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 900 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 900 PRO X are open back headphones 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.
NDH 20 headphones (worth €499)
The Neumann NDH 20 is a closed-back headphone combining excellent isolation with the carefully balanced sound image and outstanding resolution you’d expect from a Neumann product. The NDH 20 is thus ideally suited to monitoring and mixing tasks, even in loud and noisy environments. Circumaural memory foam ear pads offer high long-term comfort.
SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones incl. measurement mic (worth €269)
SoundID Reference is a popular software for frequency response correction that allows you to better evaluate recordings and mixes. With this bundle, you also get 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 €850)
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.
Melodyne 5 Studio (worth €634)
Celemony Melodyne is one of the most popular pitch and timing correction software on the market for professional editing of vocals, choirs, any instruments and samples. The software gives you unparalleled access to all the musical details of your recordings and samples - note for note. Intelligent correction features and handy musical tools help you get the most out of your recordings.
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.
Superior Drummer 3 (worth €399)
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 Stories (worth €179)
This SDX extension for Superior Drummer 3 includes a huge selection of drum kits and percussion instruments recorded and designed by Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, The Bangles, Carly Simon, James Taylor).
SDX Hitmaker (worth €179)
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 €699)
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.
Keystage 49 (worth €599)
Keystage is the all-in-one MIDI keyboard solution for producers and live musicians. The 49-key semi-weighted keyboard offers velocity response, MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression), channel and polyphonic aftertouch. With its built-in USB audio interface, the Keystage can be connected to a computer and sound system without the need for additional peripherals.
KOMPLETE 14 Standard (worth €599)
Flagship synths, expressive sample instruments, studio-quality effects and sounds for all styles. The collection includes 87 instruments/tools and the new KONTAKT 7, PLAYBOX, 40'S VERY OWN DRUMS & KEYS and SESSION GUITARIST – ELECTRIC MINT. As well as 39 extensions, there are new tools from iZotope, Plugin Alliance and Brainworx.
RX 10 Standard (worth €399)
RX 10 Standard is the complete toolkit for audio cleanup in music and post production. From automatically removing noise using the intelligent Repair Assistant plug-in in the DAW to surgically rebalancing stereo mixes with Music Rebalance, RX 10 provides first aid and creative tools at the same time.
Ozone 11 Standard (worth €199)
Create the perfect listening experience with the ultimate collection of mastering tools. Whether you're polishing your next hit or producing your first original song, Ozone 11 offers state-of-the-art editing features and AI-powered workflows. Easily prepare your tracks for release and unlock the full potential of your productions.
Music Production Suite 6 (worth €599)
Music Production Suite 6 includes the new Ozone 11 Advanced, Nectar 4 Advanced, Neutron 4, Native Instruments Guitar Rig 7 Pro, Audiolens, surround reverbs with Stratus 3D plus Symphony 3D by Exponential Audio, Brainworx Creative Mixing Set, Native Instruments effects (Raum, Crush Pack, Mod Pack, Supercharger GT, Replika XT, Solid Mix Series, Driver, Transient Master) and more.
LCT 440 PURE VIDA (worth €279)
The LCT 440 PURE is a true studio all-rounder with a full and assertive sound. The microphone is extremely flexible when it comes to recording different instruments or vocals.
FL Studio All Plugins Edition (worth €444)
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 €177)
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.
Scarlett 4i4 (worth €279)
The Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 4th Generation is a USB-C audio interface for Mac and PC. It has four balanced line inputs and four balanced outputs that can be used for monitoring. Two of the inputs are combo jacks that can also be used for microphones.
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 22 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 + free upgrade to Live 12 (worth €599)
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!
SM7dB studio microphone (worth €589)
The Shure SM7dB is a modern version of the Shure SM7B dynamic speech and vocal microphone. It has a cardioid pickup pattern and an active preamplifier. Once connected to a computer, it is quickly ready for recording and streaming applications. It has controls on the back to optimise sound and volume.
SM57 instrument microphone (worth €105)
The SM57 is suitable for anyone seeking a great instrument sound, from beginners to professionals. Whether on stage or in the studio, this highly resilient instrument microphone delivers reliable performance.
ROCKSTER AIR 2 Bluetooth-Speaker (worth €699)
Made for live: The Teufel ROCKSTER AIR 2 is the new standard for portable Bluetooth sound with an integrated rechargeable battery. Developed in Berlin, it conjures up maximum sound anytime and anywhere with innovative electro-acoustics. Thanks to its multifunctional design, it adapts perfectly to any application and impresses with particularly long playing times of up to 58 hours.
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.
M 88 microphone (worth €449)
The dynamic microphone from Beyerdynamic is still very popular today. Its flat frequency response with a slight treble boost and exceptionally good bass response makes it a flexible little helper in every (home) studio and on stage.
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.
MK4 studio microphone (worth €298)
The MK 4 is a large-diaphragm true condenser microphone for professional studio recordings. Featuring fine resolution and outstanding sound quality, the MK 4 is easy to handle and excellent value for money, making it an ideal choice for professional project studios and home recordists.
Avid Pro Tools Studio Annual Licence (worth €299)
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.
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.