2x €1,000 Main Prize
The winner in each of the two categories "mix" and "remix" will receive €1,000 prize money. The main prize is donated by HOFA and awarded by the jury.
When judging the mix, the jury is looking for harmonious sound characteristics with balanced levels that fit in the genre, a well-defined spatial depth and a natural overall sound. For the remix – besides the creativity – the quality of sound, the sound design, the arrangement and balanced proportions are decisive.
2x Audience Award: beyerdynamic DT 700 PRO X
The first-place winners of the public voting in both categories "mix" and "remix" will receive a pair of beyerdynamic headphones as an audience award.
The DT 700 PRO X are a closed back headphone suitable for professional recording and monitoring in the studio as well as on the road. They offer a wide frequency response (5 to 40,000 Hz) and deliver a natural and distortion-free sound.
The special prizes are donated by our sponsors and awarded by the jury for outstanding work in terms of sound quality and creativity.
3x Auto-Tune Pro X (worth €459 each)
Auto-Tune is the industry standard for pitch correction. The “Pro X” edition includes a newly redesigned Graph Mode for detailed pitch and time editing and an Auto Mode for real-time correction and effects. From precision tuning to creative overhauls, Auto-Tune Pro X brings the power you need to every vocal session.
Cubase Pro 12 (worth €529)
Cubase is one of the most powerful software programs for music production. It offers countless creative features that let you produce any kind of music. Cubase also contains fantastic virtual instruments, effects and thousands of sounds. Whether you're a professional producer or just starting out, Cubase has everything you need to turn your ideas into music.
Absolute 5 Collection (worth €489)
First-class acoustic sample libraries for orchestra, strings and pianos, granular, wavetable and virtual analog synthesizers, drums, percussion and beats. Absolute 5 is a huge collection of creative instruments with over 130 GB of sound content for every kind of music production. It also includes the popular sound creation tools HALion 6 and Groove Agent 5.
Steinberg UR44C audio interface (worth €319)
The UR44C is a compact USB 3.0 audio interface that enables you to record instruments and vocals in professional studio quality. With multiple high-quality inputs/outputs, professional-grade components, DSP effects and flexible use with computer or iOS device, all wrapped up in a compact, roadworthy package, anywhere is now your recording studio.
KeyLab MkII 61 (worth €529)
KeyLab MkII is an expressive, versatile USB MIDI controller that works seamlessly with your DAW, virtual instruments, hardware, and modular gear.
It features dynamic performance and studio controls, including a high quality keyboard with 61 velocity-sensitive keys and aftertouch, 16 RGB backlit pads, 9 faders, 9 rotary knobs, and dedicated DAW and transport controls. Arturia's “Analog Lab” software, with access to over 2,000 sounds, is also included with the keyboard controller and seamlessly integrated - giving you everything you need for a fast production workflow.
2x V Collection 9 (worth €285 each)
A world-class software suite with a total of 33 virtual instruments optimized for today's production workflow - from modern hybrid synthesizer engines to emulations of the most impressive instruments of all time.
KH 80 DSP pair of monitors (worth €998)
The KH 80 DSP is a powerful, compact near-field monitor with superb impulse response and resolution. The monitors provide an exceptional low end and transient response from 57 to 21 kHz. With its digital core, the KH 80 DSP enables filtering functions and room adjustment options, which brings reference level reproduction to any environment. Even with its compact design, it has extraordinary reserve capacity - as well as the classic strengths of the Neumann monitor philosophy: clearly defined dispersion angle, distortion-free design and sophisticated material selection.
SoundID Reference Premium Bundle (worth €699)
SoundID Reference is a popular software for frequency response correction that allows you to better evaluate recordings and mixes. With the Premium Bundle, you also get the Sennheiser HD 650 studio headphones and a measurement microphone to analyse and measure your room for even better results.
SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones (worth €235)
SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones delivers consistently accurate studio reference sound across all speakers and headphones so you can mix with confidence and make music that sounds great everywhere.
A4V pair of monitors (worth €878)
The A4V is a professional two-way nearfield monitor optimised for use in smaller studio spaces. It features ADAM Audio's renowned X-ART tweeter and incorporates a 4-inch long-throw woofer. With a frequency range of 52 Hz to 45 kHz, the A4V can accommodate a broad spectrum of audio applications – from producing podcasts to mixing string quartets.
