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AES137 | Meet the sponsors: Slate Digital

 

Slate Digital LLC is company founded by Steven Slate and Fabrice Gabriel in 2008. They strive to make the finest quality software and hardware products, specializing in precise analog modeling of classic studio gear.

Slate Media Technology, Slate Pro Audio, and Slate Drums, are under the umbrella of the Yellow Matter Entertainment LLC. Some of the products made are the RAVEN Multi Touch Production Consoles, TRIGGER drum replacer, and the DRAGON analog dynamics processor.

Slate Digital kindly provided multiple plugin bundles as prizes for our Student Recording Competition.

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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014

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AES137 | Meet the sponsors: Tascam

 

For more than 30 years, TASCAM has developed products for every segment of the sound and music industry. From the high-end audio professional in a major post-production studio to the novice or hobbyist at home, TASCAM is everywhere. We are a company committed to providing our customers audio/video solutions that enable breakthroughs by using sound in ways that are as exciting as they are accessible. In short, we provide tools that let people translate their creativity into reality.

Tascam generously donated one of their audio interfaces as a prize for our Student Recording Competition.

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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014

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AES137 | Meet the sponsors: SHIZUKA Stillness Panel

 

Controlling standing waves and unwanted noise is essential both for enjoying superb sound and for listening comfort. The SHIZUKA Stillness Panel creates a silent space, which is enabled by its unique acoustic structure, and an environment for accurate monitoring that is of primary importance for mixing. Developed by a team of prominent professional musicians, recording engineers, and acoustic space designers, the SHIZUKA Stillness Panel is an optimal panel for creating an acoustic space at a sound studio, live music club, movie theater, or your own home.

SHIZUKA has provided one of their great acoustic panels as a prize for our Student Recording Competition.

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Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014

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AES137 | Meet the sponsors: Jensen Transformers

Jensen Transformers, founded by the late Deane Jensen in 1974, designs and produces high-quality audio transformers. Using Jensen-pioneered computer-aided design and semi-automated manufacturing, they combine low distortion, wide bandwidth, linear phase response, and high noise rejection – standing as the world’s performance benchmark for 40 years. Hundreds of thousands are in worldwide use in applications ranging from guitar “direct boxes,” recording studios, sound reinforcement, test instruments, and home theater to solving “ground loop” issues on the space shuttle. In 1995, Jensen introduced the ISO-MAX® line of transformer-based “plug and play” products to solve system interfacing and noise problems. Jensen Transformers is located in Chatsworth, California.

Jensen Tranformers generously donated two of their renowned transformers as prizes for our Student Design Competition.

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Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2014

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AES137 | Meet the sponsors: iZotope

 

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative.

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

iZotope generously donated a large number of software licenses to winners of the Student Recording Competition.

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Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014

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AES137 | Meet the sponsors: Focal Press

 

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for 75 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including audio engineering, music recording and production, film and video production, and broadcast and media distribution. We are committed to publishing high quality books filled with practical hands-on information by experts in the field.

Focal Press has provided a large number of books as prizes for our Student Recording and Student Design Competitions.

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Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014

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AES 137 | Meet the Judges #12: Jonathan Wyner

Meet Jonathan Wyner, one of our honorable judges of the Student Recording Competition at AES137 in Los Angeles.

Jonathan began his career as a Mastering Engineer in 1985 as the compact disc was becoming a reality. He studied digital mastering with one of the pioneers in the field for 5 years prior to establishing M Works Mastering. His credits range from the extremely well known (James Taylor, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Kiri Te Kanawa), to the more idiosyncratic and independent artists/labels (Aimee Mann, Tiny Tim, Rahsaan Roland Kirk). In 2005 Jonathan received a Grammy nomination for producing a program for Deborah Henson-Conant with orchestra entitled Invention and Alchemy that also aired on PBS nationally. He has several firsts/superlatives to his credit including mastering the first interactive CD Game (Play It By Ear, Rykodisc), the first recorded opera (Madame Butterfly recorded 1912 by the BBC). His skills extend forensic and restoration work.

Jonathan has taught hundreds of students about the practice of music/audio mastering at the Berklee College campus in Boston, and via the online course he co-authored with Marc Dieter-Einstmann for Berkleemusic’s online school. In June of this year he published ‘Audio Mastering: Essential Practices’ release by Hal Leonard/Berklee Press. 

He has also trained numerous assistants and interns at M Works Studios in Cambridge, MA, several of whom have gone on to become successful mastering engineers in their own right.


Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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AES 137 | Meet the Judges #11: Richard King

Meet Richard King, one of our honorable judges for Category 2: Traditional Studio Recording.

Richard King is an Associate Professor in the Music Research Department at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in  Montreal, and is currently Chair of the sound recording area. He is an Educator, Researcher, and a multiple Grammy award winning recording engineer for classical, jazz, and film score projects. Richard is also part-time faculty at the Banff Centre in the sound and media department, and an Executive member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media, and Technology (CIRMMT), representing Axis 4: Multimodal Immersive Systems. A frequent presenter and panelist for the Audio Engineering Society, he is regularly invited to speak at various university level recording programs around the world. He holds a Master of Music degree from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His research interests include small environment & control room acoustics, audio quality, and multichannel recording and reproduction.


Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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AES 137 | Meet the Judges #10: Piper Payne

 

Meet Piper Payneone of our honorable judges for Category 3: Modern Studio Recording.

