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Thanks for the many fantastic entries and watch this space! Winners will be announced in DJ mag and here soon.

Win £1,000 plus a contract


Sounds/To/Sample and DJmag are on the lookout for the BEST SAMPLE PRODUCERS in the world, with £1,000 and a contract with S2S up for grabs for the best sounds.

 

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It's true... It's the biggest competition in the sample world. We've teamed up with DJmag to seek out the next generation of sample producers. The winner will receive £1,000 worth of royalty-free samples of their choice of packs from www.soundstosample.com, including titles from Sample Magic, Zero-G, S2S, DrumDog, Best Service, Riemann, Beatluxe, realsamples and more. What's more – they'll also receive a contract with S2S to join one of the most respected sample teams on the planet.

To enter, all you have to do is create ten new and original loops that you have created in one of four categories: techno/minimal, house, hip-hop or 'other' (any other genre), and send them through to us.

Sounds will be judged by DJmag's tech editor Mick Wilson, DJ/Producer Sharooz and S2S's Jake Island.

The closing date is 29 September, midday (GMT).

Entering is easy. Here's what you need to do:

1

Create ten loops

Your samples must be original and royalty-free. Using analogue synths and drum machines is fine; using one-shot drum sounds from labels like DrumDog or from Sample Magic releases is also fine to create drum loops. Cutting up loops from commercial sample libraries is not allowed, and using soft synth presets should always be avoided. Reprogram any synths you do use, making sounds that are as unique as possible. Use a range of plugins to further mangle sounds. Bear in mind that when producers buy sample libraries they need to know that all sounds are 100% royalty-free. Ensure your sounds are too.

Loops should only be two bars long.

Of the ten sounds you make at least six must be loops. The remaining four can be one-shot FX, Vox clips, etc.

2

Choose a category

There are four categories:

  • Techno/Minimal
  • House (Electro, Funky, Bassline, Jackin', Disco etc)
  • Hip Hop (and RnB)
  • Other (all other sounds, and all other genres).

Choose one category only for all ten of your sounds.

3

Ensure your sounds are properly edited

Your sounds should be 24-bit Wav files. If you've made loops check that they loop properly, and check for clicks and pops at the start / end of samples. When naming please put the tempo in the filename.

4

Zip up your sounds

When you've got ten awesome samples, zip up the sounds, inserting a text document into the zip file that includes your name, your email address and the category you are entering.

5

Send them to us

Name the final zip file with the genre and your name (so John Smith sending in House samples would send a zip entitled: johnsmith_hiphop_competition.zip) and send the zip file to soundsearch@soundstosample.com. Use yousendit or similar if your zip file is bigger than 3MB. NO ENTRIES SHOULD BE MORE THAN 6MB.

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Closing date

The closing date for the competition is 12pm (midday, GMT) on 29 September 2009. Judging will take place during October 2009, with the winner announced in DJmag in November.

And that's it. Good luck - and remember, the more creative the sounds, the better your chances!

The small print

  • By entering this competition you are agreeing that the sounds you enter are 100% royalty free, and have not been published by any other company.
  • You agree that the sounds you enter are freely and exclusively licensed by you to Sounds/To/Sample Ltd and DJ Magazine, and may be offered as free samples as part of future promotions.
  • You agree that the sounds you enter have not been entered into any similar competition.
  • The winner will be given a £1,000 voucher to spend on samples at www.soundstosample.com. Any contract offered by Sounds To Sample will be offered in good faith and will not constitute a binding agreement unless both parties wish to proceed.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

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(c) Sounds To Sample 2009