Skip to Content


Main Prizes: HOFA awards €3,000 in prize money


The winner in each of the 6 main categories will receive €500 prize money. The main prize is donated by HOFA and awarded by the jury.

Depending on the genre, the jurors pay attention to sound selection, songwriting, lyrics, musical performance, mix & mastering, sound quality and distinctive features.


6x Audience Award: Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro

The first-place winners of the public voting in all 6 categories will receive a pair of Beyerdynamic headphones as an audience award.

The DT-990 Pro open-back headphones deliver a neutral, high-resolution sound. Its huge depth of detail passes through even in the loudest of environments. Irrespective of whether you are editing, playing or composing music, and regardless of whether you’re behind a drum kit, at the mixing desk, in a live setting or in the studio, the DT-990 Pro provide the details that you need for making good decisions.

Further information can be found here.

Special Prizes:

The special prizes of our sponsors are awarded by the jury for special achievements in terms of musical quality, sound technical work and creativity.


Arturia V Collection X

2x V Collection X (worth €549 each)

A world-class software suite with a total of 39 virtual instruments optimized for today's production workflow - from modern hybrid synthesizer engines to emulations of the most impressive instruments of all time.

Further information can be found here.

Arturia Keystep Pro

Keystep Pro white (worth €459)

Unparalleled sequencing and arpeggiation power in a compact, desktop friendly form. KeyStep Pro lets you connect all your vintage hardware, modular gear, and software instruments together to supercharge your creativity.

Further information can be found here.


Steinberg Cubase Pro 13

Cubase Pro 13 (worth €569)

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.

Further information can be found here.

Steinberg Dorico Pro 5

Dorico Pro 5 (worth €568)

Whether you’re writing your first song or scoring the latest blockbuster, Dorico is the smart choice for composition and music notation. With a complete family of apps for iPad, macOS and Windows, there’s a version of Dorico that’s perfect for you today and will grow with you tomorrow.

Further information can be found here.

Steinberg Spectralayers Pro 10

SpectraLayers Pro 10 (worth €289)

SpectraLayers delivers audio empowerment by showing sounds as visual objects. You can explore, reach in, take and transform, working wonders on tasks ranging from repairing and restoring audio to freeform sound design. Unmatched selection tools developed over many years are now joined by new artificial intelligence-driven audio extraction and repair processes, making this the most significant version of SpectraLayers yet.

Further information can be found here.


Izotope Music Production Suite 6

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.

Further information can be found here.

Izotope RX 11 Standard

RX 11 Standard (worth €313)

RX 11 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 11 provides first aid and creative tools at the same time.

Further information can be found here.

Izotope Ozone 11 Standard

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.

Further information can be found here.


KingKORG NEO Synthesizer

KingKORG NEO Synthesizer (worth €1,099)

Introducing the KingKORG NEO, a virtual analogue synth that stands in a league of its own. It is the only hardware synth to offer the distinctive filters of five of the most iconic synthesizers of all time for maximum sonic possibilities. Designed for today's musician, this compact powerhouse combines a classic analogue-like synth layout with swift, intuitive editing capabilities, offering an unmatched level of depth and flexibility.

Further information can be found here.


SHURE SM7dB Mikrofon

SM7dB studio microphone (worth €549)

An audio icon is reborn – the Shure SM7dB has the sound you’ve loved for years, but with the convenience of a built-in preamp providing all the extra gain you’ll ever need. The latest iteration of this legendary XLR dynamic microphone makes it easier for podcasters, streamers and musicians to get perfect vocals from any recording setup.

Further information can be found here.

SHURE SM57 LC Mikrofon

MV7+ studio microphone (worth €329)

Refreshed with a customizable LED touch panel, powerful DSP features and even better audio, the MV7+ Podcast Microphone is a dynamic microphone built for discerning podcasters, streamers and musicians. This updated version offers USB-C and XLR outputs, an improved Auto Level Mode, as well as a new digital pop filter, real-time Denoiser and reverb effects. Select from millions of color options to make the touch-to-mute LED panel as unique as the audio you’re recording.

Further information can be found here.

SHURE SM57 LC Mikrofon

SM57 instrument microphone (worth €105)

More than able to reproduce tone, the SM57 is also uniquely designed to deal with high-pressure sound that explodes from instruments and amplifiers. So you can turn it up without distortion drowning out the show. Your music deserves all the loud it can get.

Further information can be found here.

ADAM Audio

ADAM Audio A4V pair of monitors

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.

Further information can be found here.


Toontrack Superior Drummer 3

2x Superior Drummer 3 (worth €399 each)

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.

Further information can be found here.


FL Studio All Plugins Edition

FL Studio All Plugins Edition (worth €549)

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.

Further information can be found here.

