April Challenge - The Sample

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The 3rd contest in 2017 is here and we are going to be even more creative than we were last month. All you have is a bass drum sample. You may do anything to it, but you can NOT record anything yourself, not even using virtual instruments. Your task is to make a "song" from it, length from 10 to 60 seconds. And it preferrably should contain some "harmonic" stuff too, not just percussion. But again, you are not allowed to use any generators, not even MOscillator or MNoiseGenerator. All you have is the sample. Good luck!

How does it work

Download the audio files below. These contain plain WAV tracks. Do what needs to be done in your favourite DAW using MeldaProduction plugins. When you are happy about the results, login to your MeldaProduction account and submit your mix along with the project file below. When the voting stage starts, people can listen to all mixes that we let into the finals and vote for their favourite, hopefully yours. And we will choose 3 main prizes ourselves.


- Submit the mix as MP3 file, preferrably 44100Hz sampling rate, 320kbps quality.

- You can use any host you want, but you can use only MeldaProduction plugins. Any other plugins are not allowed, even those your host includes. You can use gain and panorama in your DAW of course, but that's about it, anything more complex needs to be from us.

- Normalize the mix to -16 LUFS (integrated loudness). To make the comparison easy, they all need to be similar in loudness, otherwise some people could cheat. You can do that easily using the free MLoudnessAnalyzer - just set the target to -16 LUFS and use the Auto-gain or Batch processing button - after you export the WAV file from your host, simply drag & drop the file to the "Batch auto-gain" button and let the plugin do the magic.

If you don't own the plugins and your trials have expired, you can use the free plugins, or try a different computer where the trials have not expired, or render the mix with trial noise and send it to us along with the project via info@meldaproduction.com and we will hopefully be able to render it for you - we have all major hosts except for VSL, Logic X (only Logic 9), GarageBand. But do that at least 3 days before the deadline, otherwise we may simply don't have enough time and you won't be able to submit your creation.

- You need to submit your project file as well, so we can check you only used our plugins and possibly inspire from your mix. Don't worry, we cannot really hack your computer or whatever based on your project file.

- You cannot record anything new, the tracks we gave you are all you have. This time we are not producers, but mixing/mastering engineers. But you can do anything to the tracks... be creative, or don't be, it's up to you.

- One entry per person. You are free to post your mix for feedback on other forums or Facebook or whatever, but once you submit it, you have submitted it.

- Check the deadline above carefully. If you don't make it, too bad. There doesn’t exist a single excuse in the world that will make us change our mind on this, so don’t procrastinate.

- No whining. This is supposed to be fun. Not everybody will agree with the winner. Just accept that fact now so we can all move on and have a good time and learn something new.

- Your mix must not hurt our ears. And yes, advertisements do hurt. Smashing your mix into oblivion hurts too. Other than that feel free to be creative.

User submissions

Download accepted submissions in one zip file

# User name MP3 file Listen Votes
1 Step Saturn download 18 %
1 eyal tzur download 17 %
Anton Aksenov download 13 %
2 Theuns Loubser download 9 %
Rob Urquhart download 8 %
3 Dan Gayle download 7 %
Wiltert Wilts download 7 %
Matthias Glogger download 5 %
Kenji Matsuzaki download 5 %
Harald Metzner download 2 %
Joseph Greenhalgh download 2 %
Germano Martins download 2 %
Антон Фещенко download 1 %
Charles Oakley download 1 %
Gerard Hughes download 1 %
Tomas Günther download 1 %
Bill Cargill download 1 %
Viktor Vasil'ev download 0 %
David Akinbami download 0 %
Sergio Sasso download 0 %
Hugo Mendes download 0 %
Sebastian Hüller download 0 %
Jerry Swiger download 0 %
Robert Hyde download 0 %
Jake Rudin download 0 %
Jesper Jakobsen download 0 %
Charles Johnson download 0 %
Jiten Bhagat download 0 %
Marco van Gasteren download 0 %