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AES138 Meet the winners: Cat. 1 William Dahl and Synne Stenersen (Silver)

Meet Synne Stenersen and William Dahl, who took home the Silver Award for their submission "Fremde Szene". 

We had the chance to chat with these lovely, talented engineers afterwards. 

Recording session

"When playing with my own bands I got fed up with lazy live sound technicians and wanted to become one myself to give the bands the attention and care they deserve." Synne (center) on why she became an audio engineer. 


Hello Synne and William! Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from, what did you study? What is your background as an audio engineer? When and how did your passion for audio start?

William: We both recently finished our bachelor in Music Production at Westerdals Oslo ACT, Norway. I have just started working as a producer/ technician in PhatCat studios in Oslo. 

Synne: And I am working primarly as a live sound engineer, touring with several bands and working for a rental company.

We both grew up playing in bands, being engaged in local musical activities. I started composing music for theater, touring around in Norway from the age of 15 and therefore wanted to learn the art of recording and mixing. When playing with my own bands I got fed up with lazy live sound technicians and wanted to become one myself to give the bands the attention and care they deserve.

William: I found my way into producing and mixing after spending time in studios as a musician. My interest in the studioworld grew and I decided to pursue a career in the business.

Are you a musician yourself? What instruments do you play and in what musical context?

Synne: I play the electric guitar and have played in several different genres such as rock, folk music, world music, contemporary music and pop.

William: I play the bass guitar, primarly pop/rock.

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

Synne: The Production of our submission was a part of a collaboration between the Norwegian academy of music and our school. We had a close communication with the musicians from the beginning of the project, making it possible to experiment with a creative soundscape. We wanted to enhance the struggle between the string section and the grand piano in the piano trio we recorded, as the piece features great dynamics. It was a long process, with the pre-production taking most of the time. The recording and post-production each took one day. The most inspiring with recording in 5.1 with this setup was realising the importance of the placement of the musicians in the room.

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

William: We were baffled by the sensitivity of the microphones, as the noise of the room and surroundings easily got picked up by the microphones. The church we recorded in has a noisy hidden machine room, which we failed to acknowledge on our initial inspection. We luckily got in contact with the churches janitor so we could turn of the machinery on the recording day. 

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

Synne: Take every job you can get, both to get experience and contacts in the business. Be aware of your abilities and don't put yourself in positions where you're not able to do the job in a satisfying way.

Tech talk: What are your favourite pieces of equipment (microphones, outboard, plugins), and why?

William: Our favorite equipment is our ears, being very satisfied with the general high quality of the digital emulation of analogue plugins and the great diversity of microphones.

Can you name one or multiple of your favourite recordings or productions and tell us why you like them/what you like about them?

Synne: Beck's album sea change is a great production, using a lot of delicious effects which blends great with the acoustic instruments.

William: Rage Against The Machine's self-titled album is great because it's able to have great energy and still keep a good level of dynamics.

What do you like about the AES? How does it help you to become a better and more successful audio engineer?

Synne: It's fantastic to be part of the AES community and being able to share experience, getting knowledge and meeting other people in our business. The 138th convention was our first and it was a great first experience with the AES. We enjoyed many of the workshops and tutorials and it's almost like a festival only with courses instead of bands.

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

William: When not working with music we like to be social with friends and collegues. Oslo is the perfect city for people working in the audio business, with a lot of social and cultural gatherings.

Synne: Come visit us!

Perhaps a suitable location for one of the upcoming European AES Conventions? Thanks very much for your time, Synne and William, and congratulations again on this beautiful recording! 

Listen to "Fremde Szene"

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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AES 138 Thanks to Merging

AES 138 Thanks to Merging

 The student delegate assembly would like to thank our amazing sponsor Merging for being a sponsor of the student recording competition

Merging Technologies is the world’s foremost manufacturer of high-resolution digital audio recording systems.  The list of customers reads like a who’s who in the recording industry and recordings made with Merging Technologies’ systems regularly receive the recording industry’s prestigious Grammy® Award. 

The company was founded in 1990 in Chexbres, Switzerland by Claude Cellier; an electronics graduate of the Institute of Technology in Lausanne.   Prior to this, Claude worked for the famous Swiss audio maker Nagra Kudelski for 10 years.  

Within a short time of its founding, Merging quickly established a reputation for their expertise in digital signal processing and associated hardware, and with their Pyramix Virtual Studio, was one of the first companies to produce a DSD recording system. The DXD format, (Digital eXtreme Definition) operating at 352.8kHz/24bit, was developed by Merging Technologies in collaboration with Philips, to overcome the challenges in editing and mastering DSD for SACD.


Merging Technologies currently has over 20 employees with offices in Switzerland and the UK.



Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015

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AES 138 Thanks to Solid State Logic

AES 138 Thanks to Solid State Logic

 The student delegate assembly would like to thank our amazing sponsor Solid State Logic for donating a prize to the student recording competition

From groundbreaking audio consoles to innovative video production systems, Solid State Logic has evolved to become the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for film, audio, video and broadcast professionals. Founded by Colin Sanders in 1969, SSL has since expanded to its present 15 acre science park in Oxfordshire, England. SSL's unrivalled resources, including R&D, manufacturing, training, service and product support, operate in a unique high technology, customer oriented environment. 

The company invents, designs and manufactures technology for the creative manipulation of sound. Users and industry experts from all over the world visit SSL's Oxford HQ to consult with SSL audio experts and evaluate SSL equipment. There are more than 3000 SSL systems in service around the world.

