Orchestral Tools + StaffPad Competition 2020
Orchestral Tools and StaffPad have banded together to find ways for you to get creative, spread some music, and win some prizes. And we’ve come up with this competition:

The Brief

Compose a piece of music (45 seconds to 2 minutes) on the theme of ‘outside’.
What do you miss about being outside? Where would you like to be? What’s your favorite spot out in the wilds?
We’re looking for an inspiring piece of music, whether 1 instrument or many, and you can use any tools you want: e.g.
sample libraries, live instruments, phone recordings, or whatever you have in your studio.

Then upload your piece to Soundcloud or YouTube, and use the hashtag #OutsideCompetition to enter.

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The Prizes


The latest iPad (32GB) + Apple Pencil,
StaffPad + Berlin Strings StaffPad Edition,
plus Orchestral Tools’ collection of your choice.


plus one of Orchestral Tools’ Metropolis Ark collections


plus Orchestral Tools’ Inspire 1 or 2 collection

How to enter

1. Read the brief above and the terms and conditions, then compose an 'outside' piece of music between 45 seconds and 2 minutes long.
2. Upload a video or mp3 file to your YouTube or SoundCloud account, using the hashtag #OutsideCompetition
3. Make sure you have links on your profile to one (or all) of your social media account(s) - this way we can tag you if you win!

Duration + Winners


Wednesday, 6 May 2020 The competition begins and lasts
for 3 weeks.


Tuesday, 26 May 2020 The deadline for submitting your piece of music will be
15:00 PDT on Tuesday, 26 May, 2020.


Wednesday, 27 May 2020 The winners will be announced across both
Orchestral Tools + StaffPad socials.

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Please read the terms and conditions before entering. 1 entry per person. StaffPad requires a compatible iPad or Windows device.
Metropolis Ark, Inspire 1 and 2, and Orchestral Tools’ Collections require Mac OS 10.13, i5, 4GB RAM (16GB+ recommended), Windows 10, Intel Core i5 or similar (Windows 7 is not officially supported), Interfaces: VST, AU

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The Competition

Compose a piece of music (45 seconds to 2 minutes) to the brief below

Use any audio to create your piece, e.g. sample libraries (no violation of copyright), home recordings, etc.

Upload to SoundCloud or YouTube using the hashtag #OutsideCompetition

The compositions will be judged on their musicality and how well they evoke hopeful and inspiring themes.

The Brief:

Compose a piece of music (45 seconds to 2 minutes); is a soundtrack to being outside. We’re looking for a hopeful, inspiring piece of music and you can use any audio you want: e.g. sample libraries, phone recordings, or whatever you have to hand to record with.

The pieces will be judged by their musicality, creativity, and ultimately if we’re left feeling hopeful and inspired. Whether that's from a single piano piece or a full orchestra - we will leave that all up to you!

The Prizes

1st prize:
The latest iPad (32GB) model + Apple Pencil, StaffPad membership, Berlin Strings samples on StaffPad, Orchestral Tools’ collection of your choice.

2nd prize:
StaffPad membership + one of Orchestral Tools’ Metropolis Ark collection.

3rd prize:
StaffPad membership + Orchestral Tools’ Inspire 1 or 2 collection.


Composer and Orchestral Tools’ founder Hendrik Schwarzer
Composer and StaffPad founder David Hearn

The Duration

From Wednesday, May 6, 2020 to Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Final submissions will be accepted no later than 15:00 (PDT) on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 the winners will be announced across Orchestral Tools + StaffPad social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube community)

How to Enter

Upload song to YouTube or SoundCloud with the hashtag #OutsideCompetition

Make sure your profile has at least 1 link to one of your social media accounts (to be used only when tagging the winners)

By entering the competition, you accept all terms and conditions.

The prizes are non-transferable, neither can the prizes be given in cash value. Prizes expire after 4 months if we cannot contact you to inform you have won. To award prizes we will ask for winners’ email addresses - these will not be used to send marketing emails to, only so the winners can access + download their prize(s).

Rules (including copyright rules)

1. Only 1 entry per person. Multiple entries will disqualify you from the competition.
2. Each participator must solely own the full copyright to their submitted composition.
3. Entering the competition is free of charge. No purchase is needed to enter the competition.
4. The entire composition must not exceed 2 minutes.
5. Your composition must be 100% original.
6. By entering the competition, participants acknowledge all rules and terms + conditions.
7. The participant agrees if they have won a prize, their submission and name can be published across both Orchestral Tools and StaffPad social media accounts.
8. This competition is not supported or sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Soundcloud, or Twitter.

You cannot enter the competition if:
1. You are an employee, either full-time or part-time, of either Orchestral Tools or StaffPad.
2. You submit an unoriginal composition.

Your Data

1. We will only contact winners and request for email addresses for the sole purpose of awarding prizes and giving winners access to their prizes.
2. We will not share this email address with any outside party and will only be used by Orchestral Tools and StaffPad to arrange access to prizes.
3. You will not receive any marketing emails from either Orchestral Tools or StaffPad, unless you have, of free will, already subscribed and opted-in to the newsletter lists of either company.

Last revised: 6. May 2020

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