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NGAUC Format and Rules 2015

Posted by TaintedLogic - June 29th, 2015

Below is a complete list of rules and formatting guildelines for my competition. Please read them carefully if you plan on participating. Thank you in advance.


1. You may have someone sing or play an instrument for you as long as you write the music and lyrics AND mix/master the piece.

2. You can enter the competition as a team of two. If the members of your “team” would otherwise be placed in different groups (Underdog, Professional Amateur, or All Star) as solo artists, the team will be placed in the group  corresponding to the highest fan total among its members (e.x., if one member has 20 fans and the other has 60, and the All Stars each have 50 fans or more, the team will compete in the All Stars group). Teams of more than 2 are not permitted. Also, if you are entering as a team of 1, you cannot have a collaboration as your audition piece or as any other piece for the competition.

3. The pieces you make for the competition should be full-length (2-8 minute) songs of the musical variety. Under no circumstances will we accept parodies, skits/sketches, sound effects, voice acting, or anything with non-copyrighted pre-packaged loops in it (Garageband’s Apple loops come to mind). For tryouts, it's okay to submit covers, arrangements, remixes, and have samples in your piece. In the Knock-out Round, we're going to be stricter about this (details to follow).

4. Remember when I said you couldn’t have HTML when posting your songs? Well, part of the reason for that is you usually HAVE to have HTML if you’re posting your songs from a site besides Newgrounds. You must be able to submit your song to Newgrounds in order to enter the competition. No submissions from Soundcloud, Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Audiojungle, etc. will be accepted!  

5. You can post commentary in the threads dedicated to the competition, but please keep it friendly! Sportsmanship, people, sportsmanship! If you have any complaints about judges’ scores or the contest in general, PM THEM instead of embarrassing yourself by acting like a sore loser in the thread. Also, just because this is a special contest doesn’t mean regular BBS and Audio Portal rules don’t apply. The mods will be watching this contest with their fingers already on the trigger, not hesitating to shoot down rogue competitors (or, well, ex-competitors). Please use common sense and THINK BEFORE YOU POST, because no one wants to have to clean up your guts off of the train tracks (metaphorically speaking). Also, you’re encouraged to support and review the pieces of your competitors.

6. The judges are not obligated to review any of the pieces you submit to the competition until you make it to the Knock-out Round (i.e., the round after tryouts). During the Knock-out Round, you should receive at least THREE rather detailed reviews from three of the different judges. They should each give you a score out of 10 and state clearly what that is in the review itself. These scores will be averaged to determine who advances to future rounds. Btw, we use the same scoring system for tryouts, just without the reviews. Last year, we had issues with judges posting their reviews on time, so if you haven't received any reviews by the time we've annouced who is advancing onto the final round, you have every right to PM me (or any of the other judges) requesting those reviews.

7. After tryouts comes the Knock-out Round! Another thread will be posted in the BBS, setting the time limit for Friday, July 31st at 11:59 P.M. EDT for the remaining competitors to submit their completely-from-scratch and original new tracks. The judges and I have yet to decide how many people we're going to accept into the final round (or the contest in general, for that matter). Last year, the final round consisted of 3 people from each group. These remaining competitors will be announced on Monday, August 3rd. The deadline for the final round is Friday, August 14th at 11:59 P.M. EDT., and the winners will be announced on Monday, August 17th. For the Final Round, all the judges will be scoring all the participants.


Thank you all for following the rules. It really makes it a lot easier for the judges, the mods, and myself. If you have any questions about the rules, please don't hesitate to PM me. Good luck in the competition, my friends! ;D




Looking forward to the contest!
Let's see how badly I'll fail this one >:D

I'm always better without deadlines XD
I am also masked as not super underdoggy, as my games have given me so many fans, hahha :p
This'll be a lot of fun :3

I appreciate your enthusiasm! And I believe you'll definitely be an All-Star. Sorry LSD. ;)

This sounds like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I'm still in the middle of learning music theory and have NO idea how to compose XD
I would do my usual thing and make rearranges/remixes but it seems the Knock-Out Round is giving me vibes that won't allow this lol

I would suggest trying to compose something right away! You might be surprised how naturally it can come when you're in the mood. Besides, you have almost 4 weeks before you need to submit anything for the Knock-out Round. I hope you still consider joining the competition! :)

I've never tried out for a contest before and it sounds like fun. I'm not the best at what I do but I'll give it a shot. However my question is can you use a song that you already made or does it have to be new?

