioJungle had the most sales/highest earnings.
Again, as Luca and Joel said earlier, I’d rather be spending the time making the music rather than maintaining the sites….
I mean let’s be honest guys… we’re all here which is why the forum topic is here, not everyone is on the other sites… not too hard to work out why…
Tough luck mate! So sorry to hear that. Happened to me in June and I lost an extended pack and an extended in one blow. From what I was told when I started a similar thread, it apparently happens when the music is bought using a fraudulent account and the actual owner of the credit card/paypal account had nothing to do with it. Apparently envato used to foot the bill whenever this happened but now authors foot the bill…
Thanks so much for answering to the post guys. You’re both examples of “red-ribbons” that are giving this place it’s life back.
Jaime, you’re definitely one of the people I had in mind when I said the thing about “had you joined AJ sooner you’d have made an even bigger impact here” but to be honest it seems you are doing so anyway. I’m glad to see you share in my wishing that some of our old forum friends would come back but I’m sure they’re doing great things anyway!
Coriiander, I really appreciated your heartfelt post earlier and I can tell that deep inside you’re a really hard working guy and a craftsman at heart. AudioJungle is a really great leaping point for those starting and a great arena to experiment and make extra cash for the experienced. I’m sure you’ll do well here.
It’s quite funny, I just wrote a long blog post about how I was feeling about it all and here I see you’ve done the same. I think you and I cover some similar topics but long of the short of it. I advise really give AudioJungle a go with what you do as long as you feel that you’re still enjoying yourself here. You may make a niche for yourself with this dark music and may get something out of it. Just go in open minded and see from there.
I can tell you’re a really hard working and earnest guy and I do hope you do well. Just go on open minded and open hearted and see where it takes you from there. Give it your all and then plan, don’t try to do it all at once. As a great sensei of mine once told me “Rome wasn’t fully financed, debt free and optimally running in a day!!”
For all of June and a large part of July I’ve been pretty inactive on AudioJungle, I’d take a look at the forums every now and then and would check for sales twice a day or so but really didn’t upload, maintain the graphics or create new packs/tracks. Recently I got back into it all and things have kinda changed a bit since a few months ago and wanted to share some thoughts with all. Writing has become this ind of second passion of mine recently and I’ve been really looking into blogging, vlogging and particularly “Let’s Plays” and I have been yearning to do something along the lines, I’d really love to do a podcast but I don’t think they’d allow it here. You’d all be able to hear my strange mid-atlantic accent I’ve developed from moving from the UK to the US (and now there are elements of Australian as I’ve moved to Sydney). But yeah here are some ideas/opinions I wanted to share because I have been thinking about AudioJungle a lot recently:
1.) Forum activity has changed. I see a lot less celebratory posts like “Red paw… YAY” or “Finally 500 sales!” but a few every know and then, I’ve never had anything against them or for them. If it was an author I felt I had interacted with before I’d add congratulatory remarks but otherwise I wouldn’t always do it… again nothing for or against them, they are what they are.
2.) There are some really good new people here. Musically I mean. Like recently I took a look at some portfolios of some “red-ribbons” and my goodness there are some really amazing new people here. I’m not going to name any as people generally feel kinda left out if I didn’t mention it but I almost feel bad for some of them as I know had they come earlier they’d have made an even greater impact here, but to be honest there is nothing stopping you guys…I’ve seen “red-ribbons” soar directly into the top 100 and I’m sure it will continue to happen….
3.) I’ve begun to expect less from AudioJungle. Like no matter what, musically AudioJungle has been a huge step for me and I’m glad about how it’s changed my focus and what I’ve learned from others here. But at the same time I kind of have realised where I’m lacking and pretty much where I stand around here and more or less how much money I should expect from it every month. With that I’ve had about half a dozen supposed freelance jobs thrown at me here but later fizzle rather quickly and that too has added to my new found skepticism. Again, I still enjoy what I do here but at the same time I’ve begun investing a bit more time on outside projects as I do want to see what else is out there for me musically.
4.) Forums have gotten a bit ridiculous, and I don’t mean the Chuck Norris stuff and the gifs some of that is quite funny tbh. What I can’t stand is the forum equivalent of “griefing” (Gamer term). I was almost scared to write all this because I knew (and know) that it would be met with some amount of unnecessary assault. Still, fortunately there are some great authors here like Gareth Coker who leave absolute gems of information that you can’t even pay to find and stuff like that has made me maintain faith in our forums. Thing is I know there are others amongst you who feel this way because I’ve noticed some of you who used to be REALLY active in the forums (some of you even community superstars and interviewees) almost never post anymore.
Anyway I think that’s long enough. Part of me knows that a lot of you will see the length and bother to not read it but I appreciate it those that do. I know it’s a bit selfish to essentially post an entire blog post on the forums but I am kinda interested in what people think. If you’re just going to write “Like anyone cares what you think!” just don’t post, what better way to punish a bad forum thread than not posting right? But for those of you who have had similar ideas or want to build on anything I’ve said please do.
Cheers, Tortoise Tree
I realised a while ago that predicting sales was pointless. Initially sales grew and grew and unfortunately I got cocky and I began adjusting some aspects of my life with the assumption that AudioJungle would cover certain bills. I’ve had months that made me think I’d be a top author soon then other months that made me wonder if my music was dated and garbage.
One thing that will happen for you for sure is that you will grow and get more sales, for a few months each month will get better than the next and before you know it you develop certain expectations (it’s human and it can’t be helped) then you’ll get stuck with a stinker of a month that puts you where you belong. It’s not easy here and at times it really feels like an upwards struggle but I actually must say, unashamedly, that AudioJungle is one of the most rewarding and best experiences I’ve every been part of and the freedom it does give musically whilst still earning music passively is something I truly enjoy.
I don’t write a lot of corporate tracks (but I do every now and then). I mostly write jazz and classical pieces yet have still found a niche here and have made some good money. Im sure you will too and begin to enjoy yourself the way I and many other authors do.
I have before but they never seem to pan out… I think I may overcharge, I based my rates on those I saw from some “industry standards” but I’m guessing that those are a bit too high. I’ve promised myself next time I’ll make it nice and cheap. I recommend you do so as well!!