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Student Recording Critiques

Students! Come and get tips, tricks, and advice to push your skills to the next level!

The Student Recording Critiques are live, non-competitive listening sessions in which students receive feedback on their mixes from a panel of industry professionals. Students at any stage of their studies can sign up – but must have student registration for the virtual convention. The sessions will be held using Zoom, with music streamed via AudioMovers. Zoom Meeting ID’s will be posted at a later date on the AES website and social media channels. Any registered conference attendee can log in to listen to the sessions!

  • Submit a stereo wav or aiff file, 48KHz, 24 bit, labelled as your first name and last name and AES student number.
  • Edit your submitted file to be a 2 minute excerpt. If you submit an entire song we will play the first 2 minutes.
  • For each sesion we'll have 6 students signed and 2 as a back up.
  • Dates for critiques are: 
    June 2: 17:00-18:00
    June 3: 14:00-15:00
    June 4: 14:00-15:00
    June 5: 18:00-19:00
  • Sign up here: https://forms.gle/7TRsdjxJ14EzUv7ZA
  • Upload your correctly labelled audio file to this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/C9BKo9iZF2D9cOaeSNwj
  • Students with tracks on a session are expected to join the meeting at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. If you do not join the meeting at this time you place will be given to an alternate student.
  • Participants are expected to have audio and video capabilities so they can interact with the panel, and give a brief introduction to themselves and their submission (less than 1 minute) using Zoom.
  • Student Recording Competition entrants are excluded from submitting to these sessions as the competition provides detailed feedback to students.

 


Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020

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148th AES Online Convention Student Competitions Finalists

    

We are honored to announce the list of finalists for Student Competitions!

 

Student Recording Competition:

 Category 1 (Audio): 

Sub-Category 1 (Traditional Acoustic):

  • Daniel Bevc
  • Stefanos Ioannou
  • Kseniya Kawko

Sub-Category 2 (Traditional Studio):

  • Alex Bohn
  • Daniela Pardo Quintana
  • Andre St-Denis

Sub-Category 3 (Modern Studio):

  • Stefan Damian
  • Damian Koszewski
  • Jannis Lehnert
     

Category 2 (Sound for Visual Media):

  • Sascha Etezazi
  • Diana Kuls
  • Agata Lenarczyk
  • Mikołaj Tyrakowski

Category 3 (Remix):

  • Alla Evdokimova
  • Joris Fernandez
  • Benoit Girard
  • Victor Manuel Espinoza Martinez
                      

Category 4  (Immersive):

  • Kseniya Kawko
  • Jannis Lehnert
  • Johannes Ott 







Student Design Competition:

  • Felix Holzmüller,
    Hannes Herrmann

     
  • Piotr Cieślik,
    Karol Nowakowski

  • Martin Reus

  • Charles Holbrow,
    Zhi Wei Gan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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MATLAB Plugin Competition Winner - Christian Steinmetz

Christian Steinmetz of Clemson University

Christian Steinmetz of Clemson University

 

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

    I am originally from South Carolina in the US where I studied Electrical Engineering and Audio Technology during my undergrad at Clemson University. Currently I am a master’s student at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona studying Sound and Music Computing within the Music Technology Group (MTG). 

 

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

    My interest in audio came out of my interest first as a music listener. Early on I became involved in building speaker enclosures, demoing different headphones, and experimenting with amplifiers to try and build a better sounding listening system. Eventually, this lead me into the world of music production and audio engineering because I was interested in making recordings that sounded the way I wanted. Throughout high school and my undergrad, I have worked as a recording, mixing, and mastering engineer. At the same time I have been focused on applying engineering in the construction of tools that advance the field of audio engineering, aiming to develop tools that assist in and extend the workflow of audio engineers. I am continuing this line of research in my thesis here at the MTG, with the application of deep learning to tasks in music signal processing.   

