Winners announced ~~ Oenkenstein Audio Dalina String Ensemble Song Competition

Great fun, great prizes! Good luck!
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Post 23 Nov 2022

Now the Dalina String Ensemble Rack Extension has been released, Oenkenstein Audio in collaboration with Reasontalk wants you to get your creativity going with a challenge:

The Dalina String Ensemble Song Competition:
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The Dalina String Ensemble is a synthesizer string ensemble modeled after a Solina String Ensemble at the studio. Build in 1974, manufactured by the firm Eminent at Bodegraven, The Netherlands. The synthesizer is combined with an acoustic symphonic orchestra section recorded by Leonard Ludvigsen.

The back panel provides CV inputs. The Rack Extension comes with 39 patches. 9 off them require Reason 12 installed.

Wish you all good luck and fun,

/Ed Gool
Oenkenstein Audio

The rules:

General:
• Entries must be emailed to reasontalkcontest@gmail.com (WITH "Dalina song competition" IN THE SUBJECT LINE)
Please include:
  • 1) a link to your track,
  • 2) your ReasonTalk username and
  • 3) ‘Dalina song competition’ in the subject/header of the email.
  • Entries must be submitted by 23:59:59 PST on December 6, 2022 (before 12:00AM / 00:00 PST).
  • Only one entry per participant.
  • No remixes or cover songs. Your work must be original.
  • Do not use copyrighted samples or material that hasn’t been cleared.
  • Be aware that we will ask you to provide the Reason project file to check for compliance to these rules. If you bounce to track, leave the original lane/device intact!
  • Oenkenstein Audio reserves the right to showcase all submissions on the media page of the Oenkenstein Audio website.
Instruments:
• Two instruments in the song must have an active Dalina String Ensemble used. There are no restrictions on using vocals, drum loops and samples.

Effects:
• No restrictions.

Utilities and Players:
• No restrictions.

Prizes:
  • 1st place: Free licenses for 3 Rack Extensions made by Oenkenstein Audio.
  • 2nd place: Free licenses for Dalina String Ensemble Rack Extension and 1 other Oenkenstein Audio Rack Extensions of your choice.
  • 3rd place: 1 Free license for Dalina String Ensemble Rack Extension.
Judges:
Oenkenstein Audio and the ReasonTalk Team.

Links to the products pages:
https://www.reasonstudios.com/shop/rack ... -ensemble/
and
www.oenkenstein.nl/Dalina.asp

Dalina String Ensemble Operation Manual and Combinator backgrounds:
http://www.oenkenstein.nl/Dalinadownloads.asp
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Post 24 Nov 2022

Woah! Nice. Looking forward to this one as well.

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Post 29 Nov 2022

There is one week left. Let your creativity flow to win!
Reason12, Win10

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Post 02 Dec 2022

Just three days left...
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Post 02 Dec 2022

Looking forward to hearing the entries on this. I would have loved to enter but sadly do not have time at moment but will be trialling this re when I do.

Best of luck in the competition all 👍

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Post 02 Dec 2022

Unusually enough for me, I am the first to post my own entry.

I wouldn't know how to describe the piece, I just know that it was fun to write :) I was surprised by the quality of Dalina's samples and the ease with which they fit into the various parts of the song. I love the realistic but-not-too-realistic feel, with that retro flavour that reminds me a bit of ELO.

All the orchestral parts (strings spiccato, sustain, pizzicato) are by Dalina, as well as the horn section and the main synth 'best of both worlds' which, in my opinion, is worth the RE purchase alone.

I look forward to hearing the tracks of the other participants!

Thanks to Oenkenstein and the RT staff for the competition!


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Post 03 Dec 2022

I will leave this here for now :)

Something a bit different from me.

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Post 04 Dec 2022

Quarmat wrote:
02 Dec 2022
Unusually enough for me, I am the first to post my own entry.

I wouldn't know how to describe the piece, I just know that it was fun to write :) I was surprised by the quality of Dalina's samples and the ease with which they fit into the various parts of the song. I love the realistic but-not-too-realistic feel, with that retro flavour that reminds me a bit of ELO.

All the orchestral parts (strings spiccato, sustain, pizzicato) are by Dalina, as well as the horn section and the main synth 'best of both worlds' which, in my opinion, is worth the RE purchase alone.

I look forward to hearing the tracks of the other participants!

Thanks to Oenkenstein and the RT staff for the competition!

Really cool track. Very groovy and nice chord changes.

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Post 04 Dec 2022

Here's my entry.
I didn't have any plans going into writing music for this competition. Apparently it became a metal song. All note generated sounds come from Dalina, but as you can probably tell I've used a lot of effects on many sounds. Still I think it's interesting to see how an instrument can work together with particular effect devices.
7 instances of Dalina were used.


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Post 04 Dec 2022

Mine is a synthwave track. 5 instances of Dalina with lots of stock effects and drums from drum supply.



Very good entries so far. Each one has it's own character

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Post 04 Dec 2022

Hello!

