8Dio Annual Stand Out Contest 2016

8Dio Stand Out Composer Contest

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8Dio Annual Stand Out Contest with over +$25,000 in prizes.

December 5th

We have decided to extend the submission deadline (on popular demand) till December 20th, read more about it here.

November 22th

We are delighted to announce our amazing line-up of guest judges for this years stand-out contest, including Mason Levy (ex. Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Mat Kearney etc), Blake Neely (ex. Blindspot, Supergirl, Flash, Arrow etc) Jeff Pfeiffer (Mr. Trailer himself), Paul Haslinger (Tangerine Dream, Cheaters, Far Cry) and Christopher Tin (X-men, Civilization, Sausage Party, ect)

October 1st

The 8Dio Annual Stand Out Contest showcases the most innovative musical talents of composers, producers, songwriters, DJs and sound designers around the world. During the competition selected submissions are showcased to our highly active SoundCloud community (+476k followers), Facebook (+78k followers), Instagram (+8k followers), Snapchat (+3k followers) etc.

You never know who is watching and listening!  You never know, you may get noticed, maybe even get a gig.

Contest Prizes

  • Platinum – $15,000 Voucher to 8Dio.com #
  • Gold – $6,000 Voucher to 8Dio.com #
  • Silver  – $2,500 Voucher at 8Dio.com #
  • Bronze  – $1,500 Voucher at 8Dio.com #

To participate, compose an original piece of music no longer than 5 minutes that highlights at least one of our 8Dio instruments.   This contest is all about YOU.  What do you sound like?  What is in your heart and soul that translates to your brain into your fingertips and into sonic glory?  What makes you “STAND OUT”?

 


How to enter the 2016 8Dio Stand Out Contest

  1. Compose an original piece of music, that highlights at least one of our 8Dio instruments. Your composition can use other instruments (ex. we love hearing live instruments, voices etc).
  2. Upload your entry to Soundcloud (Make sure to mention which 8Dio instrument was used in the “description” box and to label the track as “8Dio 2016 Stand Out Contest Submission: “Name of Track” by Your Name)
  3. Send a public link to: pr@8dio.com (Email subject: “8Dio 2016 Stand Out Contest Submission: “Name of Track” by Your Name)
  4. Include your favorite thing to do (besides making music) – which we will use when we post your submission on our social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter)
  5. The submission deadline is December 1 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.
  6. Important: We don’t require specific styles of music – in fact we embrace true originality. Don’t try to be anyone else but … you.
  7. Really important: We totally meant what we wrote above. The last thing we want is a million poor renditions of Hans Zimmer. Let you be you and Hans be Hans.
  8. Share your track on at least one social platform, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
  9. Judges will be announced.

Terms & Conditions (Please read all details carefully before submitting)

  1. The contest begins on September 27th, 2016 and only submissions sent to pr@8dio.com will be accepted.
  2. All contestants must be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Contestants are allowed only one entry total. Each entry must be the sole work of a single contestant; no collaborations will be accepted.
  4. Submissions may not exceed the time limit of 5 min listed in the description above. Submissions may be less, but not over the listed time limit. Any submission exceeding the time limit will be rejected.
  5. All submissions must use and highlight at least one 8Dio product. The contestant must be the owner of that license.
  6. All submissions must use Soundcloud’s mp3 format. Submissions will not be accepted in any other format. Please do not send mp3, zip, .sit, etc. files. All submissions must be entered as “8Dio 2016 Stand Out Contest Submission: “Name of Track” by “Your Name”.
  7. Current or former employees of Tonehammer, 8Dio Productions or its suppliers, representatives, and agents, their immediate families, and/or members of their households, are not eligible to enter.
  8. Prize winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes.
  9. If we are unable to make contact with a winner within 14 days, a new winner will be chosen.
  10. By accepting a prize, all winners agree that 8Dio Productions, their affiliates, and all of the officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents of 8Dio Productions, will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be held harmless by winner for any liability for any injury, loss or damages of any kind, to winner or other persons, including (without limitation) injuries, loss or damages arising out of or relating to death, and, injuries, damages or losses to property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize or participation in this contest. Any of the freebie instruments that 8Dio has given away for free in the past (for example the TryPacks, Glass Marimba) count, no purchase necessary.
  11. By submitting, you agree that your name, your composition and your picture and/or any other information you provide might be randomly selected and posted on any online Forum, on Facebook, Soundcloud, on Twitter and/or any other online and/or print medium.
  12. By accepting a prize, all winners agree that 8Dio Productions may post his/her name on the company webpage and in any and all media, including future advertising or publicity, without further consideration, unless prohibited by law.
  13. 8Dio Productions takes no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Sending an email is not proof that we have received your entry. Also, entries sent in any form except for the form specifically described, shall be deemed to be invalid/ not received.
  14. 8Dio Productions reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest, reject any entry, or make any revisions to the official rules as we deem necessary. Winners will be selected at our discretion based on the quality of the composition and the quality of the production.
  15. All submissions must be sent to pr@8dio.com no later than December 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. Any entries received after this date will not be entered in the contest.

