Shreddage Songwriting Contest

Shreddage Contest

In July 2016, Impact Soundworks sounded the call for composers, producers, and musicians to show us theirfinest original work using our Shreddage instruments. The competition was fierce with over 100 entries submitted, but in the end, FIVE artists were victorious, with two ties in the top 3! Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to EVERYONE who submitted music!

The Winners

First Place: The Hamster Alliance – “Explosive Heat Death”
Second Place (TIE): Chase Leo – “The Intimate” and JP Linna – “Disgrace Me”
Third Place: (TIE) Syn Drone – “Cryogenics” and Christopher Baklid – “Hellfire”

The winners were selected, after intense deliberation and evaluation, by Andrew Aversa (ISW lead developer & creator of Shreddage), Dickie Chapin (ISW project manager), Wilbert Roget, II (ISW co-founder), Juan Medrano (performer of Shreddage 1 & 2), Matt Guillory (keyboardist & arranger for James LaBrie), Frank Klepacki (composer, Command & Conquer, Empire at War, Dune), and SeamlessR (bass master).

The Entries

The Contest

We invite you to submit an original song you’ve written using at least one Shreddage instrument as part of the production. Your song will be evaluated on its merits: writing, production, and creativity. Since you must use at least one virtual instrument from the Shreddage family, we place an extra emphasis on how well you use the samples (realistic sequencing, great mixing, etc.) when evaluating production.

Instrumental OR vocal tracks are OK! And while we do love rock & metal, the song can in fact be in any genre.

Once all entries are gathered by July 28th, 11:59PM EST, judging will begin. All entries will be evaluated privately by the Impact Soundworks team and special guest judges we’ve invited. On August 11th, we will announce the winners.

May the mighty, hardworking and talented prevail!

The Prizes

The grand prize winner will receive our entire catalog ($3,000+ MSRP), $300 ISW store credit toward future releases, and the Peavy ReValver 4 Producer Pack featuring dozens of incredible amp, cab and pedal models, PLUS any one u-he plugin of the winner’s choice!

u-he‘s plugin range includes some of the finest analog modeled synthesizers (Diva), brilliant modular and semi-modular synths (Zebra 2, Bazille, and ACE), creative FX (Uhbik bundle) and amazingly warm plugins capturing classic vintage gear (Presswerk and Satin).

The runner-up will receive $1,000 ISW store credit and the Peavy ReValver 4 Producer Pack.

The noble third place winner will receive $500 ISW store credit.

How to Submit

Send your entries (16bit / 44khz WAV or AIF please) via WeTransfer to before July 28th 2016, 11:59PM EST.

The Fine Print

  • Limit one entry per person or solo act. Submitting one solo track + one track from a band/group is OK.
  • Entries must be entirely original – please no arrangements, covers, or remixes, unless you wrote (and own the rights to) the source material.
  • Entries must feature at least one Shreddage instrument: Shreddage 1, Shreddage 2, Shreddage 2 SRP, Shreddage 2 IBZ, Shreddage Drums, Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition, and Shreddage Bass 2 all qualify.
  • You must own a valid license to at least one of the above Shreddage products to participate. If you do not legitimately own a license, your entry will be automatically disqualified.
  • All entries MUST be submitted by July 28th, 2016 11:59 PM EST. Entries submitted after this date & time will not be accepted. We had to draw the cutoff sometime!
  • By submitting an entry, you grant Impact Soundworks the limited, non-exclusive right to stream (via SoundCloud, website, or YouTube) your submitted song(s) and sound recording(s) for promotional purposes related to this contest, with full credit and attribution provided to you.
  • Prizes have no cash value.

63 responses to “Shreddage Songwriting Contest

  1. I’ve got a question for you : since the songs are evaluated on ”writing, production, and creativity”, but also on the use of the Shreddage instruments, and considering I can only send one song, which would be best… A six minutes awesome & epic instrumental featuring only a minute and a half of great Shreddage action (named ”The Messenger”), or a pretty good five minute melodic death metal song with Shreddage rythm guitars from beginning to end (named ”Kings In Hell”)???

