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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: Audiofile Engineering

"Hello, we are Audiofile. We build apps for musicians and engineers, because that’s who we are: musicians and engineers. Founded in 2004, we are among the most experienced audio software developers for OS X and iOS with a long history of industry-firsts to our name. We strive to create beautiful and powerful apps that everyone can afford."

Audiofile Engineering gave donated a generous bundle of their apps to each winner of the Student Recording and Student Design Competition.

Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015

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AES 138 | Meet the Judges #7: Ronald Prent

AES 138 | Meet the Judges #7: Ronald Prent

Meet Ronald Prent, one of our honorable judges of Category 3: Modern Studio Recording of the Student Recording Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

Almost thirty years ago, Ronald began his career as an inexperienced assistant engineer at Wisseloord Studios.  Since then, he has established himself as one of the most accomplished and innovative mix engineers in the world working for renowned artists such as Rammstein, The Scorpions, Simple Minds, Live, Within Temptation, Manowar, Alain Clark, Peter Maffay and The Common Linnets, just to name a few.    While happy to work in stereo, Ronald specializes in the area of surround sound - not only mixing, but also playing a key role in the conceptualization and development of new technology for working in 5.1 and other progressive formats.  In the very early years of surround audio development, Ronald became a “test pilot” for Sony and Philips’ DSD/SACD format and many of the projects that he mixed in those days are still held up as benchmark examples of creative surround mixing.  He’s now added several ground-breaking projects in 9.1 Auro3D to that list, for artists such as Ozark Henry, Mando Diao, Peter Maffay, and Tiësto.

Ronald currently serves as the technical director of Wisseloord Studios, as well as continuing to work his magic behind the mixing console.

Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: Slate Digital


Established by Steven Slate and Fabrice Gabriel in 2008, Slate Digital strives to produce innovative products of exceptional quality. The Slate Digital line combines revolutionary ideas and concepts for the future of the pro audio industry with the complex DSP algorithms. Known for its digital emulation of analogue circuitry, Slate Digital's products include the FG-X Mastering Processor, Virtual Console Collection 2.0, Virtual Tape Machines, Virtual Buss Compressors, and the new Virtual Mix Rack.  Steven Slate is also known for his award winning drum products Trigger 2 Drum Replacer and SSD 4 Virtual Drum Instrument.  To accompany those, Slate offers extensive drum sample add-ons co-created with well-known engineers and studios: Chris Lord-Alge drums, Terry Date drums, David Bendeth drums, and the all new Blackbird Studios drum expansion.  Last but not least in the Slate arsenal is the Raven MTX MKII and Raven MTi Multi-touch Audio Production Systems. All of these products combine to form the complete production toolkit for the modern producer and engineer.

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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2015

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AES 138 | Meet the Judges #6: Mandy Parnell


Meet Mandy Parnell, one of our honorable judges of Category 2: Traditional Studio Recording of the Student Recording Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

Award winning Mandy Parnell became interested in recorded music at the age of 5, listening to records on a portable Dansette player - the iPod of the time. 

She studied music and music technology through her school & college years, trained and worked in recording studios until landing an internship, which led to her becoming a world renowned mastering engineer. 

Mandy then decided to launch her own facility  - Black Saloon Studios.

Mandy Parnell's 30 years of experience have allowed her to discover and develop her philosophies in analogue and digital audio, while working with an amazing array of artists including Björk, Feist, The XX, Herbert, Frightened Rabbit, Sigur Rós and Brian Eno. 

Mandy's unique style as a mastering engineer has afforded her respect from all areas of the industry. She has mastered countless records that have achieved silver, gold, platinum and grammy status around the world, as well as winning for the second time this year the prestigious MPG Mastering Engineer of the Year award.

Recently Mandy has been working with Annie Lennox, mastered Aphex Twin's first release in 13 years 'Syro', Jungle, Philip Selway, Glass Animals, Ghostpoet, Jóhann Jóhannsson's soundtrack for the films "Prison" and "Theory of Everything", Ólafur Arnalds' sountrack for the TV series "Broadchurch", and Björk's critically acclaimed Vulnicura. Further Mandy has been featured on the BBC, Resolution magazine, Sound On Sound, Prosound news, NME and Audio Musica & Technologia.

As a firm believer in educating the next generation of producers and engineers, Mandy frequently lectures on mastering and the music industry at universities, colleges and organizations.


Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: Cycling '74


Cycling '74 is a San Francisco-based software development company and music label, specializing in Interactive Media. The company is best known for their work with the digital signal processing software environment Max.

For more information about Max, please visit

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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AES 138 | Meet the Judges #5: Ian Corbett

AES 138 | Meet the Judges #5: Ian Corbett

Meet Ian Corbett, one of our honorable judges of Category 1: Traditional Acoustic Recording of the Student Recording Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

Ian Corbett is the Coordinator and Professor of Audio Engineering at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He also owns and operates "off-beat-open-hats - recording and sound reinforcement", specializing in servicing the needs of classical and jazz ensembles in the Kansas City area. Ian’s book “Mic It! – microphones, microphone techniques, and their impact on the mix” was published by Focal Press in 2014, and he also authors articles for Sound On Sound ("The Worlds Best Recording Technology Magazine"). Since 2004 he has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society's Education Committee, and has presented, mentored, and served on panels at local, regional, national, and international AES events as well as many other professional industry events. Ian holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and he can frequently be found playing saxophone in Kansas City’s jazz clubs and restaurants.

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Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: u-he

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, which is currently in open-beta stage and can be pre-ordered at 33% off. So if you're interested in giving it a go right now, go to KVR Audio for all the details.

For more information and sound examples visit u-he on YoutubeSoundcloud & Facebook, and

Posted: Monday, April 13, 2015

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AES 138 | Meet the Judges #4: Elizabeth Fausak

AES 138 | Meet the Judges #4: Elizabeth Fausak

Meet Elizabeth Fausak, one of our honorable judges of Category 4: Sound for Visual Media of the Student Recording Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

Elizabeth Fausak is a post-production audio mixer and sound designer, working in television and independent film.  She has mixed shows for ABC, NBC, PBS, Discovery, Food Network, MTV, History, Cartoon Network, HBO, Al Jazeera, and Comedy Central, as well as mixing films featured at Cannes, Tribeca, and Sundance film festivals, among others.  Her work on the feature film Muscle Shoals earned her a 2014 Golden Reel nomination by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for Best Sound Editing, and she was dialog editor and re-recording mixer for the History Channel miniseries The Men Who Built America, which was awarded the 2013 Primetime Emmy for Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming.  Ms. Fausak serves as an Assistant Professor of Audio Production at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.


Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: Women's Audio Mission


Women's Audio Mission is a San Francisco-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts. In a field where women are chronically under-represented (less than 5%), WAM seeks to "change the face of sound" by providing hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the internet. WAM believes that women's mastery of music technology and inclusion in the production process will expand the vision and voice of media and popular culture.

One Line Description: Dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts.

Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2015

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AES138 | Reminder: Student Recording Competition Submission Deadline

AES138 | Reminder: Student Recording Competition Submission Deadline

Do you want to take part in the AES Student Recording Competition for the chance of gaining international reputation, receiving feedback from a panel of renowned industry professionals, and winning great prizes?

The deadline is just around the corner, so make sure you get your projects and documentation ready and submit before the end of April 14th.


What you need to do in order to participate:

1. Read the rules: Student Recording Competition

2. Get an all-access student badge for the convention!

3. Register and upload your entry: Student Recording Competition


The Student Delegate Assembly is looking forward to your submissions!

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015

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