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Old 18-07-2015, 12:32 PM  
All those in favor of another Acoustic contest say I
Acoustic Contest 2014 18-07-2015, 12:32 PM

Hi All,
I was thinking, sure would be nice to kick off another acoustic contest, this time not so many rules.
rules as follows
1- must be human
2-Must have a paypal Account that works, so if you win you can get payed or your full name and address and the address of your local western union office as an alternate payment option. Without either of these the song shall not be entered into the contest.
3-you must sing and play an instrument in the song
4-computer software allowed for post effects of your unplugged performance
5-all unplugged instruments allowed in contest and any sound that can be recorded with a mic shall be permitted.
6-3 song limit of 3 mins 30 seconds each, do not exceed the time limit or the song shall not be entered.
these are not the official rules so nothing is set in stone at the moment I'm
just putting it out there for any other ideas etc.

The prize shall be posted before the contest begins.
where to send the song shall be posted later also
the dates I'm thinking October 1st 2015 - December 1st 2015
so stay tuned for further information

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Old 23-07-2015, 23:41 PM

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I'm detecting a couple of crossed wires here...

I thought what Ant was saying was that the thread started off discussing ways to organise a comp that benefits the site, and turned into a discussion about the best prizes for the winners...

In an ideal world, we'd have both, but striking up that balance is rather difficult to implement, hence the brainstorming.

About the question of hosting fees etc., yes that's been answered several times in several places, notably here:

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But for the benefit of anyone who might be link-a-phobic I'll repeat it here, in a nutshell:

Hosting costs a minimum of around $250 per month (for example, on June 13 I paid $252.34 and on July 13 $252.64) for unlimited storage and an allotted amount of bandwidth, ie the amount of data uploaded and downloaded via the site in a given month.

I'm not sure the exact bandwidth details (I can find out), but it must be fairly generous as we've been charged roughly the exact same amount the past few months (the slight fluctuation might have something to do with the dollar exchange rate). However, Amadeus told me that hosting fees can increase a lot if there is a huge amount of bandwidth activity the previous month. Which is bad news in terms of keeping hosting fees to the minimum, but good news in terms of having a vibrant site. As Amadeus once said, it's a "double edged sword".

Can the basic hosting fee be reduced?
Short answer: No. With Rackspace, that is the minimum price to host a site the size and scope of mp3unsigned.

Can we 'just' go to another host server?
Short answer: No. Doing so would entail hiring professional coders to help us out (and hopefully iron out some bugs as they rebuilt the site from scratch on the new server), which would cost more than we have right now in the kitty.

So what is the current goal/plan?
Short answer: firstly to cover hosting fees (we are good for the next few months). Secondly to generate enough funds to pay professionals to iron out the bugs in the current incarnation of the site. Thirdly, with a bug-free website, to approach kick-starter crowd funding to get us off our feet (which also means we will no longer have to rely on the artists to help bailing us out).

Re: the Tony Miller banner, it's an absolutely splendid idea. I'll have one up within a few hours. And to Ant, there is no need to chip in towards it - Mr Oakwood already has it covered. Although, if you feel like digging deep to chip in for a special even-bigger-than-platinum tribute banner in honour of the great man (or just for the sake of supporting your favourite music site) don't let me stop you.
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Old 24-07-2015, 00:42 AM

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Re: Tony Miller banner - done! I based it on the slideshow banner that I made when he passed away, but it's a sensitive topic, so if any objects to the wording or can think of a better way to present it, please let me know.
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Old 24-07-2015, 08:01 AM
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Given that the site appears to be in financial difficulty you'll agree it's legitimate to look for creative ways of raising much-needed funds. There's a broader context here which is what the "crap" that's annoyed you so much was trying to address. And from that viewpoint, no, winning a competiton isn't enough if it represents a missed opportunity.
David, your thoughts on what is crap is dismissive at best. your opinions on what is good and not is not the point. the point is music is like beauty. looks good to some and bad to others. you're not an island. this site invites everyone who wants to be heard and is not for their uniqueness.

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Old 24-07-2015, 08:14 AM
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really. all these discussions on comps is null for the mass of this site. Don't you realize it's about community and feedback. If a new guy comes on the site and gets let's say 10 comments, he's coming back period! that's called support and that is what this site is really about. Support. You go on other sites and and if your not Hendrix, you're toast. Here you're recognized for the efforts you give. At least that's what I perceived when I joined in '09.
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Old 25-07-2015, 19:22 PM

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Re: Tony Miller banner - done! I based it on the slideshow banner that I made when he passed away, but it's a sensitive topic, so if any objects to the wording or can think of a better way to present it, please let me know.
Totally apt and my money well spent hee hee

Compo rules - how about organic-only instruments (whether pre-paid or free samples or actual artist recordings). What about drums? I liked the last compo run by Vin and the no-drums rule - it made me think about what I should do for my entry.