Omnisphere (worth €399)
Omnisphere is the flagship synthesizer of Spectrasonics – an instrument of extraordinary power and versatility. Top artists all over the world rely on Omnisphere as an essential source of sonic inspiration. This award-winning software brings many different types of synthesis together into one amazing-sounding instrument.
Keyscape (worth €349)
Keyscape is an extraordinary virtual instrument featuring the largest selection of keyboard and piano sounds in the world. The large 77 GB library contains over 500 “best-in-class” sounds and 36 sampled instruments - including classics such as Rhodes, Wurlitzer or Yamaha C7 Grand Piano.
Superior Drummer 3 (worth €360)
The idea with Superior Drummer 3 is to let you step into a virtual studio with the best possible raw material and mix options at your disposal to create drum sounds in an environment where only your imagination sets the limits. Combining the creative power of the sounds, the ambiences and the extensive set of features, Superior Drummer 3 is more than just a drum sampler – it’s a bottomless well of creativity. It bridges the gap between acoustic and electronic and lets you venture off into completely new sonic landscapes. This is the definitive tool for percussive sound design.
SDX Decades by Al Schmitt (worth €159)
The “Decades by Al Schmitt” SDX gives you a massive amount of raw sounds, ready for you to mold and shape into your own mixes within the powerful framework of Superior Drummer 3 – from jazz and big band to rock, fusion pop and funk. An comprehensive collection of drums, recorded and produced by 23-time GRAMMY Award-winning engineer/mixer Al Schmitt.
SDX Hitmaker (worth €159)
The Hitmaker SDX features six drum kits and a comprehensive collection of percussion instruments, straight from the man who defined the sound of the 80s: Hugh Padgham (Phil Collins, Genesis, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush). In this SDX, Hugh Padgham set out to create an all-encompassing source of acoustic and electronic drums designed to reflect some of the most known drummers and album mileposts in his body of work.
SPL Phonitor One d headphone amplifier (worth €669)
The SPL Phonitor One d is an extremely powerful and low noise headphone amplifier for studio and hi-fi applications with a 32-bit DA-converter and outstanding sound quality. With the innovative crossfeed function (Phonitor Matrix), you can create mixes with headphones that sound the same on speakers.
Modwave wavetable synthesizer (worth €663)
Modwave is an edgy, expansive, and easy to use digital wavetable synthesizer. It builds upon the legacy of KORG's legendary DW-8000 from 1985 and offers incredibly deep wavetable oscillators, gorgeous filters, first-ever KAOSS Physics-based modulation, unmatched polyphony, comprehensive pattern sequencing, and immediately satisfying hands-on control to deliver unique, powerful, and easily customizable sounds and phrases.
FL Studio All Plugins Edition (worth: €479)
With the All Plugins Edition you get the full feature set of FL Studio plus all native plugins. Among the 107 instruments and effects, you'll find high-quality software synthesizers, dynamics processors, and tools for sample, time, and volume manipulation - everything you need for professional music production.
FL Studio Producer Edition (worth €178)
FL Studio (Fruity Loops) is a digital audio workstation (DAW) that helps you achieve fast and easy results thanks to its user-friendly interface and pattern-based workflows. Perfect for anyone who wants to build beats, produce electronic music or record songs.
Clarett+ 4Pre (worth €545)
The Clarett+ is a high-quality and true-sounding USB audio interface for PC and Mac with a total of 18 inputs and 8 outputs. With its four low-noise and low-distortion microphone preamps, you will record vocals, drums and acoustic instruments with outstanding clarity.
Soundtoys 5 Bundle (worth €499)
With Soundtoys 5 you get the entire range of audio effects for creative music production and mixing in one powerful collection. The bundle includes all 21 Soundtoys plugins, such as Decapitator, EchoBoy, Little AlterBoy, FilterFreak and many more. An effective and great-sounding bundle that finds a place in every production.
Ableton Live 11 Suite (worth €479)
Ableton Live is a highly versatile DAW that impresses with extensive features. Thanks to its intuitive design, both advanced users and beginners will quickly find their way around the interface and can immediately start producing, composing, mixing, performing and editing. Key features include unlimited audio and MIDI tracks as well as scenes, comping, complex warp modes, audio slicing, 5,000+ sounds (70+ GB), 17 software instruments, 60 audio effects, 16 MIDI effects and much more. Ableton Live 11 is an extremely versatile DAW for ambitious musicians and producers with high demands!
