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AES 136: Thanks to our honourable Judges

Experienced audio professionals are the backbone of our competitions.

The judges of the Student Recording and Student Design Competition at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin really had their work cut out. Not only did they have to review 70 (!) submissions, judging them and choosing the finalists was particularly tricky as the quality standard was exceptionally high throughout.

The judges' commitment didn't end there, though. They were also deeply involved during the main presentations of the finalists' projects and discussed them in great detail in front of a live audience. On top of that they happily answered questions of anyone who took part in the competition outside of the scheduled events.

They really went above and beyond and the Student Delegate Assembly is extremely grateful for their dedication, and hard and thorough work! 

Many thanks to:

Mark Drews

Martha de Francisco

Dave Hill

David Josephson

Ian Kagey

Richard King

Barry Marshall

Bryan Martin

Andrés Mayo

Mandy Parnell
Kyle P. Snyder

Liz Teutsch
Marek Walaszek

Daniel Weiss

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014

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AES 136 - Photos

Photos of AES136 student events now online.

The 136th AES Convention in Berlin has been a great success for the Student Delegate Assembly. The student participation was astounding. We've spotted many familiar faces and got to meet many people who came along for the first time.

Photos of the student activities during these exciting four days can now be found online - just follow this link for a trip down memory lane!

Many thanks to everyone who travelled to Germany's capital to spend some time with our audio community - you've made it a truly great event!





Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014

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AES 136 - The Winners

See who received our prestigious awards at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin.


Student Recording Competition

Category 1 - Traditional Acoustic Recording

  • Jonas Alfei and Mads Ove Gedde Metz - Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio, Oslo - Gold 
  • Marius Heuser - HfM Detmold - Silver
  • Ken Yoshida - Conservatoire de Paris - Bronze


Category 2 - Traditional Studio Recording

  • Szymon Piotrowski - Universitetet i Stavanger - Gold
  • Tobias Hess - HfM Detmold - Gold
  • Hasan Sercan ATLI - Bahçesehir Üniversitesi, Istanbul - Bronze


Category 3 - Modern Studio Recording

  • Miquel Cuxart - Universität der Künste, Berlin - Gold 
  • Daniel Babai - New England Institute of Art - Silver
  • Lukas Turnovsky - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien - Silver
  • Nick Zeigler  - Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus - Bronze


Category 4 - Sound for Visual Media

  • Alexander Choeb - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien - Gold
  • Anze Rozman - Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus - Silver
  • Adam Kufel -  The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw - Silver


Student Design Competition

  • Per Loenicker - Fachhochschule Düsseldorf - Gold
  • Diego Fagundes - University of Westminster, London - Gold
  • Matthias Kronlachner Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz - Gold
  • Marco Hugo Schretter - Kunstuniversität Graz - Silver


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

The quaity standard of the submissions has been exceptionally high across the board and the judges had a hard time picking the finalists. Even if you didn't win an award you can be tremendously proud of yourself and we hope that you will take part in future competitions.


Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014

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136th AES Education and Career/Job Fair

136th AES Education and Career/Job Fair takes place on Monday 28 April at 11.00 in foyer.

You will have great opportunity to meet students and educators from around 30 different schools from all around the world.

Following companies taking part on the Career/Job Fair will have open positions and will call for interns:

- Schoeps Mikrofone

- interfacio

- Kevork Mastering.

Bring your CV!!!

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014

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AES 136 Berlin | Student Recording Competition Finalists


AES 136 Berlin | Student Recording Competition Finalists

Congratulations to our Student Recording Competition Finalists for the AES 136 International Convention!

Category 1 - Traditional Acoustic 

-Marius Heuser
-Ken Yoshida 
-Jonas Alfhei/Mads Metz

Category 2 - Traditional Studio

-Szymon Piotrowski
-Tobias Hess
-Hasan Sercan ALTI

Category 3 - Modern Studio

-Lukas Turnovsky
-Daniel J Babai
-Nicholas Zeigler 

Category 4 - Sound for Picture 

-Alexander Choeb
-Anze Rozman 
-Adam Kufel 

Good Luck to all our finalists!

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014

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AES 136 - Meet the Judges #9: Mandy Parnell

Meet Mandy Parnellone of our honorable judges for Category 3: Modern Studio Recording.

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 24 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, Frightened Rabbit, Sigur Ros 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 gold and platinum status around the world.

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. 

Recently Mandy has been featured on the BBC, Resolution magazine, Sound On Sound, Prosound news, NME and Audio Musica & Technologia.



Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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AES 136 - Meet the Judges #8: Barry Marshall

Meet Barry Marshallone of our honorable judges for Category 2: Traditional Studio Recording.

Experienced, dynamic and creative as a performer, musician, songwriter and record producer, Barry Marshall is all of these and more as an educator. He started the critically acclaimed student record label, Naked Ear Records, at New England Institute of Art, where he is an Associate Professor and helped develop the audio and music business program and curriculum. Since 1999 he has also been teaching at Emerson College, where his classes include Recording Industry as a Business, and History of Media Arts.

