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Rekkerd.org Music Contest, Autumn 2010 Edition

Autumn leaves

I don’t know which part of the world you are in, but here in the Netherlands the transition from summer to winter is clearly visible. Leaves are turning color, the days get shorter, and it is definitely getting colder. What better way to stay warm than by spending some quality time making music in your cosy studio?

Those who have been part of rekkerd.org contests before may have noticed the title of this post says “Music Contest” instead of the usual “Sample Remix Contest”. Although I have provided another contest sample pack, this time around it is not a requirement to use the samples.

However, there is a new rule. For this music contest you need to compose a song that relates to autumn. It doesn’t matter how you incorporate the theme, so be creative.

Now if all this isn’t enough fun already, we also have some wonderful prizes for this contest.

rekkerd sample remix contest prizes

Contest prizes

  • Urs at u-he is offering a copy of Zebra2, the popular virtual wireless modular synthesizer for PC and Mac. Some of contest pack samples were done with this excellent plug-in.
  • One lucky winner will get to pick four (4!) products of his/her choice from Cinematique Instruments‘s catalogue of rare and unique instrument sample libraries.
  • Last but not least you can win a Reason 5 ReFill of your choice from The Loop Loft, the boutique sample shop of drummer/producer/loop guru, Ryan Gruss.

So are you ready to get started? Make sure to read the rules below carefully so you know what to expect.

Contest rules

  • Compose a song with the following theme: Autumn.
    There are no specific rules on how to incorporate the theme.
  • Your entry must be written specifically for this contest.
  • The “Music Contest Autumn 2010 Sample Pack” is available to download for those who enjoy working with samples. Use of these samples is not required. You may process/manipulate the sample(s) in any way you like.
  • Upload your entry to SoundCloud and share it to the contest group before 21 November, 2010, 11.59pm CET. One entry per contestant allowed.
  • In order to be eligible to win, contestants are required to vote for their top 5 within a week after the contest deadline. Note: you can’t vote on your own entry.
  • Winners may choose a prize from the prize pool (1st place winner picks first, then 2nd, then 3rd). Prizes will be granted at the discretion of rekkerd.org.
  • The terms of this contest are subject to change and may be amended without prior notice.

Note: the contest deadline has past, no new submissions will be accepted.
If you found this contest just now and would like to know when the next one will take place, head on over and subscribe to the newsletter.

Download the samples you would like to use from the SoundCloud player…

… or download the complete contest sample pack below (51.6 MB)

Music Contest Autumn 2010 Sample Pack Downloads: 2750 times

Contest entries

The contest entries are available from the SoundCloud contest group and the player below.

Rekkerd.org Music Contest Autumn 2010

Voting will commence on 22 November, 2010. Each contestant will receive details on how to vote.

NSA Custom Series Drumkit, free acoustic drumkit samples by Dean aka ‘Nekro’

Dean (aka ‘Nekro’) wrote in to share a nice collection of acoustic drum samples, recorded a few years ago when Dean was working with Pro Tools HD, using Drumagog & Sound Replacer.

Dean writes:

The people whom I have shared them with seem to find them good/usuable and I still use them myself layered with Toontrack’s rompler’s for as ‘real’ a drum sound as possible.

NSA Custom Series Drumkit
NSA Custom Series Drumkit

The sample pack includes a total of 777 samples, 16bit/44kHz mono .wav format (132 MB).

There are separate folders for cymbals, hihat, kick, snare, and tom sounds. Most file names include info on the recorded channel — L/R/M(ono), and if you take a close look you should be able to figure out how to use the multi-samples to create sampler patches (none are provided in the download pack, if anyone makes some please share).

Here’s a tune in which Dean is using the samples offered here in combination with Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 2 and EZdrummer, followed by some preview clips for all of the samples included in the pack.

The pack is available as a free download below (Zip archive, 53.9MB)

NSA Custom Series Drumkit Downloads: 22109 times

Many thanks to Dean for sharing these great samples.

Rekkerd Analog Kick Pack, 65 free kick drum samples from Jomox MBase 01

rekkerd analog kick pack

The Rekkerd Analog Kick Pack is a free sample pack featuring the sounds of a small analog drum synthesizer, the Jomox MBase 01.

I recorded this synth a while ago but never got around to sharing the sounds with you, until today. Finally I found some time to process the recordings and create a sample pack, so here it is.

Rekkerd Analog Kick Pack features

  • 65 samples, captured with an RME audio card.
  • 24-bit mono wav format.
  • Manually processed with various effects.
  • Files labeled: l=long, m=medium, s=short, v=very short ;-)

Here’s a preview of all the kick sounds included in the pack.

The sample pack is available as a free download (Creative Commons license; you’re free to use these samples however you like, just don’t distribute or sell them). Donations are appreciated.

Download below (3.8 MB).

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More free samples are available here.

