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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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AES138 | Meet the Judges #19: Marek Walaszek

AES138 | Meet the Judges #19: Marek Walaszek

Meet Marek Walaszek, one of our honorable judges of Category 3: Modern Studio Recording of the Student Recording Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

Marek Walaszek aka Maro Music,  mix engineer, producer and a DJ. 

Since 1996 he played as a DJ in all major clubs in Poland and clubs around Europe.

Rather than limit himself to one artistic arena, Marek collaborates with artists from a diversity of genres including Hip Hop, pop, EDM and folk. His music production skills have been used not just for albums but also for live performances, film soundtracks, commercials, and websites. 

Over 12 years in music industry his mixing, remixing and production credit list includes: Agallah, Bang La Decks, Capone, Cilvaringz, Coca-Cola, Dance Floor Hustlers, Dj Mathematics, Ghostface killah, Jadakiss, The Rza, Method Man, Raekwon, Redman, ODB, Wu-Tang, Wiley, WU Massacre and many more.

He is the main engineer and the owner of Addicted To Music studios. 

Marek is also the main idea giver and CEO of the Bettermaker pro audio company, that produces unique studio analog equipment. 


Maro Music:


Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Meet the sponsors, Saidera Ai

Saidera Ai makes incredibly high quality cables for mastering audio. We love their work!

Saidera Ai is supporting the Student Recording Competition by donating one of their products to a Student Recording Competition Finalist!




Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the Judges #18: Kris Górski

AES138 | Meet the Judges #18: Kris Górski

Meet Kris Górski, one of our honorable judges of Category 4: Audio for Visual Media of the Student Recording Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

Kris Górski - sound engineer, producer and composer

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” Mikolajczak - 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 Gdansk 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.

The Projects

Rozmowy Noca, Not Evil just Wrong, Operacja Zycie,  Jezeli Zapomnimy o Nich, Le Bleu de L'Ocean, Sous le Soleil, Solistki, Moje dziecko jest Aniolem; Grunge, Silence, Le rêve ou la vie, Anticonstitutionnellement, Sachons dire NON, Libre d'avancer, Couleur Café, Seguido

The People

Piotr “Miki” Mikolajczak, Artur Zmijewski, Monika Górska, Fabienne Thibeault, Aga Kiepuszewska, Victor Barange, Carine Erseng, Lois Andrea, Ridan, Kev Fox

The Companies

Sony, TVP1, TF1, POLSAT, NETIA, SKOKI, WARKA, Muzeum Polskiej Piosenki w Opolu, Science University of Gdansk.

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015

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