For tryouts, you can absolutely use a song you've already made! :D In fact, that's probably what 95% of the competitors have done! Please be aware that for the Knock-out Round, though, you'll have to make a new piece. ;)

Im in it with: - AUdioPortal - Be my Dude MArio, polished

Great! Good luck. ;)

I'm getting a new computer in August!!
How long do we have to compose something for the knockout round?

It says right in the post, my friend. July 31st, I'm afraid. Hopefully you have an old computer you can use to compose...

Waitwaitwaitwaitwait got a few more questions!!
What type songs are the judges expecting in the knockout round?
And will a simple peaceful piano song survive against a complex techno song in the knockout round?

and btw Tunecore's a publishing company, not a place to post audio
well they don't have a place to post audio so...

"What type of songs are the judges expecting?" --> I assume you mean genres. We accept all kinds of genres, and last year we got a huge variety of entries: jazz, metal, cinematic, EDM, hip-hop, etc. If anything, there was probably a bit more EDM than anything else. But still: please don't overthink which genre to make. I picked judges for the competition of a wide variety of musical backgrounds. ;)

"Will a simple peaceful piano song survive?" --> I couldn't really tell you that now. There are a lot of other factors to what makes a piece good besides its style. Generally, however, I think that full-textured, complex songs are more appealing, but that's ONLY MY OPINION. There are still 8 other judges who might have a different opinion. Besides, a dramatic, emotional and engaging piano solo could still win out over a poorly mastered, lengthy and repetitive techno song under the right circumstances.

"Tunecore's a publishing company" --> Oh, okay. Thanks! Guess I should've fact-checked that one, haha. XD

Question: If you can change the key, volumes, and fxs on a loop, would that still count as the "non-copyrighted, pre-packaged' loops or would it count as original?

Good question. That depends. Is the loop part of a plug-in? Where is it from?

"Hopefully you have an old computer you can use to compose..."
Well I can always use my parent's computer, don't worry ;)
And the software that I use is online anyways
So yeah, I'll live ;)

Okay, good. Sorry about the inconvenience of not having your new computer. ;)

Some of the songs I've made I used Music Maker Jam on my ipad. The loops come in a variety of different genre packs and I can pick from all the different loops to put in a song. I was just wondering how legitimate it would be. I do plan on making something from scratch if I make it passed tryouts.

After consulting with the other administrator, I'm afraid we won't accept any tracks with loops from Music Maker Jam, in the tryout phase or any other phase of the competition. Sorry man. If you plan on joining the competition, please use a song you made with some other audio program. Thanks in advance for complying. :)

Question! Where do I submit the song when I'm done with it? T^T

Right here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1394112.

Just press "respond to this topic" and post the URL for your track. ;)

I have some questions:

What if I wrote a song with a friend, I made the music, and she made the lyrics and sang. Is it okay to enter that song? I/m curious about this in rule 1.

And about entering as a team of 2, does that mean we both need to have an account here in newgrounds? or is it okay if we just use mine?
thanks for making the contest and the invitation, hope you can help me with these questions :)

I responded to your PM. ;)

Oh yay this is something I actually have a chance at!! Competing with noobs like me are definitely better than withering out in the NGADM hahaha... :D I'm going to be entering as a team with Howardt12345, this is going to be fun :P

Great! Best of luck. ;)

I have a question. If I made a song on a computer which has been wiped by a roommate who installed ubuntu, how do I go about proving where my samples came from? I made the song from scratch, tweaked all my synths myself, edited and mastered the song myself, but I used FL Studio and some of the samples that came with it. Idk if I have the files from the original computer backed up anywhere but even if I find the FL file, all my samples I used are gone forever. Point is, can I still use said song? I have a copy of it which I can upload to newgrounds but am I allowed?

Going forward, I would appreciate it if you at least modified said samples, but for the tryout phase we've been pretty lenient. Yes, you can submit this song. You don't need to prove where your samples came from. In some ways, whether or not you follow the rules regarding samples is at your discretion. Given these circumstances, though, I wouldn't worry about using some default samples. Good luck in the competition! ;)