Welcome to the KVR Developer Challenge 2016, the sixth free-for-all audio plug-in / audio application / soundware design event!
The "KVR Developer Challenge" is for anyone who develops Audio Plug-ins or Applications and Soundware. The challenge is to create and release a brand new free audio plug-in, application or sound library / pack / set that will benefit the community at large. Creativity is key, it can be as simple or as complex as you want - KVR members will vote on the entries and pick the eventual winner using whatever criteria they choose to.
This year's grand prize is from KVR Audio and NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants). The winning developer will have the opportunity to present their entry at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, January 19-22, 2017.
The winning developer will be provided with airfare to/from and hotel accommodation in Anaheim plus promotion and a presentation area at the NAMM Show to share the winning entry.
Plus, as always, the winner receives a portion of our donation pool.
The entry with the most votes wins. In the event that you can not attend the NAMM show, we will select the winner with the next highest level of votes. You must 21 or older to win the NAMM Show travel prize. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. See the rules for more info.
Win tickets to the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, USA
That's right, anyone who participates in the KVR developer Challenge 2016, whether you enter, donate or vote, will be entered into a random draw for tickets for entry to The NAMM Show 2017! We have a few to give away. More details soon.
ROLI would love to help developers that are making great work in the new mobile computing domain, and would like to award 1 licence for the highest placed iOS entry, 1 licence for the highest placed Android entry, and 1 licence for highest placed plug-in.
JUCE is a powerful framework to develop and create cross-platform audio plugins and applications. Used by companies such as Korg, Arturia, and Cycling 74. It was recently updated to version 4.3, adding support for ROLI's cool new BLOCKS modular music platform.
IK Multimedia is offering a pair of their new iLoud Micro Monitors - the extremely portable, high-performance bi-amped speakers that deliver a combined 50W RMS of power for solid bass, plenty of headroom and a stunningly defined stereo image.
Whether you're recording, editing, mixing or mastering audio, editing video, sound designing or gaming, iLoud Micro Monitor ensure your production will translate well to the huge variety of consumer devices — headphones, home stereo systems, gaming consoles, car audio systems, TVs, and other listening systems.
Voger Design Studio is offering a couple of prizes:
- One of their GUI kits for KVRDC participants.
- A free re-design of the winning product for the winner.
KVR Developer Challenge 2016 Entries
Rules, Information, Guidelines, etc.
Any operating system, any plug-in format, a stand-alone application, a sound library - anything that will assist in music making goes! You have two months to get it together - submissions will end on November 30th, 2016. They will all then be hosted for download on the KVR server and released "AT ONCE" for public appraisal and voting!
Although anything goes, you should consider how to appeal to the largest market - things such as open source or being multi-platform may garner a bigger audience, and consequently more votes. This is your call though. Whatever you are comfortable with!
- Anyone may enter (However, the NAMM Show Grand Prize, see below, is only available to entrants aged 21 or older).
- Your entry must be an original creation made by you (your team / crew / company / family). Of course you may reuse code / modules / development frameworks, but the actual plug-in / application / sound library should be a new, original creation, not just an obviously cut-down subset of a program you have already written.
- Your entry must not break any copyright rules or license agreements - if your entry uses GPL code then your code should adhere to any restrictions imposed by this, for example.
- Your entry must not be restricted in any way that could make it appear to be a demo / trial version for a subsequent "full" release. i.e. It must not be save-disabled or beep every few seconds or nag the user to donate / pay, etc. Your entry should be fully functioning and remain fully functioning forever.
- Your entry may support any operating system(s) in general use for making music: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS or Android.
- Your entry may support any plug-in format, or be a stand alone application / utility, or be a sound / sample library.
- You may use any programming language or development environment (e.g. programming languages such as C++, Delphi, Java, etc. or any of the myriad development applications such as SynthEdit, Flowstone, Max, etc.).
- Design and testing must be done in private - public beta testing is not allowed as this may affect the voting process.
