AES Student Blog

July 2013

AES 134 - Meet the Winners #1: Nikola Jeremic

Meet Nikola Jeremic from Belgrade, Serbia, who won the Silver Award in Category 4: Sound for Visual Media.

 

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

All my life I have been meddling around with audio, I think my first contact with it was when I was three years old, and I managed to climb my father’s hi-fi system using faders and pots as grips. 

I come from a small industrial town of Shabac in Serbia, but I moved to Belgrade because I wanted to study Audio And Video Technologies at the Advanced School Of Electrical Engineering And Computer Sciences. Since I graduated, I’ve been working as a composer and sound designer for motion picture and games in Belgrade, however I tend to drift from that course into music production from time to time. 

I am obsessed with sound and music for visual media as I spend 18 hours a day working on music or sound design for projects that I’m involved with. Pure boredom inspired my passion for audio while I was at high school back home. I wanted to do something creative and useful in my life. I picked up the guitar as my first instrument of choice and started practising on my own. Then I began playing the piano. I also had a band which didn’t work out as well as I hoped, so I decided to combine my love for music and film and started learning orchestration and film scoring. That’s when I got hooked, and I don’t think I will ever unhook from it for the rest of my life.

 

So you play a number of instruments yourself. Has it helped you in your work as an audio engineer?

I think that it is helpful for every audio engineer to pick up at least one instrument and learn how to play it. You don’t have to be a virtuoso, but it is useful if you want to be a music producer, or a recording or mixing engineer as it can help you understand an instrument and make it sound better. I play guitar, bass, piano, percussion and a bit of cello, but I am not very good at any of those. Getting into composition and sound design has made me look beyond traditional playing styles, so I tend to mess around with instruments and make them sound completely different, applying unusual playing techniques. For my competition entry for example I used an electric guitar with Floyd Rose tremolo and scraped the strings with a screwdriver and a small  metal plate just so as to simulate the sounds of the weapons of spaceships.

 

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

This competition entry is actually my graduation project and I wanted to present it to people other than my professors and my mentor at school. I am always inspired by stunning visuals of video games and their story lines, so I wanted to see how a big budget video game would sound if I worked on it. That’s why I chose a cut scene from one of my favourite games - Mass Effect 3. I created this piece of work to present my skills in musical composition and sound design for games and I would absolutely love to work on similar titles professionally in the future. 

Also, this wasn’t my first entry. I also competed last year in Budapest at the 132nd AES Conference and won the gold award in the same category. I worked on this year’s entry for quite a long time. The previous one I completed within a week, but this one took me a month to finish with all of the field recording and studio session involved, the editing, and finally mixing the whole thing. I have to admit that I was quite sceptical about making it to the finals, but eventually everything worked out just fine. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun working on a project like this.?

 

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

For this competition entry I was allowed to record real military fighter airplanes of the Serbian Airforce, after pulling some strings in the Serbian Armed Forces.  If you ask me, nothing is quite as joyful as having three fighter airplanes at your disposal as an audio engineer. Last year, for my competition entry in Budapest, I recorded monkeys and tigers at Belgrade Zoo to simulate the voices and sounds of aliens. It was quite fun to get into a cage with baby tigers and play with them while recording. It’s a complete other story with the monkeys, since they were throwing some nasty things at me…

 

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

The biggest mistake I ever made was getting into a cage with those monkeys last year. I am not doing that EVER again!! Also forgetting to save a project from time to time is not a thing I’m particularly proud of…

 

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

If you want to be a sound designer or an audio engineer, there are three things I can advise you to do:

First one is: ALWAYS carry a portable recorder with yourself wherever you go. You never know what interesting sounds you will hear around you.

The second one is: Gather your best friends and your family and take a picture of them and post it above your work station in your studio. Once you get into this line of work, that is the only time you will be seeing them. True story.

