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AES 136 - Meet the Judges #4: Kyle P. Snyder

Meet Kyle P. Snyder, one of our honorable judges for Category 4: Sound for Visual Media.

Kyle P. Snyder is an educator, engineer, and consultant dedicated in his service to the Audio Engineering Society. Snyder is proud to be a professor within the Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies where he's also Assistant Director of Ohio University's High School Media Workshop. An alumnus of Indiana University and Ball State University, Snyder holds a Masters of Science in Music Technology from Indiana University and a Baccalaureate Degree with specific emphasis in both Digital Media and English from Ball State University. 

His research interests include pedagogical approaches relevant to the field of audio engineering and specifically how best audio students learn. Snyder frequently contributes to various industry publications and is widely published with a new major project currently under way, a complete listing can be found on his website and in his curriculum vitae. 

As an engineer and consultant, Snyder is routinely called upon by clients of local, national, and international acclaim including countless independent artists and ensembles, private companies, and academic institutions. 

Professionally, Snyder is active in numerous organizations, including the Audio Engineering Society which he serves both internationally as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and Vice Chair of the Education Committee and locally through his involvement with numerous sections. He serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Ohio University Student Section, and his work is ongoing with the Central Indiana Section where he championed the creation of the now annual Central Indiana Audio Student Workshop. He is also proud to host and engineer the AES Journal Podcast, produced 10 times each year in conjunction with the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. Additionally, Snyder is a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, The Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production, and the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association.

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014

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AES 136 - Meet the Judges #3: Martha de Francisco

Meet Martha de Francisco, one of our honorable judges for Category 1: Traditional Acoustic Recording.

Martha de Francisco is a record producer and recording engineer who specializes in Classical music. She is a professor for Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal.

An internationally acknowledged leader in the field of sound recording and record production Martha has recorded with some of the greatest classical musicians of our time for the major record labels and in the best concert halls. She has credits on over 300 recordings, mostly for worldwide release, many of which have been distinguished with the most prestigious awards.

A graduate from the renowned Tonmeister program at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany, Martha was one of the pioneers of digital recording and editing in Europe during the 1980s. In her many years on staff as producer/engineer/editor with Philips Classics, she developed long lasting working relationships with many prominent artists.

Martha has been entrusted with the recording legacy of world-class soloists and orchestras from Alfred Brendel to the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has worked with such artists as Jessye Norman, Claudio Arrau, Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir and Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields. She has recorded in a variety of venues throughout the world, including the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Moscow Conservatoire, Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

Martha is a frequent lecturer at international professional conferences as well as a guest lecturer at leading schools for higher education in Audio in locations as varied as Banff, Moscow, Düsseldorf, Bogotá and New York.                 

Her research topics include the latest surround-sound techniques, music recording with virtual acoustics and the aesthetics of recorded music.

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014

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AES 136 Berlin | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Bettermaker

We are thrilled to present to you one of our generous sponsors for the Student Recording Competition in Berlin. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners!  



Bettermaker™ combines the advantages of digital and analog world.

Besides their pure analog signal paths, these units have a full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets, which you ca recall with one touch.

By building these equalizers, Bettermaker wanted to create devices that would have a maximum range of usage and a very characteristic, but clean sound. We picked out the best classic designs and modified them to be more practical. As we  work faster and faster every day, we need to have the highest quality and maximum speed we can get. That was the main motivation to develop the Bettermaker® EQ 502P.

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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014

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AES 136 - Meet the Judges #2: Marek Walaszek

Meet Marek Walaszek, one of our honorable judges for Category 3: Modern Studio Recording.

Marek Walaszek aka Maro Music,  mix engineer, producer and a DJ. 

Since 1996 he played as a DJ in all major clubs in Poland and clubs around Europe.

Rather than limit himself to one artistic arena, Marek collaborates with artists from a diversity of genres including Hip Hop, pop, EDM and folk. His music production skills have been used not just for albums but also for live performances, film soundtracks, commercials, and websites. 

Over 12 years in music industry his mixing, remixing and production credit list includes: Agallah, Bang La Decks, Capone, Cilvaringz, Coca-Cola, Dance Floor Hustlers, Dj Mathematics, Ghostface killah, Jadakiss, The Rza, Method Man, Raekwon, Redman, ODB, Wu-Tang, Wiley, WU Massacre and many more.

He is the main engineer and the owner of Addicted To Music studios. 

Marek is also the main idea giver and CEO of the Bettermaker pro audio company, that produces unique studio analog equipment. 


Maro Music:


Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2014

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AES 136 - Meet the Judges #1: Bryan Martin

Meet Bryan Martin, one of our honorable judges for Category 2: Traditional Studio Recording.

Bryan Martin began his professional audio career in New York Cityin the 1980s. 

The artists he produced, recorded, and mastered range from singer songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Mark Eitzel, jazz artists Dave Liebmann and Max Roach, hiphop artists Run DMC and KRS One, world music productions for the Talking Head’s David Byrne, Zappa Plays Zappa, The Pretenders, and Pat Metheny. 

As the head of Sonosphere Mastering he has garnered Grammy, Juno, and ADISQ awards. 

He has lectured on mastering, and the design and construction of high-performance audio equipment at universities and audio institutions. 

In 1989 he was peering from the balcony of Hansa Studios into East Berlin as the wall was coming down. He ended up hopping a train to Prague on New Year’s Eve with a case of champagne and got off at the wrong stop. 

Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2014

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AES136 Education Fair - Sign up your school today for a FREE table!

