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AES 136 - Student Competition Sponsors: Sweetwater


The Student Delegate Assembly wants to thank Sweetwater for their generous support.

Sweetwater provided us with a number of fantastic books for our Student Competitions at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin and helped us make it such a great success. We can't do it without them!

       Sweetwater began business in 1979 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is the USA's most respected dealer in high-technology equipment for musicians, recording studios, and broadcasters - from microphones and digital recording systems to electric guitars to electronic keyboards and electronic drums. Sweetwater customers range from beginners to rock stars. The company's equipment can be found in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville recording studios, TV and radio stations all across the country, as well as in tens of thousands of home recording studios nationwide. Sweetwater is built on a commitment to the highest level of customer service in the music technology industry.

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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

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AES 136 - Student Competition Sponsors: Focal Press


The Student Delegate Assembly wants to thank Focal Press for their generous support.

Focal Press provided us with a number of fantastic books for our Student Competitions at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin and helped us make it such a great success. We can't do it without them!

     For over 75 years Focal Press has published books that support your creative goals. The company's founder, Andor Kraszna-Krausz, established Focal in 1938 to provide access to leading-edge expert knowledge, techniques, and tools that allow to create without limitation. The people at Focal press strive to create exceptional, engaging, and practical content that helps you master your passion.
     Focal press is the leading publisher in the field of media technology, providing expert answers on photography and digital imaging, filmmaking and postproduction, audio and music technology, animation and gaming, media art and journalism, theatre, web and interactive design.
     In 2012 the company was acquired by the Taylor & Francis Group, and with sister imprint Routledge, offers a complete portfolio of products covering the theory and practice of media and the arts.

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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

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AES 136 - Meet the Winners #1: Per Loenicker


Meet Per Loenicker from Düsseldorf, Germany, who received a Gold Award in the Student Design Competition.

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

My name is Per Loenicker, I am 31 years old and was born in Hamburg, Germany. I started studying Media Technology in Düsseldorf three years ago. Prior to that, I worked as a sound engineer at the NDR (North German Radio & Television Network) and played guitar in a rock band.

Until I started studying I never thought I would become a software developer, having merely been a software user for years. I started playing guitar when I was seven years old and always wanted to become a professional musician. However, as I wasn’t interested in jazz or classical guitar, I decided to put more effort into sound engineering, and to keep playing guitar as a hobby.

An avid music producer, I find myself using a lot of software instruments, however I love my Dave Smith Instruments Mopho analogue synthesiser as well.


Tell us about your project. What is it? What is the story behind it?

My project, the CHAiOS SYNTH, is an easy to use synthesiser for iOS, which plays random melodies.

The idea for the CHAiOS SYNTH came to me when I was at a party at which the DJ was playing minimal electronic music. I thought it might be cool to develop a tool to create such music in an intuitive way, rather than playing single notes on a keyboard. So I developed an algorithm, which plays notes somewhat randomly but still follows certain rules so that the result doesn’t just sound like chaos.

I found some colleagues at university who were interested in participating in this project, so we became a group of five people, including me and David Bau doing most of the development. It took us about four months to design the initial version of the CHAiOS SYNTH.

Per's App: The CHAiOS SYNTH


There was one big problem: the synth wasn’t “tight”, meaning it played the notes sloppily, with many waveform discontinuities resulting in audible clicks. David and I kept working on it for another three months and finally released it on the Apple Appstore last November. Those last three months where very frustrating at times - especially during periods of not feeling able to solve all the problems - but we ended up with a great product that we are very proud of. 

Another challenge was the communication within the team, and the fact that we had spent too little time on the initial design specifications. While that slowed us down in the beginning, we managed to improve greatly towards the end. As this was the first software project ever for all of us, there was a lot to learn.


Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin!

The 136th AES Convention in Berlin was my first AES convention, so that whole world is rather new to me. I really enjoyed it - especially meeting fellow students from all over the world at the SDA meetings.

Obviously, the most exciting moment was getting on stage after winning the gold award!


Where do you see yourself in the future?

Designing software instruments incorporates everything that has fascinated me in my life so far. It is both creative and technical and the product can be used to make music. That’s why I want to pursue it professionally in the future!


