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Winner Announced! Congatulations to Felipe Diaz, the winner and recipient of SONOPEDIA 2.0!  Click on the player below to hear the winning entry.  We will post some other entries soon.
Blastwave FX Halloween Sound Design Competition     

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 Register Here for your Free Sound Effects Download Pack

~ the competition deadline has passed, but you can still register for the halloween download pack ~

Do you think you have what it takes to scare the hell out of someone in 30 seconds or less using only sound? Here’s your chance to prove it, and win SONOPEDIA 2.0! But beware, the judges aren’t easily scared… Alan Howarth (Sound Designer / Composer on films such as Halloween, Poltergeist and Gremlins), Matt Busch (Star Wars and Hollywood Is Dead Artist), and Ric Viers (Author of The Sound Effects Bible and CEO of Blastwave FX) will all be judging your work – with the lights off! Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2011.



After registration you will receive a link to the free download pack (68 sound effects!)
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There will be one winner who will receive SONOPEDIA 2.0 from Blastwave FX...
As well as an autographed set of limited edition Hollywood-is-Dead poster print from Matt Busch, an autographed copy of the Halloween 4 Soundtrack by Alan Howarth and an autographed copy of "The Sound Effects Bible" by Ric Viers.

Matt Busch    Alan Howarth   Ric Viers


Here’s the scoop: Blastwave FX will provide you with a gaggle of sound effects (some horrifying and some sinfully simple). The rest is up to you and your evil imagination. There is only one rule: You can only use sound effects from Blastwave FX in your cauldron. If you own Blastwave FX libraries, you are allowed to use those sounds as well.  As a special treat for Halloween, you can download one additional Power Pack from Blastwave FX for FREE to use in your submission.  After registration, you will be provided with a coupon code good for one free $25 download pack.  If you think your piece needs a little voice-over help, feel free to grab a mic and do your best Vincent Price, if you dare.

That’s it. Blastwave FX supplies the treats, you supply the tricks.


Alan Howarth

From scores to special sound effects, from Halloween stalkers to Star Trek, Alan Howarth’s electronic imagination has contributed to some of the biggest genre films of the ‘80s and beyond. His massive credits list includes Escape From New York, Poltergeist, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Star Trek, Coppola’s Dracula, Stargate and of course, the Halloween film franchise. For more information visit: www.alanhowarth.com

Alan Howarth

Matt Busch

Matt Busch is one of the most sought-after entertainment illustrators in the world, having worked on big name movies, books, posters, comics, toys, games and more.  You've seen his art on such Hollywood properties as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Night of the Living Dead.  Busch has recently been making waves with Hollywood-is-Dead, re-imagined movie poster parodies with a zombie twist. For more information visit: www.mattbusch.com

Matt Busch

 Ric Viers

That’s right! The founder of Blastwave FX and author of The Sound Effects Bible is rolling up his sleeves and cranking up his monitors to hear your work! After all, he is the world’s largest producer of sound effects with nearly 200,000 sounds and more than 600 sound effects products to his name. His sound effects have been used in  America's Funniest Home Videos, Call Of Duty, Desperate Housewives, Family Guy, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Law And Order, Medium, Survivor, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Ugly Betty, Vampire Diaries, WWE Afterburn, Wonderful World Of Disney, World's Dumbest Daredevils and more! For more information visit: www.ricviers.com

Ric Viers

• The soundtrack can be abstract or literal, surreal or real, but the theme of Halloween, fright, horror and scary must be a strong component.

• You may only use sounds from Blastwave FX, in addition to any voice-over you choose to record.  You may not use your own sound effects or music in the competition.  Once you register you will receive a coupon code to download a free Power Pack to use in your entry.

• Judging Criteria: The judges will evaluate entries based on creative use of sound effects and how high they jumped in their chairs due to the bejeezus being scared out of them.

• The piece should be 25 - 30 seconds in length.

• Audio format for entries: interleaved, stereo wav or aiff file. 16/44.1 or higher resolution.

• The Winner must be prepared to describe how they created their sound narrative, such as what kinds of effects and editing techniques they used, software used, etc.

• Processing and plugins allowed.

Submit entries by November 1, 2011.  Please zip and email to labs@blastwavefx.com with "Halloween Competition Submission YourLastName" in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation email within 1 - 5 days upon submitting.

• Sound sources: sound effects included in the download pack and sound effects from any other Blastwave FX library (including the one free download pack you're allowed with your coupon code - provided after registration). Also allowed is voice over in any language.  You are allowed and encouraged to manipulate, chop up, process, layer, distort etc. the sounds.

• Participants’ names will be withheld from judges.

• Participants release all ownership rights related to their soundtrack to Blastwave FX.

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