    1. Up to you! Either could work πŸ™‚

  2. Hello, ISW team! I just submitted my track “Deimos rising”. To make this track i used the next of your instruments: Shreddage 2 IBZ, Shreddage Bass Picked Edition, Juggernaut, The Stroh Violin. Other stuff: Drums – Abbey Road Modern Drummer, Soundiron’s Voices of Rage (VFX). Kind regards!

  3. Hello. Track submitted, called Apostasy. Shreddage instruments used: Shreddage 2, IBZ, SRP, Drums, Bass 2

  4. Hi there,
    just finished my Song. Tried to get the most epic out of my old box, πŸ™‚
    Just got the old Shreddage but tried to get the best out of it and my other symphonic stuff.

  5. Hi there, I never got the WeTransfer notification that you’ve download my song, do I need to resubmit?

    1. it’s all good, i’ve got the notification i was waiting for!!

  6. Is it enough if track is submitted before the deadline even if you download it after that? Probably yes, but I’d like to hear it from you. (Yes, still waiting for the WeTransfer confirmation..)

    1. Yes – but don’t worry, we will download everything before the deadline.

  7. Submitted my entry ‘Arcane Assembly’. I’m looking forward to hearing all of your entries : ). Good luck to everyone !

  8. Hello skalds & gods,

    Thanks for the sales and the opportunity
    to play music together! I’ve just sent
    my entry : Ghost (intro-version).

    Best regards,

  9. Today is the 11th of August, so is there a way to see who won the contest?
    best regards

    1. We got so many entries (over 100) that it’s taking a bit longer than expected to go through everything and deliberate on the results! But we should have them by Monday.

      1. Ah, cool. Was curious myself – didn’t see an announcement so was just waiting for the results. Anyway good luck to all!

        1. IΒ΄m really curious…itΒ΄s monday…:-D

      2. Over 100 Entries!?! I’m excited to hear what everyone has made more than I am to hear who won!

  10. How about it ISW team, we got some winners?

      1. Hey Chase,

        On their Facebook page they said this:

        “We apologize for the delay in announcing the Shreddage Songwriting Contest winners – we received over 100 (!!!) entries, and evaluating them is taking longer than we thought. However, we’re getting close and will announce the results in the next few days. Shortly after we will post a full SoundCloud playlist of ALL entries!”

        Disappointing for me also, but I’d prefer them take their time judging and do it right the first time through. I’m sure the SoundCloud playlist is going to sound killer and the winners will be well deserved. =)

        1. Thanks for sharing! Good to see some sort of update.

  11. Remember when you guys said the winners would be announced the 11th…. And today it’s the 17th? What gives?

    1. We mentioned this on Facebook and Twitter, but we got a TON of entries that took longer than expected to fully evaluate! We didn’t want to rush the judging process (and we have several guest judges helping) but we should have the results in the next few days.

  12. Hi guys, for some reason I can’t find my song on the contest playlist πŸ™ It’s Infinity Tone – Seconds. Could someone take a look at this?

    1. We do have the song and tried to post it in the player, however SoundCloud immediately flags it as copyrighted and will not let us publish it. It seems like an automatic ID of some kind.

      1. Whoaaaa!! That must be something set up by oneRPM, which I use to distribute my music πŸ™ That really sucks!! I’ve just sent a message to them but I guess it won’t be resolved soon enough πŸ™ It’s a real pity I was not aware of the problem earlier πŸ™

        But isn’t it possible to add my track to your playlist directly? By “add to playlist”? The song is available in my profile here:

        1. Yes, good idea! I’ve just added it πŸ™‚

  13. I was unfortunately unable to enter this competition due to various reasons to do with lacking internet. Will there be any other Shreddage competitions in the future? I’d really like the opportunity to compete against some of these talented musicians in the future.

    1. We don’t have any specific plans but this will definitely not be the only contest πŸ™‚

      1. Awesome, good to know. Thanks. πŸ™‚

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