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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
  • Educational Institutions - Educator

Job Duties:

  • Researcher
  • Owner/Director
  • Software Engineer
  • Other: Recording Engineer


Brecht De Man is a sound engineer, educator, and Head of Research at PXL-Music. He holds a PhD in Audio Engineering from Queen Mary University of London's Centre for Digital Music (supported in part by the AES Educational Foundation), and an MSc and BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium. Brecht has published, presented and patented research on the auditory perception and evaluation, smart DSP, and the analysis of music production practices, most often at AES conventions and conferences or in the Journal of the AES. This culminated in the book "Intelligent Music Production" (Routledge, 2019), part of the "AES Presents..." series.

At AES, Brecht recently concluded a term as Director and chaired the AES 2023 International Conference on Audio Education. He is currently Chair of the AES Belgium Section, as well as Vice Chair and founding member of the Technical Committee on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
Brecht first took an active role in the AES as Chair of the then-dormant London UK Student Section, helping its membership to increase tenfold. He also (vice) chaired several editions of the flagship student event 'Up Your Output!', and was Student Representative on the British Section's Executive Committee. As Chair of the AES Student Delegate Assembly (SDA) he organised the student track at four conventions and represented the 4,000+ AES Student Members across the globe.
Brecht also sits on a number of Technical Committees (TCs), frequently reviews JAES and convention papers, and has organised and participated in several AES convention workshops.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

HARMAN scholarship (via AES Educational Foundation) 2013-2014 and renewed 2014-2015;
Yamaha Corp. studentship 2015-2018;
"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

PhD from Queen Mary University of London, UK;
Research internship (4m) at McGill University, Canada;
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;
BSc Electronic Engineering at the University of Ghent Belgium.

Employment History

Head of Research at PXL-MUSIC;
Lecturer "Research Methodology" at Royal Conservatoire of The Hague;
Lecturer "Loudspeaker Design" at ie-net / Higher Course in Acoustics;
Founder at Semantic Audio Ltd;
Research Fellow at Birmingham City University;
Postdoctoral Researcher at Queen Mary University of London / Yamaha Corporation;
Associate Researcher at LANDR.

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 fantastic community and it has allowed me to meet tons of amazing people.

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