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January Contest: Submissions

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D.H. Miltz
9401 posts since 20 Jun, 2008

Postby D.H. Miltz; Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:04 am January Contest: Submissions

Free For All

This month you are asked to submit anything you want, provided it meets the requirements below.


Submissions MUST follow these rules:

1 - Encoded in either .mp3 or .ogg format.

2 - A STRICT MAXIMUM of three minutes in length. If it shows up as 3:01 in my player, it's getting the boot.

3 - entered into the contest by posting a DIRECT LINK in this RULES & SUBMISSIONS thread (use the GOSSIP thread for everything else). If you cant provide a direct link, please contact one of the following people listed below, they will be happy to help you out. These people provide free hosting for the purpose of this contest only! They are not a hosting service. When contacting these people, please take the effort to understand the terms and conditions they provide.

1 - knockman
2 - watto
3 - slartibartfast

In addition...
Kara at www.kara-moon.com/forum has offered "self service" space. Log into the forum to find out more.

But wait! There's more! If you use SoundCloud to host your entry, you might find this tutorial by kryptonaut helpful. Bear in mind that SoundCloud's free accounts have a limit (per track) of 100 downloads.

4 - Submitted by early a.m. (US Central Time) Friday, January 25th, 2013.

5 - Your entry must be composed specifically for this contest.

6 - Your entry must be created using at least some audio plugins, virtual synths, or software studio.

7 - Your entry should have the FILE named in a format of "yearmonth_artistname_tracktitle" (ie "1301_artistname_tracktitle.mp3"), where the artistname is the same as your KVR name. Please do not use spaces and special characters in the filename. Special considerations will be given to those that have the hosting agent change the file name.

8 - If you are going to tag your mp3--and you should--the artist name is to be the same as your KVR name, and the title tag is to be the name of your tune(help us out, okay? it's easier to sift through labelled entries).

9 - One person can participate either with one entry, with one entry and one collaborative effort or with two collaborative efforts.

10 - Every submission has to be tagged with:
a) used instruments (virtual and 'real')
b) players' and singers' names (if other than entrant; collabs are allowed, sometimes encouraged, but they must be credited)
c) origin of loops and samples, if they're not free of copyright (this includes CreativeCommons material; please read and follow the license of the samples and loops you use); naming the origin of copyright free loops is also encouraged, but not mandatory. Please only use samples you are legally entitled to use.
d) name(s) of composer(s) -- if an entry is a cover this should be noted in the file name and/or the mp3 "Title" tag as well as the submission post (not everyone reads the submission posts).

11 - If there are strong doubts about the origin of the composition or parts of it, the participant should have the possibility to send a project file to the moderator, who could give it to a trustworthy person with the right host to examine it. Important: the participant should not be forced to do it.

12 - No resubmissions without permission from the moderator, INCLUDING for time-overage correction. PM me for permission!

13 - Any tracks not adhering to these guidelines will be very naughty indeed. Possibly disqualified upon peer review. And at least mocked for all to point and giggle.

14 - Voting (members must have at least 20 posts to vote ... although contest entrants are exempt from this ruling) will run from the submission deadline until early a.m Friday, February 1st. Anyone voting for themselves will find ALL their votes disqualified; any entrants not voting will also be disqualified.

If you have questions, send a private message to D.H. Miltz or ask in the gossip thread.


Ben from Camel Audio has been so kind as to donate a prize of ANY of their
products this month (and later months until further notice).

Ugo at Ugo Audio has donated a copy of M-theory + Dualism bundle, Ironhead + Tunguska bundle, Metallurgy, or Disturbance, for this month (and later months until further notice).Thanks UGO

Quinto from SKNote Software Sound Synthesis has donated any one of his plugins for the contest this month. (and later months until further notice). Thank you Quinto.

Michel Rouzic the developer of Photosounder has donated a copy (with noncommercial license) of Photosounder or a copy of SplineEQ for the October contest (and later months until further notice).

