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AES 139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Sonnox

 Sonnox is a market-leading audio software company devoted to designing innovative, high quality audio processing plug-ins. The award-winning Oxford Plugins are used by professionals worldwide for mixing Music, Film, Television, Radio and Live Sound.

The Sonnox Oxford plug-in range includes invaluable tools such as EQ, reverb, dynamics processing, loudness maximization and de-essing. In addition to these mixing plug-ins, Sonnox offers award-winning restoration software - Sonnox Restore suite for the removal of noise, buzz, clicks and crackles; and a pair of plug-ins developed in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for the real-time auditioning and encoding of audio to multiple formats, such as mp3 and AAC.

Sonnox plug-ins support most popular native DAWs including Pro Tools HDX and UAD-2 platforms.

Sonnox website

Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2015

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AES139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors Merging

Merging Technologies

Merging Technologies is the world’s foremost manufacturer of high-resolution digital audio recording systems.  The list of customers reads like a who’s who in the recording industry and recordings made with Merging Technologies’ systems regularly receive the recording industry’s prestigious Grammy® Award.

The company was founded in 1990 in Chexbres, Switzerland by Claude Cellier; an electronics graduate of the Institute of Technology in Lausanne.   Prior to this, Claude worked for the famous Swiss audio maker Nagra Kudelski for 10 years.

Within a short time of its founding, Merging quickly established a reputation for their expertise in digital signal processing and associated hardware, and with their Pyramix Virtual Studio, was one of the first companies to produce a DSD recording system. The DXD format, (Digital eXtreme Definition) operating at 352.8kHz/24bit, was developed by Merging Technologies in collaboration with Philips, to overcome the challenges in editing and mastering DSD for SACD.

As the CEO of Merging Technologies and the chief designer of the hardware and system design for the Pyramix Virtual Studio, he developed and brought to market several generations of high performance DSP cards and the latest Horus and Hapi Networked Audio Interfaces have followed this tradition of sonic excellence and innovative design. A key element of these products was the design and architecture of the RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity.

At the time of writing there are over 1,000 pieces of Merging Technologies’ network enabled equipment in daily use by audio professionals worldwide.  In 2007, Claude Cellier was presented with the Audio Engineering Society Fellowship Award for outstanding contributions to the development of high-performance, high-resolution audio workstations. Merging Technologies currently has over 20 employees with offices in Switzerland and the UK.


Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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AES139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors Telefunken

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside our own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, we have established a product line that perfectly blends vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone. Our commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of our products is rivaled only by our dedication to provide the BEST possible service to each and every one of our customers.


Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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AES139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors Solid State Logic

AES139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors Solid State Logic

 From groundbreaking audio consoles to innovative video production systems, Solid

State Logic has evolved to become the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and

digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for film, audio, video and

broadcast professionals.

With more than 3000 SSL-equipped studios and facilities operational today, the

excellence of SSL consoles is universally recognised for unrivalled sonic quality,

superb ergonomics, outstanding automation and an international support infrastructure

second to none.

Founded by Colin Sanders in 1969, SSL has since expanded to its present 15 acre

science park in Oxfordshire, England. SSL's unrivalled resources, including R&D,

manufacturing, training, service and product support, operate in a unique high

technology, customer oriented environment.

The company invents, designs and manufactures technology for the creative

manipulation of sound. Users and industry experts from all over the world visit SSL's

Oxford HQ to consult with SSL audio experts and evaluate SSL equipment. There are

more than 3000 SSL systems in service around the world.

Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015

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AES139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors Radial and Jensen

 Radial Engineering Ltd.:

Radial Engineering Ltd. is a manufacturer of professional audio products based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Brands include: Radial, Tonebone, Primacoustic, Reamp, Jensen and Hafler. Quality construction and exceptional audio performance are the underpins that have served to make Radial one of the most respected and trusted brands in the industry.  Radial Engineering products include the world's finest direct boxes, splitters and audio interfacing devices for studio, live or broadcast.

Jensen Transformers Inc.:

Founded in 1974, Jensen Transformers Inc. is a manufacturer and developer of high performance audio transformers. Tens of thousands of Jensen transformers are in use today throughout the world, and maintain a flawless reputation for superior quality and reliability. In 1994, Jensen introduced the ISO-MAX® line of plug-and-play signal path ground isolators to make quick work of solving 'ground-loop' issues. They adhere to the Jensen philosophy of uncompromised performance, worthy of the finest audiophile or studio recording signal paths.

Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015

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AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Audiofile Engineering

AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Audiofile Engineering

Thank you, on behalf of all the prize winners at AES139.

Audiofile Engineering have once again agreed to sponsor both the Student Recording Competition and the Student Design Competition.

Audiofile Engineering build apps for musicians and engineers, because that's what the company consists of: musicians and engineers.  Founded in 2004, they are among the most experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and iOS with a long history of industry-firsts to their name. The people at Audiofile Engineering strive to create beautiful and powerful apps that everyone can afford.

More information can be found here

Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015

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AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - U-He

AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - U-He

Thank you, on behalf of all the prize winners at AES139.

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.

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Slate Digital

AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Slate Digital

Thank you, on behalf of all the prize winners at AES139.

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.

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Cycling '74

AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Cycling '74

Thank you, on behalf of all the prize winners at AES139.


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. For more information about Max, please visit

Posted: Monday, November 16, 2015

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AES139 Student Recording Competition Finalists

Come listen to our fantastic SRC finalists, Friday and Saturday at the 139th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society! 

Student Recording Competition - 1: Category 2 and Category 3 More info

Category 2

Judges: Richard King, Sean McLauglin, Brandie Lane, Frank Filipetti 


Daniel Davidsen - The Royal Danish Academy of Music

Keifer Wiley - Case Western Reserve University

Federico Masetti - Berklee College of Music 


Category 3

Judges: Jonathan Wyner, Piper Payne, Mandy Parnell, William Crabtree


Rafael Santamaria - Universidad de San Buenaventura

Gintas Norvila - McGill University

Nick Lobel - Belmont University


Student Recording Competition - 2: Category 1 and Category 4 More info

Category 1

Judges: Morten Lindberg, David Bowles, Tim Martyn 


Jennifer Nulsen - The Hartt School

Anastasia Rybakova - The Banff Centre

Nathaniel Davis - Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music


Category 4

Judges: Kris Górski, Elizabeth Fausak, Scott Levine, Shawn Murphy


Filipe Antunes - Berklee College of Music

Amanda Wong - Institute of Audio Research

Jackson Turner - University of Miami

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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015

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