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Just a little reminder that you only have 3 days left to join the Moving music production contest.

To be honest I am not entirely sure if I will have internet access to check the latest entries in the next few days as I will be moving my internet/TV gear over to my new home over the weekend. Hopefully my provider has set thing up like they said they would… yeah…

Anyway, if you still would like a chance to win some fabulous prizes from DNR Collaborative, CableGuys, Synapse Audio, Wave Alchemy, and Soniccouture, then get started now.

Deadline is April 3rd, 11.59pm CET!

More information at the contest page.

comment music contest: “Moving”

moving, image by yehwan @ Flickr

As I am preparing to relocate my family to a new house this March, the subject of “moving” has been on my mind a lot lately.

Moving is about putting things in motion. Besides the obvious physical aspect, there can be quite an emotional side to moving as well. Seemed like a suitable theme for a music production contest.

Most of you would probably join the contest for the fun of it, but it doesn’t hurt to have some nice prizes, right? I am pleased to say there are lots of goodies to be won this time around.

The following list is in no particular order (as winners each get to pick their choice from the prize pot, per the contest rules below).

Contest sponsors

Contest prizes

  • Three downloads of your choice from Wave Alchemy, the sound design outfit responsible for some of the best electronic drum sample libraries around.
  • DUNE, Synapse Audio‘s new flagship “differential unison engine” synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac. A copy of the slightly older yet still venerable and duly popular Hydra multi-model synth is also on offer.
  • $500 USD store credit at Soniccouture, the established company behind many unusual & unique sample libraries such as Glass Works, The Skiddaw Stones, Balinese Gamelan, (Xtended) Piano, and the upcoming Ondes Martenot.
  • Berlin-based Cableguys contributes a total of 4 prizes from its exciting line of audio plug-ins. Single licenses for Curve, FilterShaper 2 & VolumeShaper 2, plus the complete Cableguys Bundle.
  • A two year all-inclusive subscription account at DNR Collaborative, which gives access to the entire product catalog + 2 years worth of new products. On top of that three randomly picked contestants will receive a Transitions Bundle.

Yes, that’s no less than 12 prizes to be won!

Although this is not a sample remix contest I still made sample pack for those who enjoy working with loops. The download includes 24 .wav samples (24bit), both melodic and beats. You can preview & download individual files from the SoundCloud player below, or download the complete pack here (47.9MB RAR archive).

Please make sure to read the contest rules below carefully. Good luck, and have fun!

The contest deadline is set to April 3rd.

Contest rules

  • Compose a song with the following theme: “Moving”.
    There are no specific rules on how to incorporate the theme, be creative.
  • Your entry must be written specifically for this contest.
  • A free 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 April 3, 2011, 11.59pm CET. One entry per contestant allowed.
  • Confirm your entry by email (no longer accepting entries)
  • In order to be eligible to win, contestants are required to vote for their top 5 within a week after the contest deadline. Contestants will be contacted to submit their votes. Note: you cannot vote for your own entry.
  • Winners choose a prize from the prize pool in order of placement (1st place winner picks first, then 2nd, etc.). All prizes are granted at the discretion of Some prizes may be subject to specific conditions imposed by the sponsor (e.g. NFR licenses).

The terms of this contest are subject to change and may be amended without prior notice.

Contest entries

Listen to the contest entries from the SoundCloud player below.

The results

From a total of 55 submitted entries the top 10 voted tracks are:

  1. 3ee – Transit 1983 (score of 57 from 17 votes)
  2. Crystal Craft – Inner Me (score of 52 from 15 votes)
  3. Noizefield – go far away (score of 45 from 14 votes)
  4. _jackie – Magic Wheels (score of 33 from 9 votes)
  5. DuncanMackay – Disaster (score of 31 from 11 votes)
  6. Nkurence – nori hyvn (score of 27 from 10 votes)
  7. Elektronicguitars – relocator (score of 27 from 9 votes)
  8. Jonas the plugexpert – poekie (score of 23 from 8 votes)
  9. Sion – Analog movement (Original mix) (score of 23 from 7 votes)
  10. KlangKind – Moving (score of 22 from 7 votes)

Congratulations to 3ee for winning the contest! Winners will be contacted regarding their prize soon. The three randomly picked winners of the Transitions Bundles from DNR Collaborative are Max Lunau, Pumaman, and Diego G.

