Web Development for Audio & Music Library
- Web Development
- $10,000 to $49,999
- Apr. 2019 - Ongoing
- Willing to Refer
"They have a rare mix of talent, service, and commitment."
- Arts, entertainment & music
- 1-10 Employees
- Online Review
Nirvana Canada developed and designed a web platform for an audio and music library. The team organized and curated sounds, building both the front- and backend of the website.
The website formed the foundation of the client's business, exceeding the expectations of the internal team. Nirvana Canada provides consistent priceless maintenance and support. The team is hard-working, creative, and knowledgeable.
The client submitted this review online.
Please describe your company and your position there.
I am Julian Cerrillo, CEO of VGAME (Video Game Audio & Music Elements) a web-based library made up of contributions from video game music composers, producers, and sound designers. VGAME’S library includes great music assets from Grammy and G.A.N.G. award winners
Our goal is to facilitate the integration of sound and music into video games utilizing standard industry practices. We offer a high-end quality music and audio library as well as a powerful search engine for you to take advantage of while searching for the perfect track: + More than 9000 tracks specifically curated for all types of video games + Simple Music & Audio License + Team of Expert Curators
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
For what projects/services did your company hire Nirvana Canada?
VGAME is a really challenging project in all the senses. We needed to develop a platform capable of managing many fronts: Contributors, Clients, Payouts, Payment Gateways, etc. on top of large amounts of data (many, many GB) that should be constantly flowing and available through our website.
What were your goals for this project?
Develop and design a web-based library in which Music Composers and Sound Designers from all around the world can upload their creations for the opportunity to License them to Video Game Programmers and Designers.
How did you select this vendor?
We selected Nirvana based on their experience and budget or total estimated cost. There were more than 8 different companies that we asked to present a proposal for developing VGAME'S website. Only 4 of them actually presented a complete proposal. The other 4 got back to us saying the project was too big for them or that they lacked the experience to do it.
For the ones that presented the proposals, VGAME'S investors and I analyzed their previous experience, such as if they had developed intricate and big marketplaces before, their level of services and the way they were thinking to approach the technical difficulties we will most likely face during the development of our project (e.g. which backend and frontend platform they were going to use, storage issues that could make the site loading speed very slow and payouts to contributors - to name a few)
Nirvana had developed website/marketplaces like ours before. Maybe not the same industry, but the level of intricacy and detailed needed for our website was something that Nirvana had worked with before. Between what I've just described, their level of service and the total cost estimate for the project we decided that they were the best fit for us and hired them immediately.
Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.
On phase 1 of our project, we provided Nirvana with the idea and how we wanted our website to work for both, contributors and end users. We needed to have something that could be easy to use for Musicians and Sound Designers so that they can upload their creations and, at the same time, provide us with as much metadata as possible to be able to categorize and organize the information.
Once we achieved a certain number of tracks on our database we launched Phase 2 of our project. In this phase we used the metadata collected on phase 1 to offer Video Game Programmers and Designers a website in which they can find music and audio for their video games easily by:
- Organizing and curating the Music and SFX into Video Game Categories that they understand
- Giving them a playback in which they can listen to the music and SFX they are looking for without having to open several tabs
- Providing them with a powerful search engine that can help them minimize the time of search and integration of music and SFX into video games Nirvana took care of all of the technical and design aspects of our website.
From the design to the development of the front and backend they were in charge of making this portal possible, user friendly, reliable and expandable according to our needs.
They developed all of our website's key modules: + General Users Module which includes: Dashboard, My account, Wishlist, My orders and Messages + Contributors upload and dashboard module which includes all of the above plus: My assets/uploades, My account, My Finances and Sales. + Search page module which includes filters such as: Keywords, Video Game Categories, Track Duration, Music, SFX (to name a few) + Curators backend module in which we can listen, approve and edit all of the tracks we receive. + Payout module for contributors + Custom Shopping cart and payment gateway + Full website look and feel and web pages
What was the team composition?
The project had around 6 people that were closely involved with the development. Smita, our project manager, was and remain our point of contact with the business and had made an outstanding job organizing all the task and requirements that have made this project possible.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?
Our entire operations are web-based. We simply can't exist without a website because that's the whole point of the services we offer. When we first started Phase 1 I immediately noticed that they knew precisely what they were doing; they would recommend and suggest to me what the project needed in order to make it possible while looking out for our budget through every decision making.
Things like storing all of our tracks on a cloud to make the search results and VGAME'S website pages load faster, use a certain plug for our the search engine or how to better organize the data we collected, ended up being key components of our challenging project and things that only they, with their experience, can come up with.
They've also given us priceless support all the time. Projects like this one require constant and special care. We faced challenges during the website construction, such music composers approaching to us with massive music catalogues that required to be uploaded to the website, or Payout modules not able to link properly with the bank. They had, and still have, our back through all of our journey.
How was project management arranged and how effective was it?
We divided the project in Phases (as I mentioned before) for each phase we clearly stated the key modules to develop and the time each module will approximately take to be ready. Although some modules took a little longer than expected our project was released on time and in a timely matter. We use tools such as Google Spreadsheets, regular email, Whereby and Microsoft Office.
What did you find most impressive about this company?
I can say with confidence, after working together with them for more than a year, that there are not that many companies like this out there. They have a rare mix of talent, service, and commitment.
They like challenges, and while most of the people would probably run far away from the unknown, they own it, face it and embrace each and every one of their tasks while carrying them out with the joy, passion and intelligence that only Smita and Nirvana’s team can bring together.
Are there any areas for improvement?
Service & Deliverables
"Great quality and very knowledgable"
On time / deadlines
"Under very challenging project, such as ours, they manage to deliver on time and comply with all of our requirements"
Value / within estimates
"Nirvana has always exceeded our expectations, in a very good way, in terms of cost - value of their services"
Willing to Refer5.0
"I'd definitely recommend Nirvana to my friends. No matter how big or small is the project, they are capable of great things.