 

  1. Tell us about the 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?

    My project, flowEQ, aims to provide a simplified interface to the classic five-band parametric equalizer. In order to effectively utilize the parametric EQ, an audio engineer must have an intimate understanding of the gain, center frequency, and Q controls, as well as how multiple bands can be used in tandem to achieve a desired timbral adjustment. For the ametuar audio engineer or musician this often presents too much complexity, and flowEQ aims to solve this problem by providing an intelligent interface geared towards these kinds of users. By applying some of the latest techniques in machine learning, like the disentangled variational autoencoder (β-VAE), we can utilize data of equalizer settings collected from audio engineers (via the SAFE-DB) to learn a well structured, low dimensional representation of the parameter space of the EQ. This low dimensional space then allows the user to control all thirteen knobs of the equalizer with only two controls, for example. For the inexperienced user this presents a powerful way to search across possible EQ configurations, where they can use their ears to find the desired effect, using knowledge aggregated from trained audio engineers. If you are interested in learning more about how all of this works check out the project webpage (https://flowEQ.ml) where I go into all of the nitty-gritty details. This was not my first entry at AES. Last year I presented my reverb plugin, NeuralReverberator, in the MATLAB plugin competition, and the year before that I presented a phase analysis plugin that aims to help audio engineers improve microphone placement for better drum recordings. 

 

  1. What/Who made you join AES?

    I first learned of the AES through my audio technology professor at Clemson. After discovering the journal and diving into all of the interesting research being published, I decided to join. Shortly after learning about the yearly convention held in NYC, I set a goal for myself to find a way to attend. I came up with a project idea and built a plugin to present during the Student Design Competition. After sharing it with my professor, I was able to receive funding from my department to travel to the convention. Attending the AES Convention for the first time in 2017 was one of the major moments in my development as a researcher, and solidified my interest in continuing my research in this field. 

 

  1. Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 147th AES Convention in New York!

    My favorite part of the convention was getting to present and share my project with other people interested in audio engineering. Getting to meet new people with the same interests and their own unique perspectives is, for me, one of the highlights of a convention like AES. In addition, I enjoyed attending many of talks and paper sessions where I got to hear from some of the most influential researchers in the audio community.

 

To learn more about flowEQ


Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Student Recording Competition Winner - Jared Richardson

Student Recording Competition Winner - Jared Richardson

 

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

    I'm Jared Richardson, from Provo Utah. I recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Media Arts from Brigham Young University, and my goal is to work in post-production sound for film and animation.

 

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

    My passion for audio came partially from my little siblings. In 2014, when I was on a 2-year mission in Chicago for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I rarely got to talk to my family back home, so my little brother and sister would send me emails with attached audio recordings. They were essentially podcasts, but they always went the extra mile and included background music, fun segments, and little fictional skits. These really inspired me, and ever since I got home I've wanted to participate in all sorts of audio-related creative projects with sound effects, voice over, and mixing.

 

  1. Tell us about the 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?

    This was my first time entering the Student Recording Competition at AES on a recommendation from my professor. The submission was an animated short film, Grendel, produced by BYU's animation program. Typically students don't do the sound for BYU's animated shorts, but I persuaded the faculty to let me do it, and I'm so glad I did! Production was long (several months) and pretty monotonous at times, but I enjoyed all of it. Between voice over work, Foley, sound design, overall mixing, and many meetings with the director and composer for the film, we eventually reached a place we were happy with. It's a lovely film, and I hope people who watch it feel that the sound does the quality animation justice. I am absolutely honored to have received a Silver Award for it.

 

  1. What/Who made you join AES?

    I attended and joined AES because of my professor, Aaron Merrill. He was the one who gave me feedback on the film, and felt like I should submit it as an applicant. Without him, none of this would have been possible.

 

  1. Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 147th AES Convention in New York!

    The convention was really fun! I'm not used to big cities, but being around industry professionals and those who are excited about audio and music was an exceptional experience. It felt like there was something for everyone, both on the showfloor and in the many classes/panel discussions. I would love to attend again someday in the future!