 One of the best reasons to attend AES conventions is the opportunity to make important connections with your fellow educators and potential students from around the globe. A great place to do this is at the 136th AES Convention's Education & Career Fair.  This is  where you will find academic institutions offering studies in audio (from short courses to graduate degrees) represented in a “table top” session.  Information on each school's respective programs is made available through displays and academic guidance. There is no charge for schools/institutions to participate. Admission is free and open to all convention attendees.

We would like to invite you to participate with a FREE table/display in the Education & Career Fair at the 136th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society in Berlin.  This will occur on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 11am-12:30pm.  The link for you to sign up is here:

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Europe and International Vice chair Elections

 Attention Student Members from Europe and International Regions: 

 Are you interested in running for a leadership position with the AES Student Delegate Assembly?




It's a lot of work for a dedicated individual but if you've been an effective student leader on your campus, this would be a tremendous opportunity to connect audio students from around the globe. Elections will be held at the upcoming AES Convention in Berlin on April 26-29, 2014 during the SDA I and SDA II meetings.

If interested, please contact John Krivit, the AES Education Chair






Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014

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AES 136 Student Competitions Now Open!

 Entries are now being accepted for the AES 136 Student Recording Competition and AES 136 Student Design Competition!

The uploaders are open and opportunity awaits. Entry deadline is March 25. Type up your report NOW and submit your project!



For the AES 136 Recording Competition:

  1. Read the rules here:
  2. Register for the convention here:
  3. Then complete the entry form here:


For the AES 136 Design Competition:

  1. Read the rules here:
  2. Register for the convention here:
  3. Then complete the entry form here:





Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014

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136th AES Convention in Berlin - Call for students!

From April 26th to 29th Berlin will be the epicentre of everything related to audio. The AES Student Delegate Assembly invites everyone to come the 136th AES convention to spend a great few days in Germany's capital to immerse themselves in a pool of professional audio engineers, academics and students. 

Registration to Student Recording and Student Design Competition is open until March 25th!
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We are looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014

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AES 134 - Meet the Winners #7: Diego Fagundes

Meet Diego Fagundes from London, UK, who won the Silver Award in Category 3: Modern Studio Recording

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Where are you from? What do you study? How did you discover your passion for audio?

I had my first experience with sound recording in 1994, at the age of 12, in my hometown Bagé in Southern Brazil. As a piano player, I formed a band with my two brothers and started recording rehearsals with a Tascam Porta One four-track cassette tape recorder given to me by my father. During the following years we wrote and recorded a number of tracks and submitted them to several record labels, which helped us to secure a deal with Antídoto/Polygram Records in 1996. Later that year, I did my first recording at ACIT studios in the city of Porto Alegre. That was a huge learning experience as I had the opportunity to observe and learn about recording techniques, microphones, analogue consoles and tape recorders, and got to work with professional sound engineers and music producers in a professional recording studio environment. In 2000, I started a degree in Marketing and Advertisement at URCAMP University in southern Brazil and simultaneously set up my own recording studio, called SG Studio, where I recorded local bands, produced jingles and created commercial audio content for radio and television.


Tell us about the production of your submission. What is the story behind it? How long did you work on it?

The track “Glimpse of light” by the band Chapa was my first entry into an AES recording competition. It was recorded during my degree in Sound Engineering at the SAE London in 2012. It consists of a combination of real and virtual instruments, including drums, guitar, piano and different types of synthesizers and effects. The idea was to create unusual sound textures, like the vocoder line used in the introduction and chorus of the track. The song was recorded over of a month in four sessions. Drums and bass were recorded simultaneously. Then the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Wurlitzer electric piano and acoustic piano were recorded. Finally the synthesizers and vocoder lines were created and the vocals were tracked. During the editing and mixing process, programming of samples and loops was also performed and applied to the track.


What were your most significant, funny or inspiring experiences as an audio engineer?

It was in 2004, when I worked as the main tracking and mixing engineer for an entire album for the first time, recording Chapa’s third studio album. The project was challenging and despite the gear limitations and lack of a deep technical understanding, the accomplishment motivated me and gave me the confidence to pursue a career in sound engineering.


Accidents happen: What was your biggest mistake in a production and what did you do to redeem the situation?

In one of my early recordings I decided for the first time to record a snare drum with two microphones. However, I didn’t reverse the polarity of either of the microphones. As a result, they totally cancelled each other out. It took me a while to recognise the mistake.


What’s your advice for engineers who are just starting out?

Work hard and be patient.


Tech talk: What are your favourite pieces of equipment?

Condenser microphone: Neumann M149

Dynamic microphone: Shure SM57

Studio monitors: KRK-V8

Plug-in: Waves V-EQ4


What is your favourite recording or production?

“Pet Sounds” by The Beach Boys.


What do you like about the AES? How does it help you to become a better and more successful audio engineer?

The AES Conventions, where we can meet other members of the audio industry, have access to the latest research developments and the opportunity to learn directly from experts.


Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 134th AES Convention in Rome!

It was to present my work and to win in both recording competition and design competition. This also gave me the opportunity to receive feedback from audio industry professionals.


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What do you do when you’re not in the studio or doing anything music related?

I like being with my family and friends, reading, exercising and travelling.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In the recording studio.


To get an impression of Diego's work follow this link to watch a video filmed during the drum recording for his submission "Glimpse of Light" by Chapa.

If you want to get in touch with Diego, connect with him on LinkedIn.


Would you like to be interviewed for our blog as well? Take part in the student competitions at the next AES Convention in Berlin in April and make use of this amazing opportunity! For more information, follow this link! 


Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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