If organic samples are used then that must be clearly mentioned in the artist's song's blurb to avoid disputes over copyright. Maybe samples shouldn't be used because it's harder to police?

If strings are used from a synth or VST synth this isn't breaking copyright but should that be allowed? What about acoustic piano - I play and record the midi notes and usually (95%) of the time the audio comes from my yamaha piano but triggered by the midi notes I have previously recorded and doctored a bit here and there because of bits of bad timing or maybe the odd note was too loud or soft. Should this be allowed?

Going back to strings - I never record the midi notes from my keyboard I just f<img src="/images/smilies/emoticon-0183-swear.gif" alt="censored" />k around drawing the midi notes and hope for the best then tweak. Not much performance musicality here but should that be allowed?

What I'd consider cool as a prize was once mentioned for a compo run back in 2011 I think. The winner (me again lol) were going to be awarded a "badge" that would be placed on the artist's home page. I liked that idea but nothing ever got done about it (I didn't complain of course LOL) BUT I still like the idea - maybe it could work (without html-pain) if one picture from the artist's gallery was reserved for badge placements? It's not as cool as a proper badge but, to me it's better than a banner on some disconnected page. One picture could contain several badges.

fcensoredk it - I'll make my own badges and paste em up
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never thought of you as a 'badge' man Andy... but then I guess the stop H2O banner on your page should have given me a clue. It's actually a good idea... The BBC do it when a track's on the Introducing shows. Yes, who needs any prize money at all when there is a badge to collect, get's my vote.
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I wear my badges proudly like good old Rick: -



Sadly missed but not everyone's cuppa tea but I'm sure he would respond something like this: -

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Sadly missed but not everyone's cuppa tea but I'm sure he would respond something like this: -

I loved Rick Maybe, good call Mr Oakwood
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Old 28-07-2016, 04:02 AM
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Default Acoustic Collaboration Contest rules. all Pending Admin Approval

1. The Winner Must Have a PayPal Account to get Paid, No Other Payment Options Available.

2. Your entry shall include the email Address linked to your paypal etc.

3. No Electric Instruments, No Midi, No Computer Programs,No Auto Tune. Must be done by two or more members of Mp3unsigned.com.

4.Must Allow Vince Fedele to Post song on Mp3unsigned.com on your behalf, and you swear the music and song are owned by you that it is your original Idea and that you owe no one for any part of the song.

5. by simply sending me your track you have agreed to all these rules, and without a paypal account you understand that your song shall not be entered into the contest.

6.Post editing and effects shall be allowed , no auto tune .

7. All non electric instruments Allowed as long as you can pick up the sound using a mic .and multi channel mixing.

8. Must allow your song to be included on an Album to be distributed in the USA and around the world through Tunecore for a period of not less than one year.
All Fees and cost for Album shall be paid by Contest Sponser


9.Track must be MP3 320

10.must allow us to convert your track to Audio format in case of Physical CD distribution

11.All Proceeds From The Album in excess of the cost of tunecore distribution and contest Awards shall be Donated to the www.conquercancerfoundation.org

Note If you want your song included in the album but yet did not win you must include that permission when entering contest.
as a sample. include in with your song entry that you give permission to include song on the Benifit Album for Conquer Cancer Various Artist From Mp3unsigned.com Album.

Enter your song at-musicmusic2016@yahoo.com
Along with Paypal info
Artist Name to be used for entry
Real Name
entry dates August 5 2016 Through Dec 1 2016

optional-Permission granted to use song on benifit Album even if song is not selected as the winning song for contest
Not optional-Permission to Use song if you win on the Benifit Album
If you do not give permission as the winner your song shall not be entered.

All Cost for Album by Sponser of Contest. No Song Contestants shall pay a thing.
Album Art shall be decided by Contest Sponser. with input allowed by contestants.
The Award for the winner is 100.00 USD plus of course the album no other monies payed to any other contestants.
The Songs shall be Posted on Mp3unsigned with no downloads allowed all comments welcome.
Number of song on Album to be decided pending time of songs etc.

Could Administration Please give me a Page for contest including a Password
would like to call it Acoustic Contest 2016
Please email me at musicmusic2016@yahoo.com
att. Vince
I will not start contest without your approval and a page.
Thanks so much
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