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Join the HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST!

It is this time of the year again: the annual HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST starts 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.

Contest song "Down on Earth It's Christmas Time"

This year's Xmas Song features a Dobro guitar, Fender Rhodes, lap steel and a drum set from the 1940s. 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.

Win amazing 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 our sponsors.

Taking part is worth it!

20 mix analyses are raffled from all submissions. This analysis gives you a feedback to your mix and points out strenghts and weaknesses – that alone makes your work worthwhile!

About HOFA

Founded more than 30 years ago as a recording studio, HOFA divided into the following areas of music production and audio engineering:

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Win over €25,000 in cash and prizes!

There will be a main prize of €1,000 donated by HOFA in each of categories "mix" and "remix". In addition, a lot of attractive special prizes will be awarded – we are very happy about the support from our sponsors!

Main Prizes: 2x €1,000
Audience Awards: 2x beyerdynamic DT 700 PRO X
Neumann KH 80 DSP pair of monitors
ADAM Audio A4V pair of monitors
Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 + 2x SDX
Sonarworks SoundID Reference Premium Bundle
SPL Phonitor One d
KORG Modwave synthesizer
Focusrite Clarett+ 4Pre
Ableton Live 11 Suite
Soundtoys 5 Bundle
Steinberg Cubase Pro 12
Arturia KeyLab MkII 61 White
Steinberg Absolute 5
Image-Line FL Studio All Plugins Edition
2 x Arturia V Collection 9
Modal Cobalt5s VA synthesizer
Spectrasonics Omnisphere
SHURE SM7B microphone
Spectrasonics Keyscape
Novation Circuit Rhythm
Avid Pro Tools Studio Annual Licence
beyerdynamic M 90 PRO X microphone
Sonarworks SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones
Sennheiser HD 400 PRO headphones
Image-Line FL Studio Producer Edition
Teufel ROCKSTER GO Bluetooth speaker
Teufel REAL BLUE NC Bluetooth headphones
beyerdynamic TG I51
5 x Sommer cable mix for studio & stage
20 x HOFA-College Mix Analysis
333 x 20 € HOFA Voucher (College, Plugins, Akustik)
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Contest timeline
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The contest starts

DEC 1, 2022

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Closing date

JAN 31, 2023

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Start of jury voting

FEB 1, 2023

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End of public voting

FEB 12, 2023

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The winners are announced

FEB 15, 2023

Terms and Conditions

Participation in the HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST is free of charge. All you need is a DAW and fun mixing and remixing.

Mix

You are allowed to master, copy & paste and pitch or even remove individual elements. For the sake of fairness it’s not allowed to add new tracks or to change tempo, pitch or structure of the song.
The jury is looking for harmonious sound characteristics with balanced levels that fits in the genre, a well-defined spatial depth and a natural overall sound.

Remix

Your options for the remix are endless: use those tracks of the download you want and add whatever you like. Nothing’s forbidden – but of course the song should still be recognisable and “radio-compatible”. Let your creativity run wild!
When rating the remix, the jury pays attention to sound quality, sound design, arrangement and balanced proportions.