Winter 2011 Sample Remix Contest: Expectations

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I have been planning to do another music production contest for a while now, but moving house and having a new addition to the family meant I have had very little spare time. So I am pleased to still get things going before the turn of the year.

The theme for the contest is “Expectations“. With 2012 around the corner I think it should be a good inspiration.

The idea of this “sample remix” contest is to create a song using the sample pack created specifically for this contest. No other instruments (virtual or real) are allowed, no samples, recordings, or other sound sources. Just the samples in the contest pack.

I know this is quite a limitation, but hopefully one that will spark your creativity.

All the sounds in the contest sample pack were made exclusively with Rob Papen plugins. I tried to provide a good variety of loops and sounds so you have something to work with.

The download includes a total of 120 samples (24bit/44kHz): 33 melodic loops and 87 single shot sounds (36 melodic, 41 perc & 10 sfx). The archive is in RAR format. If you experience difficulties opening this file you can try the slightly larger zip version here.

Expectations contest sample pack Downloads size: 84.42 MB

Note that the sample pack is *not* some kind of connect the dots construction kit so you are allowed (and encouraged) to chop the samples up, process them to bits with effects and make them your own.

The deadline for submitting your entry is January 16th, 2012, 11:59pm CET. Winners will be picked based on quality and originality. A few days later the winners will be announced.

Rob Papen Punch, Predator & SubBoomBass

So what can you win?

Since all the sounds you are going to work with were done with Rob Papen plug-ins I thought it would be fitting to have them as contest prizes as well.

I am pleased to say that Rob has generously donated the following prizes:

  • 1st prize: Punch, SubBoomBass and Predator
  • 2nd prize: SubBoomBass and Predator
  • 3rd prize: SubBoomBass

Many thanks to Rob for offering these great plugins!

Contest rules

  • You may only use the samples provided in the contest sample pack. No other sound sources are allowed. However, you may process and manipulate sounds any way you want. Get creative!
  • Submit your entry in mp3 format (minimum of 192kbit) per email to before January 16th, 2012, 11:59pm CET.
    One entry per person is allowed, you will receive a confirmation of your submission.
  • Your entry should be composed specifically for this contest. By entering, you grant permission for your track to be published at the website, through SoundCloud.
  • Prizes will be granted at the discretion of the voting committee. There may be additional prizes for the runners-up.

Contest rules subject to change. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or comment on this post.

Contest entries

The submitted tracks will be listed here, ordered by date of entry.

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Part 1:

The winners

I now remember why I prefer to let you guys pick the winners… There were so many great quality & original entries, it was almost impossible to narrow the shortlist of favorites down to just three.

Alas, in the end only a few can take away the prizes:

  1. Noizefield – Expect the Unexpected
  2. Crystal Craft – Prince Of Egypt
  3. David F (AKA Totolitoto) – Arithmetic mean

Thanks to everyone who took part in the contest. I hope you had a good time making music, and perhaps you will join us again next time.


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  • 3ee

    Been waiting for this!
    This contest will be a great chance for me to play with dsp (with the newly acquired RP-Distort as well) and practice mixing, can’t wait to get started! (probably after the holidays) ..speaking of which..
    Happy Holidays! :)
    PS RP Punch sure seems to pack quite allot of ..punch! :D

    • Sorry it took so long to get going! Happy holidays :-)

  • Narfy

    Awesome. Look forward to it and congratulations on the move and new family addition Ronnie.

    • Thanks! Good to have you on board again :-)

  • cool! On it :)

  • Z Cosa Arabe

    Sounds like fun ! Im in !

  • First entry is in, and it sounds lovely!
    I will be posting the first entries to this page after the weekend.

  • Christmas brought a nice present: another Rekkerd contest! I will make sure to produce something suitable :) Thanks Ronnie!


    Count me in!

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  • Empiric

    Thanks! Question about contest: can i use sampler? Kontakt, for example?

    • Yes, you can use a sampler as long as the sound sources used in it are from the sample pack.

  • Anonymous

    I’m in. This looks promising and creative.
    Happy Holidays and have a good day :)

    • 3ee

      Cool, glad to see you around here.
      Enjoy the process and good luck! :)

      Just got something together, can’t wait to finish the arrangement and begin mixing. (I’m trying out a bit different workflow than I’m used to but it’s pretty exciting noticing things sticking together nicely for starters. )

      Quick and simple tip: there are some claps within the pack that can substitute the usual splashy crash transition sample.. just add a good dose of fresh reverberation! :D
      C ya around,

      • Anonymous

        Yay mate. Nice to see you here too.
        What style are you composing? I’m between ambient or something clubbin, i don’t know which one will get more impact.
        Anyway i should ask how goes votes here. People or only Rekkerd?
        Also i have to say, that actually we all could take these sounds and make them unrecognisable. I’m even thinking to make a video of my work, just in case, lol.
        Have a good day and good luck everybody.

        • 3ee

          “Winners will be picked based on quality and originality.”
          My guess is that Ronnie will be judging this edition, maybe Rob Papen also. :D

          Atm, it’s some sort of ambiental electronica but it could change drastically, don’t really know, I’ll just play along and let the song decide… and this is one of the main reasons that I’m always looking forward to Rekkerd music contests.. fun and freedom of experimentation! :)
          ..and for the more, there’s this positive vibe that other contests don’t offer on a regular basis.

