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AES 141 Meet The Judges Piper Payne!

AES 141 Meet The Judges Piper Payne!

Piper Payne joined the staff of Michael Romanowski Mastering in 2011.

Piper received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology–Media/Sonic Arts Concentration from the University of Michigan. While pursuing her degree in this technologically-rigorous program, she gained five years of experience as a Resident Student Engineer (RSE) in the U of M recording studios, specializing in classical music recording. Her position as RSE placed her at the hub of a major studio upgrade and gave her high-level experience in teamwork and project management. Piper continued her education at the University of Stavanger in Norway, receiving a Graduate Studies Certificate in Music Production and Recording. In Norway, Piper had the opportunity to learn analog-to-digital archiving with MemNor Sound Archival Service and apprenticed with Thor Legvold at Sonovo Mastering. In 2009, she worked as mixing engineer and mastering assistant with Bob Katz at Digital Domain in Orlando, Florida, and in 2010 accepted the post of Senior Audio Associate at The Banff Centre in Banff, Canada.

Piper is a Governor on the SF Board of the Recording Academy and Chairs the Producers and Engineers Wing. She also serves on the Education Committee. In addition she is an active member of the AES, the Women's Audio Mission, and Balanced Breakfast Music.  While Piper’s focus is in mastering, she also works in software development for Digital Audio Workstations. Piper’s location recording skills are being challenged with Coast Recorders and the Bay Area recording scene, where she is a first-call for large-venue live concert recordings and many classical performances and she is also the Chief Content Creator for Giving Stage, an online concert venue benefitting nonprofits and causes.


Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016

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AES 141 Meet The Judges Mandy Parnell!

AES 141 Meet The Judges Mandy Parnell!

Award winning Mandy Parnell became interested in recorded music at the age of 5, listening to records on a portable Dansette player - the iPod of the time. 

She studied music and music technology through her school & college years, trained and worked in recording studios until landing an internship, which led to her becoming a world renowned mastering engineer. 

Mandy then decided to launch her own facility  - Black Saloon Studios.

Mandy Parnell's 30 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 including Björk, Feist, The XX, Herbert, Frightened Rabbit, Sigur Rós and Brian Eno. 

Mandy's unique style as a mastering engineer has afforded her respect from all areas of the industry. She has mastered countless records that have achieved silver, gold, platinum and grammy status around the world, as well as winning the  prestigious MPG Mastering Engineer of the Year award twice.

In recent years Mandy has been working with Annie Lennox, mastered Aphex Twin's first release in 13 years 'Syro', Jungle, Tom Jones, Glass Animals, Judas Priest, SBTRKT, Jóhann Jóhannsson's soundtrack for the films "Prison" and "Theory of Everything", Ólafur Arnalds' sountrack for the TV series "Broadchurch", and Björk's critically acclaimed Vulnicura. Further Mandy has been featured on the BBC, Resolution magazine, Sound On Sound, Prosound news, NME and Audio Musica & Technologia.

As a firm believer in educating the next generation of producers and engineers, Mandy frequently lectures on mastering and the music industry at universities, colleges and organizations.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016

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AES 141 Meet The Judges Alex Kosiorek!

AES 141 Meet The Judges Alex Kosiorek!

Alex Kosiorek is a published recording engineer, media technology specialist and manager, who focuses on projects and initiatives that promote excellence utilizing advanced production techniques. Specializing in classical and acoustic music recording as well as radio and television production, Alex has been the manager of the award-winning audio-media production service Central Sound at Arizona PBS since 2012. He oversees hundreds of recording productions, end-to-end management of production facilities, design team coordination and close affiliation with dozens of internationally recognized arts institutions.

As a conservatory-trained musician and an adherent of close teamwork, Alex has facilitated numerous productions ranging from the recent Emmy-Winning Texas Tenors You Should Dream PBS special to broadcast specials for some of the nation’s leading classical musicians and orchestras.

With years of experience, Alex has accomplished many industry firsts. Previously, Alex Kosiorek served as Director of Recording Services at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he oversaw the modernization of the department, to include completing the first THX PM3-certified studio in a music conservatory worldwide and becoming the first conservatory to launch multi-platform mobile applications. As the senior recording engineer for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and May Festival broadcasts, Alex also served as audio recording and mastering engineer for the Corbett Studio at Cincinnati Public Radio, where he was instrumental in creating the first U.S. radio station to initiate surround programming. Another first was the completion of one of first high-quality award-winning classical Internet streams, attracting worldwide praise.

Early career highlights include engineering for the former Radio Smithsonian and post-producing the programs ‘Folkmasters’ and ‘Jazz Smithsonian.’ In 1996, Alex began his audio-for-video and surround endeavors with the Games of the XXVI Olympiad (1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics) and later that year became the first Audio Engineer Fellow for the New World Symphony, with Michael Tilson Thomas. During his tenure there, he honed his skills in surround-sound production, recording the symphony’s European Tour, in surround, in great halls of Europe such as the Barbican (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and the Konzerthaus (Vienna). Alex Kosiorek earned his degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, with supplemental graduate education from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Bowling Green State University.


Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016

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