Toontrack launches Songwriting Competition

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Toontrack has announced the launch of a songwriting competition with a $10,000 cash grand prize as well as the market’s leading drum sampler EZdrummer 2 and the entire line of related expansion titles.

Toontrack Songwriting Competition

Submission for the competition starts today and will run through the better part of July. The voting phase will commence in late July and the competition will conclude in September.

“There is an incredible amount of unheard talent out there and we hope this competition will help shine some light on not only the craft of songwriting but give voice and inspiration to aspiring, creative people around the world,” said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO”

Aside from EZdrummer 2 and the entire line of expansions, there will be a cash prize for not only the winner ($10,000), but also the runner-up ($2,000). “The cash prizes are our way of giving the winner a financial platform equivalent of what a first-time publishing advance would amount to,” said Peter Knutsson.

More information: Toontrack / songwriting competition (Facebook)

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5aint and PreSonus launch #GetYourHooksIn Competition

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PreSonus GetYourHooksIn Contest

PreSonus and A-list producer/songwriter 5aint (clients include Amy Winehouse, Noel Gallagher, Sasha, and Pet Shop Boys) are co-hosting #GetYourHooksIn, a global vocal and songwriting competition to collaborate on the new 5aint single, which has the working title “Give2Get.” The prizes for this competition are quite exceptional.

Starting on March 12, 2014, 5aint and PreSonus will make available for download a stereo instrumental submix of “Give2Get,” embedded in a Studio One® file. The contest is not limited to existing users of Studio One, and a free version of Studio One will be made available to allow access to the track.

Contestants will write and record an original vocal line and melody, including lyrics for the song, and then will submit the resulting piece for judging. The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central Time on May 12, 2014.

A panel of special celebrity judges (including 5aint) will choose the winner and runners up. The panel will look for the submission with the most potential for widespread commercial appeal. The winning singer/songwriter, who can be an individual, group, or a production team, will be the featured on the recording and will receive 50 percent of the writing share.

In addition PreSonus will offer the following prizes:

  • Grand prize (one): a PreSonus ADL 700 channel strip, a pair of Sceptre S8 studio monitor speakers, an AudioBox 1818VSL interface, and a copy of Studio One Professional 2.
  • Second prize (two): a PreSonus Music Creation Suite recording kit.
  • Third prize (five): 1 copy each of PreSonus Studio One Professional 2 DAW software for Mac and Windows.

5aint and Steve Dodds (Jill Jones [Chic, Prince], Martin Page, Alan Moulder), who performed guitar on “Give2Get,” will perform daily in the PreSonus booth at the 2014 Frankfurt Musikmesse trade show (Hall 5.1, Booth B.56), where they will discuss the production techniques used in the creation of “Give2Get.”

More information: PreSonus / #GetYourHooksIn

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Elephant Development Software releases Temptress virtual instrument

Elephant Development Software Temptress

Elephant Development Software has announced availability of its Temptress, a plug-in providing inspiration and modern musical production elements within a powerful virtual instrument.

Temptress is a new concept for songwriting and productions. Unsurprisingly, Elephant Development Software assembled a team of top songwriters and producers to create contemporary musical content while simultaneously expertly engineering an exciting new way to integrate chord progressions and musical phrases into user’s productions in any key and at any tempo they choose (using an innovative industry-leading pitch shift and time-stretch engine) — all in realtime, locked to the host sequencer!

Temptress is both a blast and a breeze to use. The simple yet powerful browser in the Temptress plug-in window provides previews of the diverse musical content in its ever-expanding library — all but a click away. Whether pop, rock, dance, hip-hop, or country floats your musical boat, the huge (over 3GB) TEMPTRESS CORE library’s hundreds of cues have got you covered. Future libraries will provide cues in ever-expanding genres and will even work in conjunction with previous libraries to
expand their creative possibilities. Feel free to utilise the plug-in’s already awesome-sounding audio elements or the actual MIDI data used to create the cues. The choice is yours. Either way, simply drag-and-drop directly from Temptress to tracks in the host DAW to have stunning-sounding musical phrases immediately available at your fingertips. It’s surely simplicity itself.

Temptress features

  • Huge Core Library (over 3GB comprising hundreds of cues) with more expansions coming all the time.
  • Musical cues covering popular music styles, including pop, rock, dance, hip-hop and country.
  • Ability to audition and use cues at any key, tempo or time signature utilizing a fantastic industry-leading pitch shift and time-stretch engine.
  • Musical cues created by renowned producers and programmers using the latest and most popular synths and sound banks.
  • Ability to drag-and-drop audio and midi clips from plug-in window directly to your DAW’s tracks.
  • Cues can be sorted by style, tempo, key or time signature and auditioned in real-time, locked to your sequencer.
  • Compatible with DAWs and sequencers that support VST, AU, or RTAS plugins.
  • Inspiration at your fingertips.

Temptress is available to purchase for $149 USD.

More information: Temptress

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Camel Audio updates Alchemy Mobile to v2.1 + Songwriting Contest

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Camel Audio has launched version 2.1 of its Alchemy Mobile synthesizer app for iOS.

Camel Audio Alchemy Mobile 2.1

Alchemy Mobile v2.1 introduces song sharing – upload your songs directly to SoundCloud, email to collaborate with friends, or export to iTunes. Also new for Alchemy Mobile v2.1 is the Featured Songs page – listen to tracks by other users and download shared project files.

To celebrate the addition of song sharing, we are running an Alchemy Mobile songwriting contest. Submit your song for a chance to win mobile libraries, a T-shirt, or even an iPad Mini!

The rules are simple. Your song must be composed entirely from within Alchemy Mobile – no other apps may be used. Additionally, all synth/drum parts must be made exclusively using Alchemy Mobile presets.

The contest ends September 30th, 2013. You may enter as many songs as you wish.

More information: Camel Audio / Alchemy Mobile

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Toontrack announces Songwriters Month 2013

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Toontrack Songwriters Month

Toontrack Music has announced that this May will see another installment of the company’s popular campaign month Songwriters Month: a month filled to the brim with new sounds, tools and inspiration.

Already now, users can participate by submitting their own songs for a chance to be published on the site.

“Songwriting is at the heart of what our users do. We think a great way of showing the multitude of fantastic music that is created with our tools is to have a customer-generated music player. This is also a chance for our users to expose their music to thousands and thousands of people”, said Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s co-founder and Head of Sound Design.

Songwriters Month terms for participation

  • Send material to sw2013@toontrack.com
  • Song must be written by you or your band/co-writer(s)
  • Include song title in filename
  • Song must be in MP3 format
  • Include photo or artwork
  • Email can not be larger than 7 MB

Further information/disclaimer will be available with auto-reply upon participation.

More information: Toontrack

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