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15th HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST

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 “Bloody Christmas”.
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!

The festive season is approaching, it is often cold and dark outside, and you feel like mixing a well-tempered Christmas song again and winning yummy prizes.

For the 15th time now, we’re celebrating the XMAS MIX CONTEST – for everyone who enjoys feastful studio work.

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

Main Prizes

Category: Mix – €1,000 prize money

Our winner in the Mix category convinced us with a professional sound, featuring harmonic levels, a balanced frequency image and controlled dynamics.
Congratulations to Ramm Darkened!

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Category: Remix – €1,000 prize money

The winner in the remix category combines elements of folk, blues and indie pop to create a harmonious, very atmospheric sound with many creative details and a great reharmonization.
Congratulations to Splitter Guy!

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Audience Awards

1st Place Public Voting, Category: Mix – beyerdynamic DT 900 PRO X

This submission by emmer 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 900 PRO X

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

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Special Prizes

Congratulations to the special prize winners:
Category Special Prize Awardees Link
Remix Adam Audio A4V pair of monitors RS007 play
Remix Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 + SDX Stories + SDX Hitmaker Jardim Asli play
Mix SPL Phonitor One D Nuno NBdrums play
Mix Teufel ROCKSTER AIR 2 Nature Studios play
Mix Celemony Melodyne 5 Studio PGstudio play
Remix KORG Keystage 49 Royal Sound Mastering play
Mix KOMPLETE 14 Standard Andrey Benassi play
Remix Ableton Live Suite Stephan Suckow play
Mix iZotope Music Production Suite 6 Christoph_K play
Remix iZotope RX 10 + Ozone 11 SimonB play
Mix SHURE SM7dB apollo13audio play
Remix Neumann NDH 20 headphones LazerTape84 play
Remix Soundtoys 5 Bundle MaDproF play
Mix beyerdynamic M 88 Antonio Pannese play
Remix FL Studio All Plugins Edition getitrealguy play
Remix Spectrasonics Omnisphere PR Music play
Mix Novation Circuit Rhythm POP Rares Vlad play
Mix Avid Pro Tools Studio (Annual Licence) KLLSWTCH studio play
Remix Sennheiser MK 4 ayoona bay play
Mix Lewitt LCT 440 artuesquivelr play
Remix Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 von freitag play
Mix Sonarworks SoundID Reference incl. measurement mic Krysd0ve play
Remix beyerdynamic M 90 PRO X microphone Miguel e Strack play
Mix Sonarworks SoundID Reference Adrina play
Remix FL Studio Producer Edition Babak play
Mix SHURE SM57 slartfast play

The song “Bloody Christmas”

This year’s contest song “Bloody Christmas” combines acoustic guitars with heavy drums, spherical keyboards and three-part vocals. The drum set for the song was recorded in our largest warehouse for acoustic modules.

As always, the contest song was written and produced by HOFA CEO Jochen Sachse – and this time, all the musicians are from the HOFA team, too.

This is the music video of the XMAS MIX CONTEST Song:

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Audio engineering tutorials for the Mix Contest

To help you mix and master the contest song, we have produced some videos. A new tutorial is added here every week. It’s worth checking in from time to time 🙂

Does the Pultec EQ Have the Finest High End?
Impressive stereo | Mix tutorial
How to create the real reverse reverb | FX tutorial
Vocal chain explained | Recording tutorial
Try this trick for a solid low end
The "Wurst” mic explained
Creative bus trick in the mix
Mastering – in the mix?
The perfect monitoring level for mixing?
Automation in the mix
Info for mix & remix

Win over €22,000 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 two beyerdynamic DT 900 PRO X headphones as audience awards.

There are also attractive special prizes from Ableton, ADAM Audio, Avid, beyerdynamic, Celemony, Focusrite, Image-Line, iZotope, Korg, Lewitt, Native Instruments, Neumann, Novation, Sennheiser, Shure, Sonarworks, Soundtoys, Spectrasonics, SPL, Teufel, Toontrack and HOFA.

All prizes

Download

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Upload

Upload your finished mix/remix to hofa-contest.com. You can also listen to submissions of the other participants there.

Closing date is Jan 31, 2024.

Author

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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