99sounds-music-contest

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! :)

Read our interview with Poztman and download the Ableton Live 9 project file of the winning track Crystalline Chant which was kindly provided as a free download by Poztman!



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!

 

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UPDATE #2: The results will be announced in approximately one hour. We’re sorry about the delay!

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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.


Hear the entries which have been submitted so far!

Are you IN? Let us know in the comments section below!

58 thoughts on “99Sounds Music Making Contest

    • October 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm
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      Thanks for the kind words Dan! You’re welcome and have fun using them!

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  • October 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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    I’m a bit confused by the rules. What exactly is a sampler? So many virtual instruments rely on samples that users can load in to produce sounds but are basically instruments, not samplers. For example, can I load the sounds from 99sounds into a sample map in Native Instrument’s Reaktor’s Polyplex (a VST instrument that some might not consider to be a sampler) or any of the other Reaktor instruments that allow me to load in my own samples? The VST instrument SkannerXT also comes to mind as it allows me to load in my own samples, but its own documentation calls it an instrument. What about Battery4? Perhaps a clear definition of what is considered a sampler would help?

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    • October 9, 2014 at 9:54 am
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      Well, speaking strictly in context of this competition (not trying define what a sampler actually is), it’s OK to use a basic sampler with envelopes and LFOs to control the volume and filters and nothing more than that. So, feel free to use any sampler you want, but stay away from any advanced features which make it more of a sample-based synthesizer than a sampler. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask!

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  • October 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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    Wow this is amazing work :D great samples
    thx guys

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  • October 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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    Okay so, we can or cannot load a single instance into a piano roll and use the sample to make “piano typed” song? Just by changing the note? Or would that be apart of the “advanced features”?? I’m slightly confused and want to makes sure I do not put effort into some work and cross a boundary that’s not permitted. Thank you for you time! Hope you will enjoy my submission when it’s completed!

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    • October 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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      Oh, you can definitely do that (sorry I forgot to mention that)! Loading a sample in a sampler and using the piano roll to trigger at different pitches is perfectly fine. Also, changing the pitch and the envelope of a sample in a sampler is also fine. Some examples of samplers that you can’t go wrong with in this case are Zampler and Shortcircuit 1 (both are freeware), TX16Wx (also freeware), Poise (a commercial MPC style drum sampler), Kontakt, Battery, NN-XT, EXS24, Ableton’s Sampler, Sample One and Impact from Studio One, any MPC style sampler, etc. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask! :)

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  • October 9, 2014 at 11:29 pm
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    I’m assuming vocals aren’t allowed for voting purposes but I want to ask and clarify anyway. Are vocals allowed? I feel like it’ll be pretty obvious that vocals aren’t part of a sample pack and it won’t be deceptive.

    Anyway, I’m really excited to hear a ton of songs with my clap samples in them. I can’t imagine how much cooler this is going to be for you since you generated many more of the sounds!

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    • October 10, 2014 at 10:35 am
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      You’re right, vocals are not allowed! Any additional sound sources apart from the samples and loops in 99Sounds libraries may not be used.

      We are aware of the fact that this is a serious limitation for some producers, but the goal of this contest is to be creative and find a way around these limitations. It’s always fun to try something new!

      Our next music making contest will be less restrictive, but we decided to set some tougher rules for the first contest.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm
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    Glad to see 99SOUNDS growing and developing. :)

    Thanks to the companies and of course to Tomislav and his fantastic efforts.

    I’m sure we’ll see (hear!) great submissions for the contest.

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    • October 11, 2014 at 1:57 am
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      Thanks for the support! :)

      Really looking forward to hearing all the submissions. Some great tracks have been added already.

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  • October 11, 2014 at 3:33 am
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    Cheers, and welcome for the contest/samples. A question, is it permitted to edit the samples in REAPER or Audacity, for instance, like stretching, splitting, reversing, doing micro-sampling, etc.. in such a way that the sample would be not recognizable anymore?? Thank you..

