Swedish software company Toontrack reported today that they are launching a songwriting competition with a $10,000 cash grand prize as well as the market's leading drum sampler EZdrummer 2 and the entire line of related expansion titles. Submission for the competition starts today and will run through the better part of July. The voting phase will commence in late July and the competition will conclude in September.
"There is an incredible amount of unheard talent out there and we hope this competition will help shine some light on not only the craft of songwriting but give voice and inspiration to aspiring, creative people around the world," said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack's CEO"
Aside from EZdrummer 2 and the entire line of expansions, there will be a cash prize for not only the winner ($10,000), but also the runner-up ($2,000). "The cash prizes are our way of giving the winner a financial platform equivalent of what a first-time publishing advance would amount to," said Peter Knutsson.
The complete overview of the competition including prizes, general terms and timeframe can be viewed here:
About EZdrummer 2
The first generation of EZdrummer was launched in 2006 and quickly established itself as the go-to drum production tool for top-tier producers, songwriters and home users alike. Today, eight years later, it is still by far the undisputed number one selling product in its niche. The ever-growing EZdrummer Line encompasses 21 unique expansion libraries recorded in top studios all over the world, making it possibly the single largest collection of drum sounds on the market.
Toontrack is a developer of software for music production, widely acclaimed for its attention to quality, design and innovation. In 1999, years ahead of the industry, Toontrack began developing the first-ever drum sampler to include sophisticated hi-hat control, multi-layer sampling and microphone bleed. Today, the company is world-leading in sampled drums and has extended its product range to include mix tools, software piano instruments and a wide assortment of expansion content. Some of Toontrack's most known brands include EZdrummer 2, Superior Drummer 2.0, EZmix 2 and EZkeys.