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Hi. I'm Andrew. Audio portal junkie since 2010, supporter since January 2017. I always want to improve what I do! I make music, run the NGUAC, and am active in the writing forum. I love this site, and I want to make it the best I can. :) Formerly TheDoor6

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Just a little question about the "Section 2, Rule 6" :

You said that we would be groupped evenly based on our *total ammount of fans*
So basically, if we also have fans from the art portal, they will be counted right ?

Yes, that is correct. I don't have a good way of determining why each fan decided to follow a particular user. Based on your fan total now, you'd probably be an All-Star, the group with the most fans. Last year, the cutoff was around 50 fans, I believe. I have debated making the groups uneven in order to isolate the most experienced musicians even more, but then determining eliminations becomes messier.

@X3LL3N @TaintedLogic It's alright, at least we'll have some fun :)
You could determine the experience of each musicians with more than 50 fans but that would take a lot of time x)

"8. You may submit a song to the NGUAC that you had previously submitted to another contest on NG, like the NGADM or AIM."

Does this mean I can submit the same song that I might submit for this year's NGADM, or should I submit something different for the two?

You can submit the same song for both contests. Thanks for asking!

I have a question about the second sentence of Section II Rule 3. If you're on a preset or sample spree with no intention of using any of them before a round and you find that one or two of them could work, are you allowed to use those, even if only one or two?

Thanks for your question. It's about the intention behind the sample spree. If you're browsing samples because you habitually browse samples every Thursday at 5:00, sure, keep at it. If you're browsing samples because you're thinking about entering a music competition (and I suspect that music competition would be on your mind after you've heard about it), maybe it's best to wait. Hope that helps! :)

What I'm getting is that we submit the songs one week, the get judged the next, then the next round the following week is that correct? How will the judging work in each round? Also, what classifies as a full length song? The shortest one I plan on submitting (or that I've made so far) is 2:39, it doesn't have to be like Bohemian Rhapsody long does it? One more thing hopefully. "PARTICIPANTS MAY NOT start working on their Knock-out or Final Round tracks until the corresponding forum thread is posted. You also can’t create samples for the purpose of using them in a Knock-out or Final round piece before that corresponding round begins." Does this mean we cannot upload a song already created by us, or do we have to make one just for those rounds? Sorry if all of these are answered in the rules, I suck at understanding. Sorry for all the questions. There are more of them the further I read into the rules.

No worries, man! I'd much rather you ask the questions up front than risk breaking the rules down the line. Generally, you have 2 weeks to make a track, and the judges take 5-7 days to judge them, depending on the round. Judges each submit a score out of 10 for each track in the group they're judging, and then the scores are averaged to form an overall score that determines who advances to the next round. Acceptance rate to the Knock-out Round is usually about 50%, and to the Final Round is about 20%.

There's no hard and fast rule for the length of the track, but there have definitely been strong tracks shorter than 2.5 minutes before. It's just a matter of structuring and progression. If your piece sounds like it's only the intro and one verse of a song, you might not get very far with composition points from me. If it sounds like you're repeating the same points of tension and resolve over the course of 8 minutes, you're also not getting many points from me. Check out my judging standards (https://taintedlogic.newgrounds.com/news/post/989340 ) for more info.

For the tryout phase, you can submit pieces that you made previously. For the knock-out and final rounds, you cannot. For these last two rounds, you have to make a new piece from start to finish within the 2-week period allotted. Hope that clarifies things. :)

@Sicarius771 I'm wondering about the length too.

Please see my response to Sicarius. :)

@TaintedLogic That actually cleared it up a whole lot! Thanks for answering my guy, I feel pretty prepared for this now!

@TaintedLogic That actually cleared it up a whole lot! Thanks for answering my guy, I feel pretty prepared for this now!

Great! Good luck.

I would like to participate

Great! Please post your submission in this forum thread: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1442731/1 . Thanks and good luck! ^_^

Edit: nvm! You already posted something. :^)

Thank you for this post. I am going to try to get something together worth submitting. I am currently working on a rap song called "Sad Fucker Soup." Fueled by anger and resentment towards those who get off on making others miserable. Wish me luck!

Indeed, good luck! ^^

I have a few questions before the Judging phase begins:
1. How many judges will there be in this contest? Is it only you or are there more judges? (You don't have to list the judge's names.)
2. While the judges are reviewing our submissions, will we get some kind of reviews or thoughts about how well we did or will we receive a rating on our submission?
That's it, thanks if you reply!

There are usually at about 9-12 judges, or 2-3 per group. I currently have 8 that are definitely in, and I'm waiting on a response from a few others.

I can't guarantee that each judge will review each track as they're scoring it (reviewing 80-100 songs in a week is pretty crazy), but after the judging phase ends, I'll make it clear who judged each group so that you know who to ask for feedback.

Thanks for the questions and good luck! ^_^

Hi, I'm new to Newgrounds and I want to know what are forum signatures.

A forum signature is an icon that some users have that is displayed below any forum post that you make. For example, I've circled the signature on this forum post: https://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/5481103bf2ed3d3834746de69e1da738

You can add a forum signature by clicking the edit icon that shows up on the right side of a forum post of yours, towards the bottom.

Hope that helps! ^^

I have just finished my song :) will be uploading soon I hope I win ^_^ also thx for the invite I loved being a part of this :)

I have 2 weird questions:
1 Can I enter the competition solo?
2 The songs must have vocal, or not?

I already PM'd you a response, but just in case other people share your questions:

Yes, you can enter the competition solo and no, the songs don't have to have vocals. :)

Just a little question: can you fall out of the contest in the tryout round? And if you made it trough, do you recieve a message? And if you're not trough, do you hear nothing?

Yes, you can be eliminated after the tryout round. Regardless of whether you make it through or not, I will tag you in the new thread. Thanks for your questions! :)

ayyy man, remember me? used to talk to each other back in 2014! :D

Of course I remember you! How have you been? Still making music?

Well, im now on a ,,new school", its new, but a lot of ppl are the same. i stopped making music 5 yeares ago, cuz they were deleted and i was like: ,,whatever". I started animating Madness in 2016 and I actually still do now, not that much like before, but when I have a feeling I should a part of some collaboration, I just join. And nothing that much. Turned 16 at the end of August. Doing good at school and I dont even know how :D And met some 2 new great ppl, wich thanks to them, my hate is less and less big. And you? Isnt life treating ya? :D

Good to hear you're involved in the madness scene! I'm glad you have some new friends and that school is going well. I'm done with school now; I've been working full-time for a little over a month, and I'm also trying to find a new apartment. See you around the Grounds, E-H! ^^