Posted: Friday, June 12, 2015

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AES 138 Thanks to Telefunken Elektroakustik

The student delegate assembly would like to thank our amazing sponsor Telefunken Elektroakustik for donating a prize to the student recording competition


TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside our own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, we have established a product line that perfectly blends vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone. Our commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of our products is rivaled only by our dedication to provide the BEST possible service to each and every one of our customers.



Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015

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AES 138 | Many thanks to Linear Audio.

The Student Delegate Assembly is very grateful for the support of Linear Audio, who sponsored prizes for the Student Design Competition, promotes the competition in their magazine, and publishes articles on selected designs! 
Thanks Linear Audio!

Linear Audio is a vehicle for publishing technical information, developments and the state of the art of audio from a technical perspective. 

It is meant for anyone who is interested in technical audio developments or who wants to contribute to them. Being employed in audio engineering is not a requirement at all. Happy reading, happy writing, happy building and happy listening!


Linear Audio website

Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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AES 138 | Many thanks to THAT Corporation.

The Student Delegate Assembly thanks THAT Corporation, who again gave IC kits to all of the Student Design Competition Winners! 

THAT Corporation, founded in 1989, designs and sells high-performance analog integrated circuits for professional audio manufacturers. THAT’s ICs include analog input and output stages, low-noise preamplifiers, and its original line of voltage-controlled amplifiers (VCAs) and RMS-level detectors – all used throughout the pro audio industry. The company also licenses patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property to the TV broadcast and reception industries. Under the dbx-tv® brand name, THAT offers Total Sonics™, Total Surround, and Total Volume™, TV audio enhancement technology and digital (Verilog®) implementations of legacy TV audio receiver standards covering all parts of the world, including BTSC, A2, NICAM, and EIA-J. The company is headquartered in Milford, Massachusetts, with offices in Tokyo, Japan and Milpitas, California.

THAT Corporation website

Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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AES 138 | Many thanks to Real Industry.

The Student Delegate Assembly thanks Real Industry for giving away logins to their flagship course to winners of the Student Design Competition! 
Real Industry is an online course and mentorship network to educate students on the roles and needs of the media technology industry, in preparation for upcoming internships and full-time jobs. Students learn about the tools, teams, and skills behind leading how products go from ideation through mass commercialization at companies like Adobe, Pandora, Sonos, Smule, Universal Audio, LANDR, iZotope, and more!
Our first course "Careers in Media Technology", will be available in June 2015. Sign-up at
An overview of the media technology products industry, including the markets and companies, and introducing the roles of software engineering, user experience, product design, and program management. 
If you are ready for a career in industry, then continue on for our next course "Real Industry: How media technology products are really made".  Building upon "Careers in Media Technology," we explore research and development, hardware engineering, industrial design, marketing, intellectual property, advanced topics in software engineering, and HR / interviewing fundamentals.   


Real Industry website

Posted: Monday, June 8, 2015

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AES 138 | Many thanks to iZotope.



The Student Delegate Assembly thanks iZotope, who provided a large amount of their fantastic software as prizes for many of our Student Recording Competition winners! 

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®.

iZotope winners



iZotope website

Posted: Sunday, June 7, 2015

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AES 138 | Many thanks to Acustica Audio.

The Student Delegate Assembly thanks Acustica Audio for their generous donation of plugins, awarded to many Student Recording Competition Winners! 

Since the birth of Nebula in the summer of 2005, a dynamic collaboration was born between forward thinking developers, beta testers, audio engineers and equipment samplers from around the world. The research and development has gone through many stages and possesses innovative processes and technologies as of yet unheard of in other products or devices.

The company's goal is to provide the most authentic reproduction of sampled vintage gear and other high end hardware devices, using the revolutionary technology "V.V.K.T." (Vectorial Volterra Kernels Technology) without the negative artifacts created by current convolution technology.

After years of continous work, this creative forward thinking group has developed to a team of experts in knowing what it takes to serve the best "of both worlds" (digital & analog).

Acustica Audio website

Posted: Saturday, June 6, 2015

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AES 138 | Many thanks to Mathew Lane.

The Student Delegate Assembly - and the winning students! - are very happy with Mathew Lane's contribution to our Student Recording Competition: licenses for his famous DrMS plugin! Thanks Mathew! 

Mathew Lane audiotools are innovative new solutions, created when no other hardware or software could be found suitable for the task.

The DrMS spatial processor is Mathew Lane's first product, already widely accepted by audio professionals as a unique plugin. It's being used by top producers and engineers on songs by well known artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and many others. Legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado is a fan and has been showing the use of DrMS on several of his Pensado's Place Into The Lair videos.

DrMS is a unique spatial processor, available as AAX/RTAS/AU/VST plugin, with a wide range of applications for mixing, mastering and post production - going from simple MS (Mid-Side) encoding/decoding, over stereo field width and depth enhancement, to fixing mono compatibility issues and more.

Mathew Lane, born Mathijs Indesteege (1981, Belgium), is an independent music professional working as a mastering engineer and audiotool designer.

Mathijs studied engineering at the university of Leuven and went on to the music conservatory of Ghent where he graduated as Master in Music - Music Producer.

Next to his own activities, Mathijs also works as Sales Director & Product Support Engineer at Joystick Audio, the Benelux high-end pro audio distributor.

Using the nickname 'DrDeltaM', Mathijs is moderator at the Music Computers subforum on

You can find Mathew Lane and his DrMS plugin at:


Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015

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