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AES 143 Meet the Sponsors! Leapwing Audio

We love analog and we love digital. We also recognise that there are things you can’t do in the analog domain and understand that focus is key. You will not find us creating analog imitations. There are other companies that do this very well. We want to solely focus on tools that use the strength of digital to shape and improve sound.

We are geeks but also end-users. We don’t want to build complicated tools, where it takes a user 10 minutes to get a decent sound. Our goal is that once you open our tools, that within 10 seconds, you understand what it does and you get a great sound within the next 10 seconds.

We have a clear dedication to build something that’s easy to use and intuitive. 

We pride ourselves to focus on only using the highest quality filters and algorithms we can come up with, knowing the current boundaries of modern-day CPUs. We might spend weeks getting filters to sound just the way we want. We also strongly believe that our paying customers should not be our beta testers so we’ve set up a very strong testing and debugging framework to make sure our plugins leave here in the best possible condition.

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Posted on October 18, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Telefunken

 TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside our own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, we have established a product line that perfectly blends vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone. Our commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of our products is rivaled only by our dedication to provide the BEST possible service to each and every one of our customers.

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Posted on October 18, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 Meet The Judges Owen Curtin!

Owen Curtin is a professor of audio and he is the owner of the Bridge Sound and Stage. His enthusiasm for DIY was born through the necessity of studio ownership and has inspired him to build kits as well as his own designs. Owen founded the Audio Builders Workshop through which he produces Youtube content, seminars, group builds, and factory tours with the mission of fostering the DIY tradition in audio engineering.

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Big Bear Audio

 Thank you to Big Bear Audio for sponsoring the recording competition.

Big Bear Audio is a high end audio design house based in London, founded by AES UK Vice Chairman Charlie Slee. Focusing on both pro and consumer audio products, Big Bear Audio designs and manufactures analogue electronics tools for the professional and audiophile.

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 Meet The Judges Charlie DeVane!

Charlie DeVane is a principal engineer at MathWorks, responsible for the audio plugin and MIDI features of the Audio System Toolbox for MATLAB. He also teaches Computer Science in the Sound Recording Technology program at UMass Lowell. Charlie is an active member of the Boston Section of the AES, a senior member of the ACM, and holds an MEng in Computer Science from Cornell University, a BSEE from NC State, and 11 patents.

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 Meet The Judges Charlie Slee!

Charlie Slee is an electrical engineer and product designer. He runs Big Bear Audio Ltd designing and manufacturing high end consumer and professional audio products, and is currently the Chair of the Audio Engineering Society British Section.

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Black Saloon Studios

 Mandy Parnell became interested in recorded music at the age of 5, listening to records on a portable Dansette player . She studied music and music technology through her school, college and university years, training and working in recording studios until landing an internship at a mastering studio.Mandy worked her way up through the ranks, eventually becoming a world renowned mastering engineer in her own right. She finally decided to launch her own facility, Black Saloon Studios. Her 24 years of experience have allowed her to discover and develop her philosophies in analogue and digital audio, while working with an amazing array of artists.

She has been nominated and won numerous awards, Grammy, Tech Awards, MPG and various others. She is also an active member of the AES, Grammys, APRS and MPG, and lectures on mastering and the music industry across the globe.

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Cycling '74

 Cycling '74 are once again sponsoring the Student Competitions, with some prizes of Max MSP licences.

Cycling '74 creates software for the specialized needs of artists, educators, and researchers working with audio, visual media, and physical computing. They are best known for their work with the digital signal processing software environment Max.

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Posted on October 15, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 Meet the Sponsors! Native Instruments

Native Instruments are once again sponsoring the Student Design and Recording Competitions at the upcoming Convention.

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJing. The company's mission is to develop innovative, fully-integrated solutions for all musical styles and professions. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike.

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Posted on October 15, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Eiosis

 Slate Digital and Eiosis are award-winning, industry-standard brands of professional audio software that are used on many hit records made by world-renowned mixing engineers. At Slate Digital and Eiosis, we are a team of dedicated people evolving in a friendly environment, with a focus on quality and innovation.

Our products combine science, technology, and art. Each product is a new challenge as we always strive for perfection. Our customers appreciate how far we like to refine our algorithms and graphical interfaces.

Eiosis and Slate Digital are growing thanks to the passion, hard work, and talent of each team member. Our company culture is to let people be proactive and autonomous: new ideas are welcome and encouraged and excellence is highly rewarded. We have a lot of dreams and ambitions for our future and our growth, so we are searching for talented people to develop all these exciting projects and bring them to success!

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Posted on October 14, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 Meet The Judges Robin Lobel!