Here's my entry:


I hope I didn't messup the rules :o .
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Post 04 Dec 2022

Hurry up and finish your songs. Only 1 day and 9 hours remaining!
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Post 06 Dec 2022

And.............. the contest is now closed for submissions. Thank you to all who submitted their music.
Please allow the judges some time to listen to the entries and make the always-difficult decisions.
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Post 06 Dec 2022

Wow what fantastic songs, each and every one of them and so varied styles. Really shows the rack extensions versatility.

Wish you all the best of luck and don't envy the judges having to make such a difficult decision.

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Post 06 Dec 2022

ATTN: User GAVH

Some of the judges are having trouble listening to your track on Soundcloud. Can you please set it to public? It's listed as private now. Thank you!
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Post 06 Dec 2022

~~ Contest reopened for 24 hours! ~~

NEW COUNTDOWN TIMER
https://countingdownto.com/?c=4448915

It has been brought to my attention that there was an error in the deadline. We posted two different times for the deadline (00:00 and 23:59 on Dec 6). So in lieu of these facts, we have decided to open the contest back up for another 24 hours. This should allow enough time for anyone who thought they had another 24 hours to finish their song.

Thanks for understanding and sorry for the error.

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Post 07 Dec 2022

OK, this song competition is officially closed.... AGAIN. ~ For real this time!
Thanks again to all participants. We couldn't do these competitions without you.
Please bear with us while the judges make their difficult decisions.
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Post 11 Dec 2022

Here is a list of all the valid submissions for the contest:
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1. TritoneAddiction - Bending Reality:
2. Quarmat - The Flying Boat Adventures【飛行-船 の 冒険】 :
3. Carly(Poohbear) Coming or Going but really getting nowhere:

4. AlienXXX - Adventure On The Train:
5. noiseshadow - Wasted Tomorrows (Dalina Infusion Mix):
6. gavh - Dalina Dunk:
7. rare_shadow - Dalina:
8. alteree - D.A.L.I.N.A.: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AuH96aeG8CANga5i33N ... w?e=nNaUzn
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Post 12 Dec 2022

There's some amazing tracks there, well done everyone!

I haven't uploaded a song anywhere since the UJAM bass guitar competition many years ago, and didn't think I'd get time to enter this one. But an expected COVID infection left me isolated in my bedroom for a day with my laptop, so I thought I'd spend the time trying to create a track.

I was definitely a bit rusty, and would change a lot now that a week has passed and I've been able to listen with fresh ears! Still, it was fun to play around with Dalina and have some motivation to publish some music despite not being happy with it. All part of the learning process I guess!

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Post 13 Dec 2022

The judges have made their difficult decisions:

1st Place - Carly(Poohbear)
2nd Place - Quarmat
3rd Place - alteree

Congratulations! Please contact Oenkenstein Audio to work out your prizes.
On behalf of ReasonTalk and Oenkenstein, I would like to offer you all a heartfelt thank you; we couldn't do these contests without you. All the songs were really good which made for very difficult decisions.
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Post 14 Dec 2022

Congrats to all the winners. All well deserved. :thumbup:

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Post 14 Dec 2022

I am totally overwhelded by the high quality of all the tracks submitted.

It took me two days to recover from hearing Carly PoohBear's Koyaanisqatsi cinematic filmscore video. Holy Mo.
Quarmat 80's happy funk with awesome chords changes and an unexpected end... but wait, here we go again :-)
TritoneAddiction who turned Dalina's into heavy metal Gibson Explorers, showcasing that effects can change the sound drastacilly.
Alteree singing D.A.L.I.N.A. it's in our D.N.A. in the French Air style.
The 70's electronic arpy pop song from Gavin.
Two shadow tracks. One by Noise Shadow with a cinematic electronic bigbeat and one by Rare Shadow with a typical synthwave song and AlienXXX's track is a ride through Dalina Jazz land with an instrument stop at every station.

All tracks showcase the Dalina very well and did you notice the great drum parts in all the tracks?

Now it's time to give away the prizes:
1. Carly PoohBear, you are entitled to choose three Rack Extensions from all the products made by Oenkenstein Audio.
2. Quarmat gets a free license for the Dalina String Ensemble Rack Extension and another free license for a product of his choice.
3. Alteree gets a free license for the Dalina String Ensemble Rack Extension.

In order to give the free licenses for the products won, please PM me your Reason Studios username and a list of the preffered Rack Extensions to be given away for free.
https://reasonstudios.com/shop/browse/? ... in%20Audio

This is the best challenge held by Oenkenstein Audio so far and as the quality of all the tracks is so high, I want to ask permission to all contributors to publish the tracks and the video on the Reason Studios shop page next week.
Please, let me know if you do not want a track published.

I am so proud on all the contributors and very happy to have to possibilty to publish these contests on this forum.

Thumbs up for Chalism, who conducted the event while I was quite busy and thank you so much musicians for keeping this great community alive!

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Post 14 Dec 2022

Congratulations to all the participants, always glad to hear music around here :). It's amazing how everyone can come up with something fresh using the same device. Also thanks Oenkenstein for your review / comments / about the tracks, it's nice to hear the feedback!
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Post 14 Dec 2022

Congrats to the winners!
It's been a fun competitions!
Thanks everybody!

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