OD Total Music Production is being submitted to our sales merchant tonight and should be on sale 3-5 days later – so this week is the week! Here’s what’s happening next…
Why the odd header image? Well, I did a search for Keep Moving in Google Images… and I liked it!
I know nobody likes wordy posts but this one’s one of the most important posts on OD ever, so if we’ve ever remotely interested, informed, or entertained you pleeeease read it all the way through!
OD is very excited. I, Chris, am very excited. OD Total Music Production is going to be on sale by the end of the week (and there will be a nice juicy discount for our opening!), and it’ll mark a whole new era in Oh Drat’s journey.
It’s the best policy, right? OD has been a passion project for the past two years, and it’s in the last few months that I’ve really put everything I have into the site and pushed things forward. OD Total Music Production is the first thing we’ll ever charge for, and it’s really necessary to keep Oh Drat going. Maybe you’ve noticed and maybe you haven’t, but my standards are really high and I feel like I’ve let the day to day quality of OD slip a little bit in the past couple of months as I struggled behind the scenes to get Total Music Production finished to a standard I was happy with. Now that it’s finished, I feel like I can really devote attention to the site again, help to develop OD team members like Rhapz’s skills and opportunities, and give you guys something awesome.
Before I go any further I need to apologise to Propellerhead and Livid Instruments because I have had the excellent Reason 6.5 and Ohm RGB Slim on the desk to review for waaay longer than is acceptable turnover time. If I was them I’d be… well I can’t think of a pun for Propellerhead right now but I’d certainly be Livid. In depth reviews are forthcoming but for those of you that have run out of patience, both products are awesome.
First things first, we’re going to scrap the forum. It was an experiment, but it’s safe to say it’s failed because there have been about as many posts as months it’s been up. There has to be a better way to encourage community, and it’s time to try something else.
Secondly, I’m going to put a time out on our weekly video tips for a few weeks. I need to have a good look at what works and what doesn’t (and I need you guys to tell me – see below!) because right now I can’t quite see the rhyme or reason to why some of our videos are popular and some aren’t. I’ve also learned a lot about video production during making Total Music Production and bookmarked a lot more to bone up on, and I want to transfer that knowledge to our free tutorials and really take them to the next level. Please believe me when I say this isn’t some kind of cynical ploy to draw attention to Total Music Production (it seems logical to me that the best thing to do is keep providing free videos as much as possible as they’ll build a buzz!), it’s genuinely a short break to regroup and improve. By the way there’s nearly three hours in the bank already, if you’ve not seen!
Finally, going forward, I want to keep evolving OD to make sure it’s presenting the most value to you guys. There’s really no point in turning OD into a news site right now because at best we’d be a weak version of someone like Synthtopia or Rekkerd, and to be honest whilst I curate the free offerings a lot more, BPB does an excellent job of promoting freebie software. What I really want to do is be unique. I have all my fingers and toes crossed that people will be prepared to support us with Total Music Production, and that we will be able to create more high quality commercial tutorials and courses. I’m also really interested in creating our own commercial sound libraries, template packs, and studio tools, and encouragingly a number of you have expressed interest in purchasing them. I have some really cool ideas about how I can combine both of these and even increase community too. Again, to be clear, this does NOT mean I’m thinking about stopping doing free stuff. OD’s commercial interests will help to provide breathing room so that we can provide regular, and awesome, free content.
What I Need From You
Firstly, thank you for reading this far! It means the world to me personally that OD has a strong user base, and every time someone takes the time to talk back it reinforces my conviction that this is all worth something.
The first thing I need from you is some help with Facebook. Our Facebook likes are really low, lower than I would expect for our modest readership. I’m hoping this will change soon as OD gets rejigged and I switch to exchanging our OD101 book for a Facebook like instead of signing up with our mailing list, but it would be amazing if any of you guys could share our posts, spread the word, and generally let me know if I’m doing something wrong. I’m even more hopeless with Twitter, and whilst I will mention that the same applies I’m happy for a ‘one step at a time’ approach here. Facebook is my priority for the moment, just so I can measure effort a bit easier.
Next up, I really want your opinions on a few things. For ease’s sake, I’ll bullet point them:
- What’s the best thing we’ve ever done?
- What’s the weakest thing we do?
- Would you hate us eternally if we started looking for advertising and sponsorship to help us continue?
- If not, what would you most like to have advertised to you?
- What do you like about our free video tutorials?
- Do you care about our assignments?
- Do you enjoy our software reviews – and would you find video reviews of software interesting?
- Anything else? Anything at all?
Lastly, your support means absolutely everything to us. I can’t stress enough that I’m not in this for the money, but needs must and in order to keep OD going I do need to stop being such a hippie and accept that I can’t give everything away for free and still provide a quality site. A purchase of Total Music Production, when it’s available this week, will give me huge amounts of faith, help OD to grow, and, of course, you’ll have what our early bird testers have confirmed for us is an amazing course. Similarly indicating what else you’d be prepared to buy, be it more tutorials, sound packs, merchandise, and so on, would be a tremendous help – and if you have any thoughts about advertising, or even advertising requests, I’m all ears. Hey, maybe you’re a billionaire playboy and you’d like to be a benefactor? …no? Okay