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AskAudio Mag launches survey contest

AskAudio Magazine has announced the ultimate survey contest for musicians with a huge prize pool of over $10,000 USD worth of music gear.

AskAudio Mag contest

AskAudio Mag has partnered with some of the most popular software and hardware developers in the business: Ableton, Novation, Focusrite, KRK, Blue Microphones and macProVideo, to offer readers the chance to win a great collection of new gear. Every musician’s dream studio is now in reach.

To enter, visit AskAudio Mag and complete the survey. There are 20 quick questions to answer and entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST on Tuesday 6th May.

According to AskAudioMag.com’s executive editor, Rounik Sethi, “This is a great way for musicians, producers and DJs to win some excellent new studio gear. Prizes include Focusrite’s high-end Saffire Pro 40 audio interface, Ableton’s popular Live 9 audio software, Novation’s incredible Bass Station II, KRK ROKIT RP5 monitors, Blue Microphones and 1 year passes to online audio training at macProVideo.com.”

Each of the nine prize winners will also receive a 1 year subscription to the print edition of AskAudio Magazine. Full terms and conditions and a complete list of the studio gear prizes are available on AskAudioMag.com.

More information: AskAudio Mag

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Sweetwater announces GearFest Mixing Contest

GearFest Mixing Contest

Sweetwater has announced the GearFest Mixing Contest, its largest audio mixing contest in collaboration with pureMix, offering participants the chance to win over $18 000 worth of high end audio equipment.

Sweetwater and pureMix.net are proud to announce that they have partnered together to organise the most exciting mixing contest ever seen on the web. Participants can register for FREE and download the raw tracks from famous artist Liza Colby and do their own mix. The winners will win amazing prizes donated by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it ?

The tracks for mixing the best sounding version of Liza Colby Sound’s song ‘Oh Baby’ are actually downloadable at pureMix. The contest is FREE and is sponsored by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater.

Tracked live on stage in front of a rapt audience at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2012, “Oh Baby” is a raw gem that will let contestants really prove their mixing skills. The contest is completely platform independent : any DAW, any platform is welcome. The pureMix team and Fab Dupont will pick out the 16 winners for the 16 prizes. Judges will focus on mixing skills and “taste” to pick the winners, not what equipment was used.

Contest instructions are available at pureMix after a FREE registration. Contestants can also watch grammy nominated producer/Engineer Fab Dupont in a free video showing how the hit was recorded, with a detailed step-by-step explanation.

The mixing challenge runs until June 1st, 2013. Winners will be announced at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2013 on June 21st, contacted via email and announced on pureMix.net homepage.

More information: GearFest Mixing Contest

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Laptoprockers launches Spacehog Remix Contest

Laptoprockers Spacehog Remix Contest

Laptoprockers has announced the Spacehog Remix Contest, a contest in collaboration with Sonos and Blue Microphones.

On October 24, 1995, Spacehog released their debut album Resident Alien, which sold a million copies and spawned the hit single and video In the Meantime. By colliding glam-rock influences with a wall of distorted guitars and the stupendous daring of their lead vocals, Spacehog created their own genre of sound. The band’s second LP The Chinese Album (1998) featured a more ambitious symphonic sound in the spirit of British psychedelic rock, garnering critical acclaim. Moving away further from commercial viability with their 3rd album The Hogyssey, Spacehog disbanded in 2001. But they’re back!

With a new album on the way, Spacehog invite you to remix their 1996 hit: In The Meantime.

The band have teamed up with Sonos and Blue Microphones to fill the prize pool for this remix contest with some very nice gear worth over $1000.

We’ve posted the instrumental and vocal stems to In The Meantime on Soundcloud for you to download.
The contest closes May 16th, one month after the release date of their new album As It Is On Earth.

More information: Laptoprockers

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Westone “Made Right Here” Sweepstakes – Win trip to Westone’s HQ, Fender Stratocaster, Elite Series ES5 in-ear monitors and more

Westone has announced the Made Right Here sweepstakes, a chance to win a visit to Westone’s headquarters in Colorado Springs and more.

Westone Made Right Here Sweepstakes

Made Right Here Sweestakes prizes

  • One Super Grand Prize
    • (2) Two round-trip airfare to Denver International Airport.
    • (3) Three nights accommodations in the Colorado Springs area, local transportation, tour of Westone HQ in Colorado Springs.
    • Tickets for (2) two to a concert in Colorado.
    • (1) One pair of Elite Series ES5 in-ear monitors.
    • (1) One Fender American Standard Stratocaster Guitar
    • (1) One Fender EC Vibro-Champ Amplifier
    • (1) One BLUE Microphones Baby Bottle Microphone
    • (1) One one-year subscription (200gb) to Gobbler.
  • Five Grand Prize Packs
    • One Fender American Standard Stratocaster Guitar.
    • One BLUE Microphones Spark.
    • One Year of Gobbler service 25gb.
  • 100 – Westone “11″ T-shirts.
  • 25 – Westone “Profile” Hats.

The promotion runs though July 31th, 2012. Winners will be selected at random August 3rd, 2012.

