All changes to the rules will be handled in here. The Gossip, Submission and Voting threads will link to here if there are questions regarding rules.
The rule set is split over the course of the following posts, for easier understanding and simplicity in terms of finding. Please consult the appropriate sub-point if you want to read up on the rules and limitation:
Post 1: General information about the challenge, time limits, who are the hosts, social media
Post 2: Song Providers Guidelines, information how to provide the RAW tracks
Post 3: Rules for participants of the mix challenge
Post 4: Song Provider Evaluation Guidelines
Post 5: Rules and General Information for winning goods
Post 6: FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions
Post 7: Sponsors and Donators of prices
Post 8: Winners of the Mix Challenge
Post 9: Song Providers List
If there are any questions, feel free to ask them in the Gossip thread. Take note that the rules can be modified at any time(!) - though we will inform the contestants of the changes.
What is this about (concept and idea):
The Mix Challenge (currently hosted on KVR Audio) is aimed to be a friendly competition with a focus on handling a multi-track mixdown (though remix and mastering challenges are possible in the future). The idea (and twist) is to create a realistic client-to-business (C2B) scenario. Fixed time frames and maybe additional set rules will force you to be creative within boundaries, something that you might not encounter when working freely at your own pace and expression.
Furthermore, the original concept was to post documentation of what you did with the song. While this is not necessary and/or mandatory anymore, this adds to the learning factor. Documentation can be as simple as a screenshot, or an in-depth listing of plugins/modules and settings being used. This is not to steal your knowledge but to actually expand on it, learn from your possible mistakes and/or for others to benefit from your findings, ideas and gather some inspiration from your type of mixing. Nobody can improve if you can't learn anything.
The competition time frames (as of MC05, overhauled with MC15, unless stated otherwise):
- 21 days for mixing and submitting (1st of the month until 21st of the month)
- 3-5 days post mixing: feedback by the song provider on favored 6-8 songs
- 5 days (around 24th to 26th of the month, can be sooner): resubmission period of top 6-10 selected entries
- after either mix round: evaluation by the client (maximum time frame: 7 days)
We might expand the Mix Challenge to a "Mastering" and/or "Remixing" challenge to mix things up. This will be addressed in each challenge related thread.
Ideally the challenge always starts on 0:01am (GMT+1/CET) of the 1st of the month and runs until 21st of the month at 11:59pm (GMT+1/CET).
Confused with the times, use this tool and select "Berlin (Germany)" as Location 2:
Who is in charge of the Mix Challenge:
Technical Questions, Host: Compyfox (from http://www.studio-comypfox.de )
Headmaster, License Management: Uncle E (Eric Dahlberg from JRR Shop)
Handling of Sponsored Licenses, SoundCloud Wizardry: satYatunes (from http://www.satyatunes.com )
Voting Process (Client Based): the client for the current challenge
Social Media and User Interaction:
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MixChallenge (new hashtag in the making)
Help us out with new audio material: Help the Mix Challenge "Campaign" thread (in Music Cafe)
Join our Mailing List: <soon>
Thread for questions, giving feedback and OT talk: Mix Challenge - Gossip and Discussion