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AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Linear Audio

  Linear Audio publishes technical articles about technology, developments and the state of the art in audio and perception from a technical perspective.  

It is meant for anyone who is interested in technical audio developments or who wants to contribute. Being employed in audio engineering is not a requirement. 


Above: some lucky Student Design Competition finalists show off their recently acquired Linear Audio prizes.

Below: Linear Audio's Jan Didden announces the second Linear Audio issue to feature an article on a Student Design Competition submission: Zachary Weiss's 'Intuitive Time Delay Spectrometry'. 


Linear Audio website

Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - THAT Corporation

 THAT Corporation, founded in 1989, designs and sells high-performance analog integrated circuits for professional audio manufacturers. THAT’s ICs include analog input and output stages, low-noise preamplifiers, and its original line of voltage-controlled amplifiers (VCAs) and RMS-level detectors – all used throughout the pro audio industry. The company also licenses patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property to the TV broadcast and reception industries. Under the dbx-tv® brand name, THAT offers Total Sonics™, Total Surround™, and Total Volume™, TV audio enhancement technology and digital (Verilog®) implementations of legacy TV audio receiver standards covering all parts of the world, including BTSC, A2, NICAM, and EIA-J. The company is headquartered in Milford, Massachusetts, with offices in Tokyo, Japan and Milpitas, California.

THAT Corporation website

Posted: Monday, December 7, 2015

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AES139 | Many thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Mathew Lane

 Mathew Lane audiotools are innovative new solutions, created when no other hardware or software could be found suitable for the task.
The DrMS spatial processor is Mathew Lane's first product, already widely accepted by audio professionals as a unique plugin. It's being used by top producers and engineers on songs by well known artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and many others. Legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado is a fan and has been showing the use of DrMS on several of his Pensado's Place Into The Lair videos.
DrMS is a unique spatial processor, available as AAX/RTAS/AU/VST plugin, with a wide range of applications for mixing, mastering and post production - going from simple MS (Mid-Side) encoding/decoding, over stereo field width and depth enhancement, to fixing mono compatibility issues and more.
You can find Mathew Lane and his DrMS plugin at:
Mathew Lane generously awarded license codes to his famous DrMS spatial processing plugin, to these lucky Student Recording Competition winners! 

Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2015

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AES 139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Acustica Audio

 Since the birth of Nebula in the summer of 2005, a dynamic collaboration was born between forward thinking developers, beta testers, audio engineers and equipment samplers from around the world. The research and development has gone through many stages and possesses innovative processes and technologies as of yet unheard of in other products or devices.
The company's goal is to provide the most authentic reproduction of sampled vintage gear and other high end hardware devices, using the revolutionary technology "V.V.K.T." (Vectorial Volterra Kernels Technology) without the negative artifacts created by current convolution technology.
After years of continous work, this creative forward thinking group has developed to a team of experts in knowing what it takes to serve the best "of both worlds" (digital & analog).

Acustica Audio donated some of their amazing plugins to winners of the Student Recording Competition!


Acustica Audio website

Posted: Friday, December 4, 2015

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AES 139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Sweetwater

Thank you Sweetwater, who donated gift certificates to the winners of the Student Recording Competition!

Sweetwater began business in 1979 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is the USA's most respected dealer in high-technology equipment for musicians, recording studios, and broadcasters - from microphones and digital recording systems to electric guitars to electronic keyboards and electronic drums. Sweetwater customers range from beginners to rock stars. The company's equipment can be found in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville recording studios, TV and radio stations all across the country, as well as in tens of thousands of home recording studios nationwide. Sweetwater is built on a commitment to the highest level of customer service in the music technology industry.


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Posted: Monday, November 30, 2015

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AES 139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - D16

Thank you D16 Group Audio Software, who donated plugins from their SilverLine Collection to the winners of the Student Recording Competition!


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


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Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2015

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AES 139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Auralex

Thank you Auralex Acoustics, for your donation of a variety of acoustic treatment solutions for the winners of the Student Recording Competitions!

Auralex Acoustics was founded over 20 years ago on the belief that there had to be a much better alternative to the expensive acoustic foam panels available at that time. Indeed there was; not only dramatically less expensive, but also with significant performance advantages. Today Auralex takes great pride in offering a full line of acoustical products based on the “better price/better mousetrap” principle. The great initial success of Studiofoam quickly led to other innovations including our industry-leading Venus and LENRD Bass Traps. When no reasonably priced diffusors existed, we developed the high-performance T’Fusor and MiniFusor. When our customers demanded a modular, absorptive, expandable, and, most importantly, portable solution, we introduced the MAX-Wall (the first acoustical product to ever be featured on the over of a major industry magazine) and Stand-Mounted LENRDs to great widespread acclaim! When there were few low-cost, effective construction and isolation products, we answered with SheetBlok, U-Boat Floor Floaters, PlatFoam, and other affordable solutions. Most recently, our staff has created specialty products such as the GRAMMA (Gig & Recording Amp & Monitor Modulation Attenuator) and our hot new MoPAs that answer critical isolation needs and result in dramatically truer sound. While some may try to imitate us, they fall way short.



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Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2015

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AES 139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Focal Press & Routledge

Thanks to Focal Press & Routledge, who donated many books for our Student Recording Competition and Student Design Competition winners! 

Focal Press and Routledge are imprints of the Taylor & Francis Group. We are the leading publisher in media technology, providing exceptional, engaging, and practical content, and tools to help you excel in fields including audio engineering, music recording and production, film and video production, and broadcast and media distribution. 

 For over 75 years Focal Press has published books that support your creative goals. The company's founder, Andor Kraszna-Krausz, established Focal in 1938 to provide access to leading-edge expert knowledge, techniques, and tools that allow to create without limitation.

 In 2012 the company was acquired by the Taylor & Francis Group, and is now part of the Routledge imprint, offering a complete portfolio of products covering the theory and practice of media and the arts.


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Posted: Friday, November 27, 2015

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AES 139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors - Sonnox

 Sonnox is a market-leading audio software company devoted to designing innovative, high quality audio processing plug-ins. The award-winning Oxford Plugins are used by professionals worldwide for mixing Music, Film, Television, Radio and Live Sound.

The Sonnox Oxford plug-in range includes invaluable tools such as EQ, reverb, dynamics processing, loudness maximization and de-essing. In addition to these mixing plug-ins, Sonnox offers award-winning restoration software - Sonnox Restore suite for the removal of noise, buzz, clicks and crackles; and a pair of plug-ins developed in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for the real-time auditioning and encoding of audio to multiple formats, such as mp3 and AAC.

Sonnox plug-ins support most popular native DAWs including Pro Tools HDX and UAD-2 platforms.

Sonnox website

Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2015

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AES139 | Thanks to our Fantastic Sponsors Merging

Merging Technologies

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.

As the CEO of Merging Technologies and the chief designer of the hardware and system design for the Pyramix Virtual Studio, he developed and brought to market several generations of high performance DSP cards and the latest Horus and Hapi Networked Audio Interfaces have followed this tradition of sonic excellence and innovative design. A key element of these products was the design and architecture of the RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity.

At the time of writing there are over 1,000 pieces of Merging Technologies’ network enabled equipment in daily use by audio professionals worldwide.  In 2007, Claude Cellier was presented with the Audio Engineering Society Fellowship Award for outstanding contributions to the development of high-performance, high-resolution audio workstations. Merging Technologies currently has over 20 employees with offices in Switzerland and the UK.



Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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