Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Scheduled PayPal Downtime 1.5 Hours: This Friday

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 11:43 PM PDT

PayPal Scheduled DowntimeThis is an important announcement for Envato Marketplace and Tuts+ Premium users. This Friday, April the 20th between 4:00pm and 5:30pm AEST (Check what this is in your time zone)  – PayPal will be bringing down all of its services for scheduled downtime. During this period users of our sites will be unable to make deposits via PayPal to their account or complete purchases via PayPal. Our alternate payment provider Skrill Moneybookers will be available throughout the downtime. You will also still be able to make purchases on the Marketplaces at this time if you have enough funds already deposited in your Marketplace account.

Thank you for your understanding.


Author Interview: Kenaudio

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 11:16 PM PDT

Working as a professional studio drummer, producing a radio show, learning by trial and error, and kite surfing in his spare time. This week we meet Kenaudio from AudioJungle.

If you're an Envato marketplace author and would like to be interviewed for the blog, head over to this form. We'd love to hear from you.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

I am 34 years old coming from Hamburg, Germany. I work as a professional studio drummer, drum teacher and music producer. In the past years I produced songs for a major worldwide publisher. Twice a month I produce a radio show for a well known broadcaster in Hamburg.

Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?

I belong to AudioJungle and I sell stock music, sound effects, loops and the like.

How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?

I learned most things on my own, working in studios just dealing with the outboard equipment and a lot of trial and error. :-)

Describe your home workspace.

Basically I work on a Mac system. At the moment there is a MacBook connected to a Metric Halo audio interface and some outboard equipment like gates, preamps and the like.

Drums – ready to be recorded, just stand a few meters beside me. :-)

Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?

Listening and then doing. It comes from inside with a small idea at the beginning. But the process is again trial and error and a lot of listening.

What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?

Developing special categories of music… a main idea, and work on it like you would do on an album.

What do you do to market your files?

I have a several homepages like kenaudio.com where I also blog about my music. Also I will start using YouTube, Vimeo and other video sites to promote my profile.

What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?

1. Reggae Sunny Day

I like the flow and the mood of this track. It also was my first track sold ever!!!

2. Slow Funky Mama

This is just drums and bass. REAL drums and bass and this makes it special to me. It sounds totally different than all the computer based music.

3. Smooth Ambient Chill

This track was recently finished and it developed more and more just by itself. There are brushes on the snare floating with the groove of the song. I like that a lot.

Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?

Soundroll Music for example… It impresses me much how professional he and his team seems to be and I like his music a lot. But there are others I really like!

What do you do in your spare time?

Running, doing sports, kite-surfing!


Envato Community Podcast Episode 16- Out Now!

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 09:34 PM PDT

Envato Community Podcast Episode 16 is out now! Our host Drew, Community Manager Jordan and community officer Carmen are joined by Travis King. Travis hands out more than his share of laughs and a updates us with what’s hot on the forums. Jess Hooper (ex PhotoDune Reviewer) comes in to give us some insight into what the reviewers get up to. The awesome Jeffrey Way joins us for a chin wag about his latest Rockable Press release, Decoding HTML 5. Of course, in addition to the witty banter we have plenty of Marketplace news and updates including some exclusive podcast competitions so be sure to listen carefully!

Right click and Save As:

http://podcast.mp.s3.amazonaws.com/Community/Podcast2012/Envato_Community_Podcast_Episode_16.m4a


Show notes below!

Episode 16 Show Notes

News

Envato’s Most Wanted Contest:
The Envato’s Most Wanted contest means we’re looking for any marketplace member to create Web and/or Technology related photo manipulations for sale on PhotoDune. $2,000 “Bounty” up for grabs.

Envato's Development Expectations, Keep up to Date:
If you haven't already checked outEnvato's development expectations for the next 6 months. You can find the recent post on Envato Notes or by checking out the show notes.

Recent Notes Articles about Rejection and How to Succeed on the Marketplaces:
There’s been a great article by author Alex Tintea (Stylius) giving great advice about how to succeed on the Envato Marketplaces . Meanwhile our own Travis King has written a helpful series about dealing with rejection.

Happy Peerapong Day:
Elite author Peerapong crossed the 1 million dollar sales mark, earlier this month.

Travis’s Top Ten

Travis took us through some exciting events happening on our Marketplace.
If you’d like to check out the Unofficial Envato Marketplace Spring Challenge, The Great Google Adwords Experiment, Envato analytics and tell us what you think of the new Photoshop CS6

Interview with Jeffrey Way

Have a listen to our interview with Jeffrey Way and then head over to Rockable Press and check out his new book Decoding HTML 5 to see all his hard work. You can also check out some of his awesome course on Tuts=Premium.

Podcast Competitions

Don’t forget to be in the running to win $100 of Marketplace credit, head to the Podcast Competition Thread and post your answer under the Notes Post.

Question Time

If you have a question you want answered by the Envato Podcast team put it in the Podcast Question Thread and we’ll do our best to give you a good answer, if we can’t do it, we”ll find someone in Envato who can!

These questions were answered in the Podcast:
guitarjock asked: Hello Community Podcast Team!
I was wondering if you could give us any hints on what it takes to get hired by Envato. I know that it is a good idea to join and pay attention to freelance switch….but what other pointers can you give? Like, how did you guys start out working for the company? Are there any plans for employee expansion in the near future? Just wondering.

butlerm asked: Heres a question that has been bugging me for the past year. Why does videohive not have the roll over video previews like basically every other stock video and stock after effects site? And is there any news of this getting implemented anytime soon?

Thanks for listening and don’t forget to tune in next time!:)


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