I can’t claim to completely understand how AudioJungle works, or the pressure and time constraints of reviewers to listen to submissions all day and decide if they qualify. However, from my point of view, it would seem to behoove all of us (Audiojungle reviewers as well) if there was just a tiny bit more specifics on rejections. As of now, it seems difficult to know why a track was rejected, so there’s not much opportunity to learn and plenty of opportunity to repeat the same mistake over and over.
For example: let’s say a musician has a great beat, great melody…but the sound quality is sub par. Rejected. Musician thinks it’s the beats and melodies so he submits more tracks all with great beats and melodies, all getting rejected because of mixing/mastering. That musician may never realize this problem until someone tells them. They’ll keep submitting tracks, getting confused and frustrated at the rejections. Meanwhile, AudioJungle reviewers can’t keep up with the amount of submissions and we have a 10 day queue. I would contend that the quality of submissions would increase with the smallest amount of communication, and the number bad submissions would decrease. It would save everybody so much time and effort.
Imagine this possibility: majority of submissions are rejected. and the majority of the time, it’s for the same reason that an author’s previous submission was rejected. but the author doesn’t know that reason. So they just keep submitting tracks and not changing their approach (or changing their approach wrongly).
There’s usually a small number of fair reasons why I can imagine a track to be rejected:
- musically, the reviewer doesn’t like it
- the reviewer likes it, musically, but doesn’t find it commercially viable, musically.
- the music is good and commercially viable, but the production quality is too low.
- There was a technical mistake made in the submission process. Wrong file format. Didn’t check the correct boxes, etc… (in other words, this has nothing to do with the actual music).
I feel like it would be super quick and easy for a reviewer to decide between these 4 reasons. It would benefit the author, the reviewers, and the Envato community as a whole.