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NGUAC 2017 - Rules and Scheduling

Posted by TaintedLogic - June 14th, 2017

The following is a list of rules and structural details regarding the NGUAC 2017, my annual audio contest here on NG.


SECTION I: General track requirements

1.If you are entering as a solo artist (i.e., not part of a team), YOU CANNOT HAVE A COLLABORATION AS YOUR TRYOUT PIECE or as any other piece for the competition. If you are entering as a team, you cannot collaborate with anyone besides your teammate. The only exception to these rules is when you have someone sing or play an instrument for you, but you must still compose the music and lyrics yourself AND mix/master the piece.

2. You may only submit one song per round, regardless of whether you are on a team or not.

3. The pieces you make for the competition should be full-length songs of the musical variety (of any genre). We won’t accept audio that has the sole purpose of being comedic, not to mention sound effects, voice acting, or parodies.

4. You may use pre-packaged loops and samples in your piece, but be aware that after a certain point abusing presets compromises your track’s originality.

5. For tryouts, it's okay to submit covers, arrangements, remixes, remakes, mash-ups, and pieces with samples downloaded from the internet.

6. In the Knock-out and Final rounds, no participant may submit covers, arrangements, mash-ups, remakes, or remixes.

7. No participant may create samples for the purpose of using them in a Knock-out or Final round piece before that corresponding round begins.

8. You must be able to submit your song to Newgrounds in order to enter the competition. This mandates compliance with all general NG Audio Portal regulations, as well as that you need a Newgrounds account. No submissions from Soundcloud, Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Audiojungle, etc. will be accepted!  

9. You may submit a song to the NGUAC that you had previously submitted to another contest on NG, like the NGADM, AIM, or NCHIPS, but please make sure that it's okay to use the song for both contests in the rules for the other contest as well.

10. In order to submit a track, simply link the piece you want the judges to consider in the corresponding forum thread. You can also change the piece you’d like us to judge by CLEARLY stating in the thread you’d like to change it, but only while the submission phase is still going on.


SECTION II: Schedule-related rules

1. PARTICIPANTS MAY NOT start working on their Knock-out or Final Round tracks until the corresponding forum thread is posted. Anything you do to prepare for your piece ahead of time needs to be something you could do if you were blind, deaf, dumb, and wearing a straightjacket.

2. No one is allowed to update their track (i.e., replace or delete the audio file in Newgrounds' Project System) during the judging phases until results are released for the following round.

3. All submission phases close at 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) Eastern Daylight Time on the indicated dates (below). Submission phases open as soon as the forum thread for that round is up.

4. Immediately after the tryout submission phase, the participants will be grouped evenly based on their fan totals. This ensures that the best of the “Underdogs” advance as far as possible without directly competing with more experienced and knowledgeable musicians. It’s kinda the premise of the entire competition.


SECTION III: Regarding teams

1. Participants are allowed to enter the competition as a team of two.

2. If the members of your team would otherwise be placed in different groups 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).

3. Both members of a team don’t necessarily have to contribute to all of the pieces submitted as part of the contest.

4. Teams of more than 2 are not permitted.


SECTION IV: Code of conduct

1. If you have any complaints about judges’ scores or the contest in general, please PM THEM instead of embarrassing yourself by whining about how great you thought your piece was in the thread. Standard BBS and Audio Portal rules ALWAYS apply.

2. The judges are not obligated to review any of the pieces you submit to the competition, but you may request reviews from your judges or simply PM them with questions. I’ll make it clear who is judging a given group during a given round, as each individual judge doesn’t always score everyone.

3. The judges should give participants a score out of 10 and be able to thoroughly explain how they arrived at that score by considering a variety of parameters. These parameters may vary by judge, however. Scores are averaged among the judges to determine who advances to future rounds.

4. If you change your username at any point in the competition, please let me know. Keeping track of username changes is time consuming and confusing. 



1. Prizes will include forum signatures for the top 3 finishers boasting of their success in the competition, as well as spots on the front page of the Audio Portal the week after the competition.


Contest Schedule:

Phase - Start date - End date

Tryout submission - 6/14 - 7/2

Tryout judging - 7/3 - 7/9

K-O submission - 7/9 - 7/25

K-O judging - 7/26 - 7/30

Final submission - 7/30 - 8/13

Final judging - 8/14 - 8/16



Thank you in advance for following the rules. Good luck and (most importantly) have fun! :D





I like it. I'll get started.

Great! Best of luck. :)

Thanks for the heads up, hopefully i will have time to do this contest.

Great! Good luck. ;)

Should the track to be posted be a current work in progress?

I'd advise against that. The track you post should be what you feel to be your best work. If you're able to make a new track in the next 11 days, go for it! If not, submitting a track you made months or even years ago is totally fine. :)

Can I submit a song that has an ambience sample I recorded with distant voices? It's sort of hard to hear what any of them are saying with the other parts of the song mixed in.

Interesting question. Were the people whose voices you were recording consciously contributing to your composition with what they were saying/the way they were talking, or were you the one who took the initiative to use their voices for artistic purposes?

will it be good if i made an industrial dnb song?

Songs of any genre are accepted, yes. :)

I can't wait who will be winners of this audio contest :D

I'm sure that I will have a lot of fun in this \(^w^)/

Yay! ^^

Just making sure, but do you post the submission in the comments, or is there a certain place.

Please post your submission here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1423801

I read the rules, but i want to make sure, are we allowed to start making other songs for the second and third rounds?

No. When the threads for those respective rounds go up, you may. For the next round, that'll happen sometime on July 7th...but the thread going up is what you want to watch for. ;)

Is it allowed to replace a track you have already submitted?
Or submitting 2 tracks?


You can replace a track you have already submitted, but you can't submit multiple tracks. Thanks! :)

I'm also in the NGADM, can I still join?

Yes! :D

Sounds interesting, but I'll have to pass on this. Try as I might, my mind and my fingers aren't working as in-tune as they used to, so I've really got nothing to give. Best of luck to those who do enter, though!

Hmmm...that's too bad, but I respect your decision. Best of luck with your future projects!

Can you just add the link for where to send your submission in the post (or whatever it is)? I'm gonna make a track and get in!

Sure! Please submit your track here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1423801#bbspost26064461_post_text

This is cool! Good luck to everyone!

How do I "link to a thread"?

Sorry - I should've been more explicit. A forum thread is just a collection of posts centered around a topic (like a music competition).

The thread for this contest is here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1423801#bbspost26064461_post_text

All you have to do is press "respond to this topic" and then copy and paste the URL from the song you want to submit to the contest.

Let me know if you have more questions! Thanks.

I'm working on a submission now. Is the deadline June 30 or July 2?

Sorry for the confusion. The deadline is the 2nd. It was too late to edit the forum post once we decided to move the deadline back. Thanks for checking! ;)

Question, since I'm making a Cute J-Future Bass... can I use anime vocal samples like for example "Ochin-chin"? (Yes I know what it means hahaha)

As long as the samples are not copyrighted and otherwise comply with NG audio guidelines (https://www.newgrounds.com/wiki/help-information/terms-of-use/audio-guidelines?path=/wiki/help-information/terms-of-use/audio-guidelines), yes.

Also, this is the rules post for last year. The current version can be found here: https://taintedlogic.newgrounds.com/news/post/1015445. Thanks!