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AES138 | Many thanks to Cycling '74.

Cycling '74 really derseve some credit for their continued support. Once again they provided multiple licenses of their visual programming environment Max 7 to happy winners of the Student Design Competition at the 138th AES Convention.


Cycling '74 is a San Francisco-based software development company and music label, specializing in Interactive Media. The company is best known for their work with the digital signal processing software environment Max.

For more information about Max, please visit

Posted: Monday, May 25, 2015

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AES138 | Many thanks to Crane Song.

Crane Song continued their support of our student activities at AES138 and provided us with multiple plugin prizes that were given to winners of our Student Recording Competition. We are very grateful for their support and are looking forward to future Conventions with them.


Crane Song is the the company of designer and engineer Dave Hill who crafts hardware and software with an exceptional attention to detail. Dave Hill's intimate knowledge of analog electronics, as well as decades of experience as a recording engineer have spawned a large range of very useful and musical products that deliver top-of-the-line quality throughout.

Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2015

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AES138 | Many thanks to Bettermaker.

The Student Delegate Assembly is very gateful to Bettermaker, who generously provided an EQ502 Remote to one winner of our Student Recording Competition at AES138. Many thanks for this generous contribution.



Bettermaker aims to create flexible devices with distinct sonic characteristics and a clean sound. 

Besides their purely analogue signal paths, the company's products have full digital recall. Bettermaker's engineers pick the best classic designs and modify them to improve the workflow in everyday use of audio professionals. As audio engineers are required to work faster and faster every day, they need to have high quality equipment that allows them to satisfy their clients' ever growing demands. 

Bettermaker combines the advantages of the digital and the analog world to provide just that.

For more information visit

Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2015

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AES138 | Many thanks to Audiofile Engineering.

Audiofile Engineering gave a generous bundle of their apps to each winner of the Student Recording and Student Design Competition. We're very grateful for their support, which helped us make our Student Competitions at the 138th AES Convention possible.

"Hello, we are Audiofile. We build apps for musicians and engineers, because that’s who we are: musicians and engineers. Founded in 2004, we are among the most experienced audio software developers for OS X and iOS with a long history of industry-firsts to our name. We strive to create beautiful and powerful apps that everyone can afford.

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015

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AES138 | Thanks to our honourable Judges

AES138 in Warsaw has been a highly successful one for the Student Delegate Assembly.We had an incredible attandance of motivated students who made the days we spent in Warsaw truly special. It was a pleasure putting on events for such a keen crowd, and it's time to thank a few people who helped us make an integral part of any AES Convention's student programme possible: The judges of our Student Recording and Student Design Competitions.

These top-tier professionals invested lots of time and energy and devoted their abilities to our cause of educating the next generation of engineers and designers. 

We want to thank them for their great efforts of judging the ~60 submissions and providing valuable feedback to all of them. 

Many thanks to:

Malgorzata Albinska-Frank

Florian Camerer

Alex Case

Ian Corbett

Scott Dorsey

Elizabeth Fauske

Kris Górski
Dave Hill
David Miles Huber 
David Josephson

Ian Kagey

Richard King

Morten Lindberg

Andrzej Lipinski

Mandy Parnell

Ronald Prent

Darcy Proper

Jonas Rutström

Liz Teusch

Marek Walaszek

Umberto Zanghieri  

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015

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AES138 | The Winners

See who received our prestigious awards at the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles. 


Student Recording Competition

Category 1 - Traditional Acoustic Recording

  • William Dahl & Synne Stenersen - Westerdals Oslo School of Arts - Silver
  • Julien Podolak - Conservatoire de Paris - Bronze
  • Pawel Leskiewicz - McGill University, Montréal - Honorable Mention


Category 2 - Traditional Studio Recording

  • Sondre Forselv - Westerdals Oslo School of Arts - Gold
  • Johannes von Barsewisch - Institut für Musik und Medien, Düsseldorf - Silver
  • Tristan Kühn & Andreas Lammel - Universität der Künste Berlin - Bronze


