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At last, the time has come: it is often dark and quiet outside, the peaceful festive season is approaching, 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.

Contest song "Bloody Christmas"

This year's contest song "Bloody Christmas" combines acoustic guitars with heavy drums, spherical keyboards and three-part vocals. 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 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!

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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 €22,000 in cash and prizes!

There will be a main prize of €1,000 donated by HOFA in each of the 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 900 PRO X
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20x HOFA-College Mix Analysis
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Contest timeline

The contest starts

DEC 1, 2023


Closing date

JAN 31, 2024


Start of jury voting

FEB 1, 2024


End of public voting

FEB 12, 2024


The winners are announced

FEB 15, 2024

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.


You are allowed to trigger drums, to master, copy & paste 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.


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 creativity, sound quality, sound design, arrangement and balanced proportions.

See FAQ and contest rules ›


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New comments

Plant Butcher about Mix by Plant Butcher:

Thank You ! this is priceless.

Romain Keller about Remix by Romain Keller:

Danke :)

RS007 about Remix by RS007:

With you be may the force Master Kilian! Happy i am with;) RS007

Kilian Hartig about Remix by RS007:

Congrats to your price! Absolutely deserved! I would have given you the first price!

Ramm Darkened about Mix by Ramm Darkened:

Thank you very much

David Vall about Mix by David Vall:

Thank you so much for the feedback on my mix. This is as good as winning a prize. I am looking forward to the next contest.

David Vall about Mix by Ramm Darkened:

Congratulations for getting first prize! This is a very nice mix!

Andrei Filip about Mix by Andrei Filip:

Thanks so much, HOFA, for your in-depth feedback, and for your contests Can't wait the next one Cheers Andrei

Ozan Esen about Mix by JonasBock:

Nice creative stuff with effects!

BBensoy about Mix by JonasBock:

Very good mix! I liked how you transition from section to section. It is exciting. Punch is also there. Nice kick