Dave Hoskins from QuikQuak has donated a copy of Fusion Field (full license) for December's contest (and later months until further notice). Thanks, Dave Hoskins.
Last edited by D.H. Miltz on Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:55 am, edited 1 time in total.
3 posts since 7 Jun, 2012

Postby broodkillphill; Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:35 pm

Land of Trees

instruments used: renoise, korg legacy collection vst, vsl, and xnri drum collections.
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Emerald Tablet
Narcissistic Messiah
4565 posts since 7 Apr, 2002, from https://soundcloud.com/remcoh

Postby Emerald Tablet; Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:32 pm

Serene piece called the promise : A style i did more often a few years ago
I tried to keep it as minimal as possible in both mix and composition
Quickly put together in FL - The idea is to give the listener "room" to improvise in his mind as the music develops.

http://www.youreallfree.com/music/1301_ ... romise.mp3

Code: Select all
Filename:    The Promise
Tempo:       62 BPM

==== Instruments (12) ====

=> Bass SF2    -  1 Instances
=> Nanotron    -  1 Instances
=> Occam    -  1 Instances
=> Tau2     -  3 Instances
=> Mr Ray2    -  1 Instances
=> 4Front Bass    -  1 Instances
=> SB_MixClap     -  1 Instances
=> Drumatic 3     -  1 Instances
=> The Shepherd -  1 Instances
=> wind     -  1 Instances
=> TAL-NoiseM   -  1 Instances
=> Piky         -  1 Instances

==== Effects (5) ====

=> BootEQmkII     -  1 Instances
=> jb_redphatt   -  3 Instances
=> Fruity Limit   -  1 Instances
=> stereo enh    -  6 Instances
=> Fusion Field -  3 Instances
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589 posts since 25 Apr, 2011

Postby kryptonaut; Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:55 pm

Retrospective 2012

This track was inspired by the rhythms of 2012 - astronomical, calendrical and natural.

Encoded in various ways are the weekdays, months, seasons, day length, lunar phase, venus phase, weather, nature, and general mood :)

Retrospective 2012 (download)

Synths: Alchemy, PsyGen, Podolski, Magix Atmos, Magix Vita, Magix Beatbox2
FX: Melda MStereoExpander, SatsonCM, Magix EQ and Mastering
DAW: Magix Samplitude Music Studio 2013
229 posts since 8 Jul, 2006, from Southern California

Postby spirulence; Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:45 pm

Space Explorer


You're hearing the inaugural work of my new Mac Mini DAW, made lovingly with REAPER and a few new software friends:

Sound Generators:
Linplug Alpha for Pads, Bass, Leads
Linplug ElementP for Drums

Waves Renaissance Maxx:

Bundled with Reaper:
368 posts since 1 Dec, 2011

Postby ClaRago; Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:43 am



Apart from the drums & FX :EXS24 instruments and some Musicradar samples, all the tracks were done with Kontakt instruments: the piano is the free Amore Kontakt instrument from Precisionsound , the doublebass comes from the Kontakt library and the synths are from Synthmagic Kontakt libraries.
The amusement fair bit (?) right at the end was made with Scriptorium .No other effects were used apart from Camelspace on that afore mentioned bit.
Mastered with Ozone.
Soughtafter Sounds
20 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Postby Soughtafter Sounds; Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:44 am


An orchestral piece with an enchanted feel.



Vst's Used:

18 Piece Violin Section
Solo Violin
70 Piece String Section
Solo Flute
Solo French Horn
6 French Horn Section
Orchestral Metals
60 Piece String Section
50 Piece String Section
Solo Oboe
Steinway B Grand Piano
18 Cymbal Section

Effects Used:

Stereo Double
Impulse Response Convolution Reverb
Professional Audio Architecture
250 posts since 1 Jan, 2009

Postby Hellfog; Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:35 pm

Back And Forth

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7944025/1301_h ... _Forth.mp3

https://soundcloud.com/psyerichybrid/13 ... -and-forth

Instruments: Acoustic nylon guitar, Condensor mic, reverb, compressor, EQ, Omnisphere, Alchemy, Pianoteq4, Reaper.
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Mister Natural
1566 posts since 28 Oct, 2007, from michigan

