Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:55AM
I'm spending an enjoyable morning looking for audio tracks to use with a video I'm cutting together. I have to say, the work the audio folks produce here is marvelous. I really appreciate it.
Two comments for istock's powers that be:
1. You are dreaming if you think anyone is going to buy all the different cuts of a library music track for $44 each. All of the cuts (ie. full version, 60s, 30s, alternate, loops and stings) should be bundled together and sold as a package. Price for that should be something appropriate (look at what your competitors are charging). I'd also like to see discounts for buying multiple bundles and I'd love to see "albums" put together with bundled tracks (maybe by single artists), again including all the cuts. Otherwise, any reasonably competent editor is simply going to buy the full version of one track and cut it themselves or buy a loop. I can't spend more money than I have although I don't mind spending it all in one place.
2. Not being able to see if the track is in a "lightbox" with other tracks of a similar type is kind of painful. Please bring back that functionality.
(Edited on 2013-01-28 08:56:51 by vesperstock)
Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:00AM
hey I love the "bundle" thing, and also the album one...good points vesperstock!
Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:25PM
I agree with the bundle thing Not sure though if it's not better for the client to edit the full length while keeping in mind that many of us can even offer that for free..
Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:19AM
Bundles are a good idea as are file packs. I don't think the file cuts are bought together as editing solutions. Like SP says buyers can contact the contributor for some help if they can't do it themselves. As for competitors .... they also have deals such as download all the video you like for a monthly subscription and so, you know what you're getting here across all of the file types. And the price saving bundles you name they should be piloted in photos and video first.
Edited for typo
(Edited on 2013-01-29 00:20:15 by AudioGate)
Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:06AM
By the way! I've just found out, that You can download entire lightbox. There is a Buy button at the bottom of the lightbox.. It's not very user friendly, but still there is a possibility to buy a content which is in a particular lightbox. So it means the only thing which is left is that contributors should start to make better lightboxes Like bundle lightboxes. I personally don't make lightboxes for series of a same track.. I just make a link for different versions.. Let's say piccadillyCircus makes lightboxes for same series.. In short maybe we should start managing our lightboxes in such way that buyers would like to buy entire lightbox... But again, i'm not sure if that would change the world
Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:39AM
I agree with the bundle thing, but I don't think it is a good idea to sell multiple cuts of a track on the same bundle.. I think that one of the points of different versions of a song is to offer the buyer diferent prices for the same kind of track. Short versions are usually cheaper, so it can be a good deal for somebody that doesn't need the full track.
Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:19PM
Posted By WoodenStudio:
Short versions are usually cheaper, so it can be a good deal for somebody that doesn't need the full track.
Aha! Thank you pointing that out. Still seems a little pricey but makes more sense now you've said it.
Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:44AM
Back today to actually buy the tracks I wanted and search a little more. Tight deadline but thought I'd pass along how I've ended up searching for music here on istock:
1. On Monday, when I had a bit more time, I started by going to one of the collections put together in a lightbox on the front page of the audio section. I played through tracks from that, found a few I liked and added demos to the project for the client to hear. I did do a search on some themes and instruments too, but mostly ended up using tracks from the lightbox.
2. Today, when I have less time, I've checked the same lightbox to see if there was anything better and bought one of the original picks and one new one. I caught myself searching by downloads to see what was popular, not by Best Match. I know that might not be "best practice" but it's what I did. In other words, my search strategy was based on curation by other people and narrowed from there.
[edit: search by "size" doesn't work at all for audio, which is a pain]
3. I wanted to find one more track so I decided to look at the work of artists whose work I've bought in the past. I went to an artist whose name I could remember first. If there's anything to learn from that, it's "pick an easily memorized user name".
4. Thought I'd come back here, see who replied on this thread and listen to what they do too
Hope this is of interest and useful.
(Edited on 2013-01-30 07:24:00 by vesperstock)
Posted Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:07AM
Thanks for sharing that vesperstock
I'm always intrigued by how others might go about searching for audio, interesting that you searched by theme and instruments. Would be great if others could share how they look for audio and how succesful or unsuccessful those methods maybe.
I guess when I'm looking for sound effects I start with one general keyword and narrow it down with further keywords if that returns too many results.
Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013 1:53PM
Thank you kindly vesperstock, we alway apreciate the opinions expressed by actual audio purchasers.
Posted Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:09PM
Thanks for the feedback vesperstock, I appreciate hearing what audio purchases are looking for. Thanks again and have a great rest of your day!