Robin Lobel has been researching and developing innovative technologies for the broadcast and media industries for years as a freelancer, ranging from 3D to video to audio algorithm and software solutions.

He runs his own company Divide Frame and is the author of SpectraLayers, an advanced audio spectrum editor published by MAGIX.

Posted on October 14, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 Meet the Sponsors! UVI

UVI is a Paris, France-based developer of premium virtual instruments, effects and software for professional audio production. Over the past two decades UVI has released an extensive catalog of instruments and applications, winning numerous industry awards and accolades. As a key technology partner UVI has worked with many companies to enable groundbreaking software instruments with the renowned UVI EngineTM.

Spanning over 40 releases ranging from mobile to desktop, UVI products are used by many of today’s top composers, producers, sound designers and musicians, being heard on numerous hit-records, film and TV scores and games. UVI products are crafted to deliver the finest experience possible—offering a wealth of unique and inspiring instruments, the highest quality sound, innovative features, efficient and reliable performance and world-class user interfaces.

Leveraging a deep technology portfolio, extensive experience and a passion for sound, UVI continues to push forward creating new and imaginative tools that both enable and inspire.

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Posted on October 13, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Genelec

 Like many other audio technology companies, Genelec’s roots are deeply seeded in the world of Broadcast & Music recording technology. Our current offering is the most complete in the market place: from the very compact 8010 to the massive 1236A with technologies like Directivity Control Waveguide™, pioneered by Genelec and the Smart Active Monitor technologies featuring AutoCalibration etc. Still to date, after 10 years in the market something Genelec is alone of. Genelec stays at the forefront of speaker technology and is proud to serve many of the worlds finest audio facilities.

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Posted on October 13, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Merging

 Meet Merging, the company that brought the incredible DAW Pyramix into the industry, and one of our sponsors for the student recording competition!

Merging Technologies is the world’s foremost manufacturer of high-resolution digital audio recording systems.  The list of customers reads like a who’s who in the recording industry and recordings made with Merging Technologies’ systems regularly receive the recording industry’s prestigious Grammy® Award. 

The company was founded in 1990 in Chexbres, Switzerland by Claude Cellier; an electronics graduate of the Institute of Technology in Lausanne  Prior to this, Claude worked for the famous Swiss audio maker Nagra Kudelski for 10 years. Within a short time of its founding, Merging quickly established a reputation for their expertise in digital signal processing and associated hardware, and with their Pyramix Virtual Studio, was one of the first companies to produce a DSD recording system. 

In 2007, Claude Cellier was presented with the Audio Engineering Society Fellowship Award  for outstanding contributions to the development of high-performance, high-resolution audio workstations.  Merging Technologies currently has over 20 employees with offices in Switzerland and the UK.

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Posted on October 12, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 Meet The Judges Steinunn Arnardottir!

Steinunn Arnardóttir - Head of Software Development | Collaborations and Academic Affairs at Native Instruments.

Steinunn has been a part of NI's Research team as a DSP Developer for over seven years and has worked on audio effects for whole NI’s product range, including Maschine, Traktor, GuitarRig and Kontakt and currently heads research collaborations between NI and other partners. Steinunn holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music Technology from University of Iceland and Stanford University.

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Interfacio

Interfacio provides a unique, global and specialist recruitment service within the Audio, Music, Broadcast and Film technology sectors. We identify and introduce suitably qualified and experienced commercial, technical and management personnel to our clients. Our specialized recruitment, search and selection service addresses the difficulties of recruiting for roles which need a very specific skill set and technical background. We have many years of working within the Professional-Audio industry and so we know and understand the space and have an established network of connections. We are committed to working closely and honestly with both candidates and clients, and as such, candidate fit and the long term success of our placements are our ultimate goals.

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Posted on October 11, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Solid State Logic

 From groundbreaking audio consoles to innovative video production systems, Solid State Logic has evolved to become the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for film, audio, video and broadcast professionals.

With more than 3000 SSL-equipped studios and facilities operational today, the excellence of SSL consoles is universally recognized for unrivaled sonic quality, superb ergonomics, outstanding automation and an international support infrastructure second to none.

Founded by Colin Sanders in 1969, SSL has since expanded to its present 15 acre science park in Oxfordshire, England. SSL's unrivalled resources, including R&D, manufacturing, training, service and product support, operate in a unique high technology, customer oriented environment.  The company invents, designs and manufactures technology for the creative manipulation of sound. Users and industry experts from all over the world visit SSL's Oxford HQ to consult with SSL audio experts and evaluate SSL equipment. There are more than 3000 SSL systems in service around the world.


Posted on October 11, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 Meet The Judges Dave Hill!

