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Sound design and name a fictional hybrid animal!

Ever wonder what a snalrus sounds like?  (That’s a snail and a walrus…)  What about a Deagle? (Dog and Eagle)  Well now is your chance to find out! Name and sound design your own hybrid animal, then submit it to the Hybrid Animal Sound Design Competition.  The competition features $6,000 in prizes from Pro Sound Effects, Avid, iZotope, Rode, and Ric Viers!

The Grand Prize will be selected by a panel of experts:

  •     Ken Skoglund: Award-winning re-recording mixer and sound designer. Creator of the Sound Control SE sound effects library
  •     Ric Viers: Sound Designer, Author, Sound Effects Producer.  Creator of Blastwave FX and Author of the Sound Effects Bible.
  •     Douglas Price: Founder & President, Pro Sound Effects

We will also award a Listener’s Choice and Listener’s Choice Runner-up Prize to the entries that earn the most votes (excluding the grand prize winner, if applicable).  These will be awarded to the entries with the greatest number of UNIQUE votes.  Before the final vote count is released, we will filter the results to include only unique votes.  I.e. Voting for yourself multiple times will only count as ONE vote in the end.

Deadline for entries and voting is Tuesday, April 8th at 11:59PM!  Vote for your favorite entries here.

By way of example, check out the “Eleminnow” as imagined by Krump the Clown:

For some hilarious inspiration, check out the “Hybrid Animals” subreddit.


Grand Prize  ($5000 value):

Listener’s Choice ($850 value):

Listener’s Choice Runner-up ($350 value):

All prize winners will have their sound visualized by Krump the Clown, creator of the “Eleminnow.”


Competition Rules:

1.) Submissions must be under 15 seconds in length.

2.) You are not limited to using just the Rare Animals Sound Effects Library, but you must use at least one sound from Rare Animals library (using your free download credit).

3.) Sound manipulation (e.g. use of plug-ins) is allowed and encouraged.

4.) All sound design must be original, and all sounds used in the design must be fully cleared and licensed.

5.) Title of uploaded track should follow this naming convention: Hybrid Animal Sound Design Contest: “Sharkopotamus” by David Forshee.

6.) You MUST include the filename of the sound you used from the Rare Animals Sound Effects Library in the SoundCloud description.

7.) As mentioned before, voting for yourself more than once is not necessary.  We will be filtering the final vote count to exclude any abuses of the voting system.


Now the fun part:

1. Download your free sound from the Rare Animals Sound Effects library by visiting and registering for a free account if you haven’t already.

2. Then, redeem coupon code ”HYBRIDANIMAL2014” to get your one free download credit.

3. Once you’ve redeemed your coupon, browse the Rare Animals Sound Effects library and choose a sound to include in the design of your hybrid animal!


Ready to submit your hybrid animal sound?

1.) Upload your sound design to your SoundCloud account.  Be sure to include the filename of the sound you used from the Rare Animals Sound Effects Library in the description!

2.) Connect to SoundCloud using the link below, enter your email address, and choose the sound you’d like to submit.

3.) Share with your friends and vote for your favorite sounds on the entries page!

4.) Competition ends Tuesday, April 8th at 11:59PM EST.

Questions?  Email