The Results are in…

To the massively talented 8Dio community!

Thank you to everyone who entered our second ‘Score This’ competition. We have received an overwhelming number of creative entries, and it was a pleasure to see everyone’s different outlook on this film!

With the very high standard of entries, picking a winner was very difficult, but our team listened to every single one and would like to congratulate the following winner.

Congratulations to Pascal Lamarche, your track “The Awake” blew us all away!   

Here is what Troels had to say:

… Pascal’s track was exclusively made with our 1990 Prepared Piano.  It follows the same understated vibe as the footage. Embracing the minimalism and solitude of the entire concept.  It also demonstrates that music doesn’t always have to be loud or elaborate to be effective.  Sometimes you just need a track or two.  ”  

Check out Pascal’s winning composition below:

It was – in usual fashion – incredibly difficult to pick just one winner.  The list below shows the final pool of contestants, which all received a substantial amount of votes.  We wanna acknowledge all of you by sending you our next release (Super Cluster) for FREE. You will receive the library automatically in your email upon release – and feel free to join our next scoring contest too (Which is about Super Cluster):

In alphabetical order:

Adriaan van Niekerk
Alessandro Quatela

Blavec Florian
Eris Kuiper
Flavio G Cuccurullo
Giancarlo Bonfa
Gimmi Pace
Jordan Bennett
Justine D
Ladislav Trojak
Michal Zahradníček
Oleksandr Fokshtein
Peter Garnvik
Raab Christian
Sato No Haru
 Jason Moore

Please get in touch with – in case you have any questions.

Thanks for all your amazing submissions – keep it up!

With all the amazing entries we have received from the Christmas Scoring Contest, we have decided to run an all new series of scoring competitions, we are calling: Score This. 


We received well over 400 unique and inspiring entries and loved listening to every single one. we especially enjoyed how you all showcased the many ways 8Dio Instruments can inspire the scoring process. 


We wanted to open this new competition series to give everyone the chance to to Score to picture. Focusing on the Community aspect of the competition we want to encourage everyone to comment, like and learn from one another. 


For this new competition we want to take things a step further! We want to hear what you can do with a single instrument, and we want YOU to choose the finalists. 


See Below for More Info… 

Submission Rules

  • Download the video from the link below. 
  • Score the entire video with only ONE 8Dio Instrument, (External Processing is Allowed). 

  • Upload the entire unedited video to YouTube with the title “8Dio Score This – [Your Name] – [Song Title]”. 

  • Make sure the video is public and contains the following tags #8Dio #ScoreThis.

  • List the 8Dio Library and Patch/Articulation used within your score in the video description.

  • You can use as many tracks as you would like as long as you are using 1 instrument. 

  • Entry Closing Date – Closed

  1. Our panel will select a Winner from the 10 most “liked” video entries, so be sure to “like” and comment on your favourites.  Ok.  On popular demand (and by sound reasoning) we are skipping the social media frenzy! You guys were right. 8Dio will exclusively choose the winner or winners like we did on the first contest.  Thanks for your input all!

  2. Please send a youtube link to your uploaded video to with the subject as Score This [Your Name].

  3. The chosen winner will receive three 8dio instruments of their choice! (Prophet series not included) 
  • Alan Lindsay

    In the email it says: “We want to hear what you can do with just a single track…”. On this page it says: “Score the entire video with only one 8Dio Instrument…” So, which is it? One track or one instrument? And should I interpret one instrument as one “patch” or can I use multiple articulations from a single instrument?

    • JLyles

      Are you getting any images from the clip.
      I get only sound and nothing else.

      • MW

        I didn’t see anything either until I used Windows Media Player.

  • 8Dio Productions LLC

    Good points in the comments. Let’s get things cleared up:

    1. You can make as many tracks as you want for this one, but only using ONE instrument (ex. piano)
    2. We will save the file to .mp4 tomorrow, so everyone (especially PC users) will have an easier time.

    Let us know if you got other questions or we missed anything else. Cheers!

    • As many tracks using one instrument – as in, several instances of the same instrument? Or literally, single Kontakt loaded with one instrument

      • 8Dio Productions LLC

        We will leave that interpretation to you. These are loose guidelines. Show us the best use of super minimalistic means. The simpler, the better.

  • Danilo Kapel

    Using only 1 instrument, means only a single instrument is allowed, not ensemble patches?

    And if only 1 instrument is allowed all of it’s articulations are allowed?

    • 8Dio Productions LLC

      A single instrument could be an ensemble patch (ex. Adagietto/Anthology Sordino Sustains) < Tro//z fav patch.

      • Yann

        Oh, so no key switch to play sustains and pizzicato in the same track, for example ?

        • 8Dio Productions LLC

          We are not big on rules and regulations. But the idea is to keep it as simple as possible. All it takes is a single good sounding instrument and a nice, warm, airy verb. Score This 2 is a minimalistic exercise.

