Welcome to the official Newgrounds Audio Contest discussion and ideas thread!
1) if you are a judge of a NAC, you naturally cannot participate in it.
2) If you chicken out of your responsibilities you will simply be dropped as a judge for the contest and things will move on. You will have plenty of time to judge and if you cannot meet the deadline then you are seen as not deserving of the position and process will move on without you. No hard feelings. We can;t have wishy-washy judges - these contests reflect newgrounds and so we need dedicated people. I'm sure you all understand.
3) Those that have proven to be knowledgeable about music and have a high standing in the audio portal and the audio community will be considered for judges. I will most likely approach you and ask you if you want to be a judge. . also feel free to request to be a judge in the discussion thread if we say we need judges.
4) there will be 2-4 "sweeper" judges who will take the unfun job of taking all the submissions and weeding out the bad ones to 8 promising submissions. The rest, won't make the cut. At that point it will only be a matter of placement - which the higher up finalist judges will do. I will be Simon - the rest of you can argue out who wants to be Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson :P Anyone with a basic understanding of music can be a sweeper but we reserve the right to ask from a specific pool of people who have volunteered who we will use. Can't have people being biased.
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Now for the general structure of all NACs. The point of this is to keep all NACs consistant and to run things in a professional and consistant manner that shows enthusiasm and maturity, as a lot of people don't take the audio portal seriously. I want to put that conception to an end.
All NACs will consist of an american-idol like system - where a bunch of people submit - and their songs are put through a screening process. The submitting process will last between 2-3 weeks. During this time the sweeper judges will listen to the submissions as they come and approve or deny as songs are submitted. They will eventually weed it down to about 8 submissions that pass - no hard feelings to everyone else - but sometimes we get like 60 submissions and the final judges shouldn't have to wade through all that. This thread is also here to fix all the bad mistakes that were made in the past. These consisted of inconsistant hosts, inconsistant and unreliable judges, and too many submissions being judged. This thread also eliminates the need to post the rules in each new NAC thread.
At this point in the final week or 2 of the month once the 8 people have been chosen it will be up to the judges to judge them. The judging process will be simple. You listen to the song, and you write up a review for it. Just like american idol judges do after the singer has finished singing - they give their critique.
It should be short, maybe 3-5 paragraphs. It should highlight what you liked about it, what you didn't like, and what needs improvement so that it can be a good submission, as well as encouragement to their efforts in making it. If you need examples look at any of my reviews - I tend to think I post fairly. Users want you to piece their song apart and tell them how to improve their song, or to be praised for all the things they did right, which they justly deserve, becasue let's face it - some songs submitted are just flawless, and there is nothing worse than some asshole reviewer that gives you a novel nitpicking it because they feel they have to find something wrong with your song.
The judges then give it a review out of ten, as well as a yes or no for approval. This will eliminate ties, or at least crack down on them. The placements will then be determined by average scores amongst judges, and how many yes and nos you got from the judges.
anyone that isn't finished by the end of the month - too bad. Anyone that isn't finished by the third week of the month submisison wise - too bad. No exceptions. Once the top 8 have been decided they will be posted, and then once we have judged they will be put in their proper order.
So consider yourself having 2 weeks from the start of the month, with the end of that second week being the unofficial deadline, and the week after that being for any scragglers who can't make the deadline for some reason. The way I see it is you don't need more than 2 weeks to make a song. However if you take 2 weeks to make a song that's awesome!
Those that finish their song in a day will also be viewed negatively if they are tied with someone who took 2 weeks to make the song. We want to see EFFORT!
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1st Place: $50.00 store credit, weekly feature, reviewed by all judges, 1st place sig (optional)
2nd Place: $40.00 store credit, weekly feature, reviewed by all judges, 2nd place sig (optional)
3rd place: $30.00 store credit, weekly feature, reviewed by all judges, 3rd place sig (optional)
4th place: weekly feature, reviewed by all judges
5th place: reviewed by all judges
6th place: reviewed by all judges
7th place: reviewed by all judges
8th place: reviewed by all judges
also in future trophies will be alloted for all event related newgrounds submissions - so in future on your submission page you will have a contest trophy showing your placement as well , just like the art portal has trophies :) - this implementation will filter back and apply to all official ngs related audio contests. You will finally get the recognition you deserve :)