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.)
August 15, 2018 – Submission deadline
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.
The short-listed contestants/team leaders must be present at the 145th 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.
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.
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 judges. 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.
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…