8Dio Stand Out Finalists Selected

8Dio Annual Stand Out Contest Winners Announced

We are so excited to announce the Winners of our Annual Stand Out Contest. It has been an incredible journey going through many hundreds of submissions that each had something unique to offer. Music is always subjective and contests like these will always have their controversial elements. But to us it is about Standing Out, while still embracing the long and beautiful history of music. Sometimes its impossible to do both, but we hope our selection represents an appreciation of uniqueness, while also clearly demonstrating command over the fundamentals.

The 1st Prize Winner ($15.000 8Dio Instrument Voucher) of the 8Dio's Annual Stand Out Contest is: Nicolas Soulat

The judges comments: "...A diverse and deep piece. Beautiful and memorable themes surrounded by unique elements from sound design to living ambiences. The piece continues to surprise, while keeping a clear thread through the composition. The elegant and original blend and usage of instruments create something entirely new. It feels like a new journey for the ear. A new world if you will. The integration of live voices on top of the virtual instruments brings more life into the composition. Nice interplay of melodic and textural ideas. The mix feels like it’s part of the composition, which is the way I think it should be! Great job!"

The 2nd Prize Winner ($6.000 8Dio Instrument Voucher) of the 8Dio's Annual Stand Out Contest is: Samuel Kim

The judges reflect: "... Gorgeous and emotional composition with exceptionally original use of instruments. The track demonstrates a clear ability to utilize virtual instruments in a new and original way (ex. Basstard and Music Box), while also using more common elements and score in familiar ways. Samuel Kim also shows how to blend virtual and live instruments together and derive the best from both worlds. Fantastic piece! ..."

The 3rd Prize Winner ($2.500 8Dio Instrument Voucher) of the 8Dio's Annual Stand Out Contest is: Kevin Mabie

The judges state: "... 8Dio takes pride in creating instruments that Stand Out and this track clear embraces this concept. The track immediately burns in the ear and leaves an irremovable imprint of originality. It may not always be the prettiest, but that is not the point either. Music doesn't always have to be pretty to be cool. The crazy integration of Misfit instruments into a Bluegrass Vs Dance is just the best. WE NEED MORE KEVIN! ..."

The 4th Prize Winner ($1.500 8Dio Instrument Voucher) of the 8Dio's Annual Stand Out Contest is: Steven Coltart

The judges comments: "... Sometimes it is about getting down to the essence of music. Is there anything more soothing than a great sounding piano and delicate solo voice? Just absolutely drop dead gorgeous. The composition is such a balanced piece between virtual and live usage of instruments. What incredible times we live in. This piece really shows what happens when you put the right instrument in the right hands of a composer. Brilliant piece!"

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our Annual Stand Out Contest. It is so incredible for us to hear all the amazing talent out there and it inspires us to create new and cooler instruments. You guys are what drives us and hearing your music is what makes it all worthwhile for us as developers.


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: (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 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 no later than December 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. Any entries received after this date will not be entered in the contest.