        • I have had public and contestant voting before, but this time me and selected others will be picking their favorites. This will not be on style but rather on quality, originality and use of the samples.

          And yes, please go ahead and process the samples to bits!

  • gustinto
  • ilias kat

    im in

  • Uberfirefist

    I’ve been doing some altering of samples, but part of my lead is obviously one of the original loops. Will I be marked down for that?

    • Not at all, you are free to – and encouraged – to process the samples. It’s in the contest rules: “However, you may process and manipulate sounds any way you want. Get creative!”

      • Uberfirefist

        Sorry, what I meant was, if you CAN recognize one of the original loops, will I lose points?

  • Anonymous

    Well, today i finished my first track Electronic Breakbeat, yes i work fast, but that was due the sounds were very inspiring.
    In any case, due i made all the sounds very unrecognizable i will send the project file if requested, no problem in that.

    I will do some other tracks until the deadline and then i will decide which one i will upload for the contest. Now time for something more Ambiental.
    (I will upload all of them into my Soundcloud in a couple of days anyway)

    By the way, very inspiring sounds and loops to be honest, i liked them.

    All the other old contests were like this one? In that case i missed them so much!!

    Have a good day :)

    • Glad to hear the samples were to your liking.
      For most music production contests I’ve offered samples, you can check out the contests page for links to those.

    • Glad to hear the samples were to your liking.
      For most music production contests I’ve offered samples, you can check out the contests page for links to those.

  • Sikosis

    Hi I been working on a track this evening with the sample pack you have provided. Nice samples. I have enjoyed myself that’s for sure. When it’s all done I’ll be sending you the track. OneLove :-)

  • NO ID

    Happy Holidays,Happy New Year and … Congratulations. Man are you off to a great start. Well I’m in I’ve been waiting for a new contest.

    • 3ee

      Hey Dion, glad to see you back! :) Happy New Year!

      • NO ID

        Happy New Year man!:}

    • Nice to have you back Dion, happy new year to you too!

  • I will be uploading the first batch of tracks to SoundCloud and I’ll post them here when done. Nice tunes so far!


    I’m in Ronnie this is just the best contest cause use a samples to do sound designing is just the first time for me and i can say thx to camel audio (alchemy) for me its just the best sampler ever , my be i send you my track tomorrow ronnie thx to you and good look for all !!

  • DavidF

    I’m in!

  • MaxFell

    I’m in!
    Very good samples!
    Thanks for inspiration!

  • Last day to submit your entries! Some great tunes so far, I don’t know how we’re going to pick just 3 favorites…

  • DifferentEye

    Let`s Go;)

  • Crystal Craft

    WOW! Expect the unexpected :)
    Creating a track for this competition has been a lot of work, but it was joyful work! :)
    Let the excitement begin!

  • Very creative entries, good luck every1 :-)

  • 3ee

    Won’t be able to make it … I’m sorry.
    Well, some great entries so far that’s for sure, good luck! :)

  • 337

    Just managed to get mine in with about ten minutes to spare. Thanks for another awesome contest Ronnie! Good luck everybody

  • Thanks all for your time and effort! We will be making up our minds over the next few days and the winning entries will be posted on this page soon (all contestants will also receive an email with the results).

    Great work everyone, it will not be easy picking our top 3!

  • Hi all. Sorry for the delay in announcing the winners. It’s been a busy week with the NAMM going on, and then my weekend filled up faster than expected. Will make an effort to post the results no later than Monday night!

    • Anonymous

      Don’t worry for that mate. We know it’s lots of work for you. Take your time, we are patient. Have a good day and good luck everyone :)

  • Squa Lee

    thx for this contest and good look for the winner

  • IrionDaRonin

    Congrats to the winners!!
    Great amount of quality tracks to be honest.
    I will try once again next time then.

    Anyway, if someone is interested on my track, you can download it for free in my SoundCloud website.

    Have a good day guys :)

  • Crystal Craft

    WOW! :D :D :D
    There were so many fantastic tracks! I guess I had an unintentional prediction in my previous comment, that I didn´t even notice until now :D Congrats to the winner!!! You deserve it!

    I´m really happy!

  • MaxFell

    Congratulations to the winners! And thanks for this contest!

  • MaxFell

    Congratulations to the winners! And thanks for this contest!

  • Noizefield

    hey guys,

    i´m very happy and glad as well for winning this contest :)
    congratulations to the other winners. there are many great tracks!
    thanks ronnie for realising this contest. your constest are really great and allways a challenge. i look forward making music with this awesome rob papen plugins.

    i will upload my track to my soundcloud page soon, then everyone who likes it can download my track.


  • DavidF

    Hi there,
    Congratulations to the entrants
    And thank you Ronnie and Co for picking me for the third place
    I’m glad you liked the track


  • Congratulations to the winners! Well deserved :) And big thanks to Ronnie for setting up the contest and picking the winners, not an easy task.

    Cheers, Thomas (Teister)

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