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#457134 - 02/12/18 04:10 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Congratulations Xtra Styles Song Contest Winners! [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Is a contest like this held every year? Will there be one for 2018?
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#457223 - 02/12/18 06:31 PM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Congratulations Xtra Styles Song Contest Winners! [Re: DeaconBlues09]
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Historically, PG Music never predicts the future or tells their marketing plans. Having said that, in the past PG Music has used song contests as a method to increase use of new or interesting features.

In this instance, Xtra Styles differ enough from traditional Realstyles that PG Music sponsored a contest. Contest songs provided audio content for users to hear Xtra styles in use beyond the demo songs.

Did I hear you ask how do Xtra styles differ from Realstyles? In one way they don't; Xtra styles are Realstyles because they use RealTracks. However some Xtra styles also use loops. Each Xtra style uses a non traditional group of instrument RealTracks and have a more modern approach to the mix.
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#458013 - 02/17/18 02:54 PM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Congratulations Xtra Styles Song Contest Winners! [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Well expressed Jim.

I use the Xtra Styles religiously for production. I have all 4 sets and would not live without them. When they go on sale for $29 bucks I think they are a steal. There are like 150 premixed, amazing "productions in the can" per Xtra styles set just waiting for a chord chart. You can't order lunch in a recording studio for $29 bucks. At the normal price they are still a bargain and more.

I keep a link to the Xtra styles on my bookmarks folder, and when I am looking for a sound to a new song idea I have, I just flip through the Xtra style demo samples on the web, usually find something in 10 minutes, have a song sketched out in 20.

The sounds and productions are so good with the audiophile version I do precious little with them after that except for very judicious EQ and minimal effects.

I LOVE the Xtra styles. A producer's dream.
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#489786 - 09/08/18 08:41 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Congratulations Xtra Styles Song Contest Winners! (2017) [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Congratulations to all the winners and contest participates. All the songs were interesting and enjoyable to listen to. It sure seems to me that most of the songs qualified as having that "radio quality" sound. Excellent work by everyone!

Congratulations to PG Music also. I think this has to be one of the most successful contests that PG Music has sponsored.
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