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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 postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London.
He previously received a PhD from the same institution, during which he published and presented research on the perception of recording and mixing engineering, intelligent audio effects, and the analysis of music production practices.
He received an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium, in 2012.
An active member of the Audio Engineering Society, he is Vice Chair on the Education Committee and former Chair of the Student Delegate Assembly. In 2013, and again in 2014, he received the HARMAN Scholarship from the AES Educational Foundation.
Since 2013, Brecht has been working closely with Yamaha Corporation on the topic of Semantic Mixing.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

HARMAN scholarship (via AES Educational Foundation) 2013-2014 and renewed 2014-2015;
Yamaha Corp. studentship 2015-present;
"Best Poster" award at Audio Developer Conference 2016 in London, UK;
"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 Z├╝rich, 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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