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Bring the BOOM!
Beatmaking contest winners

Bring the BOOM! contest winner

The entry that brought the most BOOM was aBeS with "Bring the BOOM!"

aBeS wins

Here's what the judges thought:

"Nice mix on the drums, overall nice sound" -oo8
"A stellar groove showcasing good usage of groove, effects, and ambience. This track represents depth and vast possibilities of the Boom synth. Well done!" - G. Vernon Burrell
"I really like the rhythmic elements on this one. Heavily delayed percussion and two or three arpeggiated, minimal synth lines... very atmospheric." - Dr. Igor Karaca

The two runners up each win ReasonSync for Mac. The first is am.Synaptik with "Minimal Boom"

Judge's comments:

"A nice usage of Boom's bass sound creating club hype delivery. The rhythmic overlay builds over time pulling the listener in." - G. Vernon Burrell
"90 percent of the job is done with Boom only. Yes, it is minimal (after all, it's in the name), but it works and grows organically from the beginning to the end. In fact, one minute is too short for this track... it leaves me eager to hear more!" - Dr. Igor Karaca
"There is a really cool "motion" to this track. The sounds are all balanced very well." -oo8

And r.aw.r with "BOOM808"

Judge's comments:

"A good clean mix, This track has interesting rythms and very nice melodies." -oo8
"This track is really polished. r.aw.r's rhythms are creative, Boom RE sounds nice and clean, but never boring. The automation on it is superb too. The rest of the track is simple: there are multiple synth layers that complement the rhythm perfectly and never take away from it: a vibe-type sound, an arp, an analog lead. Very elegant and smooth. CD-ready." - Dr. Igor Karaca

Thanks everybody for submitting your entries! The set of entries can be heard here

Meet the Judges

G. Vernon Burrell

A dynamic Producer/Engineer/Musician & Artist, provides a soulful genre blend that extends from Neo & Euro Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz, Good-feel House, Hip-Hop, Inspirational to Modern Dance/Pop. A positive outreach and mentor within his community; GVBurrell currently works to leave his Fingerprints and Genuine adeptness to the art of music.

Dr. Igor Karaca

Representing Academia, Igor Karaca is an electro-acoustic composer and pianist, currently serving as an Associate Professor of music composition, technology & theory at Oklahoma State University's Department of Music. http://www.societyofcomposers.org/members/IgorKaraca/

-008'

-008' is known in the Reason community for his sound design and ReFills. Focusing primarily on Hip Hop & Rap genres, big BOOMing electronic drums are a staple in nearly everything he does. http://www.008refills.com

DISCLAIMER: Josh Levy and "BOOM 808 Percussion Synth" are not affiliated with Avid Technology, Inc. "BOOM 808 Percussion Synth" is a Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason, while Avid's "Boom" is a plugin for Avid Pro Tools. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.