Welcome to the 11th XMAS MIX CONTEST!

AND THE WINNERS ARE ...

The jury listened to, analyzed and compared almost 600 contest entries (anonymously, of course) until it was finally settled who would win this year’s prizes for the best mix and the best remix of the contest song “Let There Be Snow”.
Once again, you didn’t make it easy for us – but in the end we managed to choose the different winners of the main and special prizes.
We would also like to thank all the other participants who spent a lot of time and used their creativity to make this year’s Mixcontest so exciting and interesting.
You can be sure – this was not the last XMAS MIX CONTEST!

Main Prize Mix

This year’s winner in the Mix category is Vincent Blum from Hamburg.

His mix convinced the jury with a professional overall sound: Excellent EQing and good dynamic control make for a very professional overall result. Another decisive element was the convincing spatiality. Respect and congratulations to Hamburg!

Vincent is a qualified specialist for event technology and works as a live sound engineer. Besides he runs a small hobby studio where he mixes his own projects.

The mixing was done in Reaper with plugins from various manufacturers and hardware from Klark, SSL and Heritage Audio.

Main Prize Remix

This year the prize for the best remix goes to Vladislav Pirov from Mukachevo/Ukraine.

His remix convinced the jury with its creative and musical approach, the authentic sound and the well-done song atmosphere. Respect and congratulations to Ukraine!

Vladislav works as an audio engineer in his own studio. For the remix he used Logic Pro X, plugins from UAD, Softube, iZotope, NI and various software instruments.

Special prizes

The following special prizes were provided by our partners:

Special prize Neumann KH 80 DSP

This prize goes to the winner of the combined online voting and jury evaluation in the Remix category: Marco Herbert from Butzbach.

The online ranking and the jury’s evaluation are equally important for the result.

Special prize ADAM T5V

This prize goes to the winner of the combined online voting and jury evaluation in the Mix category: Heiko Jooß from Tarp.

The online ranking and the jury’s evaluation are equally important for the result.

Special prize Toontrack SD3 & SDX Decades

The jury awards this prize to Billy Santana from Medellín/Colombia for his unique new interpretation of the contest song with a very convincing reharmonization.

Special prize Ableton Live 10 Standard

This prize is awarded by the jury to Aditya Pratama from Bandung/Indonesia. His remix convinces with an elaborate orchestration and a creative new arrangement.

Special prize Sennheiser MK 4

The jury awards this prize to Klaudius Zellnig from Klagenfurt. In our opinion, his second-ranking mix deserves a prize for its balanced and harmonious overall sound.

Special prize notebook stand by König & Meyer

The jury awards this prize to Tobias Karl from Hassloch. His remix convinced the jury with his Future Bass Sound and the creative vocal cuts and chops.

Special prize premium cables by Sommer Cable

This award is given by the jury to Roland Kelm from Dresden. His remix convinced the jury with its innovative mix of electronic elements and “chilly” Christmas sound.

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January 24th, 2020: The Open Mix Tutorial is online 

Jochen explains how he worked on the mix for “Let There Be Snow”.

January 23rd, 2020: The Upload is Closed! 

We are pleased to receive almost 600 submissions from all over the world. The jury is preparing for their listening session, the public voting will also run until February 05th. Listen & vote

January 22nd, 2020: Today is Closing Date! 

Upload your mix or remix now and get the chance to win one of the many prizes.

November 27rd, 2019: The Contest begins … 

Finally the waiting’s over! For the 11th time now, we’re organizing the XMAS MIX CONTEST for all those who want to spend some quality time with XMAS mixing.

This year, there is a prize money of 2 x 1000 € for the best mix and the best remix of our contest song. In addition, there are Special Awards for outstanding mixes, donated by Neumann, Sennheiser, Toontrack, Sommer Cable, ADAM Audio, Ableton, König & Meyer and HOFA. The public voting is also considered for some of the Special Awards – it definitely pays to get some likes😊

100 mix analyses are raffled from all uploaded songs. This analysis gives you a feedback to your mix and points out strenghts and weaknesses – that alone makes your work worthwhile!

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MIX

You are allowed to master, copy & paste and pitch or even remove individual elements. For the sake of fairness it’s not allowed to add new tracks or to change tempo, pitch or structure of the song.

The jury is looking for harmonious sound characteristics with balanced levels that fits in the genre, a well-defined spatial depth and a natural overall sound.

REMIX

Your options for the remix are endless: use those tracks of the download you want and add whatever you like. Nothing’s forbidden – but of course the song should still be recognisable and “radio-compatible”😊 Let your creativity run wild!

When rating the remix, the jury pays attention to sound quality, sound design, arrangement and balanced proportions.

„Let There Be Snow“ by HOFA CEO Jochen Sachse is a modern a cappella song with the fantastic lead vocals by Stephanie Lenk and Milos Malesevic, supported by 4 more singers and an impressive beat of body percussion and vocal drums.

The tempo of the song is 90 bpm, the tracks are on hand as 24 bit wav files in 44.1 kHz and 96 kHz.

DOWNLOAD

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Enjoy the mix and good luck! Your HOFA Team

UPLOAD

Upload your mix as a stereo track (mastered or not-mastered) – and maybe your work convinces the jury and you win the reward of 1000 € for the best mix or remix.

And if not, you have had a good time in your studio with christmassy music – and with recordings in a more than day-to-day quality.

Closing date was January 21, 2020, 11:59 pm, CET

Recording Documentary

In this video we give you an insight into the recordings for the 11th HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST and take a look at the individual tracks. The complete tutorial with a playing time of more than 1.5 hours will soon be accessible in the Online-Campus for all HOFA-College students.

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