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NGUAC 2021 Tryouts

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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-07 20:21:37


At 7/15/21 09:10 PM, TaintedLogic wrote: Welcome to the 2021 Newgrounds Underdogs’ Audio Contest, the 8th rendition of an annual music competition on the site.  

Wow, this sounds really cool! How do I join?
Just post a link (JUST ONE) to the piece you want the judges to consider in this thread. For this round, it can be something you wrote years ago, or you can make it from scratch specifically for the competition. You can also change the piece you’d like us to judge by posting a new one before the deadline.

When’s the deadline?
You have until 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) Eastern Daylight Time on August 6, 2021 to enter the competition.

What happens after I submit my piece?
Immediately after the tryout submission phase, the participants will be grouped evenly based on their fan totals, and about half of them will be accepted into the next round. Participants won’t directly compete outside of their groups until the Final Round. There are 3 rounds over the course of about 2 months.

That’s 2 months of my life you’re talking about. What’s in it for me?
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. You can also expect to improve your music, meet a ton of awesome people, and gain some more exposure on the site.

There are also cash prizes!

1st - $100
2nd - $70
3rd - $50

Prizes were introduced thanks to a $100 contribution from @ZStriefel, with NG tossing in another $100 and $20 from @BoredMusic. If you'd like to donate towards prizes, use the donation option on the Supporter page and PM Tom with a heads up that you donated towards the NGUAC.

So who are the beautiful humans that make all this possible?
@ACXLE, @AlbeGian, @Ethansight, @Midimachine, @SkyeWint, @SplatterDash, @VocalOutburst, @VociferousMusic, and myself have joined the judging team so far. @Everratic has helped me out a lot with some administrative stuff. We’re also still looking for judges, so please PM me if you’d like to nominate one. 

Also, @Decky makes the forum signatures for the winners, and @TomFulp runs the entire website and stuff.

What else do I need to know?
Honestly, you need to know way more things than can fit in just one forum post. PLEASE READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF RULES HERE. When in doubt, ask for clarification in this thread or via PM.

But above all, remember to have a ton of fun! The competition will begin...um...RIGHT NOW!


Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-07 20:23:53 (edited 2021-08-07 20:29:21)


I missed it by one day. Here would have been my submission. I understand I can’t be accepted but I still want to share it, I’m an idiot.

Here ya go.

As due to my late participation I don’t want a late fee, I didn’t make it, and I’m not going to waste your time, I knew about this for literally a month and had plenty of time, I expect to see flat 0’s from every judge because of it.

Thank you.

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-07 20:33:48


At 8/7/21 08:23 PM, J-XVII wrote: I missed it by one day. Here would have been my submission. I understand I can’t be accepted but I still want to share it, I’m an idiot.
Here ya go.
As due to my late participation I don’t want a late fee, I didn’t make it, and I’m not going to waste your time, I knew about this for literally a month and had plenty of time, I expect to see flat 0’s from every judge because of it.
Thank you.


Don’t be so down. Not like this is the end of the world. At least you will still get legit feedback from the judges :)


listen to my Fl Studio Mobile tracks here and try “Astrogon” here (I’m an Astrogon moderator ;) )

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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-11 00:27:12


At 8/7/21 08:23 PM, J-XVII wrote: I missed it by one day. Here would have been my submission. I understand I can’t be accepted but I still want to share it, I’m an idiot.
Here ya go.
As due to my late participation I don’t want a late fee, I didn’t make it, and I’m not going to waste your time, I knew about this for literally a month and had plenty of time, I expect to see flat 0’s from every judge because of it.
Thank you.


it's OK. I have failed this thing twice. Once because I forgot after submitting and once because I had someone else as a feature, which are both valid reasons to be DQ'd. But it didn't sting any less. There are plenty of competitions on other sites that appear but I understand being bummed... Wishing you the best.


PS: if it means anything, I really dig your track. It is weird as heck and something I genuinely found fun/interesting to listen too. I love how your songs are all an odd mish-mash of genres. Looking forward to your future projects.

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-12 03:59:19


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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-12 09:58:28


At 8/12/21 03:59 AM, AlertBass wrote: https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/1044844
another music:)

You're only allowed to submit one song per round, I'm afraid. Results from the tryout round will be out this Sunday, August 15th. Thanks for your patience.