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    • October 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm
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      Yes, absolutely! Feel free to use any of those techniques to process/transform the available sounds. Have fun!

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  • October 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm
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    Is it ok to use the granular synthesis in the Alchemy sampler? I realize the additive or spectral options wouldn’t be allowed.

    Thanks so much for doing this!i! I love the limitations! I think it helps finish songs and not get overwhelmed with all the endless options. There will be endless options for manipulating the samples as it is! I believe some limitations actually help creativity, not hinder it!

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    • October 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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      Hi Josh! Unfortunately, using granular synthesis in Alchemy (or any other instrument) is not allowed. The main reason for such a limitation is the fact that not everyone has access to tools like Alchemy. You are free to use any granular effect though (there are many freeware choices in this category, like Argotlunar and ndc plugs Fragmental for example).

      And you’re completely right about the limitations, as they definitely help your creativity and it’s fun to try and find workarounds! So yeah, there’s another one for ya. :)

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      • October 12, 2014 at 3:53 am
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        Ok that’s cool. Thank you for the clarification and suggestions! I will just use Alchemy’s basic sampler mode and functions and effects then. Thanks!

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  • October 12, 2014 at 11:00 am
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    on rules:
    how about single-cycle (or very short) loop settings in samplers, allowed?

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  • October 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    What about the use of resonator effects , like abletons resonator?
    In theory it’s just a fancy delay effect, but I wouldn’t like to be disqualified because of that.
    Thx for all the wonderful sample packs, already used them a lot !

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    • October 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm
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      Feel free to use the Resonator in Ableton! You can use ANY host and ANY effect (internal or external).

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  • October 14, 2014 at 10:42 am
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    Came here to this contest via Rekkerd.org. Your contest rocks! Free samples (yeah!) and a good challenge. Teister music in progres…

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  • October 27, 2014 at 3:28 am
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    I think there’s a few songs on the entry list that people have used other sounds and I know there’s one with vocals which I was under the impression that was not permitted.

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    • November 4, 2014 at 10:22 am
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      Hi Royce, sorry for the late reply! No need to worry about that – I am checking the entries every day and I contact the authors if I can’t recognize the sounds which have been used. The tracks which use external sound sources will be removed from the competition.

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  • November 2, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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    Well, there’s a couple weeks left so I think I’ll give it a shot. What about sample slicing or just using a piece of a sample, is that allowed? I hear some things in the InterSpace set that I would like to trim up and use as elements of a groove.

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    • November 4, 2014 at 10:23 am
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      Hi Bryan, slicing the samples is perfectly fine. Looking forward to hearing your entry!

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  • November 11, 2014 at 6:24 pm
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    We can use samples from one pack or all the packs ?
    Like was asked before, we can use a Reaktor instrument that is just a sampler, like Massive, which just plays the sample. I have limited knowledge of it other than just sampling, I don’t think it is graanular synth, but I’m not sure, i just use it don’t pay attention to all that it has.

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    • November 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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      You can use the samples from ALL sample packs available on 99Sounds.

      You can used any basic sampler (subtractive engine).

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  • November 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm
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    Hello !

    I just noticed nobody asked it, but this may be an interesting question : Are sample-based effects (convolution reverb, vocoders…) allowed or not ? I was thinking about this because convolution reverbs are quite common when producing a track, and since you need impulse responses for these… I guess it depends on what you’re doing with it ?

    Also, what is the exact deadline ? Depending on where you live in the world, there can be a little difference, and since I found the contest today, some hours can make the difference for me. And by the way, is there any length limitation for submissions ?

    Anyway, this contest is really a great idea. It invites you to tweak the sounds, to see what it’s like to create your sounds from other sounds. And the fact that there is not a lot of melodic sounds (apart from the Bass City) adds some more challenge.

    Thank you for this great contest, for your great website, and for all these free samples ! :)

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    • November 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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      Hi Alexis and sorry for the late reply!