 


Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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Student Design Competition Winner Interview - Matthew Cheshire

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

 
My name is Matthew. Im originally from a quiet little village in Hertfordshire UK. Upon finishing school I studied Music Technology at a local college before moving to Birmingham UK to study Sound Engineering and Production at Birmingham City University. Since Graduating I’ve stayed at the uni to work on a PhD in the Digital Media Technology (DMT) lab. 
 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?
 
My Dad had a really big record collection and I would always listen to his vinyls from the 60’s and 70’s at a young age, around this time I started recording weird sounds and noises on a budget cassette recorder and then progressed to the DAW in my teens. 
 
3) Tell us about production of your submission? What is the story behind it? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry? What kind of problem can it solve or improve?
 
My submission was born out of necessity, I needed a way to accurately and repeatedly strike a drum, in a way that would remove human variation, this was for use in a microphone comparison study that I was writing for the AES. I decided to build a Robotic Drum Arm (RDA) to produce more accurate data for my study. The RDA was controlled by MIDI messages from the DAW via an Arduino UNO, The development and testing methodology of the RDA become the main focus for my Student Design Competition submission. This was my first entry in to the competition, the total project took a few months to develop as there was a lot of trial and error involved. 
 
4) Did you consider commercializing your project? Are there any business or product possibilities?
 
The project was very much in the prototype stage and was developed to address one very specific problem, for this to be developed into a commercial product a lot more work would be needed and improvements made to it, at this time I do not intend to commercialize it.
 
5) Do you know or consider any future steps? Will it be linked with the project you’ve presented?
 
One of the biggest limitations of the RDA, was that that it could only strike the drum at one velocity level this was appropriate for what I needed it for at the time, but developing it future I would like to have programable velocity variation that would be mappable to 127 MIDI values. 
 
6) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 147th AES convention in New York!
 
Being at the 147th AES convention was a great experiences, I was able to share and discuss my work with other like minded people, whilst at the same time learning so much from all the informative talks and presentation that were taking place throughout the week. The highlight for me was being one of the winnings of the Saul Walker student design competition.
 


Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2020

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Student Recording Competition Winner Interview - Alex Dobson

Alex Dobson, from McGill University, received an Honorable Mention in the Remix category of the Student Recording Competition.

Alex Dobson, from McGill University, received an Honorable Mention in the Remix category of the Student Recording Competition.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study? British Columbia, Canada - Studying the MMus in Sound Recording at McGill University

 

  1. What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start? I am a lifelong musician, and have been working in the industry professionally as a session musician for many years. I have always enjoyed working in the studio and self-producing, and naturally ended up moving into audio engineering.


  1. Tell us about the 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? Remixing music is like a fun and creative game to me, so when I saw that there was a Remix category open for the student competition at AES, I thought it was worth a shot. I spent a weekend working on my entry, and had a lot of fun bringing out some dance-able, poppy energy in the source material provided. This was the second time I've entered something in the remix category.

 

  1. What/Who made you join AES? AES is a big part of my educational experience, and my professors and mentors are all involved with the society. It made sense to join!

 

  1. Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 147th AES Convention in New York! I really enjoyed many of the panels that I went to, it's hard to choose one - perhaps the R&B mixing panel with Prince Charles. Also, free liquor at the Soundtoys booth.

 


Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Student Recording Competition Winner Interview - Bo Pang

Bo Pang accepts her Gold Award in the Sound for Visual Media category.

Bo Pang accepts her Gold Award in the Sound for Visual Media category.

 

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

    My name is Bo Pang. I grew up in Qingdao, an upper east coast city in China known for its rich artistic environment film industry. I grew up with music and film and knew I wanted to do something with both of those areas, so I applied to the Beijing Film Academy. I received my foundational knowledge of filmmaking there, specializing in skills regarding sound, gaining hands on experience in shooting film and nurturing my passion. During the last year of school I went to London to study sound arts and design. The artistic environment of national museums and galleries and sound installations expanded my imagination. They helped me overcome language barriers and realize that filmmaking is a universal concept. I became more confident in my skills and determined to come to the United States to further my education, continuing my journey at Chapman University where I completed my MFA in sound design this year.

