With the winter holidays upon us and the end of the year closing out, we thought it would be fun to do a finger drumming contest with a holiday-themed soundpack. Click through to download the free soundpack from Apoth, watch exhibition performances from the Soundpack4Soundpack crew, and get the details on entering the competition.
Holiday Finger Drumming Contest Details
Happy holidays, DJTT friends and family! We’re excited to kick off a new contest for the holiday season that everyone with a controller with any of any kind pads or a way to play samples can participate in. Here are the rules:
- Use the provided soundpack (link below) at least as a starting point for your routine – you can use it as is, but if you modify it we should still be able to recognize elements
- Record good quality audio and video of you playing the soundpack live! We’re judging based on:
- Technical performance and playing style
- Aesthetics and unique elements to your video (Unique setting? Incorporating other instruments, performers, gear? Visuals or nice-looking screencapture of what you’re playing? There are lots of options here!)
- How enjoyable it is to watch (silly holiday elements or other clever things that keep people watching)
- Pro Tip: Read Ean’s advice on shooting a great performance video or watch winners from past DJTT contests
- Upload a video on YouTube or Facebook (or any video site) with #DJTTholidaycontest in the title, and post a link in the comments on this article.
- Submit your video by Thursday, December 24th at 12 noon, PST.
We’ll be awarding the prizes for the winners (we reserve the right to add more winners if you all really rock our socks off):
- Grand Prize winner: a front page featured sound pack performance on DJTT in 2016, a Midi Fighter 3D, A Midi Fighter Twister, $100 in DJTT store credit, and all DJTT Soundpacks
- Runners up: All featured in winner roundup (with a link back to your YouTube channel / Soundcloud / etc) on December 25th
The judges for the contest will be the Soundpack 4 Soundpack crew (who did exhibition videos below) and the DJTT staff.
Download the “Ye Grand Holiday” sound pack (Ableton project + WAVs) here.
Exhibition Performances: Apoth, Vide, Kloosless, INDO, Jeff Tunque
Some of the most passionate finger drummers in the DJTT community have joined forces as Soundpack4Soundpack, a crew that runs regular finger drumming soundpack cyphers. It’s very similar to the Team Supreme weekly beat cyphers, except focused around live performance.
To help kick off this contest, we asked some of the Soundpack4Soundpack crew to put together their own performances on Apoth’s pack. Watch below for inspiration for your own entry:
Good luck! We look forward to seeing your entries in the comments below.
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Better late than never…
Sorry for the awful video quality!
Y’all are some clever and creative MFs, nice job everybody! I can’t pick a favorite with so many great entries. Good luck @Soundpack4Soundpack! And good luck to you all. Happy Holidays!
Woah – I have seen so many amazing setups!! They must have cost you so much money to have so much amazing gear though!! Merry Christmas to everyone 😀
Quite basic but launchpad pro https://youtu.be/bm1D8EtnxFA
Hey guys! I hope you like the beat, I had a blast making it. This is my first time finger drumming and there is to be plenty more on the way. If you like it, check out my soundcloud at soundcloud.com/clopz !
I think that this could be the winner also!
Thanks so much Jack! 🙂 I appreciate the kind words.
Here’s my entry!!!!! 🙂
I made a full remix using the soundpack, and I’m super excited to have you guys and the community hear what I’ve made!
All the sounds are contained in one large 100 sample drum rack, with my analog synthesizer being controlled via midi in the drum rack. I just don’t have enough fingers to play everything at once, so with the magic of video editing, I hope you guys enjoy!
I see you used a sample from the Disciples Merry Christmas video from 2014!! I like this it is really good!
Here’s My Entry with a Prototype controller 🙂
See you at Namm 2016 maybe ^^
Merry Christmas from France ! (hope the submission is not too late !)
where can I get that and be on the testing/ feedback/ marketing team?
The beta test is done for now 🙂
Come see us at Namm show this january to see it in action ^^
Hope you enjoy!
My contest entry…Hope you like it
The lights are super cool!
Thanks Bro 🙂
one two one two! here is my entry…happy holidays to all u fellas!
looking forward to see more videos..
Hell yeah dude
Merry Christmas everyone. I’ve put a decent amount of work into this video, so I hope you all enjoy it (and yes, the Santa head does trigger a sample):
This is the winner I am guessing – you are lucky you have so much gear to use!! That must have cost you so much money overall… You are a professional or bedroom producer?!?
I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 As much as I wish I did, I don’t own all that gear; the Moog and second Push are my mates; I only own a Launchpad and a Push and I bought both of them second hand (so I haven’t really spend that much money on gear). And I’m a bedroom producer (literally).
