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Brecht De Man

Brecht De Man

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Audio Fields:

  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording
  • Live Sound - Concert Sound
  • Live Sound - Public Address
  • Live Sound - Public Address
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Musical Acoustics
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Software
  • Educational Institutions - Educator

Job Duties:

  • Researcher
  • DSP Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Mixer
  • Musician/Talent
  • Recording Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Student


Brecht De Man is a researcher, audio engineer and musician. Combining his experience as a recording engineer and live sound engineer, musicianship and engineering education, he started a PhD in Audio Engineering at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London, UK. Prior to this, he obtained an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium, with one year worth of MSc level courses at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland.
Brecht has published and presented research on intelligent audio production tools and the psychoacoustics of recording engineering. He is an active musician and music teacher, and works as a freelance sound engineer in and around London. An active member of the AES, he is Chair of the AES Student Delegate Assembly and of the London UK Student Section, and involved in the organisation of various past and future AES events.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

HARMAN scholarship (via AES Educational Foundation) 2013-2014 and renewed 2014-2015;
Yamaha Corp. studentship 2015;
"Best Code" award at Hacking Audio and Music Research (HAMR) at ISMIR 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan;
"Honourable Mention" at ABTA Doctoral Researcher Awards 2014.

Education Background

BSc Electronic Engineering at the University of Ghent Belgium;
MSc Electronic Engineering (Electronic Circuits and Systems) at the University of Ghent, Belgium;
Erasmus exchange (1y, MSc level) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland;
PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London, UK;
Research internship (4m) at McGill University, Canada.

Why Am I An AES Member?

The AES represents all I do and want to learn: the perfect blend of art and engineering, all things audio in one place. It's a great community and it has allowed me to meet tons of amazing people in a relatively short time.

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