Category 3 - Modern Studio Recording & Electronic Music

  • Fei Yu - McGill University, Montréal - Gold 
  • Dimitri Soudoplatoff - Conservatoire de Paris - Silver
  • Carl Riehm & Lisa Harnest - Universität der Künste Berlin - Bronze
  • William Shaw - The University of York, UK - Bronze


Category 4 - Sound for Visual Media

  • Anna Przegendza - The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw - Gold
  • Mikhail Bogach - Savannah College of Art and Design - Silver
  • Nikola Nikita Jeremic -  Advanced School of Electrical Engineering, Belgrade - Bronze


Student Design Competition

  • Tomasz Nowak - Wroclaw University of Technology - Gold
  • Hidetaka Imamura - Rochester Institute of Technology, New York - Silver
  • Mateusz Widomski - AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków - Silver
  • Piotr Hoffmann - Gdansk University of Technology - Honorable Mention


The Student Delegate Assembly congratulates the winners and thanks all students who have taken part.

Whether you made it to the finals or not, you can truly be proud of yourselves for making it this far in an international competition. All of you are the future of audio and we hope to hear from you, and see you at future conventions and other events.

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: Mathworks


MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on its products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development. MATLAB and Simulink enable the design and development of a wide range of advanced products.

More than 5000 colleges and universities around the world use MATLAB and Simulink for teaching and research in a broad range of technical disciplines.

Mathworks generously provided three Matlab licenses to winners of our Student Design Competition.

Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: Crane Song


Crane Song is the the company of designer and engineer Dave Hill who crafts hardware and software with an exceptional attention to detail. Dave Hill's intimate knowledge of analog electronics, as well as decades of experience as a recording engineer have spawned a large range of very useful and musical products that deliver top-of-the-line quality throughout.

Crane Song kindly provided multiple of their plugins as prizes for our Student Recording and Student Design Competitions.

Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: SHIZUKA Stillness Panel


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.

SHIZUKA has provided one of their great acoustic panels as a prize for our Student Recording Competition.

Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the Judges #20: Andrzej Lipinski

AES138 | Meet the Judges #20: Andrzej Lipinski

Meet Andrzej Lipinski, one of our honorable judges of Category 2: Traditional Studio Recording of the Student Recording Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

Andrew (Andrzej) Lipinski started playing piano at the age of six, clarinet and saxophone at the age of fourteen and recorded his first LP as a musician, when he was a freshman student at the Sound Engineering Faculty in Warsaw, Poland.  After he graduated with distinction, he established the first and only private recording studio in Eastern Europe called MoReS.  He recorded over 50 LP’s with classical and jazz including albums with Luigi Alva, Buddy Rich, Kenny Drew, and Jimmy Rowles.  In 1981 he immigrated to Los Angeles, then moved to Washington DC, where he was providing freelance recording services as Tonmeister Recordings.  Throughout this period his recordings won two Crown International Competitions, while Andrew was recognized by the United States National Bureau of Standards among the best ears in professional audio, and the only person to achieve a 100% score on tests of critical listening.

From his early days as a student, he was always experimenting and recording in surround with quadraphonic sound, then in 2000 with the help of Sony in New York, he cut his first surround SACD.  Since then he recorded many SACD’s and high resolution surround Blu-rays.

A perfectionist by nature, he always modified recording equipment.  In 2003 he started his own manufacturing company in the U.S. namely, Lipinski Sound.  In only three years he built a solid brand name and worldwide recognition along with excellent reviews.  Currently, his equipment is used in the most demanding audio facilities in the world, such as mastering studios Universal Mastering and Warner Mastering among others, and the world’s most prestigious music schools (Peabody, New York University, McGill, Cleveland Institute of Music, Berkeley and the Moscow Conservatory).  Other prominent institutions such as Dolby Labs in Tokyo and in Stockholm, and Avatar Studios in NYC, are long-time clients and also use Lipinski equipment.

Andrew is still an active recording engineer/producer and his SACD of Penderecki’s Credo was on the list of Stereophile’s 80 best recordings of all times.

Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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