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February 2013

AES 134 ROME: Student Competition Registration Now Open!

AES 134 ROME: Student Competition Registration Now Open!

Registration for the AES 134 Student Recording and Student Design Competitions is now available!

Participants must first register as a Student for the AES 134 Full Program here.

To sign up for the Student Recording Competition, first read the official rules here, then visit

To sign up for the Student Design Competition, first read the REVISED official rules here, then visit


The deadline for Recording Competition entry is March 17th, 2013.

The deadline for Design Competition entry is April 1st, 2013.


May the best engineers win!

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013

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Student Recording Competition Finalist and Award Winner: Alexander Choeb

We are happy to post some interviews with the student recording competition winners of the AES133 in San Fransico. Congratulations again!

silver award winner of category 1 (traditional acoustic recording): Alexander Choeb

SDA: Tell us a little bit about you.

Alex: I was born and raised in Southern Germany. Currently I am enrolled in the Tonmeister study programme at the University of the Arts Berlin. Since I am a musician as well, I try to achieve a broad expertise in audio production from classical music to Jazz and Pop.

SDA: Tell us about the production of your competition entry. How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry? Stories? Inspirations?

Alex: My competition entry (piano solo) was a demo recording made at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada, in March 2012. Most of the work on it was done during the 3-hour-recording session by working together with the player to get her best performance on tape. From the technical point of view it was a pretty simple recording: Two spaced omni microphones and a little bit of reverb. Not a fancy approach at all.

SDA:What initiated your passion for audio?

Alex: Since I have been a musician for most of my life, I was fascinated by the possibilities of audio recording and production and its impact on our listening habits.

SDA: How did the AES help you on your way of being a successful audio engineer?

Alex: Getting honest feedback is the best way to learn how the industry works.

SDA: What are your highlights of the AES133 in San Francisco?

Alex: The Student Recording Competition! There is so much to learn from all the other students and from the judges - you really should not miss it if you have the opportunity to attend a AES convention.

SDA: What is the best recording of all time?

Alex: There is no such thing as one recording on top of a million others. It's a matter of music, time, taste and technology.

SDA: Do you play any instruments?

Alex: Violin, Piano, Drums. 

SDA: Where do you want to be in 10 years?

Alex: Tough question! I hope that I will still try to learn as much as possible and to develop my knowledge and my skills as an engineer.

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013

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'Up your Output!' AES British Section Student Event

'Up your Output!' AES British Section Student Event

The AES British Section is having a student event 9th March 2013 at the SAE Institute, London, E8 4DD.

The summit is taking place from 11am - 7pm, followed by post-event social until late! This free one-day event is exclusively for AES student members and will include:

-lectures from some of the UK’s leading experts
-career advice from high-profile companies in the audio industry
-lots of free tea and coffee
-post-event social with free drinks
-special guests

more details will follow soon!

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013

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