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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. 

Studio:

https://www.facebook.com/AddictedToMusicStudio

Maro Music:

https://www.facebook.com/maromusic1

Bettermaker:

www.bettermaker.eu


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.

http://www.audioplanet.pl

http://aps-company.com/en/


Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: PSP

AES138 | Meet the sponsors: PSP

PSPaudioware develops high quality audio effect and processor plug-ins. Their products garner rave reviews and endorsements from every corner of the music production, engineering, composition, and post-production worlds and become staples in professional and home studios worldwide.

www.PSPaudioware.com


Posted: Sunday, May 3, 2015

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AES 138 | Meet the sponsors: iZotope

 iZotope logo

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 is supporting the Student Recording Competition by donating a large number of their fantastic products as prizes for the finalists! 

iZotope website


Posted: Sunday, May 3, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the Judges #17: Ian Kagey

AES138 | Meet the Judges #17: Ian Kagey

Meet Ian Kagey, one of our honorable judges of Category 1: Traditional Acoustic Recording of the Student Recording Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

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 Production, Technology, and Innovation Masters Program offered by Berklee College of Music, as well as Chief Engineer of the Berklee Valencia Campus. 

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: Sunday, May 3, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the sponsors: APS - Audio Pro Solutions

AES138 | Meet the sponsors: APS - Audio Pro Solutions

Manufacturer of professional monitors and High End Home speakers. APS was born from an encounter between a composer and sound engineer/producer, brilliant speaker designers and a group of highly motivated audiophiles and music lovers.

APS was established in 2006 as a project devoted to studio sound production technique. As we use professional project and measurement tools, we have total control over the final effect at each stage of the product creation. Ready-made projects are implemented into production with maximum attention paid to the quality of the final product. Our present offer includes active studio monitors.


Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2015

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AES 138 Meet The Sponsors: Merging

AES 138 Meet The Sponsors: Merging

 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, May 2, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the Judges #16: Dave Hill

AES138 | Meet the Judges #16: Dave Hill

Meet Dave Hill one of our honorable judges of the Student Design Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

Designer Dave Hill has always had an interest in electronics, and started designing and building devices at an early age. He was building analog synthesizers from scratch and started doing professional sound recording and equipment maintenance while still in high school. After high school Dave continued to pursue a career in electronics and enrolled in a local technical college. After his first year he was asked by the college to take over teaching duties in the program. He taught analog and digital electronics for 8 years while continuing his involvement in pro audio. 

Dave continues to do studio and film sound recording, as he has since 1972.  Early in the 1980's Dave was asked if he could design a tube compressor that would have the sound of vintage tube type devices.  The result of this request was the Summit Audio TLA-100.  Due to the success of that design Dave went on to design and set up the manufacture of all Summit Audio products until September of 1994.

Beginning in August of 1995, his new company Crane Song Ltd. was set up and started his first project for ATR Service Company.  A tube playback pre-amp for the ATR-102 tape machine called the HDV-2. This was manufactured for the ATR Service Company by Crane Song Ltd. Next Dave designed a two channel discrete class A compressor-limiter, called the STC-8 which was the launch of the Crane Song product line.

Today the Crane Song family of products has grown to nine hardware products and a Pro Tools plugin, they are; STC-8, Flamingo, Trakker, Ibis, Avocet, Egret, Spider, Falcon, Hedd-192, and Phoenix.

Dave Hill Designs was created as a way to do some different things and its two hardware products are Europa 1 and Titan which are both digital controlled analog devices. Dave Hill designs also has a ProTools plug-in called RA which allows the bending of linearity in the audio path and the creation of new sounds.

Some of the designs for other companies include Avid’s HEAT plug-in,  ATR Service Company’s variable speed control and the ARIA discrete record - play tape machine electronics.  In addition there is on-going design work for several other companies, both the US and the UK.  New designs for both Crane Song and Dave Hill Designs are always being worked on.  Plus research into clocking, jitter, digital control of analog audio and other areas.


Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2015

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AES138 | Meet the Judges #15: Umberto Zanghieri

AES138 | Meet the Judges #15: Umberto Zanghieri

Meet Umberto Zanghieri one of our honorable judges of the Student Design Competition at AES138 in Warsaw.

Umberto Zanghieri began his involvement in audio by servicing Hammond and Yamaha organs and other keyboard brands. Since 1991 he worked at the Research Centre of Bontempi-Farfisa group, focusing on DSP development for audio and musical applications. He obtained an Msc degree in Electronics Engineering in 1994 with a work on pitch detection algorithms for stringed instruments.  After a few years of consulting for STMicroelectronics on custom DSP design projects, in 1999 Umberto cofounded ZP Engineering, a design house devoted to hardware, embedded and DSP projects for audio and industrial applications. He has been involved in various roles within AES, as president of the Italian Section, VP for South Europe, Chair of TC-NAS and several audio networks related workshops, and co-Chair at a few european AES Conventions (Rome in 2013, Berlin in 2014, Warsaw in 2015).  Since 2014, ZP  is part of RCF Group, and Umberto now manages the development of new digital audio products for RCF.

In his career, he has been working in the fields of 3D spatial audio, digital audio networks, digital audio and voice signal processing, audio effects, embedded system design, musical instrument design, audio watermarking, product definition and development.


Posted: Friday, May 1, 2015

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