"Reflect on your evils, lest they reflect on you." ~A Magic card lol

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-14 08:35:52


At 7/15/21 09:19 PM, Everratic wrote: Here's an invite link to the Newgrounds Audio Discord group, where you can discuss the competition and give and receive feedback. If you're a judge, you can ask me or a moderator to add you to the private judge channel when you join.

https://discord.gg/H6BkyHYf


link has been expired


cereal :з

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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-14 08:40:40


At 8/14/21 08:35 AM, CylrielOfficial wrote:
At 7/15/21 09:19 PM, Everratic wrote: Here's an invite link to the Newgrounds Audio Discord group, where you can discuss the competition and give and receive feedback. If you're a judge, you can ask me or a moderator to add you to the private judge channel when you join.

https://discord.gg/H6BkyHYf
link has been expired


https://discord.gg/vEKdTYpj

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-15 03:30:02


RESULTS OUT TODAY OOOOOOOOOO :D


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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-15 13:43:42


At 8/15/21 03:30 AM, Axova wrote: RESULTS OUT TODAY OOOOOOOOOO :D


im so eager to see the results!!! It’s just so so close!



listen to my Fl Studio Mobile tracks here and try “Astrogon” here (I’m an Astrogon moderator ;) )

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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-15 17:23:13


At 8/15/21 03:30 AM, Axova wrote: RESULTS OUT TODAY OOOOOOOOOO :D


Do they post in here, or another thread?


"When it comes to the little things you don't have time for, something tends to be better than nothing".

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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-15 17:25:44


At 8/15/21 05:23 PM, Stargame wrote: Do they post in here, or another thread?

I will post in here linking to the new thread. Thanks!


"Reflect on your evils, lest they reflect on you." ~A Magic card lol

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-15 17:30:22


At 8/15/21 05:25 PM, TaintedLogic wrote:
At 8/15/21 05:23 PM, Stargame wrote: Do they post in here, or another thread?
I will post in here linking to the new thread. Thanks!


Like the results would be shown there? :o


listen to my Fl Studio Mobile tracks here and try “Astrogon” here (I’m an Astrogon moderator ;) )

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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-15 17:37:06


At 8/15/21 05:30 PM, Blahooga-DMD wrote: Like the results would be shown there? :o

I'll link you to a Google Drive spreadsheet of the scores that will have the people moving onto the next round highlighted in green.


In the past, I've posted a tag list of people who did and didn't make it, but then what happens is it pings all of the users on the tag list anytime someone responds to the post, which gets super annoying, especially for the people who didn't make it. So I'm trying to avoid that this year.


"Reflect on your evils, lest they reflect on you." ~A Magic card lol

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-15 18:02:17


At 8/15/21 05:37 PM, TaintedLogic wrote:
At 8/15/21 05:30 PM, Blahooga-DMD wrote: Like the results would be shown there? :o
I'll link you to a Google Drive spreadsheet of the scores that will have the people moving onto the next round highlighted in green.

In the past, I've posted a tag list of people who did and didn't make it, but then what happens is it pings all of the users on the tag list anytime someone responds to the post, which gets super annoying, especially for the people who didn't make it. So I'm trying to avoid that this year.


oh dear. I remember that last year. Lol


listen to my Fl Studio Mobile tracks here and try “Astrogon” here (I’m an Astrogon moderator ;) )

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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-15 22:00:49


Sorry. Last question. Is there a specific time of day we will see the results?


listen to my Fl Studio Mobile tracks here and try “Astrogon” here (I’m an Astrogon moderator ;) )

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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-15 22:41:40


At 8/15/21 10:00 PM, Blahooga-DMD wrote: Sorry. Last question. Is there a specific time of day we will see the results?


As soon as the judges are done, lol. My best guess at this point is around 1:00 am Eastern Time. Sorry for the delay, everyone!


"Reflect on your evils, lest they reflect on you." ~A Magic card lol

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 00:44:40


The anxiety for the results rn are killing me lmao. First real contest I've participated in on Newgrounds.


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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 01:55:52


Sorry to do this to everyone, but it's looking more like 5-6 am right now. A couple of the judges are still finishing up. I plan on taking a "phased sleep" tonight myself.


"Reflect on your evils, lest they reflect on you." ~A Magic card lol

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 03:21:59


At 8/16/21 01:55 AM, TaintedLogic wrote: Sorry to do this to everyone, but it's looking more like 5-6 am right now. A couple of the judges are still finishing up. I plan on taking a "phased sleep" tonight myself.