FL Studio Producer Edition

FL Studio Producer Edition (worth €239)

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.

Further information can be found here.


Sonarworks SoundID Reference for Multichannel

SoundID Reference for Multichannel incl. measurement mic (worth €518)

SoundID Reference Multichannel from Sonarworks is used to correct the frequency response of monitor speakers and headphones. It reproduces audio recordings and sound mixes as linearly as possible, making them easier to evaluate. The software calibrates monitor speaker setups from 2.0 stereo to 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos systems, including room analysis. It also includes the Sonarworks calibrated measurement microphone for accurate measurements.

Further information can be found here.

Sonarworks SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones

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.

Further information can be found here.


SPL Phonitor One d

SPL Phonitor One d headphone amplifier (worth €749)

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.

Further information can be found here.


Avid Pro Tools Studio

Avid Pro Tools Studio (Perpetual License) (worth €700)

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.

Further information can be found here.



ROCKSTER AIR 2 event bluetooth speaker (worth €699)

Made for live: Teufel’s ROCKSTER AIR 2 sets a new standard in battery-powered Bluetooth audio. Its innovative Berlin-engineered electroacoustics can conjure up extreme sound anytime, anywhere. Designed for multifunctionality, its impressive battery life makes it the perfect choice for all scenarios. The ROCKSTER AIR 2 also offers a wealth of connectivity options – Bluetooth, AUX, microphone, and instrument – all controlled with a built-in mixer. And if you bring two ROCKSTER AIR 2s to the party, you can even pair them wirelessly for true stereo playback!

Further information can be found here.


Neumann TLM 102 studio microphone

TLM 102 studio microphone set (worth €679)

The TLM 102 brings Neumann quality to even the smallest studio. Like its more expensive siblings, the TLM 102 combines technical excellence with a beautifully balanced sound for silky vocals, crisp guitars and powerful drums. With its cardioid pattern and an integrated pop screen the TLM 102 is a joy to use, even for novices.

Further information can be found here.


Melodyne 5 Studio

Melodyne 5 Studio (worth €669)

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.

Further information can be found here.

Native Instruments

Native Instruments KOMPLETE 14 Standard

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.

Further information can be found here.


Ableton Live 11 Suite

Ableton Live 12 Suite (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 (71+ GB), 20 software instruments, 58 audio effects, 14 MIDI effects and much more. Ableton Live 12 is an extremely versatile DAW for ambitious musicians and producers with high demands!

Further information can be found here.


Lewitt Ray microphone

RAY microphone (worth €349)

RAY is a groundbreaking microphone with autofocus for your voice. The new sensor-based technology dynamically adapts your levels and tone according to your distance to the microphone. This allows you to focus on your performance while creating flawless recordings for podcasts, content, live streaming, and music production.

Further information can be found here.

Lewitt Connect 2 audio interface

CONNECT 2 audio interface (worth €199)

CONNECT 2 is a USB-C audio interface for music production, podcast and streaming. With the intuitive and touch-based user interface, you can achieve the perfect sound for your voice and your instrument in just a few clicks.

Further information can be found here.


Soundtoys 5 Bundle

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.

Further information can be found here.


Spectrasonics Omnisphere

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.

Further information can be found here.


Focusrite Scarlett 4i4

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.

Further information can be found here.


Novation Launchkey

Launchkey 49 MK3 (worth €259)

The MK3 is the third generation of Novation's Launchkey controllers. New to the 49-key model are nine faders and arm/select buttons. Also included are a new display for better parameter overview, new transport functions, 16 pads, 8 knobs, an arpeggiator and much more. The controller integrates seamlessly with Ableton Live, but can also be used to control a wide range of parameters in any MIDI-capable DAW.

Further information can be found here.


Sennheiser HD 400 Pro studio headphones

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.

Further information can be found here.

Sommer Cable

Sommer cable mix

5x cable mix for studio & stage (worth €130 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.

Further information can be found here.

König & Meyer

König & Meyer Monitorstativ

Pair of monitor stands (worth €375)

The modern studio monitor stand with a tiltable tray and a metal tripod base provides for stability and functionality. The three felt pads ensure noise filtration.

Further information can be found here.

König & Meyer Mikrofonstativ

2x Microphone stands (worth €72 each)

The classic black microphone stand for professional live and studio use.

Further information can be found here.


Roland Cloud

Roland Cloud for 1 year (worth €199)

Roland Cloud is a continuously evolving, cloud-based suite of software synthesizers, drum machines, and sampled instruments for modern creators. Get access to over 50 virtual Roland instruments, including detailed emulations of the legendary classics TR-808, JUPITER-8, JUNO-60 and many more.

Further information can be found here.


HOFA-College Song Analysis

20x HOFA-College Song Analysis

The song 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 her or him 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.

HOFA Voucher

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