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

Updated rules and policies will be made available soon.



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