AES Student Recording Competition

The AES Student Recording Competition is a unique opportunity for student attendees of international AES Conventions to receive feedback and recognition for their audio production work. If you wish to participate, the faculty advisor for your student section must nominate your recording to represent your school in one of the competition’s four categories.

An individual student or production team may participate in multiple categories by submitting a different recording in each category. However, each AES student section may submit only one entry per competition category. If multiple students or student groups in a section wish to enter the same category, they must consult their faculty advisor. One suggestion for student sections is to hold preliminary contests to identify the best project in each category.

Students are expected to submit competition mixes that represent their best final mixing efforts without additional mastering. Judges frequently criticize student mixes for excessive peak limiting and inadequate dynamic range. Therefore, contestants should resist the temptation to maximize loudness to the detriment of tonal balance and musical dynamics.

Students who are not competing are strongly encouraged to attend the Recording Competition events at the AES Convention, where they can hear the highest quality projects created by other students, learn from the thoughtful comments of the judges, and share their opinions and suggestions with others in attendance. The goal of this program is to showcase high quality music and recorded sound in a healthy environment of constructive criticism. We hope you’ll


Here's a quick list of FAQ's we get, to keep in mind before submitting your project:

1.) Q - Do the submitted PDF documents need to be anonymous?
     A - Yes, all documentation must remain anonymous. No names, no school names, and no locations.

2.) Q - How long do the PDF documents need to be, and what should they contain?
     A - Document lengths vary. Include pictures, diagrams, tracking sheets, and plenty of text explaining how and why you chose to record and mix your project how you did. Nothing is off limits, but you should also be clear and concise. Judges do frequently comment that thorough documentation helps them in their decision making.

3.) Q - How loud should my mixes be when I submit them?
     A - Do not submit a mastered project. Send in your mix that has not been mastered. Projects that are pushing their levels to 0dBFS are often criticised by the judges for serverely lacking dynamic range. Mixes in the -6dB to -3dB range are usually good, although, every project is different and finding an acceptable volume is your responsibility. 

4.) Q - What if my project does not make the finals? WIll I still receive feedback from the judges?
     A - Yes! We feel it is important for students to learn how to improve their skills, so we always forward the judges' notes to the students after the convention. 

Remember, always read carefully through the complete rules and policies* before submitting. 

*Rules subject to change. Please review prior submission to verify project compliance.

137th AES Convention | Los Angeles, 2014

UPDATE: The deadlines have been extended.

Registration Deadline: September 4th 11th, 2014
Upload Deadline: September 9th 14th, 2014

 Follow this link to register your entry!

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