The third, and most important one is: Search for your own signature sound and style -never use presets. I have heard a lot of young composers and sound designers who strive to sound like “the big guys”. Don’t do that, because if a producer wants a John Williams score or a Russell Greg sound mix, they will hire John Williams and Russell Greg - not copies of them. Also don’t try to get into big budged productions right away. Sure thing, it would be awesome to work with James Cameron or Christopher Nolan (I know I would like to…), but instead develop your chops working on low budget stuff and then try to move your way into the “major league”. Get in touch with student film producers and directors. They are the future of film just like you are the future of audio, and together you can work on improving the quality and the art behind our industry. The big guys aren’t going to be here forever you know.

 

Tech talk: What are your favourite pieces of equipment?

That’s like choosing just one cookie at the bakery. If I had to pick just one of each, I’d say that my favourite piece of outboard gear is the Lexicon PCM 96 reverb unit mainly because I am so used to the colour Lexicon processors add to my productions.

My microphone of choice is - and always will be – the AKG 414, because it is just a perfect all around microphone for any application. 

As far as plugins are concerned, my current favourite is the Duende SSL Buss Compressor licensed by Solid State Logic.

 

What is your favourite recording or production?

That’s also like choosing a cookie. I am a fan of bold sound design ideas. Recently I was rather amazed by the sound design of the film Oblivion. It is very simple and its dynamics span from very quiet atmospheric sounds with a bit rain and wind, up to the loudest possible action cues with explosions and all that good stuff. As far as music for motion picture goes, I am a huge fan of Trevor Morris’ productions such as his scores for TV series like The Tudors, The Borgias, The Pillars Of The Earth. Films like Immortals and Olympus Has Fallen are just pure perfection in my humble opinion.  Best mixed scores I heard so far. I will sign this statement if needed.

 

What do you like about the AES?

What do I love about AES? Hmmm… The very fact such a society exists! I am extremely proud and happy to be a part of this community. Ever since I joined last year, my exposure to the world of audio has grown and my skills have improved in so many ways. Being a member of such a renowned society and the fact that I was a finalist in the recording competition twice, has a distinct value in this industry and already helped me to get more work. Last year was a milestone year for me thanks to the AES - and I believe that things are about to get even better.

 

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

Well, my most obvious choice are the recording competition and the education forum, but  I was also very happy to help the SDA officers at the booth, hang out with my dear friends, the student party, and of course hear Simon Franglin talk about the music production of Avatar and The Amazing Spiderman in person.

 

What is your favourite frequency?

The 2kHz of screaming brass section playing an epic theme for a film. At least I make them scream at 2k... And also the 100Hz “boom” of Taiko drums.

 

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

That’s an interesting question because there’s not much time for other things, really. I enjoy going to the movies and playing video games. It helps me to get inspired for my own work. I read a lot and assemble fighter airplane models. I do sleep when I have the time for it.

 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I am not sure if can actually see myself there, but I am striving to get into Hollywood and AAA game industry, either as a composer or a sound designer.

 

Could you provide us with some closing comments?

Uhuuuum… That’s all from me folks, I guess?

 

Unfortunately it was not possible to post Nikola's entire submission video for copyright reasons. However, here is a piece of music that he composed and produced as part of his award winning project. 

More of Nikola's productions and compositions can be found on his Soundcloud and ReverbNation profile.

You can contact Nikola via Twitter and find him on Facebook. 


Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013

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AES 134 Student Recording and Design Competition - Meet the Winners

We are very happy to announce that we will start posting interviews with the finalists of the Recording and Design Competitions held at the 134th AES Convention in Rome tomorrow.

This means that you will have the opportunity to get to know all the award winners and gain insight into each submission of all the different categories. Be sure to check this blog regularly as we will keep adding lots of interesting content over the coming weeks.  


Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Invitation to the Third European Student Summit

 

 Serbian Student Section invites you to the Third European Student Summit, September 13-15.