          • Yann

            Thank you 8Dio 🙂

  • Florent Ainardi

    hello, i have a question , if i want to use adagietto by exemple can i have 4 tracks corresponding to a string quatuor configuration ( violin 1 and 2, viola, cello) ?

    • 8Dio Productions LLC

      1 instrument max and/or an ensemble patch. But no elaborate 4 part writing feat. violin, violas, etc.

  • Ian Collins

    Interesting idea to use “likes” as a judging criterion, although I fear we may end up in more of a social media popularity contest than a scoring competition!

    • Chris Iskandar

      exactly. this is pretty pointless as a competition, although i get that it is a lot of work to have an independant jury. still, this is probably a no-entry for me this time.

      • 8Dio Productions LLC

        Good points. Would you rather have we vote it?

        • Chris Iskandar

          Yes. Absolutely.

          • 8Dio Productions LLC

            Ok. We have revised the rules. 8Dio will be the sole judge. You guys were right.

        • Goran Setitus

          Yes. Keep likes and comments out of the judging process, please.
          Thank you 🙂

          • 8Dio Productions LLC

            Consider it done.

      • Chris Tobias

        No. Don’t have a social media voting approach please.
        It is your 8Dio competition. I respect you guys and trust you to use your integrity and experience to select a worthy winner. Not a public vote.

        • Jay Tea

          I agree, then it turns into more of a popularity content of who can get all their Facebook friends to like their stuff.

          • 8Dio Productions LLC


        • 8Dio Productions LLC

          Ok. Then we do that. See revised description.

    • 8Dio Productions LLC

      Rather we keep the voting eternally?

      • Ian Collins

        Not sure what you mean exactly, but if there is some way that you can set things up so that you only get a vote if you have made an entry yourself? That would keep it honest…

        • Chris Iskandar

          that would also be a very fair approach. each competitor getting one vote to use for another entry he/she likes best. not sure how to implement such a system though.

          • If you wanted to give each entrant one vote to use toward a competitor, I wonder if SurveyMonkey would do the trick… 8Dio could send out a survey to each e-mail address that submitted an entry, and the survey could ask you to enter your favorite video (or URL to your favorite video maybe?). Not sure how’d you’d filter out voting for yourself, but maybe that’s not a major issue? I mean, it’s allowed in real-world elections.

      • JLyles

        Keep the voting Internally

  • What about different patches of the same instrument – say, an AGE piano patch, coupled with an AGE Synth Piano patch or the Piano FX patch? Cuz those would be more or less the same instrument, just different articulations, etc.

  • Michal

    I got one idea: Voting should start after the entry closing date since it would be unfair if you could get votes only from those who signed up after you… 🙂

    • Jerzy Wujczyk

      Yes, Indeed I fully agree, voting and revealing entries should start on the same entry closing date.

  • Alexey

    Where can I find the Top 20 list? Thx ,)

  • Erick McNerney

    You guys can just keep doing this. That’d be awesome! I love having a source of motivation.

  • LD

    Is it one track per person or can you enter more then one work?

    • 8Dio Productions LLC

      You know we won’t enforce strict rules like that. But probably best to only send your best.

  • Mike Robey

    I love this and I’m very glad you changed it away from the vote by us! Just seems more fair this way. My question. Are we allowed to use the audio track (nature sounds) that comes with the included video in our composition? Thank you again!!

  • Julian

    Dear 8Dio,
    Can we keep the original audio content (the sound of nature) over the score track ??

    • Tyler Gillis

      Yes you can

    • I assume so. I did…

  • As a recommendation:
    You could set up future contests in such a way that as you release instruments, you would hold the contests with those instruments. And since most of us obviously won’t own it yet, we can download the product to enter the contest.
    You gets could make it so we have a 45-day trial and the winner gets a free license.

    Perhaps you could use the entires of the winner’s and some of the runner’s up for product demonstrations. (Although Troels does some fire demos!) I know if I didn’t get 1st place I’d still be happy to see my submission on your page.

    Just an idea.

    • Cool idea! Although I really like the idea of getting to choose 3 instruments! 😀

  • Chris Massa

    The hashtag #Score This should not have a space. You tube is looking for #scorethis

    • 8Dio Productions LLC

      Good point! THX!!!

  • Andrew Wilson

    I can’t download the video – it just plays in the browser (PC)

  • Marcus Manderson

    Thanks for this contest! I hope to have an entry, but my question in such contests is with regards to the deadline. Is the deadline 12:00 AM February 18th? Is it 11:59 PM? Is it EST? Just for us procrastinators (or those of us who found out it about it over the last few days).

    Thanks again for the opportunity!

  • GJ2007

    I just submitted by video to 8Dio. Library: 66 Basses. Title: Deep Wide Orchestral Ambience.

  • Andrew McMaster

    Has there been any timeline established as to when the winner(s) of this contest will be announced?