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AES141 Student Recording Competition Interview: So Shiiba

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?

Hi, I’m So, and I’m a student in Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan. I’m studying master’s degree in recording and psychoacoustics. I always record classical music in our studio and concert hall, and also research about special evaluation for 3D Audio recordings.

What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start? 

In my childhood, I have wanted to be a pianist and practiced every day. One day, I recorded my playing for checking details. I used portable MD player/recorder and sony’s one-pointed microphone. It was my first recording. At that time, I tried to record my playing better again and again. It was very difficult for me, but very interesting for me. After that time, my piano teacher told me that recording was a kind of occupations and they was called “recording engineer.” That is my origin of recording.

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

It was second time entry. My first entry was in 2014, L.A.. In this time, I recorded a classical concert that soloist who was a student in our university and orchestra in our university played Viola Concerto which was composed by Béla Bartók. This is a live recording but there was less time for preparing and recording because of concert’s schedule.

My purpose was ‘Gain the best impression as few microphone as possible.’ I placed some spot microphones for being localisation clear, and main microphones for gaining spacial impression. And I mixed these microphones to best balance. It was very difficult for me to think about function of center channel speaker. I wanted to use it for being localisation clear, but that made my mix bad. I want to try other way next time.

What/who made you join AES?

In our course, some people belong to AES Japan students section, and they introduced about AES.

Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 141st AES convention in LA!


All time in L.A. was my favourite and impressive. I got many hint for my recording and research, got many people friends, learned many kinds of products, and more. 

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2017

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