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AES 140 Meet the Judges! Mandy Parnell

AES 140 Meet the Judges! Mandy Parnell

Award winning Mandy Parnell became interested in recorded music at the age of 5, listening to records on a portable Dansette player - the iPod of the time. 

She studied music and music technology through her school & college years, trained and worked in recording studios until landing an internship, which led to her becoming a world renowned mastering engineer. 

Mandy then decided to launch her own facility  - Black Saloon Studios.

Mandy Parnell's 30 years of experience have allowed her to discover and develop her philosophies in analogue and digital audio, while working with an amazing array of artists including Björk, Feist, The XX, Herbert, Frightened Rabbit, Sigur Rós and Brian Eno. 

Mandy's unique style as a mastering engineer has afforded her respect from all areas of the industry. She has mastered countless records that have achieved silver, gold, platinum and grammy status around the world, as well as winning the prestigious MPG Mastering Engineer of the Year award twice.

In recent years Mandy has been working with Annie Lennox, mastered Aphex Twin's first release in 13 years 'Syro', Jungle, Tom Jones, Glass Animals, Judas Priest, SBTRKT, Jóhann Jóhannsson's soundtrack for the films "Prison" and "Theory of Everything", Ólafur Arnalds' sountrack for the TV series "Broadchurch", and Björk's critically acclaimed Vulnicura. Further Mandy has been featured on the BBC, Resolution magazine, Sound On Sound, Prosound news, NME and Audio Musica & Technologia.

As a firm believer in educating the next generation of producers and engineers, Mandy frequently lectures on mastering and the music industry at universities, colleges and organizations.


Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016

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AES 140 - Student Design Competition Deadline - Tomorrow!

The deadline for entering the Student Design Competition is TOMORROW!

The AES Student Design Competition is an opportunity for aspiring hardware and software engineers to participate in a worldwide contest and gain recognition for their hard work and technical creativity. Undergraduate and graduate categories are available for entrants.

The Student Design Competition submission deadline for the 140th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society in Paris, France, is 22 May 2016

Submit here


Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016

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AES 140 Meet the Sponsors! U-He

AES 140 Meet the Sponsors! U-He

U-He have been generous enough to once again sponsor the Student Recording Competition. 

Berlin-based audio software company u-he was founded in 2001 by Urs Heckmann. Originally a one-man show, the company recently evolved into a tightly-knit team of employees, active associates and 3rd-party contractors – with ambitious plans.

Especially well known for the Zebra2 and Diva software synthesizers, u-he has developed several other successful products over the last decade, and regularly contributes freeware to popular magazines (available as download or on cover discs).

Despite their underlying complexity, u-he synths and effects are widely acclaimed for their ease of use. This is often attributed to Urs Heckmann's background as industrial designer. Heckmann sees the seemingly unconventional decision to start an audio software company as a direct result of his equal love for industrial design and for synthesizers.

Most recently, u-he has been exploring concepts for analogue synthesizers, and the first results can be heard in the software synths ACE / Bazille (audio-rate modulation paths) as well as Diva, Presswerk and Satin (accurate simulation of electronic circuitry). Hive is u-he's first foray into the world of low CPU dance-oriented synths.

U-He Website


Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016

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AES 140 Convention Starts in just Two Weeks

The 140th AES Convention starts in just two weeks. Make sure you are registered to attend.

The Student Delegate Assembly are running events every day, including:

  • Student Delegate Assemblies
  • Student Design Competition
  • Student Recording Competition
  • Education and Careers Fair
  • Recording Critiques sessions with Grammy winning experts
  • And so much more

The deadline for entry into the Student Design Competiton is the 22nd May. Make sure you register now to attend the convention, which is just two weeks away!

Find out more about AES140 here


Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016

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AES 140 Meet the Sponsors! Slate Digital

AES 140 Meet the Sponsors! Slate Digital

 Slate Digital are once again sponsoring the Student Recording Competitions. 

Established by Steven Slate and Fabrice Gabriel in 2008, Slate Digital strives to produce innovative products of exceptional quality. The Slate Digital line combines revolutionary ideas and concepts for the future of the pro audio industry with the complex DSP algorithms. Known for its digital emulation of analogue circuitry, Slate Digital's products include the FG-X Mastering Processor, Virtual Console Collection 2.0, Virtual Tape Machines, Virtual Buss Compressors, and the new Virtual Mix Rack.  Steven Slate is also known for his award winning drum products Trigger 2 Drum Replacer and SSD 4 Virtual Drum Instrument.  To accompany those, Slate offers extensive drum sample add-ons co-created with well-known engineers and studios: Chris Lord-Alge drums, Terry Date drums, David Bendeth drums, and the all new Blackbird Studios drum expansion.  Last but not least in the Slate arsenal is the Raven MTX MKII and Raven MTi Multi-touch Audio Production Systems. All of these products combine to form the complete production toolkit for the modern producer and engineer.

www.slatedigital.com

www.stevenslatedrums.com

www.slatemt.com

Slate Digital's Website


Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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AES 140 Meet the Judges! Charlie Slee

AES 140 Meet the Judges! Charlie Slee

Charlie Slee is an electrical engineer and product designer. He runs Big Bear Audio Ltd designing and manufacturing high end consumer and professional audio products, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Audio Engineering Society British Section. 

Big Bear Audio website


Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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AES 140 Meet the Sponsors! Cycling 74

AES 140 Meet the Sponsors! Cycling 74

Cycling 74 are once again sponsoring the Student Design Competition, with some prizes of Max MSP licences.

Cycling '74 creates software for the specialized needs of artists, educators, and researchers working with audio, visual media, and physical computing. They are best known for their work with the digital signal processing software environment Max. 

 

Cycling 74 Website


Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016

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AES 140 - Student Design Competition Deadline - Only One Week Away

Audio design and engineering students have just one week remaining to enter a project for the Student Design Competition.

The AES Student Design Competition is an opportunity for aspiring hardware and software engineers to participate in a worldwide contest and gain recognition for their hard work and technical creativity. Undergraduate and graduate categories are available for entrants.

The Student Design Competition submission deadline for the 140th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society in Paris, France, is 22 May 2016.  

 

Submit your entry here


Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2016

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AES 140 Meet the New Sponsors! Native Instruments

AES 140 Meet the New Sponsors! Native Instruments

Native Instruments are our newest sponsor, and will be sponsoring the Student Design and Recording Competitions at the upcoming Paris Convention.

We are delighted that Native Instruments have agreed to give away a package of Komplete 10 Ultimate and some Reaktor licences, to selected winners of the Student Recording and Design Competitions.

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJing. The company's mission is to develop innovative, fully-integrated solutions for all musical styles and professions. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike.

 

Native Instruments Website


Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016

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AES 140 Meet the Sponsors: D16 Group Audio Software

Check out D16 Group, sponsor of the Student Recording Competition at AES 139

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 a 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 D16 Group Audio Software the company of choice for many musicians around the globe.

More Information


Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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