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Check out the top 18 submissions from our 2015 Stand-Out Contest.

  • JLyles

    Can the instrument be any one of the FREE ones given away?

    • John Busby

      i would think so, as long as you’re the one that has the license

    • Porkalicious

      That’s what it says, so yes.

    • 8diocom

      10) “……Any of the freebie instruments that 8Dio has given away for free in the past (for example the TryPacks, Glass Marimba) count, no purchase necessary……”

      – So to answer the question, Yes.

      Thanks.

      • Rune Eskildsen

        So I am able to use your free ”try packs”?

        Thank you

        • Rune Eskildsen

          Sorry, I realize that it already have been answered. Thank you!! 😀

  • John Busby

    i am also confused about that!….

  • John Busby

    As Alter Ego asked below; the description is confusing, it says an original piece @ 5min and the terms and conditions say 2.5 min? please clarify…thanks so much

    • 8diocom

      Hi John,
      It has been updated now

      4)”Submissions may not exceed the time limit of 5 min listed in the description above. Submissions may be less, but not over the listed time limit. Any submission exceeding the time limit will be rejected.”

      Thanks.

      • John Busby

        thank you!

  • Gprok YB

    I always send my track 24 bit to soundcloud and they take care of the format is that ok??? THANKS!!!

    • 8diocom

      That is just fine.

      Thanks.

  • 8diocom

    Hi Alter Ego,

    It is maximum 5 min in length, it is also updated now.

    Thanks

  • leroy

    are we allowed to put in extra stuff like natural ambiences?

    • 8diocom

      Yes feel free to do so.

      Thanks

  • Edwin

    Can you submit more than one time?

    • 8diocom

      No unfortunately not.

      Thanks

  • Zazu Pitts

    Hi…in the rules it states the submission must use and highlight at least one 8Dio product, but I have a piece that uses patches and variations within Cage Brass and Cage Strings to enhance and add to the feel . As I acquire more of your products I use them more and more, but I’m not sure I would say that the piece “highlights” the instruments as it’s not more than 50% or anything like that. Is this acceptable or should I focus on creating something more 8Dio-centric?

    • 8diocom

      Hi Zazu,

      “… Is this acceptable…?”

      That’s fine.

      Thanks

      • Zazu Pitts

        Excellent…thank you for putting opportunities like this together 🙂

        • 8diocom

          You are welcome Zazu.
          Looking forward to listen to your submission!

          Thanks

  • Andreas Gajewski

    Hey 8DIO Team,

    i have a question about this: ,,All submissions must use Soundcloud’s mp3 format.,, . Does it mean that i just have to upload it to soundcloud and send the link to you (with the right name of course and so on) or is there a special converter, so that i just have to send the converted song as an mp3-attachment in my mail? (Sorry, i´m not that good in english and sorry for that stupid question)

    Greetings from germany!

    • 8diocom

      Hi Andreas,

      This mean you have to upload to Soundcloud and send the link to us.

      Thanks,

  • Jani Lehmonen

    Can my wife take part in the competition on my license?

  • Dan Schiopucie

    Is there any way to confirm that a submission was received/delivered?

    • 8diocom

      Hi Dan,

      We confirm all submissions via mail, once they are accepted.

      Thanks

      • Dan Schiopucie

        Thanks!

  • Caleb Faith

    Hi,

    Are you able to use the prize money with V8P products?

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  • Tastyking

    Can the original piece of music be a song with lyrics and vocals? Or does the track need to be instrumental only?

  • Archimedes

    Suppose I want to make some slight adjustments to the mix of a track I’ve already submitted, and you’ve already accepted. I’m a SC Pro member, and am able to “replace” the file behind the track. It doesn’t affect the link. If I do that before December 1st, does that create an issue for you? Thanks!

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  • Sam Dillard

    Hello, I submitted my track a little over a week ago and hadn’t heard anything nor received a confirmation, is there a way to verify if our tracks have been received/approved? My internet is rather spotty so I was just trying to make sure, the track was “Deep Blue Sea Monsters”

    Thank you!
    -Sam

  • Filippo Zattini

    Hi 8dio Team
    I have a question for you: in point one you said “Compose an original piece of music, that highlights at least one of our 8Dio instruments. Your composition can use other instruments (ex. we love hearing live instruments, voices etc).” and in the parts of “Terms and submission” you also said “Contestants are allowed only one entry total. Each entry must be the sole work of a single contestant; no collaborations will be accepted.” So my question is that one: if I want to create a composition for both real instruments and virtual instruments and I written a composition witch use 6 real instruments. Real Instruments mean the use of person; now I play violin, viola, marimba and piano but I also written the score for cello, guitar and clarinet (and I don’t play this instrument by my side) and I was thinking to use real instruments, so I asked to 3 friends of mine (a cellist, a Clarinettist and a guitarist) to record their track line parts.
    The composition is mine is an ORIGINAL score written and composed by ME but I use also real instruments.
    Can I use them?
    You said “Your composition can use other instruments (ex. we love hearing live instruments, voices etc”. So … can I do it?