Producer Loops / Rekkerd DNB Competition

Goldie at Red Zone, Eindhoven by Studiodotcom @ Flickr (Jeroen van der Wielen)
Drum & bass pioneer Goldie at Red Zone (image by Studiodotcom)

I am delighted to announce a new rekkerd.org contest. This time around it’s all about Drum & Bass, probably my all time favorite music genre.

After discovering this type of music in the early 90′s it has been the one genre that has consistently kept my interest over the years. Paradox, Roni Size, Dom & Roland, Ed Rush, Technical Itch, Source Direct, Photek, Dillinja, Omni Trio, Breakage, Total Science… just to name a few of my favorites.

For this contest Producer Loops has compiled an exclusive sample pack featuring selected sounds from its Drum & Bass Tip Trixxx Vol 1 & 2, and Liquid Drum & Bass Vol 1 & 2 sample libraries.

Download the contest sample pack and create a track using one or more of the 50 loops and single shot sounds provided, and submit it before the deadline; 9 July, 2010, 11.59pm CET.

DNB Competition Sample Pack Downloads: 5582 times

Out of all the entries I will personally select the first prize winner who will receive all four Producer Loops sample libraries from the sample pack. Contestants will vote for 2nd and 3rd prize winners, who will each receive their choice of one of these drum & bass sample packs.

Contest rules

  • Download the “Producer Loops/Rekkerd DNB Competition Pack” and create a song using one or more (but at least one) of the samples from the pack. Maximum song duration is 7 minutes, one entry per contestant allowed.
  • You may process/manipulate the sample(s) from the sample pack in any way you like, be creative.
  • Additional sound sources (e.g. samples, virtual instruments) are allowed as long as they do not violate any laws or third party rights.
  • Submit your entry before 9 July, 2010, 11.59pm CET:
    • upload it to your SoundCloud and send me the link, or
    • email it as an mp3 (minimal 192kbps quality) to dnbcontest@rekkerd.org
      Please include your artist name, song title and any additional information you would like to share.
  • By submitting your contest entry you allow rekkerd.org to publish it on SoundCloud (“All Rights Reserved” license).
  • In order to be eligible to win, contestants need to vote for their top 3 within a week after the contest deadline.
  • Prizes will be granted at the discretion of rekkerd.org (First place winner will be picked by rekkerd.org, second and third place will be decided by popular vote).
  • The terms of this contest are subject to change and may be amended without prior notice.

Note: also make sure to read the Producer Loops License Agreement regarding the use of the samples as provided for this contest (also included in the sample pack download).

Contest entries

The contest entries will be posted here as they come in. Voting will commence on July, 10, 2010. I will send all contestants a reminder to vote when it’s time.

Renaissance DNB by Brian Lutes

Karnage Eye by MaD_ManX:-)

Buttercups by RTrhythmRider

David F. (aka Totolitoto) – The worst that could have been by dav3d75

Vly – Take You by Vly

3ee – Sandcastle by 3ee

Sandongo by Euphonia

Concentration [Rekkerd DNB Competition] by Black Death/SL!/Unusual

Mokeone – Moody Mystic by rekkerd dnb contest

Drew Vernon – Black Iron Prison (Deckard Remix) by rekkerd dnb contest

Another Time,Another Place (DNB) by NO ID

Underwater Jungle by Nomaly

Narfy – Wreckage by rekkerd dnb contest

Scrapbook by James Yo

Cherry Hill Synthphonic – Bravery in the Face of Love by rekkerd dnb contest

Strange Cats by insert-name-here

ApurvA – System Malfunction by ApurvA

Double Or Chip by Sulfractiv

The Antisocial Musician by Daniel Aloysius Hogan

Sample Remix Contest – Win D16 Group SilverLine Collection

Remix by José Carlos Cortizo Pérez @ Flickr

Some of you have been reminding me it has been way too long since the last sample remix contest, and you’re right!

If you are new to rekkerd.org sample remix contests, the idea is simple: create a track using at least one of the samples included in the sample remix download pack below.

The pack includes a total of 32 samples — beats and melodic loops, in 24-bit .wav format (78 MB download).

Sample Remix Pack April 2010 Downloads: 7675 times

I hope these will inspire you to create some great music!
Note that you are free to use any hardware and software you want to create your entry, and you may process the sample(s) from the remix pack as little or much as you like. Be creative!

The contest will run until April 30, 2010, after which all contestants will have a week to pick their top 3 favorites (note: if you don’t vote, you can’t win!).

The top voted entry will win a SilverLine Collection bundle, kindly donated by D16 Group.

The SilverLine Collection comprises of 6 excellent effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac (multiband distortion, phaser, bit crusher, tube distortion, reverb, and chorus).

There may be some additional prizes.

Please submit your entry in mp3 format (192kbit or higher) before the deadline of April 30, 2010. One entry per contestant is allowed.

Update: April 20, 2010:

Please upload your entry to SoundCloud and drop it in my dropbox (make sure the file is not marked “private”) and send me a message or email me so I know you have submitted your entry.

If you do not have a SoundCloud account you can sign up for free. Alternately — if for some reason you really can’t use SoundCloud, you may use the contact form to submit your entry. Don’t forget to include your name/artist name and a link to your mp3 file or include it in an email.