The event offers attractive program including workshops, lectures and technical tours as well as inevitable student party. All attendees will have chance to take part in dynamic workshops and discussions, learn new things and have unforgettable Belgrade experience. 
Three main chapters of the program are Live Audio, Game Audio and Mixing. All workshop leaders and lecturers are experienced professionals in their field, from Serbia and abroad. 

The program starts at 2pm on 13.09. and ends with the Student party on 15.09. The final program scheme is yet to be announced as well as list of all lecturers but stay tuned and expect more information soon!

Participation is free of charge for all AES members! 
Non members will have to pay the fee of 20EUR before the program start on 13. September.
All participants are required to register by filling up the form at http://aesserbia.org/register-today-for-3rd-ess-in-belgrade-2013/ or by sending an e-mail to aesserbia@gmail.com. 

Accommodation is not included but the best hostel in the city is booked and waiting for your confirmation! Please right after registration send an e-mail confirming your arrival time to fun@mangahostel.com. Make sure to confirm your booking because it cannot be done via hostel browser or website! 
take a look at Manga hostel at http://www.mangahostel.com/index.html.

Feel free to send any questions or comments to aesserbia@gmail.com.
We expect you with excitement and hope for another great student event!

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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Design Competition: Thank you, DSP-Quattro!

We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Design Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank DSP-Quattro!

Learn about this fantastic audio application at www.dsp-quattro.com


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Design Competition: Thank you, Cycling '74!

We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Design Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank Cycling '74!

Experience creation. Experience MAX. Visit http://cycling74.com/


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Recording Competition: Thank you, Women's Audio Mission!

We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank Women's Audio Mission!

 

Learn more about Women's Audio Mission at www.womensaudiomission.org


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Recording Competition: Thank you, iZotope!

We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank iZotope!

For the best products in audio signal processing, visit www.izotope.com/


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Recording Competition: Thank you, Merging!

 We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank Merging Technologies!

For the best in digital media software, visit www.merging.com


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Competitions: Thank you, Audiofile!

We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording and Student Design Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank Audiofile Engineering!

For the best audio software for Mac and iOS, visit www.audiofile-engineering.com


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Competitions: Thank you, Cockos!

 

We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording and Student Design Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank Cockos!

 

For the best in DAW software, visit http://reaper.fm/


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Recording Competition: Thank you, D16!

We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank D16!

For the best in audio plugin software, visit www.d16.pl


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Competitions: Thank you, Auralex!

We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording and Student Design Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank Auralex!

For the best products in acoustic foam sound control, visit www.auralex.com


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Competitions: Thank you Focal Press!

The Student Delegate Assembly wants to thank once again to our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording and Student Design Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

Thank you, Focal Press!
 

For the best books in audio, visit www.focalpress.com


Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Recording Competition: Thank you TASCAM!

 The Student Delegate Assembly wants to thank once again to our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

Thank you TASCAM!
 


Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Recording Competition: Thank you ECLIPSE TD!

 The Student Delegate Assembly wants to thank once again to our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

Thank you ECLIPSE TD!
 


Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Recording Competition: Thank you SHIZUKA!

The Student Delegate Assembly wants to thank once again to our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

 

Thank you SHIZUKA STILLNES PANEL! 


Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Sponsors of the 134th AES Student Recording Competition: Thank you Telefunken!

 We want to thank once again our generous sponsors for giving away great prizes to the Student Recording Competition winners at 134th Convention in Rome.

This time around we want to thank Telefunken!


Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Thank you, Sonic Studio!

The AES Student Recording Competition and Student Design Competition depend on the many generous sponsors and volunteers who make the events a reality at each AES Convention. For their outstanding support, we would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our friends at Sonic Studio.

 

www.sonicstudio.com

 

THANK YOU, SONIC STUDIO!
 