    • 8diocom

      Hi Filippo,

      Yes do you can that, all good.

      Best,
      8Dio

      • Filippo Zattini

        Thank you 8dio team.
        Just one thing more, after I have written the Score I must produce, engineering, record, mix and mastering the track all by my side or could I have the little help of a sound designer?
        For example I think that I am very good to produce, engineering, and recording the track, but I think that I am not too good in Mix and Mastering, because I am a composer, not a sound engineer or a sound designer.
        I work by an year in music production for cinema and media and I know very well that to produce a track there are many figures working on it, but the track is considered made by the composer who had the idea and written the score. So the question is that: I have written, composed, produced, engineered, and recorded the tracks, I also have to mix and mastering them by myself, or could I use the support of my sound designer friend just to FIX and PAN better the track and nothing more? Could I or I can’t and I have to do it by my self?
        Thank you for your time

        • Filippo Zattini

          In any case I will do all by myself. I don’t want to compromise my work
          So I will give to you the bounce track that I have mixed and mastered by myself.
          No problem. 🙂

  • Filippo Zattini

    Hi 8Dio Team. I submitted my track 3 days ago and hadn’t heard anything on your blog, or on your social networks (twitter, or Facebook, and I did,t find it in your soundcloud playlist. It is everything ok?
    I posted my tracks in my Facebook profile but I didn’t find it on your media.

    • 8diocom

      Hi Filippo,

      Your submission is accepted and is also nested under our official Soundcloud list, with all the participants:
      https://soundcloud.com/8dawn/sets/8dio-stand-out-contest-2016

      Your work will also be published on our official Facebook, but is currently scheduled to be published another day.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  • Ahmad AlSaeed

    I submit my music with poor quality by mistake , can i delete it and re upload?!

    • Matt Richardson

      Protip, if you purchase soundcloud pro then you can do an audio replacement of your track without deleting it and reuploading, after you do so you can just cancel your soundcloud pro subscription (you get a 30 day free trial).

  • Vasilis-N Georgoulis

    Hello, I submitted my track today. Is it ok to let the download link appear on the track? Some people have been asking me to download it! Good Luck to everyone and Thank you 8dio for your awesome libraries. I hope you never stop creating them! Your sound is so unique!

  • Saed A. Hashem

    MY track is not here ?

  • Sebastien NovA

    Hello,
    I don’t see my submission in the playlist yet, however it was accepted on November 28, it’s just to be sure my submission is well take in count, thanks !

    • 8diocom

      Hi Sebastian,

      Your submission is accepted and will also be featured on our official Soundcloud list.

      Best

      • Sebastien NovA

        Great thanks !

  • Matt Richardson

    Quick question, the rules state “All submissions must use Soundcloud’s mp3 format. Submissions will not be accepted in any other format” Does this mean all soundcloud submissions that are .wav would be rejected? Or is it accepted as long as it’s a soundcloud upload? I want to make sure because I will buy soundcloud pro and swap the audio if it’s something that could get me disqualified! Thanks.

  • Chris Manucredo

    Dear 8Dio,

    are all submissions added to your competition playlist or are only particular tracks added to that?

    all the best,
    chirs manucredo

    • 8diocom

      Only particular tracks to this list.

      Thanks

  • Saed alhasheem

    Hello 8dio
    I have sent my sound cloud link and got accepted, unfortunately I can’t see my track here.

    • 8diocom

      Hi Saed,
      I just checked up on your submission and it is on our officlal playlist now:

      Best,
      8Dio

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  • Raúl Yebra

    Hi, I sent my sound cloud link and received confirmation on December 16, but my track is not listed.
    Thanks.

    • 8diocom

      Hi Raul,

      Your submission is accepted.
      It is also added to the official soundcloud list.

      Best,
      8Dio

      • Raúl Yebra

        Thanks!

  • Matt Richardson

    Hey just curious, when do winners of the contest get chosen? I tried to find an end date for the contest but didn’t see it, thanks!

    • 8diocom

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for asking.

      We are currently working us through all the contestants together with the judges.
      Expect some more infos around mid/end January.

      Thanks,
      8Dio

      • I have similar problem – track is not listed on Soundcloud playlist.
        Is it still taking part?

  • Hello, I sent my Soundcloud link and received confirmation on 1st December, but my track is not listed on Soundcloud playlist.
    Is it still taking part?

    • 8diocom

      Hi there,

      Your submission is accepted.
      We have a closed list with all participants, this list is for sharing on socials.

      We are currently working us through all the submissions, we expect more informations end of January.

      Thanks

  • Max Bronson

    What happened to the contest how come nobody was announced as the winners?

    • 8diocom

      Hi Max,

      We will soon annonce some news to the stand-out contest.

      Thank you for your patience.

  • Brandon k

    Any updates on the winners? Haven’t heard any news in a really long time.