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 [email protected] 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. Hi Mika – there are no restrictions on length, but overall song arrangement is part of the ‘songwriting’ criteria. It is often more challenging to write a consistently interesting song if it is extremely short or extremely long, but of course it has been done… especially with prog rock/metal!

  1. Thanks. I just submitted my song “Little Things”. It’s not really prog-rock per se, but it’s a hybrid of World music and hard rock. It’s a tad over 6 minutes. I used Shreddage 1 on this. I’m actually using it on my entire album which is basically hybrid electronic / hard rock. I did a pretty kicking cover of “Shout” by Tears for Fears as well, but as per your rules, I couldn’t submit that one.

  2. This is an awesome contest. Especially since I’m so proud of the song “Burnout” off my upcoming 3rd album that I made with Shreddage 2 the day I got it. I’ll be using Shreddage 2 all over my album for sure. Hope you guys enjoy the track. Play it loud ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. There honestly couldn’t have been any better timing for this! Super excited and just sent in a brand new track I finished up on, called “You Are”. Good luck to all. Thanks, ISW for the opportunity!

  4. Hello,
    I just submitted one my track “Underverse.” It is an instrumental in which I used Shreddage II for the rhythm guitars and then recorded a few leads using a Jackson Dinky. I programmed the drums using Easy Drums and the bass was also programmed using NI’s Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass. I hope that you enjoy it.

  5. Looking forward to hearing everyone’s contributions! I’ve just submitted “Out in the Wilds”, one of my first forays into Shreddage with vocals ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck to everyone!

  6. Really excited for this contest! I just submitted “The V1gilante,” an electro-rock track I composed in FL Studio 12 using multiple instances of Shreddage 2.

  7. @ impact soundworks. Of course any song that does not have a vocal is not really a song it’s an instrumental. It’s far harder and more complex writing a song with vocals. AAAAHHHHHHHH.

  8. Might be a stupid question, but does ReMix (in an OCR way) are accepted? I understand that, for legal reasons, you don’t want to have any copyright problems (thus the need for original work), but seeing the many VGM covers in the demo tracks, I thought it might not be a problem.

    If not, I guess I’ll have to start working on something new ๐Ÿ˜€

    Whatever, you’ll hear something from me!

  9. Just grabbed my copy of Shreddage Drums. Time for some black metal! Or death metal……. or Hello Kitty metal……… hmmm….

  10. Hi there, I just got a notification that my file hasn’t been downloaded from WeTransfer yet – did anyone else get the same? They’ll expire in two days.

    1. Hello vhero,
      Did you get a reply? We should have received an email from WeTransfer once our song was downloaded by Impact Soundworks. I never received such an email. I am not sure if I should resubmit. You posted on July 14 and it has been 8 days with no answer. I hope that they let us know well in advance of the deadline if we need to resubmit.

      1. Hi Eric,
        I never mentioned it here, but my entry was downloaded about a day and a half after my initial post. I apologize for not saying so earlier, and I thank ISW for noticing.
        That said, I’m not entirely certain about what you should do if it is not downloaded in time, but I would assume that it would be safe to resubmit your track. I hope that helps.

        1. Hello Vhero,

          That is great to hear! I just finished resubmitting my track. Thank you for the advice. It probably won’t win but that’s not really the point. I just enjoy participating in songwriting and producing contests and Shreddage is really an excellent product. Good Luck in the contest and I can’t wait to hear year track!

          – Eric

  11. Hi Andrew,
    Just tranferred my submission ‘Angst’. Lokking forward to listening to all the submissions.


  12. Submitted my track. Woohoo! Good luck to everybody. Excited to hear the SoundCloud file with all the entries. Should be awesome! Cheers.

  13. 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”)???

  14. 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!

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

  16. Hi there,
    just finished my Song. Tried to get the most epic out of my old box, ๐Ÿ™‚
    Just got the old Shreddage but tried to get the best out of it and my other symphonic stuff.

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

  18. 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..)

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

  20. 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,

    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. 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. 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.

    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 ๐Ÿ™ That really sucks!! I’ve just sent a message to them but I guess it won’t be resolved soon enough ๐Ÿ™ It’s a real pity I was not aware of the problem earlier ๐Ÿ™

        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:

  21. 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.

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