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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

Andrew Mikula @TaintedLogic

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OK, I think I will join, for fun! Couldn't you notify me earlier?

Sorry! We're a little behind on getting the PM invites out this year. I work full-time now, and NG has strict limits on how many PMs you can send in a given day.

@LeChapeau @TaintedLogic Oh, really! Didn't know about that! How did you find me?

In advance of the contest every year, I go through the audio portal's new submissions tab looking for users who weren't already on the PM list.

quick question. i noticed the rules don't mention anything about using instruments/sound effects ripped from video games, and i use a lot of those in my songs. are there any specific rules towards this that aren't exactly clarified here or can i just use video game soundfonts in any track i submit?

Thanks for clarifying in advance. I think you should be careful about making sure you have the rights to use whatever instruments or sound effects you get directly from video games. If it's a for-sale console game, it's almost definitely copyrighted. If it's a game on Newgrounds shared under a Creative Commons license, that might be different, but I also suspect that's not what you're talking about. Do you have an example I can look at before you submit it?

@TaintedLogic i don't really have a specific example, but it's basically like this: i own a couple of nintendo ds games, and with specific programs i managed to rip the instrument samples from them and use them in some of my songs. i haven't seen enough examples of video game soundfonts used in songs on this site to determine what the rules behind this would be, but i assume they're very loose considering the games i've ripped instruments from all have soundtracks without official commercial releases. i make sure to put full instrument source lists in the descriptions of all of my songs, if that information helps any.

Okay. Thanks for your response. Honestly, it sounds like that wouldn't really fly in the NGUAC. I'm looking at a section of the audio portal guidelines (https://www.newgrounds.com/wiki/help-information/terms-of-use/audio-guidelines) that says "You aren't allowed to have ANY copyrighted samples in your song. Not even a millisecond. Movie quotes, game sound effects, acapellas of popular singers, etc. have a VERY good chance of being copyrighted." The burden is going to be on you to demonstrate that you have permission to use whatever samples you're using. Even the language of "ripping" the samples from videogames suggests to me that what you're doing doesn't really vibe with the spirit of the competition. Sorry if that sounds strict, but the point is that you should probably submit something to the contest that doesn't use the samples you're talking about. Thanks again!

@TaintedLogic I am afraid I won't be able to participate, but next time you will make a competition, please notify me really early. Thanks!!! Good luck to everyone!!!

Fair enough. I'll certainly keep you on the PM list for next year. Good luck with your future projects!

School starts around the beginning of August for me, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to do well. I'll try to join, but if I in the midst of the competition see, that I can't do it as well as my school work, I'll DM you (OP) to let you know that I'm dropping out.

Thanks for letting me know in advance! Yeah, I do try to time the contest so that people with school can still participate, but it's been weird this year with COVID-19 screwing up everyone's school schedules.

@Shpeepee @TaintedLogic Oh nono, it's just that where I'm from, we only have summer break from around June 20th to around August 5th

Gotcha! Forgive my assumptions.

@Shpeepee @TaintedLogic @TaintedLogic no worries

@LeChapeau @TaintedLogic Many thanks! Farewell!!!

Okay, quick question about rule 3 in section 2: how would you know that a participant didn't start working on his track or samples before the start of each round?

That's a good question. If someone intentionally wanted to violate the rules, it would be hard to prove that they started working on the piece before the round started. Usually, though, we get several submissions that show blatant ignorance of the rules (people submitted NG pieces they uploaded years ago, tracks they already had on YouTube or Soundcloud, author's description mentions starting it in March, etc.).

if i have a team of 2 can i have another member sing some vocals? will they be considered a third team mate?

Good question! You can have as many people as you want perform/sing for you as long as you (and/or your teammate) do all of the composition and mixing/mastering work. So, in the case of a vocalist, you would need to write all the notes, including the lyrics, before having your friend sing them. No improvising/contributing to the writing process for the vocalist. Hope that clears it up! Good luck. ^^

ok thank you!

Will there be an NGUAC next year? If so, when do you plan to stop/delegate future NGUACs?

I plan on conducting this competition myself for the foreseeable future. So yes, there will be an NGUAC next year. :)

Will i get notified if im in/out the k-o round? Just wondering, cause its my first time in nguac.

Yes, everyone will be tagged in the new thread. Thanks!

In the knock out round, where post need I to share the next track to the round?

This thread, please: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1455499/1. Thanks and good luck!