Create a track in 24 hours to using a top artists sounds and loops to enter Ableton & SoundCloud Beat the Clock
The Ableton and SoundCloud Beat the Clock competition is one likely to get creativity moving at breakneck speeds. The premise is simple: create a track using sounds and loops by M83, the Junior Boys and/ or Nosaj Thing. However, entrants have just 24 hours to complete and submit the finished product. There’s nothing like a bit of pressure to separate the good ideas from the bad, eh?
On your marks, get set…mix
The first step to entering the Beat the Clock competition is to visit the contest page on the Ableton Website. Here you can download a free Live Pack, which preset sounds, stems and loops created by M83, Junior boys and Nosaj Thing. You’ll need a current version of Ableton Live to use this (8.2.2 or higher), but it can be a Lite version or Live Intro, as well as the ‘full fat’ Live and Suite versions. You will also need a SoundCloud account to download this. When you begin the download, the clock starts ticking, and you then have 24 hours from that point to produce and submit the most creative track you can muster, employing the downloaded sounds. Other sounds can be used alongside these, but they key is to create something great which uses the sounds from the Live pack.
Once you’ve submitted your track (again, via SoundCloud), listeners can vote for it, and those with most votes will win. Promotion is the key here, and entrants are advised to promote their entry via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, billboards, newspaper ads… well, you get the idea. And, with prizes including a trip to Berlin, lifetime Ableton Suite upgrades, and five-year SoundCloud Pro Plus accounts, it’s well worth the effort.
There are just 12 days left to submit an entry, but as you’ve only got a day, I guess that’s quite a long time… Plus, if there is a software package designed to get ideas down quickly, it’s Ableton. If you’ve yet to get the Ableton bug, prices for their excellent software packages start at just £89. So what are you waiting for? The clock is ticking…
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