Oh, no worries! They can take their time! I’m just going to sleep myself as it’s midnight. I’m happy to wake up to the results if anything. Cya all in the morning!


listen to my Fl Studio Mobile tracks here and try “Astrogon” here (I’m an Astrogon moderator ;) )

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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 03:35:53


At 8/16/21 12:44 AM, Ziondiac wrote: The anxiety for the results rn are killing me lmao. First real contest I've participated in on Newgrounds.


yeah same lmao


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Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 04:23:50


hey guys, putting my reviews up soon. few notes about my scores + your reviews:

  • my score is based almost entirely on gut feelings and personal preferences
  • my review is not an exhaustive list of reasons why i gave the score i did
  • if you got a bad score it doesn't matter, keep doing what you're doing.
  • if you got a good score don't let it get to your head, you can always do better!
  • if you don't understand or want clarification on something i wrote you can PM me (let me know if english is not your first language).
  • if you want revenge you can 0-bomb this track: https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/1067409


thanks for competing everyone. these contests keep me coming back to NG and i'm always surprised by the talent from new faces. peace xx


p.s. i am gay

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 05:18:32 (edited 2021-08-16 05:18:42)


At 8/16/21 04:23 AM, midimachine wrote:

LOL. I literally can't imagine zero-bombing a piece you wrote, Midi.


Anyway, if people want to know who made it into the next round and stuff, you can find out HERE.


"Reflect on your evils, lest they reflect on you." ~A Magic card lol

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 06:20:11 (edited 2021-08-16 06:20:26)


OH also a few things that were common problems that I didn't mention in my reviews very often, but kinda bugged me:


make sure your tracks zero-cross at the start and end, that means make sure your entire reverb tail is rendered and that you have some space before the very start of your track so it doesn't get cut off or cause your first transient to get spiked really hard


try to make sure your tracks are finished. lots of loops and half-songs here.


a little bit of headroom goes a long way - mp3 encoding increases the frequency of intersample peaking, and the lower bitrate your mp3 the worse the ISPs are. keep your peaks at -0.5dB at least and this can help reduce the effect of mp3 ISPs and make your loud songs feel loud without having as many scratchy little compression artifacts that you didn't hear while making it.


p.s. i am gay

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 11:25:16


(repost from the other thread)


congrats to those moving on! and huge up to those who didn't quite make it, please feel free to PM me asking for detailed feedback on your track. I tend to have a lower average score (even though it doesn't mean anything relatively), and so before you start hating on me, note that I am giving everyone 5 stars on their track no matter what score I judged. so I'm glad to help but please keep it friendly :)

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 12:07:05 (edited 2021-08-16 12:08:49)


@midi: thx 2 make clear whats cool 4 u !

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 12:42:59 (edited 2021-08-16 12:44:23)


At 8/16/21 11:25 AM, acxle wrote: (repost from the other thread)

congrats to those moving on! and huge up to those who didn't quite make it, please feel free to PM me asking for detailed feedback on your track. I tend to have a lower average score (even though it doesn't mean anything relatively), and so before you start hating on me, note that I am giving everyone 5 stars on their track no matter what score I judged. so I'm glad to help but please keep it friendly :)


givin' 5 stars but judge different is a way 2 go, every jugde should join your way, instead linkin his\her own tune 4 "revenge" ....its more like fishin' 4 compliments ;) (only a smilin' wink, no offense intended ;))

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 19:00:16 (edited 2021-08-16 19:02:52)


At 8/16/21 12:42 PM, kinupsi wrote: givin' 5 stars but judge different is a way 2 go, every jugde should join your way, instead linkin his\her own tune 4 "revenge" ....its more like fishin' 4 compliments ;) (only a smilin' wink, no offense intended ;))


don't upload loops to a song contest lol


also:


At 8/16/21 04:23 AM, midimachine wrote: my review is not an exhaustive list of reasons why i gave the score i did


your entry was not very good for many reasons. i'm sorry if you were very proud of your entry, but i'm not sorry for both scoring and judging honestly


p.s. i am gay

Response to NGUAC 2021 Tryouts 2021-08-16 19:04:54


At 8/16/21 12:07 PM, kinupsi wrote: @midi: thx 2 make clear whats cool 4 u !


you're welcome btw


p.s. i am gay