Designer Dave Hill has always had an interest in electronics, and started designing and building devices at an early age. He was building analog synthesizers from scratch and started doing professional sound recording and equipment maintenance while still in high school. After high school Dave continued to pursue a career in electronics and enrolled in a local technical college. After his first year he was asked by the college to take over teaching duties in the program. He taught analog and digital electronics for 8 years while continuing his involvement in pro audio. 

Dave continues to do studio and film sound recording, as he has since 1972.  Early in the 1980's Dave was asked if he could design a tube compressor that would have the sound of vintage tube type devices.  The result of this request was the Summit Audio TLA-100.  Due to the success of that design Dave went on to design and set up the manufacture of all Summit Audio products until September of 1994.

Beginning in August of 1995, his new company Crane Song Ltd. was set up and started his first project for ATR Service Company.  A tube playback pre-amp for the ATR-102 tape machine called the HDV-2. This was manufactured for the ATR Service Company by Crane Song Ltd. Next Dave designed a two channel discrete class A compressor-limiter, called the STC-8 which was the launch of the Crane Song product line. Today the Crane Song family of products has grown to nine hardware products and a Pro Tools plugin, they are; STC-8, Flamingo, Trakker, Ibis, Avocet, Egret, Spider, Falcon, Hedd-192, and Phoenix.

Dave Hill Designs was created as a way to do some different things and its two hardware products are Europa 1 and Titan which are both digital controlled analog devices. Dave Hill designs also has a ProTools plug-in called RA which allows the bending of linearity in the audio path and the creation of new sounds. Some of the designs for other companies include Avid’s HEAT plug-in, ATR Service Company’s variable speed control and the ARIA discrete record - play tape machine electronics. In addition there is on-going design work for several other companies, both the US and the UK. New designs for both Crane Song and Dave Hill Designs are always being worked on. Plus research into clocking, jitter, digital control of analog audio and other areas. 

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 Student Party w/ Genelec and Gary Hoey

The AES Student Party will happen on Thursday, October 19, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Jungle City Studios, 520 West 27th St. New York, NY 10001 and is open to any 143rd Convention participant with an ALL ACCESS STUDENT BADGE - a great opportunity to meet fellow students from around the world. Tickets should be picked up at the Student Delegate Assembly desk on Wednesday 18th, at 2pm.

Genelec invites you to come experience The Ones at Jungle City Studios for the official AES student social event of the show. Refreshments and food will be served, and guitarist extraordinaire Gary Hoey will be performing live in the studio.

All event attendees will be entered for a chance to win a pair of Genelec 8331’s when they register at the door. As a secondary giveaway, there will be a drawing for a limited-edition pair of Genelec 8030’s in red. This drawing is open only to U.S. residents who have subscribed to the Genelec USA Learning Channel on YouTube by Nov 30, 2017. Subscribers must share their YouTube subscriptions publicly to be included in the drawing.

See you there!

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Posted on October 9, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! THAT Corp

THAT Corporation, founded in 1989, designs and sells high-performance analog integrated circuits for professional audio manufacturers. THAT’s ICs include analog input and output stages, digitally controlled preamplifiers, and its original line of voltage-controlled amplifiers (VCAs) and RMS-level detectors – all used throughout the pro audio industry. The company also licenses patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property to the TV broadcast and reception industries. Under the dbx-tv® brand name, THAT offers Total Sonics™, Total Surround™, and Total Volume™, TV audio enhancement technology and digital (Verilog®) implementations of legacy TV audio receiver standards covering all parts of the world, including BTSC, A2, NICAM, and EIA-J. The company is headquartered in Milford, Massachusetts, with offices in Tokyo, Japan and Milpitas, California.


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Posted on October 9, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! TASCAM

For more than 30 years, TASCAM has developed products for every segment of the sound and music industry. From the high-end audio professional in a major post-production studio to the novice or hobbyist at home, TASCAM is everywhere. We are a company committed to providing our customers audio/video solutions that enable breakthroughs by using sound in ways that are as exciting as they are accessible. In short, we provide tools that let people translate their creativity into reality.

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Posted on October 5, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Jensen Transformers

Founded in 1974, Jensen Transformers Inc. researches, develops, manufactures, and distributes products for use by audio and video professionals worldwide. Along with over 100 standard models of high performance audio and video transformers, Jensen  pioneered the ISO-MAX ® line of ready-to-use audio and video ground isolators for solving interfacing and hum & buzz problems in Professional, Commercial, & Residential Audio/Video systems.


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Posted on October 4, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Mathew Lane

Mathew Lane audiotools are innovative new solutions, created when no other hardware or software could be found suitable for the task.

The DrMS spatial processor is Mathew Lane's first product, already widely accepted by audio professionals as a unique plugin. It's being used by top producers and engineers on songs by well known artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and many others. Legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado is a fan and has been showing the use of DrMS on several of his Pensado's Place Into The Lair videos.

