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October 2013

AES 135 Student Competition Finalists Announced!

AES 135 Student Competition Finalists Announced!

AES 135 Student Competition Finalists Announced!

 

STUDENT RECORDING COMPETITION  

Category 1: Traditional Acoustic

Katsutaka Suzuki, Tokyo University of The Arts
Eivind Nordland, Middle Tennessee State University
Leonie Wagner, Berlin University of the Arts

Category 2: Traditional Studio

Steven Dewey, Ithaca College
Leonie Wagner, Berlin Univesity of the Arts
Xiao Hou, Savannah College of Art and Design

Category 3: Modern Studio

Jonathan Bruns, Indiana University
Philip Gosselin, McGill University
Tad Nicol, University of Miami

Category 4: Sound for Visual

Melodie Cros, Valencia College
Noelle Bernard, Institute of Audio Research
Jonathan Kita, New England Institute of Art
 

STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION

Category 1: Undergraduate
 
Connor McCullough, University of Miami 
Tad Nicol, University of Miami 
Mackenzie Starr, New York University
Drew Cordova, Utah Valley University

Category 2: Graduate:
Nicholas Bryan, Stanford University
Illia Balashov, New York University
Michelle Daniels, University of California San Diego
 
 
See the presentations!
 

Friday, October 18, 9:00 am — 10:30 am
Student Design Competition

Friday, October 18, 10:30 am — 12:00 pm
Student Design Exhibition

Friday, October 18, 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Recording Competition—Part 1

Saturday, October 19, 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm

Recording Competition—Part 2

 

Complete AES 135 Calendar of Events


Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Charter Oak

  Here we are with yet another great name of audio and also a kind sponsor to the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners!  

www.coproaudio.com

 CharterOak Acoustic Devices creates high quality microphones and signal processors that rival many higher priced products in the industry. We're not recreating the old classics, we're "Creating the Classics of Tomorrow ®" at a price for everyone to enjoy the detail, durability, consistency, and surreal sound quality that all CharterOak products exhibit. Additionally, you can expect personalized customer support including microphone placement tips and techniques and our revolutionary ADAPT SM; "create your own classic" program, that allows you to customize your CharterOak to suit your studio environment. Each product is hand assembled and quality checked in our CT-based facility and recording studio. ALL CharterOak products are GUARANTEED FOR LIFE.

 


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Earthworks

  Here we are with yet another great name of audio and also a kind sponsor to the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners!  

 

www.earthworksaudio.com

 

"Earthworks is a New Hampshire, USA based company that is dedicated to quality and sonic excellence. Each Earthworks product is made with great care, meticulous attention to detail and a strong emphasis on quality. We pride ourselves in making only the very best in professional audio equipment and it is all made right here in the USA."


 


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Reaper

  Here we are with yet another great name of audio and also a kind sponsor to the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners!  

 

 

 

REAPER is digital audio workstation software: a complete multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment. Record audio and MIDI from multiple inputs simultaneously. Layer recorded tracks and takes over previous recordings. Edit recordings in almost any imaginable way. Hundreds of audio and MIDI processing effects included, or choose from thousands of third-party effects. All editing and effects are completely non-destructive. REAPER works with almost any hardware and can be used in combination with a vast universe of other software and plug-ins. Take advantage of REAPER's full functionality using only your current computer and a microphone, or use REAPER to drive an entire professional recording studio. Want know more about Reaper? Visit their website! www.reaper.fm

 

 


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Sonic Studio

  Here we are with yet another great name of audio and also a kind sponsor to the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners!  

 

www.sonicstudio.com/amarra

Amarra is the audiophile-grade computer music player that was designed to provide you with the best music reproduction achievable from a computer-based system. With its close integration with iTunes and support for advanced audio formats like FLAC, Amarra lets you experience your music like never before. Amarra supports up to 384 kHz sample rates and provides a seamless integration of multiple rates and music formats. Features include RAM-based Cache Playback, Sonic EQ, background DSD conversion, and much more.


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: iZotope

  Here we are with yet another great name of audio and also a kind sponsor to the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES 135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners! 

 

www.izotope.com

iZotope is a research-driven audio technology company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its award-winning products and audio technologies are used by millions of people in over 50 countries, from consumers to musicians to major film, TV, and radio studios. Some of the diverse clients include musical giants like BT, Depeche Mode, and RZA of WuTang Clan; radio stations like Boston's iconic WGBH; and TV programming like CBS's Survivor, the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, the World Cup broadcast, and the GRAMMY awards. Through an extensive licensing program, iZotope technology is also directly integrated into products made by industry-leaders such as Adobe, Avid, and Sony; video games from companies like Harmonix and Ubisoft; as well as a growing number of mobile phone applications.