 
Sonic Studio is a supporter of audio education in numerous ways, especially through their Sonic EDU initiative:
 
 
 
Several years ago, New York University's chief systems engineer Tom Beyer approached seasoned mastering engineer Alan Tucker and asked if he would be interested in creating and teaching a graduate seminar based upon his experience and career as a mastering engineer. With more than a 40 year audio career behind him, and more than a few stories to tell and tricks to show he was certainly excited by the opportunity. 

However, how best to teach the course? Alan was told he would be teaching in NYU Steinhardt School's Dolan Studio in downtown Manhattan. A very capable room with a big SSL hybrid console and large LCD monitors mounted on walls around the control room, options were endless. With all those possibilities before him, however, Alan wanted the same system he uses in his own mastering studio: soundBlade. It's developed by Sonic Studio, a company well known to mastering professionals as descendant from the classic Sonic Solutions, which revolutionized mastering in the early 1990s. 

Alan approached Sonic Studio with an idea to create a special package for students, teachers, and institutions: an Education package‚ containing everything needed to perform world-class mastering, from file handling to master format delivery for download or replication. Sonic's Rolf Hartley and Jon Reichbach embraced the idea. Working together they created a formal Sonic EDU initiative that provides each student with their own complete system for the term. The EDU package is provided at no cost to students and institutions participating in the program. Instructors provide training, support and teaching. Students gain use of the system and are offered a chance to own it at the end of the semester at massive discount, allowing them to get started in businesses of their own using world-class technology that they have grown comfortable with.

SoundBlade has proven for NYU — and others, including the Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies, Berklee College of Music, and the SET-School — to be an excellent choice for teaching the rudiments as well as esoterica of audio mastering. Any schools interested in further discussing this exciting Sonic EDU initiative are invited to email Rolf Hartley at rolf.hartley@sonicstudio.com.

 

 

Visit sonicstudio.com


Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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AES 134 Student Design Competition: The Results

The resounding success of the recently-revived Student Design Competition is a testament to the progression and growth of the AES student body.

At AES 134 in Rome, we received a number of strong entries dominated by students of the UK, Poland, and Austria. Projects encompassed many facets of hardware and software design, ranging from computer applications for DAW control to vacuum-tube circuitry to new microphone techniques, and even to power generation for energy-efficient signaling networks.

 
The competition was made possible by our generous sponsors. A big thank-you to Cycling '74, DSP Quattro, Cockos, Audiofile-Engineering, Focal Press, and Auralex for providing exciting prizes for our competition awardees!
 

Awardees of the 134 AES Student Recording and Student Design Competitions
 
 

CAT 1 | Undergraduate Level

 

GOLD AWARD

Diego Fagundes, SAE Institute London
"LiveRoom - An Interactive Virtual Music Listening Environment"

Cycling '74 MAX software, REAPER DAW, Quiztones ear trainer

 

SILVER AWARD

Piotre Klinke and Pawel Trella, Gdansk University of Technology
"Virtual Spatial Sound Reproduction on Mobile Device's Earphones"

Designing Plugins in C++ (Focal Press), REAPER DAW, Quiztones ear trainer, Auralex MoPads


 

CAT 2 | Graduate Level

 

GOLD AWARD

Michal Lech, Gdansk University of Technology
"Gesture-Controller Sound Mixing System"

Cycling '74 MAX software, REAPER DAW, Quiztones ear trainer

 

GOLD AWARD

Florian Pausch, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
"A New Double-Cone Microphone Array"

DSP-Quattro plugins, REAPER DAW, Quiztones ear trainer

 

SILVER AWARD

Josef Schauer, TU Graz
"Networked Power Flower Bell"

The Audio Expert (Focal Press), REAPER DAW, Quiztones ear trainer, Auralex MoPads

 

BRONZE AWARD

Michal Korzeniowki, AGH University of Science and Technology
"iTweak — MIDI over WiFi iPad Controller"

REAPER DAW, Quiztones ear trainer

 

View past design competition winners


Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013

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