MathWorks and AES invite you to challenge both your signal processing skills and creativity! Design a new kind of audio production VST plugin using MATLAB Software and your wits.
1st Prize: $1000 (Prizes generously donated by MathWorks.)
Next AES MATLAB plugin Student Competition will take place at the 147th Convention in New York, 2019.
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There are many content production scenarios where monophonic and/or stereo audio signals are processed individually for aesthetic as well as technical reasons before being mixed together. (e.g., in music production, film sound, game sound, broadcasting, etc.) Identify a signal processing need in one of these production scenarios.
How to Enter
1. Check out the full details below
2. Assemble your design team
3. Visit the resources page on mathworks.com (and optionally have your team leader request a free copy of MATLAB to use for the competition)
4. Design your plugin
5. Create a video explaining your design process (more details on this below)
6. Upload your MATLAB code to MATLAB Central File Exchange using the tag aescomp. (The MATLAB Central File Exchange is a public repository of code. All submissions will remain in the exchange after the competition ends — so your code will continue to inspire others.)
7. Fill out the form on the AES competition page with your video file and a link to your submission on the MATLAB Central File Exchange by August 16, 2019.
Prizes for Winning Teams/Individuals
The short-listed contestants/team leaders must be present at the 147th AES Convention in New York City to be eligible to win and collect any of the prizes. No exceptions can be made.
All contestants must submit a video that documents their project.
Videos will not be judged for their production value or sophistication (i.e., they can be recorded with a phone or webcam as long as the audio is intelligible). Videos may be animated and include text and graphics.
The video should cover the following.
Some test and demo audio with suitable licenses can be found on the Open Multitrack Testbed. If licenses require the authors or copyright owners to be acknowledged, the video credits can be used for that.
All submitted code will be made publicly available at the MATLAB Central File Exchange. All contestants are welcome (and encouraged) to further develop their ideas after the competition, perhaps as commercial products. However, the code submitted to the competition will remain permanently as part of the MATLAB Central File Exchange which is a publicly accessible repository.
The full text of the BSD license is available on the Open Source Initiative site.
Use of Documentation and Video
By entering the competition, you agree to let AES and MathWorks use your submission materials, including the video, as educational resources and to promote future competitions.
Travel Grants for Short-Listed Contestants
Limited travel grants are available to partially cover travel-related costs for the one person representing the submission/team at the award ceremony. Travel grants will be awarded at the sole discretion of the AES competition organizers. Short listed contestants/teams are not guaranteed travel support. If the submission was created by a team, it is up to the team to determine amongst themselves how to utilize the grant.
Forming Your Design Team
Though contestants are allowed to design their plugins individually, if they feel they personally possess all the requisite knowledge, AES and MathWorks strongly recommend working in teams. The right interdisciplinary team— with some coding expertise, signal processing expertise and production expertise— will make your plugin rock. A musician or sound designer on the team might be nice too…
Demoing at the Convention