I think that this thing being an 'officially' endorsed part of the forum is a good idea, in terms of building a community around the app. To be honest, I found the rules for the first contest pretty complex (at first glance) so I'm not 100% sure if I'm going to find time alongside my current ongoing projects to submit an entry, but I do plan to be a regular participant in the ongoing contests.
"Here's a bunch of samples, you can only use these" is much more common on groove based competitions, but i know you guys are not so much groove musicians, so its non of my business.
The rules have stopped me from entering, only because i look at it and think "Yeah i haven't got time for all that stuff"
That is no hint or anything else, just that it seems time consuming for how much time i personally could spare right now, if it was a bunch of samples i could just knock something together quick for fun.
There is no "people" it was just my own personal opinion on the time i have, i am not suggesting starting a different competition, like i say, i am not really involved, it was just 'My' opinion, and nobody else has suggested anything even remotely similar.
On a sidenote, i would be interested to know what the majority of forum users actually make genre wise, that may give more insight.
I agree, the rules do appear a little too complex for those of us who don't have a lot of time. I participate in regular remix jams (they're not really contests, there are no winners, just a resulting mix tape) put on by a localish group called feedback alliance. They generally provide a pack of stems and some general rules like "techno style this time" or "you MUST use the dolphin sample" or "you have to have a part with all synths hitting for a full bar" and often there will be a bpm set, or a bpm range, or free bpm, and a soft time limit. I'd like to see the bpm either set, or just wide open. I don't know if I would recommend changing the rules much for the round since you've already set them and some people might already have started, but those are my thoughts.
@OscarSouth groove based is a general term for dance music (HipHop/Dubstep/DnB/Techno/House etc etc)
Sorry if i misinterpreted what you do, but the stuff i heard was not heavy groove dance music, and others have posted very mellow or even ambient, my observation was based on that, sorry.
For the record i have next to no formal education (Started work at 14) so it is very very likely, nay definite that you know way way way more than me about pretty much everything, especially music, so please excuse my stupidity on here sometimes (Not sarcasm)
Oh and I forgot to mention, the battle thread is super easy to find and is stickied in the showcase subforum, but I didn't know such a subforum existed at first. I'm guessing @Heyez would prefer it be stickied in the general subforum, or "home"?
Sounds like a grand idea!! I'm game.
@Oscarsouth, trust me, your stuff would well lend itself to all kinds of dance stuff, I would kill to get a bunch of stems and do some DnB or Dubstep or HipHop mixes of it, I grew up making Hip Hop and Dance but used to walk everywhere with a walkman on playing old JMJ and Deep forest and Enigma and Lalo Schifrin and Alan Tew soundtracks, Charley Farley and Piggy Malone, phantom raspberry blower anyone hahaha
As for the competition rules, I don't really want to put in to many suggestions for fear of anybody thinking i'm trying to take over, however, if you do want to make this a community building thing, I will happily take over a bit of the Admin side of it, speak to a developer here and there, ask them to throw in a code for a copy of there app as a prize, that would build it up a bit.
Thoughts on that ?
You have to scroll to the bottom and click full site on Android @Heyez
There is nothing can be done about that, that is how Vanilla works, it is the same over at Audiobus, to see the categories on Android you have to click full site.
the rules do sound like they'll be interesting, and I hope I have time to participate.
I went through several pages of the forum "home", and while posts from the showcase category are obviously there, for some reason the one "announcement" post of the challenge doesn't show unless you go to the showcase category. similarly, the "consolidated requests list" thread which is also an "announcement" doesn't show unless you go to the feature requests category. same for the "consolidated bug list" thread in the bug reports category. only the "announcement" threads from general seem to show in the forum "home".