Piper Payne joined the staff of Michael Romanowski Mastering in 2011.

Piper received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology–Media/Sonic Arts Concentration from the University of Michigan. While pursuing her degree in this technologically-rigorous program, she gained five years of experience as a Resident Student Engineer (RSE) in the U of M recording studios, specializing in classical music recording. Her position as RSE placed her at the hub of a major studio upgrade and gave her high-level experience in teamwork and project management. Piper continued her education at the University of Stavanger in Norway, receiving a Graduate Studies Certificate in Music Production and Recording. In Norway, Piper had the opportunity to learn analog-to-digital archiving with MemNor Sound Archival Service and apprenticed with Thor Legvold at Sonovo Mastering. In 2009, she worked as mixing engineer and mastering assistant with Bob Katz at Digital Domain in Orlando, Florida, and in 2010 accepted the post of Senior Audio Associate at The Banff Centre in Banff, Canada.

Piper is a Governor on the SF Board of the Recording Academy and Chairs the Producers and Engineers Wing. She also serves on the Education Committee. In addition she is an active member of the AES, the Women's Audio Mission, and Balanced Breakfast Music.  While Piper’s focus is in mastering, she also works in software development for Digital Audio Workstations. Piper’s location recording skills are being challenged with Coast Recorders and the Bay Area recording scene, where she is a first-call for large-venue live concert recordings and many classical performances and she is also the Chief Content Creator for Giving Stage, an online concert venue benefitting nonprofits and causes.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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AES 137 | Meet the Judges #9: Tim Edwards

Meet Tim Edwards, one of our honorable judges for Category 4: Audio for Visual Media.

Timothy Andrew Edwards is one of the most diverse and accomplished composers working in entertainment today. With nearly 75 film and television credits to his name, his genre spanning oeuvre is a testament not only to the multiplicity of his skill, but the openness of his approach, and his reliability in all forms of media. The Berklee College of Music alumnus’ background and sensibilities in composition, and experience as a Music Supervisor make him a singular, expert resource for the music needs of any project. Timothy is a SESAC writer and publisher, a voting member of the Recording Academy, and a current member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists.

“I share the same view as the film maker or TV producer - the story and, ultimately, the audience experience comes first.”, Edwards asserts. “My approach is thorough, from the cymbal tick within a fraction of a frame to the perfectly placed cinematic bombast needed to take the project over the wall. I bring my sensibilities and expertise to every project. Producers can be confident they are getting exactly what they are looking for, with the knowledge it will be delivered with the same kind of heart and vision they themselves are putting into their project.”

Edwards has collaborated with NBC, CBS, ABC, MTV, Fox, E! Entertainment, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Bravo, Telepictures/Warner Bros, Universal, Lionsgate, National Lampoon, Spyglass Entertainment, Relativity Media, Dreamworks, Compass International Pictures and Magnolia Pictures. Most recently his music has appeared in such feature films as “Get Him to the Greek”, “You Can’t Kill The Bogeyman”; a Trancas Films International theatrical documentary about the iconic “Halloween” franchise, and “Columbus Circle” from director George Gallo. Additionally, he has scored over 100 trailers and promos for successful feature films and television shows. His dark score for the cult genre film “Necromentia” was described by Fangoria magazine as, "...genius...", “...brilliant, an almost unbearably oppressive meltdown of aural darkness....”.

?Edwards is a ‘go to composer’ in the world of television with compositions on shows such as “Keeping Up With the Kardashians", “The Bachelor”, "Ellen" and "TMZ". His themes for “Extra”, “Leeza”, and BBC’s “My Genius Idea” have become enduring signatures for all three programs. His songwriting contributions to “The Vampire Diaries”, “Smallville”, and “CW Now” solidify his status as a master of all formats. Edwards’ music is not relegated solely to film and television. His compositions in national advertising campaigns such as Secret Deodorant and the United States Marine Corps are a testament to his diversity. His continued involvement with the sCare Foundation, a non-profit which combats teenage homelessness and poverty, a cause close to his heart, has yielded emotional scores for numerous promotional and public service announcements.

He is a key panelist at SESAC events and worldwide AES Conventions and a frequent guest lecturer in classes for UCLA, CSUN, Musicians Institute, the Art Institute and the Los Angeles Film School (housed in the former “RCA Building” and recording studio used by Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones), where he speaks on the art and business of film and television composition. He will also be a panelist at this year’s Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival hosted by Tamara Glynn of “Halloween 5” fame (”...one of the most talented music composers in the industry.” – Tamara Glynn).

June 1st, 2015 will see the release of a book Edwards was interviewed for alongside a select group of composers including Stewart Copeland, Bruce Broughton and Charles Bernstein. The book, “Guerrilla Film Scoring”, will be published by Roman and Littlefield.

Edwards has just completed scoring the Trancas Films International Films Feature “Free Fall” starring Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”), D.B. Sweeney (“Taken 2”) and Sarah Butler (“I Spit On Your Grave”) to be released on October 28th, 2014. Coming in 2015, he will score “Down Angel” starring “Devil’s Reject’s” alum William Forsythe and Leslie Easterbrook. He is also set to score the horror feature “Blood Flower” starring Andrew Divoff (“Wishmaster” and “Indiana Jones”).

More information and detailed credits: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1597994/


Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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