 


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Merging

 There is still some time left for us to present you another big name of audio, kindly sponsoring the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners!


www.merging.com

 

Switzerland’s Merging Technologies is the manufacturer of hardware and software systems for audio and video production professionals, including the high-resolution multichannel Pyramix digital audio workstation, VCube non-linear HD video playback system, the Ramses MSC audio control surface and Ovation a Media Server and Sequencer. Merging’s products are used where reliability and the highest possible quality are of paramount concern. Merging’s clients include some of the finest recording studios, broadcast facilities, post-production houses and film dubbing suites in the world.



Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Women's Audio Mission

 We present you another great name of audio, kindly sponsoring the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners!

 

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.



Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Audiofile-Engineering

 We present to you another big name of audio equipment kindly sponsoring the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners!

 

                

 

www.audiofile-engineering.com

 

Combining powerful, elegant and uncluttered audio utilities with unparalleled technical support, Audiofile Engineering is one of the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and the iPhone. Quiztones is a frequency ear trainer for amateur and professional audio engineers, producers, and musicians. See more at www.audiofile-engineering.com

 


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Solid State Logic

  There's still time for us to tell you all about some of the generous sponsors that we have this time around to support our Student Recording Competition and give away a few prizes for the lucky finalists. Expect to see some awesome giveaways by these companies!

 

www.solid-state-logic.com

 

Solid State Logic (SSL) is a manufacturer of high-end mixing consoles and recording studio hardware headquartered in Begbroke, Oxfordshire, UK.

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. SSL analogue and digital audio consoles are used in both pre- and post-production for film, audio, video and broadcast sound.

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.


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: D16

Here we are with yet another great name of audio and also a kind sponsor to the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES 135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners! 

 

 

www.d16.pl/index.php

 D16 Group Audio Software is a Polish software company founded in 2004 who operates mainly in the music software. D16 is famous for creating some of the best known emulations for synthesizers such as the Roland TB-303, TR-808, TR-909 as well as other effects processors (multiband distortions, decimators, phasers), all in the form of VST x64 plug-ins.


 


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Auralex

 We present to you another generous sponsor to the upcoming Student Recording Competition at the AES 135 in NYC. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners!

 

www.auralex.com 

 

 Auralex Acoustics is the industry leader in acoustical treatment products, including acoustical absorbers, diffusors, sound barriers, construction materials, isolation platforms and complete room treatment systems. Let the experts at Auralex help you achieve world-class acoustics in any room.  


 


Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: Focal Press

 Here we are with yet another great name of audio and also a kind sponsor to the upcoming Student Recording Competition at AES135 in New York. We are deeply grateful for their support and very exited to give away some awesome prizes to the winners! 

 

www.focalpress.com

 

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for 70 years. They provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: film and digital video production, photography, digital imaging, graphics, animation and new media, broadcast and media distribution technologies, music recording and production, mass communications, and theatre technology.

Focal Press delivers to you the techniques that have proved successful for professionals, and inspire you to go further with your craft. Their books demystify ever-changing technologies and help you gain success.

Focal Press - learn, master, create.

 



Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

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AES 135 New York | Student Design Competition Judges: DAVE HILL


We are proud to announce that we have gathered an amazing group of judges for the Student Design Competition at AES 135. All of them are well known industry professionals, and here you can find out a little bit about each of them.

 

 

DAVE HILL

 

Dave Hill started designing and building devices at an early age, constructing analog synthesizers from scratch, performing professional sound recordings, and working in 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 and taught analog and digital electronics for 8 years. During his time, he also designed a flight timer for small private aircraft and did maintenance on the school’s electronic instruments and machines.

 

Early in the 1980's, Dave was asked to design a tube compressor with a classic, vintage tone. The result was the Summit Audio TLA-100. Dave went on to design and set up the manufacture of all Summit Audio products until September of 1994

 

In August of 1995, Dave founded Crane Song Ltd. and began his first project, designing a tube playback preamp for the ATR-102 analog tape machine. Dave then launched his Crane Song product line with the STC-8 two channel discrete class-A compressor-limiter

 

Today the Crane Song family of products has grown to nine world-class hardware products and a Pro Tools plugin. Other credits include Avid's HEAT plugin, ATR Service Company's variable speed control and ARIA record-play electronics. Dave's designs have won him many TEC nominations. Dave is currently working on new designs for Crane Song and Dave Hill Designs and is performing research on clocking, jitter, and digital control of analog audio.

 

Visit Dave's company website


Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2013

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AES 135 Convention New York | Student Recording Competition Judges

We are proud to announce that we have gathered an amazing group of Judges for the Student Recording Competition at AES 135. All participants will have their work reviewed and scored by three Judges per category. All of them are well known industry professionals and here you can find out a little bit about each of them.

 

Jim Kaiser

CAT 2 - TRADITIONAL STUDIO RECORDING

Since 2000, Jim Kaiser has been the Director of Technology at MasterMix in Nashville, and responsible for surround production and audio restoration. 