      Convolution based effects are allowed.

      The contest ends at 23:59 GMT on November 16th (we’ve extended the deadline by 24 hours).

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      • November 17, 2014 at 6:03 am
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        Thank you very much ! I realized later that my question was a bit vague (actually, I didn’t knew how to ask it, I’m not a native english speaker), but you replied. I was indeed thinking about the time zones.

        Now that the contest is closed, good luck everyone ! Since there was a lot of interesting tracks, I can’t wait to see the results !

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  • November 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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    Just uploaded my entry and listened to mostof the other tracks. That’s some amazing stuff, guys and girls! Found a ton of new soundcloud channels worth following. (: Keep it up!

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  • November 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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    Were there some vocal samples I missed, because some of the entries have had vocals? I found a couple vocal-like sounds in the sounddesign samples (which I’m going to be using for years, thanks!) and cleared them up as best I could with notch filters and other surgical eq-ing, but if there were straight intelligible vocals hidden in the pack somewhere, I never found them… Either way, amazing competition, and I’ll be contacting you about releasing free sample packs – YOU GUYS ARE THE FUTURE!
    ~Ramen-Hotep

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    • November 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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      Hey man, thanks for the kind words!

      You’re right, the only sample pack which contains vocals is Sound Design Tools. Entries which contain audio material (such as vocals) which isn’t included in any of the 99Sounds sample libraries will be removed from the contest. I will contact the entrants prior to removal and ask if they’d like to fix their entry and re-submit it.

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  • November 15, 2014 at 3:07 am
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    Very cool samples! Thanks for the samples and thanks for the contest.

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  • November 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    What time zone does the contest finish at? How much time is left from now? (At the time of me posting this it is 2:45PM GMT on November 15)

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    • November 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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      The deadline is extended by roughly 24 hours, so that people from different time zones can submit their entries on time. We will close the SoundCloud group tomorrow (November 16th) at 23:59 GMT.

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      • November 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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        Thats great news! Gives me some extra time to polish off my track. Its going well so far but now that I have some extra time Im going to make sure to make it great!

        Thanks! The samples are very inspirational btw!

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  • November 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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    Hey,
    First of all, those samples you provided are really great and I had a lot of fun working with them, so thanks for that.
    I already submitted my track, but it uses IRs from Max 4 Live’s Convolution Reverb Plugin. Are those still within the range of the contest?
    Thanks in advance. :)

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    • November 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm
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      Absolutely, no need to worry about the convolution reverb. Thanks!

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  • November 28, 2014 at 12:25 am
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    Hi. I unfortunately missed this contest so am wondering if there will be another one and how I can keep up with information about new happenings with you guys?
    Also, even though I missed the contest, am I free to download the samples and try my hand at creating works for potential release on other internet labels? I am an ambient artist and have gotten into creating ambient works based on samples, so far, at the ambientonline.org one sample dare challenges.
    I am also an internet dj and if these samples are creative commons, I’d be interested in playing works from the contest on a feature program if that would be permissible. My program is on stillstream.com and it’s called the Blind Flight.
    Thank you for your attention regarding these questions.
    To learn more about my internet program as well as my music, you can visit theblindflight.wordpress.com.

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    • December 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm
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      To stay informed about the news, you can subscribe to our mailing list on the front page.

      The samples can definitely be used outside of the contest! Each 99Sounds release contains a PDF file with further info about the licensing.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 9:23 am
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    when will the winner be announced? :P

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  • December 2, 2014 at 8:07 am
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    and the winners are???

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    • December 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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      The results will be announced in less than two hours!

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  • December 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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    Thanks for hosting such a cool contest . Grats to all the winners :D

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  • December 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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    Thank you for hosting the contest, and congratulations to the winners, some good cuts !

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  • March 26, 2015 at 11:43 am
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    Any more contests planned in the near future?

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    • March 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm
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      Yep, we’ll have another one this year. Sign up to our mailing list (on the home page) to get the latest updates!

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