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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Margaret Luthar

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Margaret Luthar
Margaret is a Mastering Engineer at Chicago Mastering Service. She is a 2005 graduate of Syracuse's Music Industry program (instrument: trombone), and holds a Master’s in Music Technology (2007) from New York University. After completing her Master's, she was an Audio Engineer in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2009), then later that year a Recording Engineer at the Aspen Music Festival (the latter of which she repeated in summers 2010 and 2016).  
 
In 2009 Maggie moved to Norway to attend the year-long post graduate program in Music Production and Recording at the University of Stavanger. After a brief assistantship in 2010 at Galaxy Studios (Belgium), she moved back to Norway, where she was as a Mastering Engineer at Sonovo Mastering and an Audio Archivist at the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound until 2016. In addition, during her time in Europe she was involved in acoustic recording projects throughout Western Norway, and a location recordist for a handful of independent films throughout Europe.
 
In January 2017 she accepted her full-time position at Chicago Mastering Service, where she works with all genres of music and also cuts the lacquer masters used in vinyl record pressing. Labels she’s worked with include Merge, Fat Possum Records, and Super Secret Records. She is an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, enjoys giving workshops on critical listening and mastering to students, and spends a lot of her free time running.


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Marek Walaszek

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Marek Walaszek

 Maro Music, (real name, Marek Walaszek) is a prolific DJ, producer and mix engineer. For more than 20 years, he has DJ’d at major nightlife venues throughout Europe. As a music producer and sound engineer, Maro Music has worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, reggae and electronic music, including Agallah, Dominique Young Unique, Wu-Tang Clan, Sizzla, Redman, Bang La Decks, DJ Kazzanova and others. Sought after by the biggest international brands – Coca-Cola, Absolute, Jaguar, BMW, The Voice among them – to create music for their advertising campaigns, Maro Music has proven his skill in the recording studio time and time again. HIs mixes and production earn certified Platinum and Gold albums and him youtube view are counted in tens of millions. His studio and record label, Addicted To Music, maintains a heavy schedule crafting original productions and doing mixing and mastering work for internationally recognised artists. The studio regularly produces Polish artists for Warner Brothers as well as for the bigger Polish record labels.

Marek Walaszek is in high demand on the lecture circuit, widely sought by universities to speak about music production. He has served as a judge for the Audio Engineering Society’s modern music and sound engineering contest at the annual AES conventions in New York City, Berlin, Hungary and Warsaw. He was also featured in Luca Pretolesi “Fly on the wall” youtube series. Maro Music has released music as the producer for MXF alongside DJ Frodo. Maro Music’s solo mixes have landed him consistently in the “top 5” charts on Mixcloud.

In 2011, Walaszek founded Bettermaker, an award-winning, critically acclaimed manufacturer of professional-grade mixing and mastering hardware and software built for professional musicians and audio engineers. Bettermaker is used by a who’s who of studio professionals, including the GRAMMY-winning and GRAMMY-nominated mix engineers, Dave Pensado, Jimmy Douglass, Luca Pretolesi and Greg Wells. Artists like KO:YU and DJ Kazzanova also use Bettermaker products to achieve a supreme quality of sound.


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Kris Gorski

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Kris Gorski

Born in Poznan/Poland he begun his music education with piano at the age of 7, and continued through his years in college in England. He then moved to Paris where, after obtaining his diploma in Audio Engineering from SAE Paris, he engaged in 12 years of intensive studio work for independent artists, labels and TV stations. A few years into his sound engineering career he begun writing music for films which proved to be an ongoing passion and an important part of his work. He has since also become a song writer. He has engineered over 100 albums and worked on dozens of film and advertisement projects both as a composer and sound engineer. He loves working with the new generation of music talents in Poland, producing albums and film tracks. He maintains a working relationship with musicians in France, England and Denmark. Open mind and unorthodox approach are the key ingredients of his work.