Kaiser’s career features experience in live & studio recording with artists like Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Gloria Estefan, and Michael Jackson, and technical design of recording and production facilities, including Sony-BMG, East Iris, MasterMix, and Clear Channel Entertainment/Live Nation. 

Jim was the Audio Engineering Society President in 2009-2010 and serves on the AES Technical Council, the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, and the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund Board. He has been involved in workshops, seminars, and paper presentations at AES international conventions and regional conferences since joining in 1983 

Jim Kaiser has been teaching in the Audio Technology Program at Belmont University since 2005.

 


Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2013

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AES 135 NYC | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: TELEFUNKEN

It's time for us to tell you all about all of the wonderful sponsors that support our Student Recording Competition! Expect to see some awesome giveaways by these generous companies at AES 135!


TELEFUNKEN

 

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

TELEFUNKEN's R-F-T Series of tube microphones are affordable solutions that deliver amazing tone and ultimate application flexibility at a price anyone who is serious about recording can afford. The Dynamic Series microphones are a phenominal value and offer an articulate, detailed sound with minimal proximity effect in a rugged, roadworthy design. Upgrade your sonic collection with TELEFUNKEN microphones!
 

www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com/

Visit TELEFUNKEN


Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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AES 134 - Meet the Winners #6: Winfried Lachenmayr

Meet Winfried Lachenmayr from Vienna, Austria, who won the Silver Award in Category 2: Traditional 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? 

My name is Winfried, I am from Munich and studied Tonmeister at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna until last may. I’m mainly interested in recording classical music and jazz, as well as studio and concert hall acoustics.

 

Are you a musician yourself? What instruments do you play and in what musical context?

I play the piano, guitar, accordion (Bavarian!), and I sing.

 

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

There is a three-week jazz workshop at The Banff Centre in Canada every year, which is very intense for both musicians and engineers. The musicians get to come into the studio for a 4 to 5 hour session, often with newly written songs. The time available for the sound check is limited. Since most instruments are in the same room it is a challenge to handle the microphone leakage to make it sound nice in the final mix. I remixed the session I had recorded during one afternoon, also at The Banff Centre

 

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

In one session we had a Yamaha Disklavier (MIDI-controlled upright piano) at hand and fed it the MIDI arrangement of a piece from the Star Wars soundtrack. The piano totally freaked out - it was pretty funny.

Also my whole room at home was full of insulating material on two occasions because I had ordered half a truck load of absorbers for me and other students. 

Occasionally I make binaural recordings with two small microphones near my ears to capture concert hall acoustics - I usually put them on in the bathroom. Weird things happen there...

 

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

I hardly ever make mistakes (…) but once I placed a big tube mic in front of a double bass the wrong way around, because the LED wasn't visible after putting on the clip. I heard it instantly, though… after 15 minutes!

  

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

Find an area within the audio that you like particularly and spend as much time learning about it as possible. Check out different places to study and learn, otherwise you won’t experience new things to form your own taste from. Get a reference CD early on to check out different listening environments. Compare gear, speakers and so on when it's possible and you have the time. Pay attention to acoustics, in both the recording and the listening space. I think it is one of the most important aspects after the quality of the recorded instruments, and the monitor speakers.

 

Tech talk: What are your favourite pieces of equipment?

I really like the Schoeps MK21, the Sennheiser MKH50, and the Royer 122 for their versatility.

The Smart C2, the Tracker Compressor, and the Impirical Labs Distressor are great sounding pieces of outboard that I will probably never own...

The UAD EMT reverb emulation sounds great, and is really cheap and easy to use compared to the real deal. 

 

Could you pick one of your favourite productions and tell us what makes it stand out in your opinion?

I just re-listened to some of the Carlos Kleiber opera studio recordings on Deutsche Grammophon. They had the time and budget to make something really great it still stands out. Even the “lighter” works such as the operettas are dramatic and thoroughly produced, almost like an audio drama with sound design and actors for the spoken parts.

 

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

The AES is a great place to meet people from all over the world and make contacts, to remote places such as The Banff Centre. It also enables me to visit different cities in Europe, which is very nice.

  

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

It was funny to see people who were quite obviously audio students standing around randomly at the Piazza del Popolo. ?Also, we tried  trading a friend’s camera for beer.

 

What is your favourite frequency?

30-40 Hz and 80Hz.

 

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

I enjoy hiking and woodworking.

 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In a mirror. Unless a vampire shows up beforehand...

  

Could you provide us with some closing comments?

Yes.

 

If you want to get in touch with Winfried you can send him an e-mail using the following address: winfried.lachenmayr(AT)gmail.com

Winfried's submission is currently not available online, but you can listen to the following live recordings, which were engineered and mixed by him at The Banff Center: 

Photo by: Megan Krauss, TBC

 


Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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