Welcome to the first ever music making contest on 99Sounds! Since our launch in June 2014, we’ve released twelve amazing sample libraries, crafted by a group of generous and extremely talented sound designers from around the world.
UPDATE #3: THE RESULTS ARE HERE!
These are the eight highest ranked entries:
#1 Poztman – Crystalline Chant
#2 Spray – Substance
#3 Naiyaah – Repetition
#4 Lawrence Wade – Love Letters
#5 Babakov – Above Those Rains
#6 Gloss – Gloss Over Art
#7 Steal This- The Duck Call
#8 Plur’l – Rye
Congratulations to Poztman, who is the grand prize winner! :)
I would also like to congratulate the two runner-ups, Spray and Naiyaah, as well as everyone else who made it in the Top 8!
And of course, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined in!
Your entries have been great and narrowing this entire list to just a few favorites has been incredibly hard (at least for me). So much talent and creativity in one place! I really wish that everyone who joined in could get some sort of prize for their effort. Perhaps the next time we organize something like this!
This has been a lovely experience for me. A dream come true. I hope that this was just the first music contest of many more to come on 99Sounds. Stay tuned for more free sounds, more challenges like this one, and thank you for being a part of our community!
UPDATE #2: The results will be announced in approximately one hour. We’re sorry about the delay!
UPDATE #1: The contest is now officially CLOSED for new entries. You guys have submitted 124 tracks in total, adding up to over 8 hours of music. THANK YOU! It feels great to know that so many tracks have been made with our samples. Voting for our favorite entries will be tons of fun!
During the next 15 days, our team of judges (there are ten of us in total) will be listening to your entries and submitting the votes. During this period, we might contact you on SoundCloud if we have some questions about the samples which were used in your track. PLEASE keep your entries online during the voting period.
We have created a new SoundCloud playlist with all the entries which have been submitted for the contest.
The winners will be announced on this page on December 1st, 2014. Stay tuned!
Your response has been fantastic so far and we’d like to thank you for that! Join our music contest to put your creativity to test and for a chance to win some AMAZING prizes in the process!
Rules: Use ONLY the loops and samples available for download on 99Sounds to create a track. Using 3rd party samples and/or virtual instruments (apart from a sampler) is not allowed. You ARE allowed to edit and process 99Sounds samples and loops with any sampler instrument (either a hardware device or a virtual instrument) such as Kontakt, HALion, Shortcircuit, etc. You ARE allowed to use any DAW and any amount of internal or external effects in your project. Feel free to manipulate and process the sounds inside your DAW or an audio editor. All music genres accepted.
Submission method: Upload your finished entry to this SoundCloud group. Only one entry per contestant is allowed. Please format the track title as Artist Name – Track Name (99Sounds Contest).
Submission deadline: The deadline is November 15th. The winners will be officially announced on December 1st on this page.
Judges: The entries will be judged by the sound designers who have previously released sample libraries on 99Sounds. Each of the ten judges will be able to vote for five of their favorite entries. After the voting phase has ended, we will announce the grand prize winner and the two runner-ups on this page.
Hints: You are working with a limited set of sounds here, so you’ll need to change your workflow and think outside of the box. Feel free to experiment and use these samples in unusual ways. All elements of the track will be taken into account, including the arrangement, originality, the manner in which the samples were used, as well as the overall quality of the mix. We are open to all music styles. It doesn’t matter if your track is a dance floor banger, a cinematic masterpiece, or a chilled out atmospheric tune. We are simply looking for the best and most exciting track made with 99Sounds sample libraries. Make us proud! Good luck and have fun making music!
Prizes: The grand prize winner gets Propellerhead Reason 8, AAS Ultra Analog VA-2, Cableguys Bundle, Sugar Bytes Effectrix, FXpansion Bloom, AudioThing Valve Filter VF-1, Plug & Mix VIP Bundle, a 1-year subscription to AskVideo and an exclusive cinematic sample pack by Joshua Crispin aka Generdyn. Each of the two runner-ups will receive a copy of the Plug & Mix VIP Bundle and a 6-month subscription to AskVideo. The 8 highest ranked tracks will be released on an EP which will be distributed as a free download via 99Sounds. A huge THANK YOU goes out the sponsors for providing such amazing prizes! More info about the prizes available below.
Reason 8 ($399) is your complete music studio in the box, designed to perfectly complement your music production workflow. A legendary music making workstation which has evolved over the years and changed the world of music production software forever. It is an ever-expandable and freely routable rack of virtual instruments and effects which puts limitless music making possibilities right at your fingertips.
Plug & Mix VIP Bundle ($249) is the ultimate collection of mixing tools. Featuring over 50 individual audio effects, this huge plugin bundle is a complete toolbox for your daily mixing and sound design needs.
AskVideo.com 1-year Subscription ($199) grants access to over 1782 hours of high quality video courses about popular creative applications such as Propellerhead Reason 8, Adobe CS, Logic Pro, Final Cut Studio, InDesign and many more. Stream the available video tutorials online, or download them to your computer or portable device and watch offline.
Ultra Analog VA-2 ($199) is one of the most sought-after virtual analogue synthesizers on the market. It is a versatile virtual analogue synthesizer with a streamlined interface and a rich factory library with over 600 production-ready sounds. The powerful subtractive synthesis engine is enhanced with a state of the art FX section and unique live performance controls.
Cableguys Bundle ($199) includes the Curve 2 hybrid synthesizer, FilterShaper 3 and VolumeShaper 3 modulation devices, as well as the MidiShaper device for advanced MIDI control. It is a unique bundle of creative tools, built around the powerful custom waveform editor which is the signature feature of all Cableguys plugins.
Effectrix ($129) is a monster multi-effect sequencer with 14 effects which can be triggered by the built-in 32-step sequencer and its 12 sub-patterns. From traditional modulation effects like chorus and phaser to sound mangling tools like time-stretching and stutter, this classic device by Sugar Bytes delivers tons of sound manipulation power in an easy to use package.
Bloom ($99) takes the concept of a creative delay effect to a whole new level. Capable of generating anything from lush spacey echoes to psychedelic modulation effects, this is an extremely powerful mixing device and a versatile sound design tool. Use the built-in step sequencer and LFOs to modulate various parameters of the plugin and add even more movement to your sounds.
Valve Filter VF-1 (€25) is a classic Moog style ladder filter paired up with a valve circuit which is modeled after the vintage Telefunken ECC83 tubes. Each of the two sections can be switched off, so the plugin is capable of operating as a standalone filter effect or a pure tube amp emulation for adding that essential bit of color and warmth to your audio material.
Are you IN? Let us know in the comments section below!