In addition, he has toured and recorded all over the world as both a musical director for The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame’s LaVern Baker, and as a record producer  for Baker, Peter Wolf, and Ben E. King. He was a songwriting partner to the late Doc Pomus, and he’s shared the stage on gigs with everyone from Paul Shaffer to Bonnie Raitt to B.B. King.

Most recently Barry has produced three albums for Cape Verdean artist Dany Silva and is the Musical Director and Audio Producer of the One Planet Education Network, currently developing content for museums and video games. He also has become a respected lecturer/presenter at Audio Engineering  Society conferences and conventions, including at AES Budapest in 2012, AES NYC in 2013, and  AES London in 2010 and 2011. He was awarded his Doctorate in 2013 from Argosy University.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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AES 136 - Meet the Judges #7: Mark Drews

Meet Mark Drewsone of our honorable judges for Category 4: Sound for Visual Media.

Mark Drews is director of music production and recording studies at the University of Stavanger, on Norway’s southwest coast. He began his professional recording career in 1983 recording classical music and jazz for the Norwegian Broadcasting Company. From 1984 thru 1995, he was senior audio engineer/lecturer at the Syracuse University School of Music and was an active independent recording engineer and musician in Central New York. He is author of New Ears: The Audio Career & Education Handbook.

Drews has recorded thousands of concerts and other music performances in the United States and Norway for radio and commercial release. He also has designed and installed a variety of audio facilities for music recording and sound for picture.

In addition, he’s had a senior Fulbright research fellowship to Norway, an audio research residency at the Banff Centre’s music and sound department in Canada and an international visiting scholar position at the University of Michigan’s School of Music.

Drews has been involved with AES student activities for years having been on the first panel of judges at the Amsterdam convention in 1998 and several others since then.  

An advocate for the support and advancement of audio education, Mark is an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services. He also is a board member of the Norwegian Institute for Recorded Sound.

In his spare time, he is busy with family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic, he is musically active as bassist in the Stavanger Big Band. Just by coincidence, his wife’s name is Tone.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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AES 136 Berlin | Student Recording Competition Sponsors: AEA

 Joining the sponsors of this years recording competition is AEA! They have made their support of the Audio Engineering Society known yet again, and we are ever thankful of them. Be sure to attend SDA-1, the competition, and SDA-2 to find out who will be taking home the prize!


Wes Dooley's longtime passion for audio has infused his company, Audio Engineering Associates (AEA), with a well balanced blend of creativity and technical expertise for forty years. At the core of AEA is a genuine interest in the art and science of audio.

From areas as diverse as forensic audio and microphone design, Wes' passion for audio has led him all over the world, from recording experiences in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand, to the courtrooms of Los Angeles as a forensic audio and video expert witness. Such experiences have led Wes to design products which help resolve problems commonly encountered by recording engineers. His portable recording tools including, multi-channel microphone arrays, MS stereo processors, stereo phase displays and very tall microphone stands, have all made on-site recording far more feasible.

Despite his contributions to on-location recording, Wes is best known for his pursuit of excellence in ribbon microphone technology. After two decades of representing and servicing the BBC 4038 in the United States, he began to experiment with his own ribbon microphones. During the last decade Wes became aware of the increasing scarcity of R44's and other ribbon microphones.

In 1998, responding to this need, Wes re-introduced the 44 much to the thrill of many in the recording industry. Les Paul told Wes that AEA's R44 is his favorite microphone and engineer/producers such as Bruce Swedien, Kevin Bacon, and Shawn Murphy routinely use AEA's R44. Even without such critical acclaim the numbers speak for themselves. Over half of the movies scored in Los Angeles have a 44 somewhere on the scoring stage.

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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AES 136 - Meet the Judges #6: Ian Kagey

Meet Ian Kagey, one of our honorable judges for Category 1: Traditional Acoustic Recording.

Ian Kagey is an experienced sound technician, engineer, and musician with skills in live and studio recording, sound design, editing and mixing. He is currently one of the faculty members of the Music Technology Innovation Masters Program offered by Berklee College of Music, where he also works as a member of the technical staff.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, the New York state native started his professional career at New York City’s MSR Studios (formerly Right Track Recording) as technician and an assistant engineer. At MSR, Ian worked on many diverse sessions ranging from Broadway shows such as ‘Book of Mormon’, ‘Catch Me if You Can’, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘The Addams Family’; to film mixes such as ‘Extremely Loud Incredibly Close’, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’, and ‘Tower Heist’; as well as popular music recordings with renown artists such as Madonna and The Roots. 

Ian has also worked extensively as a freelance engineer, editing and recording for composers including Marc Shaiman, Jason Robert Brown and Joe Iconis, as well as mixing film scores for Lucio Godoy and Laura Karpman.

In the field of sound design, Ian has experience with both professional opera and theatre companies, and worked as the Technical Manager of the National Opera Center in New York helping to open the facility in September of 2012.  

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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