Well done everyone, thanks for taking part and hope to see again at the next contest!



Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011!

It has been a good year for, and me personally (for those who don’t know, it’s just me running this site).

Some short stats on 2010:

  • I managed to churn out close to 3,200 posts, a slight increase over the 2,900 posts from 2009.
  • 35 sample libraries and plugins got reviewed, I organized three music production contests, and posted four free sample packs.
  • Rekkerd also started hosting a bunch more freeware plug-ins, including Fretted Synth and Lost Technology.
  • The rekkerd SoundCloud page seems to have become a more active place over the year, and I’m happy to read many of you enjoyed the few tunes I miraculously found the time for to do.
  • Despite having terrible social networking skills the site’s Twitter page just went 1,000+ followers, and I signed up for FaceBook even though everyone and their mother seems to dislike it for privacy issues or whatever.

Anyway, this is not why I wanted to write this post.

Whether you come here for the latest news, for free samples and plugins, visiting incidentally or many times a day, I just wanted to say …

Thank you for visiting

… for visiting and supporting rekkerd throughout 2010.

May 2011 be a most wonderful year for you and yours, full of new musical adventures. Hope to see you again in the new year!

Cheers & many blessings,

comment Autumn Music Contest – The Results

Autumn is quickly turning into winter here in the Netherlands – we just had the first snow of the season (and the accompanying traffic jams).

While I am writing this post I am listening to the tracks in the Autumn contest group at SoundCloud and I must say, I am impressed with the quality of these tunes. Perhaps having a contest theme was more inspirational than I thought. It seems everyone put in their best, great job guys!

Have a listen to the contest entries below.

Luckily I did not have to pick a winner this time around. So many quality tunes, each holding their own. This was reflected in the voting, as most of the 32 tracks submitted received a number of votes.

Here are the top three winners:

  1. Passing of the Sun – Jarkko Hietanen (16 votes, score of 51)
  2. Autumn Glades – 3ee (16 votes, score of 47)
  3. Autumnal – Saravan (10 votes, score of 37)

Congrats! Each one of you winners will receive a prize kindly provided by our sponsors u-he, Cinematique Instruments, and The Loop Loft.

The next entries in the top 10 were by Noizefield, _jackie, Rhythm In Mind, Massimo Bosco, GeorgeZ, phdsg vn chfhn, and elektronicguitars.

I hope all of the contestants had a great time, and please do join us again next time. Subscribe to the newsletter and you won’t miss it.

Thanks for the great music!

comment 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 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
  • 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: 2791 times

Contest entries

The contest entries are available from the SoundCloud contest group and the player below. Music Contest Autumn 2010

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


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).

rekkerd analog kick pack Downloads: 40210 times

More free samples are available here.


Producer Loops / Rekkerd DNB Competition, and the winner is…

Producer Loops / Rekkerd DNB contest

The drum and bass contest is over and looking at the entries I am well pleased with the results. We’ve not only got some massive d&b tunes, quite a few of you took this drum and bass theme into a whole new direction.

You’ve all done a great job and I thank you for participating. Without you guys there is no contest.

Alright, so on to the official results, which I’ve been holding from you for too long — my apologies!

I had the completely impossible task of picking the #1 winner who will receive full copies of all four Producer Loops drum & bass sample libraries that were used to create the contest sample pack: Drum & Bass Tip Trixxx Vol 1 & 2, and Liquid Drum & Bass Vol 1 & 2.

After much consideration I chose: David F (aka Totolitoto)

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

Congrats to David, well done! It was a close fight between David’s track “The worst that could have been” and the entries by Vly, 3ee, and MaD_ManX.

Luckily I don’t have to pick all the winners. Votes made up the second and third place.

Vly confidently takes second place (actually with the highest total score overall) with his track “Take You”.

Vly – Take You by Vly

Third place is shared between two entries which both ended up with an equal score, “Wreckage” by Narfy

Narfy – Wreckage by rekkerd dnb contest

… and “Another Time, Another Place” by NO ID

Another Time,Another Place (DNB) by NO ID

Congrats! You each win a sample library of your choice from one of the titles mentioned earlier.

Leaves me to thank you all once again for being part of the contest, I hope you had a good time and I’m looking forward to seeing you again at the next contest. Make sure to sign up for the newsletter to stay informed.

Also, big thumbs up for Jan and Paul at Producer Loops, who have generously provided the sample pack and prizes for this contest.