Good luck and have fun!

Entries & voting

May 1, 2010: Voting is now open (and required for a chance to win) for contestants only. You may only vote once, and you can not vote for your own entry.

Please listen to each one of the entries listed below before you vote. It is my hope that you will take the time to post some comments/constructive criticism to other people’s work so everyone gets something out of this!

Send your top 3 favorites in a message to me on Soundcloud before May 8, 2010.

Additionally, if you like to share your votes with everyone you may also post a comment on this page.

Note: if the widgets below don’t load properly, you can also find all the entries here: http://soundcloud.com/rekkerd-contest

A woman in Berlin by Daniel Aloysius Hogan

Transit Porto Senses by Oliver Input

wREKKed by Jingle

Rekkerd remix two sides. by freaky fish

In the Gloaming by rachMiel

Rekkerd-(igor sanson remix) by guptatilt

3ee – Offset Senses by 3ee

Vladimir alykov – second drop(mastered final) by VladimirAlykov

Lope – Having a Senior Moment by Interloper

Mrak Pierce. by Mad Factory

LET ME TAKE YOU AWAY (Rekkerd Remixx) by NO ID

Boonsfarm Poison by Louisville Crenshaw

Wilderness by Mighty Moke Music

Apostalific Rekkerding by coruscate

Sro Canyos by Deccan Traps

West of Alter by DeepSEA

Jonas The Plugexpert – Bedrijf by plugexpert

Cagney by zerbamandnb

Happy Juice by _jackie

Villa Violet – Threesoff by Marco Scherer (Meller)

“Break Out” by Richard SAUTY / er-4

Ramshackle Jazz – Ronnie Contest by TEISTER

SampleScience – More Fish & more beat (+ bonus minimal jam) by SampleScience

Turn that Upside Downfrown Updowntown [Rekkerd April 2010] by tomorrowsman

Results

Before I announce the winners, I would like to quote Dion (NO-ID), who wrote in the comments:

Funny,there can be a last place … not a bad last place, just different. There so much talent here, that it was really an honor to be in it

I too think you all truly did a great job, and it has been a joy to me to listen to each and every one of your songs. Unfortunately we can only have a few winners (of prizes anyway), so here are the top three voted entries:

  1. Happy Juice by Jackie
  2. Offset Senses by 3ee
  3. In the Gloaming by Rachmiel

With difference of only 2 points it was a pretty close call between Jackie and 3ee, and Jonas the plugexpert came in just one point behind Rachmiel’s third place win.

Jackie will receive the wonderful SilverLine Collection bundle of effect plug-ins by D16 Group. For second and third place winners 3ee and Rachmiel I have a sample library by Big Fish Audio. I will contact you with the details shortly.

Congratulations to the winners, and well done everyone! I hope to see you again for the next contest. Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter if you don’t want to miss it.

rekkerd mixed bag volume 2 – 26 free samples

Beats, basslines, synth melodies… This latest rekkerd.org sample pack has them all. Mixed bag volume 2 features 26 samples, in 24bit/44kHz stereo wav format.

The download is about 100MB, so I just dropped the samples in Ableton Live and put together a quick demo in case you want to hear what type of samples are included before you download them.

Note: the files have been normalized to 0dB peak. You may want to audition the samples at a moderate volume as some samples are considerably louder than others.

rekkerd mixed bag volume 2 Downloads: 9693 times

rekkerd mixed bag volume 2 is released under the Creative Commons BY license. If you really enjoy these samples you can show your appreciation by donating here. Thanks!

Check the loops & samples page for more downloads.

rekkerd mixed bag volume 1

Mixed Bag by bflamingo @ Flickr

Time sure goes fast when you’re having fun. Earlier this year I became a dad, quite possibly the coolest thing ever to happen in my life. It is probably also one of the most life changing things I will ever experience. Priorities change, and spare time gets a whole new meaning.

No wonder it has been almost half a year since the last pack of loops!

Anyway, here is another collection of various original beats, melodies and some fx samples.

The sample pack features 34 .wav files — 24bit/44kHz stereo — and can be downloaded below (85.9 MB). Note: the files have been normalized to 0dB peak. You may want to audition the samples at a moderate volume as some samples are considerably louder than others.

rekkerd mixed bag volume 1 Downloads: 9984 times

rekkerd mixed bag volume 1 is donationware, so if you like these samples you can show your appreciation by donating here.

Check the loops & samples page for more downloads.

Free samples: REKKERD Loops – C_S_02

REKKERD Loops - C_S_02

Codec_Spurt is back with another collection of loops.

This time the pack features 57 samples in 24bit/44.1KHz stereo .wav format. Again mostly beats, but you’ll also find some melodic loops.

You are free to use these samples in your commercial and non-commercial projects as long as you don’t (re)sell them (i.e. in a sample library).

Download the sample pack below (71.4 MB)

REKKERD Loops - C_S_02 Downloads: 7474 times