DrMS is a unique spatial processor, available as AAX/RTAS/AU/VST plugin, with a wide range of applications for mixing, mastering and post production - going from simple MS (Mid-Side) encoding/decoding, over stereo field width and depth enhancement, to fixing mono compatibility issues and more.

DrMS now also has little brother called StereoDelta. And even more, Mathew Lane has recently gone hardware by introducing the OnTheMoon SPACECRAFT, a unique analog spatial processor based on his spatialising technology.


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Posted on October 3, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! DIY.RE

Peterson Goodwyn began building his own audio gear in 2008 for one simple reason: he couldn’t afford to buy it. In 2011 he founded DIY Recording Equipment with the vision of making excellent audio equipment affordable and accessible to anyone who was willing to pick up a soldering iron. Since then, DIYRE has enabled thousands of musicians and engineers to build their own equipment, through hundreds of DIY tutorials, designs, and blog posts.

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Posted on October 2, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

Become an AES Convention Volunteer!

As an official AES Convention Volunteer, your mission is to work with students and professionals to help the convention run smoothly. You will meet new people, take pride in being a part of the underlying fabric of the convention and you will be directly involved in the presentations of the newest technologies in the audio field. 

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Posted on October 1, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

Don't forget to enter the Student Design Competition!

The 143rd AES Convention in NYC coming closer, don't forget to enter the Student Design Competition!

The AES Student Design Competition is an opportunity for aspiring hardware and software engineers to participate in a worldwide contest during AES Conventions and gain recognition for their hard work, technical creativity, and ingenuity. 

Students from both audio and non-audio backgrounds are encouraged to submit entries. Few restrictions are placed on the nature of the projects, but designs must be for use with audio. Examples include loudspeaker design, DSP plug-ins, analog hardware, signal analysis tools, mobile applications, sound synthesis devices, and workflow solutions. Products should represent new, original ideas implemented in working-model prototypes. The online submission procedures is to create 4­-8 pages write up describing of the project and communicating the design to the judges. Students may use any combination of diagrams, schematics, code blocks, and text. Furthermore, there are great prizes for the finalists such as software, hardware and books.

The Student Design Competition submission deadline for the 143rd Convention in NYC, is October 2, 2017.

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Posted on September 30, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Sweetwater

 Sweetwater began business in 1979 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is the USA's most respected dealer in high-technology equipment for musicians, recording studios, and broadcasters - from microphones and digital recording systems to electric guitars to electronic keyboards and electronic drums. Sweetwater customers range from beginners to rock stars. The company's equipment can be found in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville recording studios, TV and radio stations all across the country, as well as in tens of thousands of home recording studios nationwide. Sweetwater is built on a commitment to the highest level of customer service in the music technology industry.

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Posted on September 29, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Avid

 Pro Tools redefined the music, film, and TV industry, providing everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix audio. Now with Pro Tools 12.8, you can create music more easily, try out new ideas without the file management fuss, and connect and collaborate with anyone, anywhere. This full boxed version of Pro Tools 12 (perpetual license) includes an iLok USB Key and a 1-year Annual Upgrade Plan, which provides access to all new Pro Tools releases, renewable annually for $99/year.* Plus, you get access to an amazing collection of bonus plug-ins—included free for the first year.

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Posted on September 28, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! APS - Audio Pro Solutions

 Many thanks to APS - Audio Pro Solutions for sponsoring the student recording competition!

APS - Audio Pro Solutions 

Manufacturer of professional monitors and High End Home speakers. APS was born from an encounter between a composer and sound engineer/producer, brilliant speaker designers and a group of highly motivated audiophiles and music lovers.

APS was established in 2006 as a project devoted to studio sound production technique. As we use professional project and measurement tools, we have total control over the final effect at each stage of the product creation. Ready-made projects are implemented into production with maximum attention paid to the quality of the final product. Our present offer includes active studio monitors.

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Posted on September 27, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES 143 | Meet The Sponsors! Acustica Audio

 Since the birth of Nebula in the summer of 2005, a dynamic collaboration was born between forward thinking developers, beta testers, audio engineers and equipment samplers from around the world. The research and development has gone through many stages and possesses innovative processes and technologies as of yet unheard of in other products or devices.

The company's goal is to provide the most authentic reproduction of sampled vintage gear and other high end hardware devices, using the revolutionary technology "V.V.K.T." (Vectorial Volterra Kernels Technology) without the negative artifacts created by current convolution technology.

After years of continous work, this creative forward thinking group has developed to a team of experts in knowing what it takes to serve the best "of both worlds" (digital & analog). 

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Posted on September 26, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

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