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Any closing words or news on judging?

Yes to both!

Wow - blown away by all the entries. When I first heard Elsasollesvik samples, I could not have imagined the types of tracks you all came up with. Super unique takes across so many genres.

The winner will be announced here within the next few days… plus it’s looking like we’ll add 2nd and 3rd place prizes too with all these great submissions!

In the meantime, would love to hear any feedback on this. Should we do more contests? Different types of prizes? Different types of challenges? All opinions are welcome

more contests! yes! it’s great practice and opportunity 😃

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Yeah absolutely more opportunities like this please! I think little contests or community challenges would be a fantastic thing as they encourage individual audio freelancers on fiverr to communicate and get inspired from each others fantastic works!

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Any closing words or news on judging?

Yes to both!

Wow - blown away by all the entries. When I first heard Elsasollesvik samples, I could not have imagined the types of tracks you all came up with. Super unique takes across so many genres.

The winner will be announced here within the next few days… plus it’s looking like we’ll add 2nd and 3rd place prizes too with all these great submissions!

In the meantime, would love to hear any feedback on this. Should we do more contests? Different types of prizes? Different types of challenges? All opinions are welcome

Absolutely! Any type of music contest is a great opportunity to show everybody your creativity and talent! Every entry has a unique magic! Please we need more of this! 😍

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Winners announced Monday March 22nd! For details please see this topic:

I’m excited to announce the winners of the first music & audio forum contest! Watch here:
1st Place: @loftprod Loftprod Fiverr 2nd Place: @officialdjsid Officialdjsid Fiverr 3rd Place: @remonbeeftink1 Remonbeeftink Fiverr Huge round of applause to all those that submitted something for this contest! It was a challenge, and every one of you made something incredibly unique. Due to all the awesome submissions, we decided to h…
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The places were deserved! I enjoyed working on this. It was a learning experience because I don’t work with samples/try to “remix” and edit stuff often.

I absolutely support the idea of recurring music contests – I mean, the money is definitely there 😂 – and also across multiple disciplines such as design/video editing: for example, what if we competed for the best ad for an imaginary mobile company? (This came through my mind just now, I think it’s a great idea).

I’m ready for the next contest, I’m off my first music gig too and I’m particularly charged 😈 gonna crush it next time!

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Get ready for my tomfoolery: All of my audio (except drums) will be sampled and sliced from the audio clip.

Update: Did it!

I don’t know if it’s the same for others, but I can’t see the link, you might want to update it.

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I´m replying myself because i missed the explanation part…

Composition Process

My first step was to consolidate the structure. Thinking about it I knew i wanted to create a story, I love film scoring so i really like to tell a story with my music. I found Elsasollesvik’s voice very soft and warmy so I instantly thought about a mother hanging her child huming a sweet Lullaby at home who was getting sleep slowly start to having a diferent musical trip dream.

Intro

So I started to create a quite room ambience with a clockwork tapping the track tempo with a musicbox playing a bed song. Freesound.org is my favourite sound samples website, there I found the musicbox starting engine, and the clockwork. The voice track it’s amazing as Elsasollesvik’s made it, but i was looking for something more similar than a hum, so I edited the voice finding the actual intro voice hum but keeping it dry. The musicbox starting was amazing on that position but I had to create a musicbox melody. Musicbox from Spitfire LABS it really fit for me, they actually have an amazing bunch of free plug-ins, absolutely recommended. I automized both tracks (Voice & Music box) progressively merging with a reversed cinematic kick hit as the transition to the verse. The Reverb Aux insert i´m using for the diferent sections is Valhalla Vintage, i´m totally in love with it!

Verse

This part should was very quiet and progressive so i compose a piano melody with plug-in Cinematic Soft Piano from Spitfire. The voice changes to the original sample but with a lowpass EQ quitely distanced with reverb, because we are passing through the child’s dream. I used again Spitfire LABS but with a synth pad playing a secondary melody and complementing the piano as well. I always find amazing to reverse cuts from a few rendered tracks, i think it keeps the listener linked to the song, so i did it with some piano octaves. At the final part of the verse i added a warped synth bass loop from Spitfire audio Albion One to prepare the entrance of the first chorus with a Timpani progressive percussion as transition.

Chorus 1

I kept the piano melody but with a diferent progression (F, G, A) until the end of the track. As you could listen the clockwork track is still there, but on this part i wanted te progressively merge it to a designed clap track (5 diferent claps with Valhalla Vintage and a bit of Delay) and the clockwork would softly disappear.

I used heavyocity Damage for the principal percussion, reversing some kicks for the transition to the last chorus. This part has a automized Tremolo Strings Track to start creating emotion.

Chorus 2 & Ending

I added a few stacatto Mid/High/Low Strings section from Spitfire audio Albion One Orchestra and a Cristal Pad track from Evolve Mutations Library from Native Instruments. I went harder with that stacatto Strings to create tension and for the end a Cello from Best Service Emotional Cello plugin.

Mixing

I processed almost all tracks with EQ and Compression (SSL2+ EQ & SSL2+Comp) organized in the following instrument/stem sections:

-Strings Bus

-Percussion Bus

-FX’s Bus

-Piano Bus

-Voice Bus

I created a Reverb Aux (Valhalla Vintage as insert) for each section as well and a common Convolution Reverb from Convology XT.

For the Strings and Percussion sections i added CLA-2A and CLA-76 from Waves to find a better attachment in the final mix.

All tracks were automized trying to create more feeling and my Mix Peak was exactly -4,32 dBs.

Master:

I used a few Waves inserts for the Master Track:

-SSL Master Buss Compressor

-GW MixCentric

-MaxxBass

-Virtual Tape Machine (Slate Digital)

-C6 (Multiband Comp)

-L1 Limiter (-0,5 Out ceiling/ -2.0 Threshold)

Everything was done in Reaper mixed with Audiotechnica ATH-M50X and Mackie CR4 Studio Monitor.

And i forgot to mention I designed a track as the Musicbox atmosphere (created with Kinetic Treats from Native instruments) that takes place from the beginning to the end.

Thank you so much for reading this amazing process!

Very efficient editor

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