In 2006 he co-founded APS - a company with focus on manufacturing high quality active studio monitors. A successful venture which continues to this day and represents Polish technological thought all over the world and collaborates with number of Universities. The company’s R&D model is based on very strong relationship with the recording community, striving to make the very best tools for the sound engineers, producers and musicians. Presently Kris lives in Poland, helping in the running of APS and his own production company AudioPlanet. For a number of years now he has been involved in a working partnership with Piotr “Miki” Mikołajczak - a renowned producer and former Sony Artistic Director, with whom he has co-written and co-produced a number of projects.

All throughout his career Kris gave a lot of importance to education. He has been giving workshops to young people for the last 17 years and has recently started working with students form the Science University of Gdańsk where he is also involved through his company’s AudioPlanet collaboration with the University. He has also worked as a consultant on a number of projects on studio construction.


Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Jim Anderson

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Jim Anderson

 Jim Anderson is an internationally recognized recording engineer and producer of acoustic music for the recording, radio, television, and film industries. He is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations in the recording industry: his recordings have received ten Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and 26 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations; his radio recordings have received two George Foster Peabody Awards and there have been two Emmy nominations for television programs. In 2013, Jim’s recording “Modern Cool” won the Grammy for Best Surround Album at the 55th Grammy Awards and his recording “Sixteen Sunsets” was nominated for Best Surround Album at the 56th Grammy Awards. 

A graduate of the Duquesne University School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jim has studied audio engineering at the Eastman School of Music and Sender Freies Berlin. During the 1970s, he was employed by National Public Radio and engineered and produced many award-winning classical, jazz, documentary, and news programs. Since 1980 Jim has had a career as an independent audio engineer and producer, living in New York City. He has been a frequent lecturer and speaker for the Audio Engineering Society and master- class guest faculty member at leading international institutes. He is a professor of recorded music with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and was the department’s Chair from 2004 – 2008.

He has served as Vice President for Eastern Sections of the Audio Engineering society (AES), chaired the New York City Section of the AES and was Chair of the 119th, 123rd, 131st, and 135th AES Conventions. In 2006, he was made a Fellow of the AES and has received two AES’ Board of Governors Awards. Jim was also the President of the Audio Engineering Society, 2008-2009.


Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Ian Corbett

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Ian Corbett

 Ian Corbett is the Coordinator and Professor of Audio Engineering at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He also owns and operates "off-beat- open-hats - recording and sound reinforcement", specializing in servicing the needs of classical and jazz ensembles in the Kansas City area. Ian’s book “Mic It! – microphones, microphone techniques, and their impact on the mix” was published by Focal Press in 2014, and he also authors articles for Sound On Sound ("The Worlds Best Recording Technology Magazine"). Since 2004 he has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society's Education Committee, and has presented, mentored, and served on panels at local, regional, national, and international AES events as well as many other professional industry events. Ian holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and he can frequently be found playing saxophone in Kansas City’s jazz clubs and restaurants. For more information, please see: www.offbeatopenhats.com


Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Barry Marshall

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Barry Marshall

Experienced, dynamic and creative as a performer, musician, songwriter 

and record producer, Barry Marshall is all of these and more as an educator. He started the critically acclaimed student record label, Naked Ear Records, at New England Institute of Art, where he is an Associate Professor and helped develop the audio and music business program and curriculum. Since 1999 he has also been teaching at Emerson College, where his classes include Recording Industry as a Business, and History of Media Arts.
In addition, he has toured and recorded all over the world as both a musical director for The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame’s LaVern Baker, and as a record producer  for Baker, Peter Wolf, and Ben E. King. He was a songwriting partner to the late Doc Pomus, and he’s shared the stage on gigs with everyone from Paul Shaffer to Bonnie Raitt to B.B. King.
Most recently Barry has produced three albums for Cape Verdean artist Dany Silva and is the Musical Director and Audio Producer of the One Planet Education Network, currently developing content for museums and video games. He also has become a respected lecturer/presenter at Audio Engineering  Society conferences and conventions, including at AES Budapest in 2012, AES NYC in 2013, and  AES London in 2010 and 2011. He was awarded his Doctorate in 2013 from Argosy University.


Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Kyle P. Synder

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Kyle P. Synder

Kyle P. Snyder is an educator, engineer, and consultant dedicated in his service to the Audio Engineering Society. Snyder is proud to be a professor within the Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies where he's also Assistant Director of Ohio University's High School Media Workshop. An alumnus of Indiana University and Ball State University, Snyder holds a Masters of Science in Music Technology from Indiana University and a Baccalaureate Degree with specific emphasis in both Digital Media and English from Ball State University. 

His research interests include pedagogical approaches relevant to the field of audio engineering and specifically how best audio students learn. Snyder frequently contributes to various industry publications and is widely published with a new major project currently under way, a complete listing can be found on his website and in his curriculum vitae. 

As an engineer and consultant, Snyder is routinely called upon by clients of local, national, and international acclaim including countless independent artists and ensembles, private companies, and academic institutions. 

Professionally, Snyder is active in numerous organizations, including the Audio Engineering Society which he serves both internationally as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and Vice Chair of the Education Committee and locally through his involvement with numerous sections. He serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Ohio University Student Section, and his work is ongoing with the Central Indiana Section where he championed the creation of the now annual Central Indiana Audio Student Workshop. He is also proud to host and engineer the AES Journal Podcast, produced 10 times each year in conjunction with the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. Additionally, Snyder is a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, The Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production, and the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association.


Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Ulrike Schwarz

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Ulrike Schwarz

 Ulrike Schwarz is a sound engineer of acoustic music in the radio, television and recording industries for internationally recognized productions. Her recordings have received multiple German and international awards and nominations and have received two Echo Klassik Awards, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenindustrie, Ars Acoustica, Diapason d’Or and many others. In August 2014, the Echo Klassik for Ensemble of the Year was awarded to her recording of Alfred Schnittke’s “Konzert für Chor“, performed by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BR)(BR Choir).

Ulrike received her Tonmeister degree from the Hochschule der Künste Berlin (University of Fine Arts Berlin) and studied under Jim Anderson in New York City and Akira Fukada in Tokyo. Currently she is in the process of defending
her masters thesis for her Masters of Business Administration from Technische Universität München (Technical University Munich). Since 2001 she has been employed by BR in Munich, Germany, as a senior sound
engineer for large orchestral and jazz productions.
 
From 1999 to 2000 she was Chair of the Student Delegate Assembly Europe and International Regions of the Audio Engineering Society and has been on the committee of the 106th, 111th, 112th, 116th, 118th, and 126th AES
Conventions and also served as AES Governor from 2004-2006.


Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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AES 144 | Meet The Sponsors! HARMAN

HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio and visual products, connected car systems, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. Audiophiles from every generation call on HARMAN to deliver the best in sound in the studio and on the stage, at home and on the go. HARMAN's portfolio of legendary audio brands includes AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®.

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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Peter Swann

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Peter Swann

Peter Swann built his first console as a high school student in 1980, and has been passionate about the art of audio ever since.  After 20 years of studio ownership in the analog and digital worlds, he found himself still searching for devices that could create the tone he craved.  

In 2017, he formally launched Useful Arts Audio.  Useful Arts was born out of an aesthetic quest for vibrant, living sound straight from the source — not merely a technically clean sound that needs enhancement after enhancement to excite the listener. 
Useful Arts designs and manufactures truly compromise-free products, using only the best components hand-assembled into inspiring products from innovative designs.  With a philosophical emphasis on the interplay between electrical artifacts and the subjective listening experience, Useful Arts seeks to optimize – not eliminate – the effects of tubes and transformers on the sonic result.
Through Useful Arts, Peter has created and distributes the SFP-60 Microphone Preamplifier, the BF-1 stage instrument preamp/DI and the BF-S PRO DI studio instrument interface.  The SFP-60 includes a unique “color” control that allows the engineer to blend in variable amounts of second harmonic distortion to compliment the signal source.
A passionate supporter of the 21st century manufacturing renaissance, Peter also consults with other professional audio designers to help them bring their concepts to life in metal, silicon and glass.
 


Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018

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