Postby Mister Natural; Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:11 pm


Your Moon is but a Sliver

Instruments :
Stratocaster > Black Box > Z3ta+1 efx
Z3ta+2 (x3)
couple of samples from CM magazine

Host & other efx :

an expert only on what it feels like to be me
& you are who you google

30 posts since 23 Jan, 2012, from Liverpool

Postby Zabrilla; Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:33 pm

Here is my track, 1000 voices. Its unashamadly firmly routed in the heavy trance/ Techno genre. I have loved listening to the other submissions but this is what I came up with, its four to the floor spacyness.


The instruments I have used are

Deep One

Additional processing & grit from Izotope Trash 2, and audio damage panstation.

Edit: Also I have used the Amen break sample; under the terms of the CCL, the copyright holder of the track "Amen, brother" composed and performed by "The Winstons" by Drummer Gregory Coleman, is Richard Lewis Spencer. The track was release as a b side to their 7inch "Color Him Father" in 1969 on Metromedia (MMS-117)


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4456 posts since 5 Aug, 2006, from UK - Here!

Postby folderol; Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:15 pm

Norf 'n Souf ride back over the hill.

Here is what we put together this time.

The Sparkling Brook

Stuff used by Norf

... and by Souf
Yoshimi - patches: Smooth, Full Choir, Another Choir, Solo
It wasn't me! (well, actually, it probably was)
229 posts since 8 Jul, 2006, from Southern California

Postby spirulence; Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:04 pm


The Glass Mountain


A collaboration between folderol and spirulence.

Used Equipment:

Geist w/ Driven Machine Drums samples
Linplug Alpha
Linplug MorphoX
Stillwell 1973 Equalizer
Stillwell Transient Monster
Waves REQ
Waves RVerb

This was a lot of fun, folderol! Thanks. :D

[cough]What? Forgot the link? Me? Never![/cough]
674 posts since 7 Apr, 2004, from Magrathea, The Universe

Postby slartibartfast; Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:05 am

A bit of simple SynthPop for your listening pleasure.

http://www.slartimusic.com/music/1301_s ... st_HNY.mp3

Created in Cubase 6.5 using:

- Element
- Battery
- Absynth
- Sylenth
- Voices of Passion
- Cypher
- Strobe
- Mystic

- Ozone 5
- JJP Bass
- CSR Reverb
- assorted Cubase effects

Origin of Samples used:
- Zero G - Distorted Dancefloors
- Sounds to Sample - Techhouse Beats
- Sample Magic - Tribal Tech Beats
- Sample Magic - Soundtrack and Chill

Thanks to D.H. for an easier theme this month. And thanks to the stars aligning so that I had time to put together a track!
Time is an illusion - lunchtime doubly so.
2791 posts since 2 Mar, 2003, from The only civilized county in Texas

Postby VicDiesel; Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:37 pm

It's been a while since I've entered this competition. I image this is not going to be anyone's taste, but please take it as a sign of my good intentions to make more appearances here.

Third Candle

I've been experimenting with writing for trio lately.

Recorded using Logic and some compression, EQ, reverb plugins. Real instruments: tenor, bass, greatbass recorder.

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634 posts since 21 Aug, 2010, from Cagliari - (Sardinia)

Postby bzur; Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:33 am

La prima cosa che mi viene in mente (Morning bells)

i.e. The first thing that comes to my mind.

Made on Cubase 6.5 with the following Kontakt libraries:
- Imperfect Sounds Steinway Walnut Pro
- Embertone Infinite bells, Intimate Strings LITE, TheKitchen (Matches, Oven Door), Harmonette
- Kontakt Factory Library Strings and various percussions
- Grasshopper Ambient Binaural Samples

some light eq-ing, SHeppi Free Spatial Enhancer and TLs Maximizer on master bus.

Hope you like it!
Last edited by bzur on Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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