Steve Mick to Chair Bass Race Committee
Bass Race is one of the most exciting formats of auto sound competition. But, with the advent of new technology and the ability to create custom sound tracks I have noticed an ongoing shift from what any reasonable person would call music to what many would call test tones.
This has been a concern of mine for a long time now. In fact, I have been speaking with contestants regarding this issue for at least a decade. (I even posted about this very issue right before Finals!)
One of the reasons that the dBDRA has waited so long to implement restrictions on program material is because competitors like to use their own “music.” The infinite variety of songs available combined with the subjective nature of what is and is not music has made it almost impossible for the officiating staff.
In 2020 we will be implementing new changes to address the widespread use of inappropriate program material in Bass Race competition. I have asked one of our most veteran competitors, Steve Mick, to assist us in this endeavor. Steve will be putting together a blue-ribbon team of veteran Bass Race competitors to identify a solution to the problem.
I have given Steve two initial options to investigate but his team is free to offer alternate suggestions if they are truly a viable solution.
The initial options are as follows…
Option 1 - All contestants must play approved selections from the dB Jams competition CD. no modifications to these songs will be permitted.
Option 2 – Term-LAB will identify invalid songs incorporating unacceptable music (containing test tones.) Steve’s team would identify songs that they feel are at the absolute limit of acceptability and then the Term-LAB software would flag songs that exceed these limits as test tone violations.
I look forward to working with Steve and his team on this exciting new direction.