So awesome! I gotta ask, how did you get the knobs to trigger notes? Let alone triggering notes without turning them? I’m guessing it has something to do with the magic of user mode, huh?
Thanks, I enjoyed your video too. One day whilst deleting some automation, I realised that the knobs can send two signals: one when turning the knob and another when you simply touch the knob. Placing the Push in user mode simply means that the knobs are no longer effected by the control surface mapping and just send midi signals directly to Ableton. The left knob up the top sends the lowest midi note Ableton uses and the other knobs send midi signals that progressively increase semitonally. You can use these signals as you would any other midi signals and simultaneously use the midi signals the knobs provide when turned (this adjusted the vibrato in the video). So in essense, you basically go into user mode and you can use the midi signals from the knobs; hope that helps 😉
Hey guys I did another entry – bear in mind I am only 15 years old! I really really want to win the Midi Fighter as I know that I will never be able to afford one myself! The camera is a little bit shakey (sorry) as I do not have much money to spend on video equpiment ahah. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone and good luck to everyone in this contest – all the entries I have seen look really promising! 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM0bX6z7oEY
Hey guys, here’s my entry!
Hope you all enjoy it & Merry Christmas 🙂
Re up loaded with more xmas spirit 🙂 In the intro I have my pad layout just incase you guys were wondering. I’m using the Maschine Studio, and playing some upside down guitar. Hope you guys enjoy and thanks for watching.
hey all. made something weird between juke/footwork/trap/rnb. didnt use any outside samples (except for my tag). kind of all over the place, hope you like it. not really a festive person unfortunately haha ¯_(?)_/¯
Here’s my entry. I did this at work and don’t have any fancy decoration, but it’s fun to join in with you guys. Thanks DJTT.
Here’s my entry! 🙂 Merry Christmas and happy holidays everybody! Best of luck to you all!
Shout out to my dog just chilling in the back!
You are lucky you have so much awesome gear! Your remix was really good too though!!
There u go! hit the lights!
Ye Grand Holiday #DJTTholidaycontest #whatthebuck #liveremix #txscratchleague https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7Cd_BZrrBg
Ye Grand Holiday: Buck Rodgers Maschine Remix #DJTTholidaycontest #whatthebuck #liveremix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7Cd_BZrrBg
hope im on time !!! cause i spend 4h to uploading this video :))
Marry Christmas ****DJ Techh Tools****
One of my favorites. Except the drinking part. 🙂
I just add it cause thought it might be funny didn’t mean to.
Don’t take it too seriously man.
It’s just an opinion. No offense.
it fine ))) no worries
AAAAHHHHHHH DEADLINES ARE SCARY BUT HERE YA GO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf7b7utHfTA&feature=youtu.be – Our entry! Heard about this contest kind of last minute and we don’t own a MIDI controller of any sort, so we did our best with what we had on hand!
Hope im on time !! ***Marry Christmas ***DjTT
Here’s my version. Enjoy!
Really nice job with this one
Thanks a ton. I appreciate it!
That was beautiful!
One of my favorites. Keep up the great work!
Here’s my entry, hope you like it!
Here’s my submission. Enjoy!
Whats up guys! Awesome to see how many talented people we have on here!
What I did here was I really detuned all the samples and did a few other edits to the sounds, then I jammed some fat 808s. Had no real routine with this. All purely improvisation. Hope you guys can bob your heads.
Happy holidaze ::)
But I don’t want my face eaten…
[…] My entry for the DJTT Holiday Contest with Apoth’s SoundPack “Ye Grande Holiday” Contest link : http://djtechtools.com/2015/12/16/holiday-fingerdrumming-contest-free-soundpack/ […]
Enjoy ! A lot of fun ! Thank you DJtechtools !
Just got my Quneo 3 days ago, so this is the first productive thing I have done with it. Enjoy!
Heyyy I tried to go with a silly theme! I used some samples I took from the “History of DJ Tech Tools” video. Enjoy! (Also Santa Ean Golden!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4AWkP3CRns&feature=youtu.be
Hey guys ! Here’s my entry, first video on youtube for me.
I just used some pitch and reverse on the samples.
Hope you enjoy, and happy holidays !
Enjoyed all the entries so far 🙂 Happy holidays! Enjoy!
Lol this is one is like reggae style ahah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k35jp6T24k&feature=youtu.be
Enjoyed all the entries so far 🙂 Happy holidays! Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/cxdOAPjnNoU Hope you like it guys 🙂 looking ffw for some comment! greetz Gloomchaser
My MIDI Fighter Entry!!!
my favorite man! Well done!
this is awesome
good job !!!