 

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

    Music has always been a part of my life since a young age when I started playing the piano. Pictures would always come to my mind when playing different melodies. This not only helped me develop my sensitivity to sound, but also encouraged me to explore my imagination. I became interested in sound design in primary school. One of my favorite things to do was close my eyes and listen to the sounds on my grandma’s balcony. It brought everything to life; happy birds in the spring, cicadas in the summer, dry leaves rustling in the autumn, and the cold wind in winter. I remember how dramatic it felt during a storm when the rolling thunders came with low-end rumbling and how raindrops brightened everything when they hit the tin roof. Sound is very important to me because it makes my memories so vivid. As I learn more about audio and have more experiences, I am discovering how much it is already a part of my life and engrained in my heart.

 

  1. Tell us about the 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?

    My submission is from a sci-fi short film that I worked on during my time at Chapman as sound designer, supervising sound editor, and re-recording mixer. The film tells the story about a young shipping pilot, searching for his missing wife. It was a new world with hundreds of visual effects, challenging me to explore my imagination to create good storytelling. One of the most interesting parts of this project was to record as many sound as possible for the sound design. I did several Foley sessions to record and experiment different sound elements ranging from something as tiny as a water drip to as loud as thunder. I went into the field and recorded more elements, including metal chains on a train and the whirring of plane engines. As there were many sound effects everywhere in this film, it was challenging for me to find the right balance for dynamic mixing. I learned a lot while using my technical skills to make my ideas come alive. I worked on this film for two months. It was my first entry.


  1. What/Who made you join AES?

    The first time I was introduced to AES was in 2018 when one of my friends told me of the many opportunities this organization provided for learning in classes, events, and journalism. After I found out more information I applied for student membership. During my time as a member I was able to volunteer for AES at the 2019 NAMM Show. I felt very appreciated like I was part of a family.

 

  1. Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 147th AES Convention in New York!

    I had two favorite experiences at the 147th AES. The first was the student competition panel, which allowed me to show my work and also learn from industry professionals and other students. The second moment was the amazing classes AES had. I learned many new specialized skills and techniques, as well as having the chance to meet many people from all over the world who were passionate in audio, sharing our experiences and ideas with each other.

 


Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Student MATLAB Plugin Competition Winner Interview - Sean Newell

Sean Newell stands with fellow winner Russell Scarborough and several Belmont University colleagues.

Sean Newell stands with fellow winner Russell Scarborough and several Belmont University colleagues.

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

My name is Sean Newell, originally from Miami, Florida, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2016 to pursue a degree in Audio Engineering Technology. I quickly fell in love with the software and DSP side of audio, and thus, took a lot of computer science and signal processing classes.

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

I have always loved music and always wanted to be a part of it. It began with me learning an instrument, and lead to me becoming interested in audio tech.

3) Tell us about the 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?

I submitted a VST plugin for the MATLAB competition. I loved the process of creating it as I learned so much. It was inspired from a school assignment where I had to create a parallel distortion effect with two algorithms, each bringing out different harmonics. It took me about 1.5 months to complete. This was my first AES submission.

4) What/who made you join AES?

Many audio professors at Belmont lobby for AES memberships.

5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 147th AES convention in New York!

My favorite experience was during the plugin demo session where I got to show off something I made, and received great feedback for.


Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019

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AES147 SDA Officer Elections

 Dear all AES Student Members!

On every convention AES SDA is electing new SDA Officer as their representative in AES structures. If you wold like to apply click here to check all detils! 

 


Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019

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Student Recording Competition Rules

As the deadline for submissions is coming closer be sure that you are familiar with rules for Student Recording Competition. Check them here.

At the upcoming 147th, AES Convention in New York students will be able to compete in a new category which is Immersive!

We wish you all good luck! Remember we are waiting for your submissions till the 18th of September 2019!


Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019

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