SM7B studio microphone (worth €379)
The SHURE SM7B is a versatile dynamic studio microphone known for its natural, smooth and warm vocal reproduction that immediately catches the listener's attention. The wide-range and linear frequency response (50 - 20,000 Hz) of the SM7B makes it also perfect for recording instruments of any kind.
M 90 PRO X microphone (worth €239)
The M 90 PRO X is a true condenser microphone and perfect for recording vocals, speech and instruments. In addition to its warm, detailed sound, the M 90 PRO X offers an exceptional signal-to-noise ratio, optimal attenuation of popping sounds and excellent workmanship.
TG I51 microphone (worth €118)
The TG I51 is a dynamic instrument microphone - it brings out the best in you and your instrument. It accompanies you on the drums, on the snare or on the low toms, on the electric guitar amp or on the wind instrument - whether on stage or in the studio. The natural sound and the well thought-out slim but robust construction leave nothing behind. For producers and sound engineers, the microphone is a versatile partner - a true all-rounder on instruments.
Modal COBALT5S (worth €350)
The Modal COBALT5S is a 5 voice extended virtual-analogue synthesizer. It comes with two oscillator groups and selectable algorithms in independent modules. Whether you need a singularly authentic replication of classic analogue sounds, or the most contemporary leading-edge texture, COBALT5S’ extended virtual analogue sound engine delivers on all counts.
Circuit Rhythm (worth €339)
Circuit Rhythm is a versatile sampler for making and performing beats. Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds effortlessly. Capture your groove quantised or off-grid into the sequencer, and layer up across eight sample tracks. Invigorate your live set with performance FX: embrace imperfection with lo-fi tape, stutter your mix with beat repeat, and more. Integrate Circuit Rhythm into your studio, or unplug and create anywhere utilising the built-in rechargeable battery.
REAL BLUE NC Bluetooth headphones (worth €129)
The REAL BLUE NC are high-end, closed-back Bluetooth headphones with Active Noise Cancelling. It stands out for its high impulse fidelity, smooth frequency response and deep, dry, precise bass. A pair of headphones that always deliver – no matter it's for music, for film sound, for games or for the home office.
ROCKSTER GO Bluetooth speaker (worth €119)
A compact and portable Bluetooth stereo speaker for any occasion. Two full-range drivers, an integrated Class-D amplifier and a passive diaphragm for deep bass give you real, rich sound in high quality. With the ROCKSTER GO, you can enjoy unforgettable moments with your favourite music.
HD 400 PRO studio headphones (worth €222)
The HD 400 PRO are reference class headphones for project work and professional mixing. They offer a natural and precise listening experience for fine-tuning your sound. Open ear cups and angled transducers ensure a wide and transparent sound, making the HD 400 PRO a reliable companion for those who value quality and precision above all else.
Avid Pro Tools Studio Annual Licence (worth €219)
Pro Tools is the industry standard in audio production software for songwriters, musicians, producers and sound engineers. Use the advanced features and workflows that music professionals need to take projects further, including the ability to work with up to 512 audio tracks, plus surround and immersive audio mixing capabilities. With the Studio Edition, you also get the Complete Plugin Bundle with compressors, EQs, limiters, effects, etc., plus 12 months of free software updates and support.
PreSonus Sphere One-year access (worth €123)
Enjoy all the benefits of PreSonus Sphere for free for one year including Studio One 6 Professional, the notation software "Notion" and other tools and sounds you need for creative music production.
5x cable mix for studio & stage (worth €99 each)
Sommer Cable develops, produces and distributes first-class audio and hi-fi cables that are essential for every studio and stage. The cables are known for their durability and high quality craftsmanship. With the Sommer Cable cable mix you get two audio cables (XLR male to jack stereo 6.3 mm), one microphone cable (XLR male to XLR female) and one instrument cable (jack mono 6.3 mm to jack mono 6.3 mm) each.
20x HOFA-College mix analysis
The mix analysis is an important part of the HOFA-College online courses. In all HOFA courses, the participants regularly receive different music projects to mix. The submitted mixes are then checked by our HOFA tutors and each participant receives individual and detailed feedback. This gives the student a routine in mixing over time and allows him or her to constantly improve. Among the participants of the contest, we raffle 20 analyses. With this we give you an insight into learning at HOFA-College and a professional feedback as well.
333x €20 HOFA voucher
We are giving away an additional 333 vouchers each worth €20. You can redeem them at:
HOFA-College Online school for audio engineering & music production
HOFA-Akustik Optimized room acoustic treatment
HOFA-Plugins Audio plugins & software