Hope U guys like it.
What are you all using to shoot video? I used my iPhone because it’s all
I have but, I’m thinking about investing in a video camera to do stuff
like this more often. Is a wide angle action cam a good way to go, or
should I stick with a more traditional [HD] camcorder? I like the idea of the action cam because I can also do other stuff with it but, is it not good for this kind of shooting?
Go pro or HD Webcam, the one I have is the Logitec c920, it’s pretty good. Camcorders are nice, but at the price range i’d probably get a used T3i DSLR lol. Tripods are a must in my opinion so don’t forget to invest in one also.
Wow, I’m pretty impressed after looking into the Logitech a bit. It’s really tempting at that price point. I figure I should go with something more versatile if I’m going to spend anything though, and not be tethered to the computer. I’ve been looking at the Sony AS200v, has a lot of great reviews and does well in comparison with similar cameras.
I know I’ll definitely need a tripod too. If you check out my video, I used my MF3d as a stand for my iPhone lol. Thanks for the input, Andy. Great performance, by the way!
i’ve used Nexus5 to record my video.
Pretty decent quality IMHO.
It does look like the Nexus has a bit of an edge over my iPhone 5s with resolution. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even really export my video properly or perhaps it could have looked better. I didn’t really know what the heck I was doing lol.
Don’t worry about it. I think everyone can see and hear your performance clearly without any problems. At least i did. 🙂
The submissions I’ve seen are amazing. Makes me wonder if mines even stands a chance lol. hope you like it.
Here’s my trappy version of this sound pack. In the intro I have the layout of my pads just in case you guys were wondering. Used the Maschine Studio, and played upside down guitar 🙂 Hope you guys enjoy.
Marry x-mass!!!! <3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRVNZ4JUF1w&feature=youtu.be
really enjoyed tweaking this sound pack up a bit and playing around with it .. i wish i had more time to get a better video in but i haven’t had a lot of time on my hands so i hope you enjoy https://youtu.be/9fMxZiLkTls
Here is my entry on a Launchpad – I am yet to have a midi fighter (Cannot buy one on the budget of a 15 year old!) and want one so badly :O :O Please check it out and all feedback of any kind is appreciated!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvlb48les-Y&feature=youtu.be
Here’s my entry, a little bit off-beat, but I think it will do:
Here is my entry! Decided to add some extra samples from the intro of Ariana’s song to spice things up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYKyVpjDl9Q
Hit me up with that christmassy flow! Here’s my entry, everyone! Hopefully you’ll like it. All of the art credits go to my 6-year-old little sister. She’s really turning into an amazing art director.
Amazing! I really like what you did! Nice art, btw!
Here’s my go at it.. First ever routine, first ever video.. Hope y’all dig it!
I cant open this file since I only have the older lite version
Hey guys. Here’s my take on the soundpack. Hope you like it! Happy holidays. https://youtu.be/5k5iSXas0pg
Here we go
Hi there, guys!
Added some extra christmas snowy flavour 🙂
#DJTTholidaycontest – Virgin Pete
Hi there, guys!
Added some extra christmas flavor 🙂
#DJTTholidaycontest – Virgin Pete
Joinin’ the party!
Nice 🙂 <3
very well done. Dope brotha
Much appreciation m’mate
Hey guys! I thought I’d join in on the fun to! Check out my take on this soundpack!
Hi there, guys!
I have a lot to learn in finger drumming, but i hope you’ll enjoy my modest routine 🙂
The *als document can just be used with Ableton 9.5! Is it just me with that problem?
No me to …. I don’t have ableton 9.5
As far as I know Ableton Live 9.5 files cannot be opened in older versions of ableton. 9.5 added a lot of really useful things, especially for soundpacks.
Here is my downtempo entry, happy holidays! #DJTTholidaycontest
Really digging the flip that Indo Grin did up there, super slick, wasn’t expecting that.
I just entered! I hope you all enjoy my energetic performance (HAHA lol aka I desperately need/want/have to own that fire DJTT gear! Here’s my routine!! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn4NAM4My9w
Awesome, our first entry! solid work.
Is using all of the samples in the pack required?
and is the production only limited to these samples?
You don’t have to use all the samples, but we should be able to tell that you’re using some of them. Be creative if you’d like, but stay focused on the holiday theme and incorporate some elements of the original.
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I want to win >.<! <3
Great! look forward to your entry 🙂