Sample Pack Contest XIII
Spooky Edition (again)
Sample Pack Contest XIII Rules
Quick update (10/31): The votepack is out and there are two listening parties today on discord!
Voting form. Voting will be open for two weeks, until the end of the day on November 14, unless people need an extension.
If you're just here for the sample pack, here it is!
The contest follows a fairly straightforward 3-phase structure. Each phase is optional -- if you only want to submit samples or vote, you can do so.
- Sample submission: 2020-08-19 until 2020-08-24. Send 1 or 2 short sound samples to the contest organizer (SHAN#4438), who will assemble them into the titular sample pack.
- Track submission: 2020-08-25 until 2020-10-30. Create original music (not remixes) from the samples using any effects you like, but no other sample libraries or synthesizers.
- Voting: 2020-10-31 until 2020-11-14. Using a web form, score each entry from 0 to 100. In order to encourage impartial voting, please avoid revealing the identities of any of the authors until the contest has ended.
The rest of this page explains the rules in greater detail. If you are familiar with previous contests, the rules are no different...this time >:)
- You may submit up to 2 samples, each up to 5 seconds long.
Samples must be WAV format, 44.1KHz, 16 bit or higher.
Because this contest coincides with Halloween, you are encouraged to submit sp00ky samples, but this is an optional "soft" theme.
- Samples that have already been used in previous SPCs are forbidden.
- Manipulating samples in some stupid technical way to get around the rules is not allowed either (e.g. submitting sped up speech to get around the 5 second rule).
- Bigoted, offensive, or deliberately inflammatory samples are not allowed. This rule refers more to racism than to general profanity.
- Nearly anything else you can think of (video game music, synthesizer patches, famous speeches, you, your cat, etc) is acceptable. For examples of the types of samples we like, the best place to check is recent contests.
- Use as many or as few of the samples as you wish. You are encouraged to use an audio editor to edit the samples and derive original sounds; think about looping, pitch, selection work, dynamics, baked-in effects etc.
- VST effects such as reverb, delay, distortion, chorus, phaser, flanger, pitch-shift, auto-tune etc. are all permitted and encouraged in your arrangements.
- Effects that also generate audio for a carrier signal (i.e. vocoders) are a grey area, but we've allowed them in previous contests and they are permitted.
- Avoid the cop-out of ultra-shortlooped (or "chipped") samples/generally avoid making chiptunes - more of a request than a hard rule. It's generally recommended that the sample retain some of its character.
- Keep your entries a secret from everyone as authors will be revealed when results are announced.
- Collaborations are permitted.
- This contest is intended for original music only - not remixes or covers.
- Final catch-all rule: for anything else not covered, the basic rule is if you feel you are taking unusual liberties you probably are.
- Good luck and have fun!
- Please send in your tracks for SPC XIII to @SHAN#4438 on Discord (preferred) or to spc at beam saber dot com via email. The deadline is the end of the day on Friday Oct 30, 2020 (23:59:59 EDT). Tracks will be uploaded shortly thereafter, with one or more listening parties taking place on Halloween.
- Submit as few or as many tracks as you wish.
- Please clearly state your Artist Name and Song Title(s) with your submissions. Metadata will be stripped, but try to avoid tagging the file with your artist name.
- File format should be CD-quality audio in FLAC or WAV.
- IMPORTANT: By submitting songs to Sample Pack Contest XIII you consent to your music being freely redistributed as a part of its resulting compilation album. All other rights with respect to your music are unaffected.
Voting and results:
- Voting consists of two things: a) scoring the tracks 0-100 and b) writing comments.
- Both voting and commenting are entirely optional.
- The winner is the track with the highest average vote, but at this time, the only prize for winning is general name recognition.
- Votes and comments are public. They will not be anonymized.
- The contest organizer reserves the right to discard votes for being overly suspicious or bot-like but we have never had to do so.