Check out CHAiOS SYNTH in this video teaser, and these hands-on video by thesoundtestroom and! Also, you can find demo songs on bandcamp!

Find out more about Per's App on Facebook!

!If you want to get in touch with Per, just send him an e-mail

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

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AES 136 - Student Competition Sponsors: SHIZUKA

 Please take a moment to thank SHIZUKA, one of our magnificent sponsors of the AES 136th Convention's Recording Competition! We can't do this without them!

Controlling standing waves and unwanted noise is essential both for enjoying superb sound and for listening comfort. The SHIZUKA Stillness Panel creates a silent space, which is enabled by its unique acoustic structure, and an environment for accurate monitoring that is of primary importance for mixing. Developed by a team of prominent professional musicians, recording engineers, and acoustic space designers, the SHIZUKA Stillness Panel is an optimal panel for creating an acoustic space at a sound studio, live music club, movie theater, or your own home.

Here is their website!

Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014

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AES Student Summit 2014

The event is coming to Moscow!

After the very popular AES Central European Student Summit in Belgrade last year, AES student members are going to gather in Russia from September 12 - 14 later this year to engage in exciting audio and social activities.

The programme is going to feature workshops for both pop and classical music production alongside technical tours of several prestigious venues, and plenty of opportunity to connect to audio professionals, and students from all around the world.

AES student members can register for the free event on the following webpage:

It's promising to be an engaging and unique few days in Russia's capital.

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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AES 136 - Student Competition Sponsors: Merging

Merging Technologies was a big supporter of the 136th Convention's Student Recording Competition. We're very excited to thank them for their generous support!


Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 20 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first, every time.

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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014

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AES136 was fantastic. Time to get ready for 137!

L.A. is calling.

There's a new video update from the Student Delegate Assembly:

The 136th AES Convention was a huge success. 

Audio professionals, academics and students from all over the world gathered at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin to engage in workshops, lectures & other audio related activities,  and network and socialise. 

Further, Brecht De Man from the AES London Section was elected the new SDA Vice Chair for Europe & International Regions.

The Student Delegate Assembly would like to thank everybody who made AES136 such a great experience.  

In other news the AES is going to return to Los Angeles for the first time in nearly 12 years later this year. Get ready for the 137th AES Convention from October 9th - 12th! For more information about this upcoming event, visit:


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We cannot wait to see you in Los Angeles.

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014

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AES 136 - Student Competition Sponsors: iZotope

The Student Delegate Assembly wants to thank iZotope for their generous support.

iZotope provided us with a number of great prizes for our Student Competitions at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin and helped us make it such a great success. 



iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative.

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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AES 136 - Student Competition Sponsors: DSP-Quattro

The Student Delegate Assembly wants to thank DSP-Quattro for their generous support.

DSP-Quattro provided us with a number of great prizes for our Student Competitions at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin and helped us make it such a great success. 



DSP-Quattro is an extremely powerful Audio Editor/AudioCD Mastering Application with extended real-time and off-line support of AU/VST plug-ins for MacOS X. It is a highly innovative product that utilizes the latest technological advances of computer-based audio editing. It benefits from more than 15 years of development and professional use in the audio production community. DSP-Quattro is designed for the most discriminating professional users. However, because of its simple and intuitive interface, it is also an ideal product for novices in the field seeking to discover the world of digital audio. It allows for professional results, it is simple to use, and with plug-in hosting capabilities, offers seemingly endless possibilities.

DSP-Quattro is the complete solution for Audio Editing, AudioCD Mastering and Plug-in Hosting for the MacOS X.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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AES 136 - Student Competition Sponsors: D16

The Student Delegate Assembly wants to thank D16 for their generous support.

D16 Group Audio Software provided us with a number of great prizes for our Student Competitions at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin and helped us make it such a great success. 



D16 Group Audio Software officially launched in 2006 with the aim of producing virtual instruments and effects for producers and musicians who required top quality and inspiration in their music. Today, D16 Group Audio Software have become a premium audio plug-ins vendor.

Continuously high level of quality and will of improvement allow us to deliver virtual instruments that set the new standard of sound perfection and effects that take creativity to the next level. Solid trust from audio community and respect for products fruitful in many rewards make the D16 Group Audio Software company of choice for many musicians around the globe.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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