More information: Westone

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Cakewalk and OurStage.com Launch Music Competition with Intel – Intel Superstars 2011

Cakewalk and OurStage.com, along with new sponsors Orange Amplifier, Gibson Guitars, and Blue Microphones, have come together to launch with Intel Corporation another exciting competition for emerging artists.

Intel Superstars 2011

The “Intel Superstars 2011 Competition” invites musicians and producers to submit original music in six genre-based competitions: Rock, Pop, Country, Singer-Songwriter, Urban, and Latin.

All submissions will be ranked by fans through OurStage’s patented judging technology, with prize packages awarded to the First Place winners from each genre-based competition. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a panel of industry experts from amongst the Top 10 overall ranked artists.

More than $35,000 in prize packages will be awarded to the First Place winners, including Intel® Core™ i7™ processor-based Orange Amplification OPC’s, Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite Software, Gibson Guitars, Blue Microphone’s Yeti professional USB mic, as well as promotion to the millions of OurStage.com and Intel fans. In addition, one lucky fan will win a Gibson USA Firebird X Guitar. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 in cash that can be used to record an album, tour the country, fix up the band van, pay the rent, or anything else a ”Superstar” would need.

More information: Intel Superstars 2011

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Indaba Music & Blue Microphones partner for original songwriting competition

Indaba Music

Indaba Music has announced the Blue Microphones Songwriting Competition.

Purchasing a membership to Indaba Music is always a great idea, but the next two weeks will be the perfect time to join the state-of-the-art online music community. From January 10th through January 24th, Blue Microphones is proud to offer new and renewing Indaba members some of their innovative products. Blue Microphones will provide a free Icicle ($59 value)—a stylish new USB converter and mic preamp combo — with the purchase of a $50 Indaba “Pro” yearly membership. Those who purchase a $250 “Platinum” Indaba yearly membership will receive a free Yeti ($149 value) — the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone available anywhere – plus, an Icicle. Both Indaba memberships also include free shipping, with no tax.

Blue Microphones Songwriting Competition

By joining Indaba, members also have the opportunity to enter the site’s latest original songwriting contest. Sponsored by Blue Microphones and beginning on January 10th through February 7th, artists can submit songs in any style featuring vocals for the chance to earn a Grand Prize that includes a round-trip flight to Los Angeles, two nights in a hotel, a day recording at Blue Microphones’ state-of-the-art studio and $1,000 cash.

IndabaMusic.com currently enables over 550,000 musicians from over 200 countries and territories to network and utilize professional recording, music lessons, artistic collaborations, and other career-making opportunities at its recently launched Opportunity Marketplace. Multi-platinum recording artist Rivers Cuomo of Weezer said, “Indaba opens the door for a giant population of musicians.”

In addition to receiving an Icicle, the annual ($50/year) Indaba “Pro” membership includes:

  • Unlimited submissions to opportunities like major label record releases, remix competitions, music licensing, and jobs.
  • Distribution of 15 songs to iTunes.
  • An embeddable direct-to-consumer store.
  • 15% off purchases of digital sheet music and video lessons.
  • Discounts from Connect by Hertz, Sweetwater and Electronic Musician and more (a value of more than $200).

In addition to receiving a Yeti and an Icicle, the annual ($250/year) Indaba “Platinum” membership includes all the benefits of a “Pro” membership plus:

  • Distribution of 50 songs to iTunes.
  • 30% off purchases of digital sheet music and video lessons.

More information: Indaba Music / Blue Microphones Songwriting Competition

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Blue Microphones announces Yeti Pro, microphone for professional USB & XLR recording

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Blue Microphones Yeti Pro

Blue Microphones has announced the Yeti Pro, the world’s first USB microphone combining 24 bit/192 kHz digital recording resolution with analog XLR output.

Featuring three custom condenser capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti Pro can capture digital audio with up to four times the clarity found on CDs.

Plus, the Yeti Pro features a cutting-edge A-D converter chip and separate analog circuit path for usewith professional studio mixers and preamps. You also get a built-in headphone amplifier for zero-latency monitoring, and direct controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, mute, and microphone gain.

So whether you record at home, in a studio (or in the Himalayas!), the Yeti Pro is your ultimate sound solution.

Yeti Pro features

  • Yeti Pro is designed to provide the highest performance possible in a digital microphone, with recording resolution of 24bit/.
  • Yeti Pro features an analog-digital converter chip that allows a range of recording resolutions, from 22kHz up to 192kHz and common sampling rates in-between.
  • Separate circuit boards maintain the integrity of the analog and digital signal paths.
  • For analog recording, Yeti Pro also includes an XLR stereo breakout cable for simple attachment to analog equipment.
  • Yeti Pro offers four recording patterns (cardioid, omni, stereo, bi-directional) for both digital and analog recording.
  • Yeti Pro maintains zero-latency headphone output with volume control for direct monitoring, adjustable gain control and a digital mute button.
  • Yeti Pro is compatible with both Mac and PC.

The Yeti Pro has a MSRP of $249 USD.

More information: Blue Microphones / Yeti Pro

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