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AES 142 Meet The Judges Steinunn Arnardottir!

Steinunn Arnardóttir - Head of Software Development | Collaborations and Academic Affairs at Native Instruments.


Steinunn has been a part of NI's Research team as a DSP Developer for over seven years and has worked on audio effects for whole NI’s product range, including Maschine, Traktor, GuitarRig and Kontakt and currently heads research collaborations between NI and other partners. Steinunn holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music Technology from University of Iceland and Stanford University.


Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017

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AES 142 Meet The Judges Jonas Rutstrom!

Jonas holds a M.Sc. in Information Technology and a Technical Licentiate in Signal Processing from the University of Uppsala. During his graduate studies he worked in the area of Communications and Audio Signal Processing. He joined the Application Engineering team at MathWorks in July 2009 focusing on SoC and embedded design. Before that he co-founded and worked for 8 years in different positions (Developer, Project Manager and Brand Manager) at Dirac Research, a Swedish company specializing in digital sound optimization solutions for the automotive and consumer market.


Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

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AES 142 Meet The Judges Charlie Slee!

Charlie Slee is an electrical engineer and product designer. He runs Big Bear Audio Ltd designing and manufacturing high end consumer and professional audio products, and is currently the Chair of the Audio Engineering Society British Section.


Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017

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AES 142 Meet the Sponsors! U-He

U-He have been generous enough to once again sponsor the Student Recording Competition.

Berlin-based audio software company u-he was founded in 2001 by Urs Heckmann. Originally a one-man show, the company recently evolved into a tightly-knit team of employees, active associates and 3rd-party contractors – with ambitious plans.

Especially well known for the Zebra2 and Diva software synthesizers, u-he has developed several other successful products over the last decade, and regularly contributes freeware to popular magazines (available as download or on cover discs).

Despite their underlying complexity, u-he synths and effects are widely acclaimed for their ease of use. This is often attributed to Urs Heckmann's background as industrial designer. Heckmann sees the seemingly unconventional decision to start an audio software company as a direct result of his equal love for industrial design and for synthesizers.

Most recently, u-he has been exploring concepts for analogue synthesizers, and the first results can be heard in the software synths ACE / Bazille (audio-rate modulation paths) as well as Diva, Presswerk and Satin (accurate simulation of electronic circuitry). Hive is u-he's first foray into the world of low CPU dance-oriented synths.

 

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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017

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AES 142 Meet The Judges Robin Lobel!

 

Robin Lobel has been researching and developing innovative technologies for the broadcast and media industries for years as a freelancer, ranging from 3D to video to audio algorithm and software solutions.

He runs his own company Divide Frame and is the author of SpectraLayers, an advanced audio spectrum editor published by MAGIX.


Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

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AES 142 Meet the Sponsors! Native Instruments

Native Instruments are once again sponsoring the Student Design and Recording Competitions at the upcoming Convention.

 

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJing. The company's mission is to develop innovative, fully-integrated solutions for all musical styles and professions. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike.

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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

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AES 142 Meet The Judges Dave Hill!

AES 142 Meet The Judges Dave Hill!

Designer Dave Hill has always had an interest in electronics, and started designing and building devices at an early age. He was building analog synthesizers from scratch and started doing professional sound recording and equipment maintenance while still in high school. After high school Dave continued to pursue a career in electronics and enrolled in a local technical college. After his first year he was asked by the college to take over teaching duties in the program. He taught analog and digital electronics for 8 years while continuing his involvement in pro audio. 

Dave continues to do studio and film sound recording, as he has since 1972.  Early in the 1980's Dave was asked if he could design a tube compressor that would have the sound of vintage tube type devices.  The result of this request was the Summit Audio TLA-100.  Due to the success of that design Dave went on to design and set up the manufacture of all Summit Audio products until September of 1994.
Beginning in August of 1995, his new company Crane Song Ltd. was set up and started his first project for ATR Service Company.  A tube playback pre-amp for the ATR-102 tape machine called the HDV-2. This was manufactured for the ATR Service Company by Crane Song Ltd. Next Dave designed a two channel discrete class A compressor-limiter, called the STC-8 which was the launch of the Crane Song product line.
Today the Crane Song family of products has grown to nine hardware products and a Pro Tools plugin, they are; STC-8, Flamingo, Trakker, Ibis, Avocet, Egret, Spider, Falcon, Hedd-192, and Phoenix.
Dave Hill Designs was created as a way to do some different things and its two hardware products are Europa 1 and Titan which are both digital controlled analog devices. Dave Hill designs also has a ProTools plug-in called RA which allows the bending of linearity in the audio path and the creation of new sounds.
Some of the designs for other companies include Avid’s HEAT plug-in,  ATR Service Company’s variable speed control and the ARIA discrete record - play tape machine electronics.  In addition there is on-going design work for several other companies, both the US and the UK.  New designs for both Crane Song and Dave Hill Designs are always being worked on.  Plus research into clocking, jitter, digital control of analog audio and other areas.


Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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AES 142 Meet the Sponsors! Mathew Lane

Mathew Lane audiotools are innovative new solutions, created when no other hardware or software could be found suitable for the task.

 

The DrMS spatial processor is Mathew Lane's first product, already widely accepted by audio professionals as a unique plugin. It's being used by top producers and engineers on songs by well known artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and many others. Legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado is a fan and has been showing the use of DrMS on several of his Pensado's Place Into The Lair videos.

 

DrMS is a unique spatial processor, available as AAX/RTAS/AU/VST plugin, with a wide range of applications for mixing, mastering and post production - going from simple MS (Mid-Side) encoding/decoding, over stereo field width and depth enhancement, to fixing mono compatibility issues and more.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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AES 142 Meet the Sponsors! Cycling 74

Cycling 74 are once again sponsoring the Student Design Competition, with some prizes of Max MSP licences.

Cycling '74 creates software for the specialized needs of artists, educators, and researchers working with audio, visual media, and physical computing. They are best known for their work with the digital signal processing software environment Max.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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AES142 | Meet the Sponsors! Crane Song

Crane Song is the the company of designer and engineer Dave Hill who crafts hardware and software with an exceptional attention to detail. Dave Hill's intimate knowledge of analog electronics, as well as decades of experience as a recording engineer have spawned a large range of very useful and musical products that deliver top-of-the-line quality throughout.

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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

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