- During the voting period you may update your entry but updates must be bug fixes ONLY. You are NOT allowed to add new features or rework existing ones during the voting period.
- You grant KVRaudio.com the permission to distribute your entry for download via our server from December 1st, 2016, onwards.
- You grant KVRaudio.com the permission to act on your behalf, without monetary involvement, for your entry to be published and/or publicized in/on written publications with or without accompanied media such as CDs and DVDs, as well as online publications. You may choose to opt out via a written (email) disapproval of such permission at the time of your entry. KVRaudio.com will not seek or make attempts at financial gain by promoting your entries on written or online publications.
How To Enter:
- To enter you will need a KVR Developer Account [get one here - it's free]. If you already manage your products and submit news directly at KVR, you will already have one.
- Access the Developer Control area and add your entry as a new product but remember to also set the KVRDC16 flag. Anything flagged as KVRDC16 will NOT be made live on KVR until the KVRDC16 go live date of December, 2016.
- KVR Members will vote for their favourite entries between December 1st-18th, 2016. Depending on the amount of submissions, the voting period (and consequently the winner announcement date) may be extended for another week or so. All KVR members will be eligible to vote although we may instigate some restrictions at the time of voting - maximum joined date, minimum number of posts, etc. - to help prevent voter fraud.
- Voting will be in the form of selecting a top 5:
- 1st choice will be awarded 5 points.
- 2nd choice will be awarded 4 points.
- 3rd choice will be awarded 3 points.
- 4th choice will be awarded 2 points.
- 5th choice will be awarded 1 point.
- The winners will be announced on December 19th, 2016.
- The prize fund will be delivered to the winners (or charity or recipient of the winners' choices) via PayPal within a week of the winner being announced.
The Grand Prize: Win a free trip to the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, USA
- I agree to allow KVR Audio and NAMM to use my image for promotional purposes.
- I also consent that I am submitting original material, of which I own all the rights.
- I understand that event details are subject to change.
- One winner will be selected from all entries for the Grand Prize, which includes airfare to and from Anaheim, CA for one person and one hotel room during the NAMM show, January 19-22, 2017.
- The Grand Prize winner must be 21 or over in order to win the travel prize (this does not affect the KVR member donations part of KVRC16).
- In the event that the winner is ineligible for the Grand Prize, or cannot attend the NAMM show, KVR Audio will select the winner with the next highest level of votes.
- The Grand Prize is not transferrable.
- The Grand Prize winner may reside anywhere in the world.
- Entries will be voted on by the public during the voting period.
- The highest number of votes determines the winner.
- Void where prohibited by law.
- Taxes and fees are the responsibility of the winner.
The Prize Fund (Money Money Money)
- The prize will be cold, hard, cash, made up from donations from the KVR community. Donations can be made via PayPal and will be held in escrow by KVR Audio until the winner has been selected. The prize will be paid to the eventual winner via PayPal. We'll endeavor to keep the prize fund total updated here.
- The prize fund will be split:
- 30% to the Windows Plug-in or Standalone Application entry with the most votes 1, 2
- 30% to the Mac OS X Plug-in or Standalone Application entry with the most votes 1, 2
- 20% to the next highest placed entry
- 10% to the highest placed Soundware entry
- 10% to a wild card random selection (maybe an iOS or Android entry, if we get any!)
- Additional prizes, donated by fellow developers, will also be available and distributed on an ad-hoc basis. If you wish to donate something please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
1 These can be the same entry. If it is multi-format and gets the most votes the entrant would receive 60% of the prize fund.
2 Yes we know Linux (and other OS) appears to be overlooked but the Linux (and other OS) userbase at KVR is very small so we'll concentrate prize distribution on the two major Operating Systems for audio production - Windows and Mac OS X. However, in the event of the unlikely situation that the entry with the most votes is for Linux (or another OS) only it will be awarded 30% of the prize fund and the next 40% will be split between the highest placed Windows and Mac OS X entries (20% each) and the "next highest placed entry" will receive 10% instead of 20%.