The jury listened to, analysed and compared more than 800 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 “Down on Earth It’s Christmas Time”.
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 contest so exciting and interesting.
You can be sure – this was not the last XMAS MIX CONTEST!

After the jury’s decision, the 20 raffled mix analyses will be created next. These feedbacks by the HOFA-College tutors will be sent to the recipients in a few days and can also be displayed on their account.

Main Prizes

Category: Mix – €1,000 prize money

Our winner of the Mix category shines with an open sound image with depth, natural sounding elements and very nice delay automations.
Congratulations to Klaus K!


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Category: Remix – €1,000 prize money

The winner of the Remix category has convinced the jury with a great reharmonization, impressively presented by a fantastic arrangement, composed of different genres. Congratulations to Kilian Hartig!


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It is this time of the year again: the annual HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST has begun on Dec 1. For the 14th time now, we are organizing this mixing and remixing contest for all those who want to spend some quality time in their home studio.

Find more information on the rules and timeline on the contest platform.

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Audience Awards

1st Place Public Voting, Category: Mix – beyerdynamic DT 700 PRO X

This submission by jerrypierro received the most votes in the Mix category and therefore wins the Audience Award! Congratulations!


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1st Place Public Voting, Category: Remix – beyerdynamic DT 700 PRO X

With this submission from audiobeard, the audience found a perfect interpretation of the Drum & Bass genre and made it the winner of this category. Congratulations!


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Special Prizes

Congratulations to the special prize winners:

CategorySpecial PrizeAwardeesLink
MixKH 80 DSP pair of monitorsFrederik Gplay
MixSonarworks SoundID Reference Premium Bundleklaudiusplay
MixSPL Phonitor One d headphone amplifierDigiworkStudioplay
MixFocusrite Clarett+ 4PreMixedByMattyplay
MixSteinberg Cubase Pro 12Mat Shoeplay
MixSoundtoys 5 BundleSpiderStudioplay
Mix1x Auto-Tune Pro X21FIVEplay
MixSHURE SM7B studio microphoneSilent Warriorplay
MixSpectrasonics KeyscapeAndrejs Sadkovojsplay
MixSteinberg UR44C audio interfaceKroliczekplay
MixBeyerdynamic M 90 PRO X microphoneMichel Wernplay
MixSonarworks SoundID Reference for Speakers & HeadphonesChickenistarplay
MixSennheiser HD 400 PRO studio headphones + cable mix by Sommer CableDennis Steinmannplay
MixAvid Pro Tools Studio Annual Licencealeknostarplay
MixTeufel ROCKSTER GO Bluetooth speaker + cable mix by Sommer CableTobias Perschkeplay
MixBeyerdynamic TG I51 microphone + cable mix by Sommer CableArtigianplay
MixPreSonus Sphere One-year accessArian Productionplay
RemixA4V pair of monitors + cable mix by Sommer CableVlekerplay
RemixToontrack Superior Drummer 3 + SDX Decades + SDX Hitmaker21FIVEplay
RemixKORG Modwave wavetable synthesizerChristoph_Kplay
RemixArturia KeyLab MkII 61Stephan Suckowplay
RemixSteinberg Absolute 5 CollectionMarco Herbertplay
RemixFL Studio All Plugins EditionRS007play
RemixAbleton Live 11 SuiteRoyalSoundMasteringplay
Remix1x Auto-Tune Pro XBenjamin Müllerplay
Remix1x Auto-Tune Pro XKlangBildplay
RemixSpectrasonics Omnisphereklaudiusplay
RemixModal COBALT5S virtual-analogue synthesizerPR Musicplay
Remix1x Arturia V Collection 9FrOxplay
Remix1x Arturia V Collection 9MusicAntplay
RemixNovation Circuit RhythmHirshyplay
RemixTeufel REAL BLUE NC Bluetooth headphones + cable mix by Sommer CableDeDroid Musicplay
RemixFL Studio Producer Editionalias veeplay

The song “Down on Earth It’s Christmas Time”

This year’s Xmas Song features Dobro guitars, Rhodes, a 1940s drum set, lap steel and much more. Like two years ago, we invited David Readman to perform the lead vocals. The contest song was written and produced by HOFA CEO Jochen Sachse.

Join the journey of captain Readman on his way back to earth 🚀🎄
In the music video you can hear the mix by Jochen Sachse:


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Mix documentary

In this mixing tutorial for the XMAS MIX CONTEST, HOFA CEO Jochen Sachse shows you how he processed the tracks in his mix. You will also find many tips & tricks for producing, recording and mastering.

Watch the tutorial

Win over €25,000 in cash and prizes!

This year there will be prize money of €1,000 twice – for the best mix and for the best remix of our contest song – and also attractive special prizes from Arturia, Antares, Steinberg, Neumann, beyerdynamic, Sonarworks, ADAM Audio, Spectrasonics, Toontrack, SPL, KORG,  Image-Line, Ableton, Focusrite, Soundtoys,  Modal Electronics, SHURE, Novation, Avid, Teufel, Sennheiser, PreSonus, Sommer Cable and HOFA.

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Upload your finished mix/remix to There you can also listen to submissions of the other participants.

Closing date is Jan 31, 2023.


Fabian Freitag
Fabian Freitag
Fabian Freitag completed his vocational training as an audio-visual media designer and works as audio engineer and tutor. He’s gained a lot of experience at the HOFA-Studios, where he worked with artists like Freddy Sahin-Scholl (Supertalent Winner 2010) or the Rastrelli Cello Quartet. He plays the piano and trombone in various ensembles and produces his own music.

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