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Deadline Extension for the Student Design Competition

 The STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION entries are still open! We have extended the deadline to:

-September 3rd to Register
-September 5th to Upload Project Descriptions

Follow the link below to register your entry! We can't wait to see what you guys have come up with this year.


Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014

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AES 137 | Student Design Competition. Call for Submissions!

As of today registrations for the Student Recording Competition are closed. The Student Delegate Assembly thanks everyone who submitted their work. With the numerous entries we received are set to have a great competition in Los Angeles. 

That all said, we're not done just yet. Students are still able to register for our Student Design Competition until September 26th (upload deadline: October 1st). 

The Student Design Competition gives students the opportunity to show off their software and hardware design projects to a panel of judges consisting of renowned industry professionals during an exhibition, get feedback, and win awards and great prizes.



What you need to do:

1. Read the rules!

2. Get an all-access student badge for the convention!

3. Register and upload your entry!


For more information, visit the Student Design Competition page!

The Student Delegate Assembly is looking forward to your submissions!   

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014

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AES 137 | Meet the Judges #4: Ulrike Schwarz

Meet Ulrike Schwarz, one of our honorable judges for Category 1: Traditional Acoustic Recording.

Ulrike Schwarz is a sound engineer of acoustic music in the radio, television and recording industries for internationally recognized productions. Her recordings have received multiple German and international awards and nominations and have received two Echo Klassik Awards, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenindustrie, Ars Acoustica, Diapason d’Or and many others. In August 2014, the Echo Klassik for Ensemble of the Year was awarded to her recording of Alfred Schnittke’s “Konzert für Chor“, performed by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BR)(BR Choir).

Ulrike received her Tonmeister degree from the Hochschule der Künste Berlin (University of Fine Arts Berlin) and studied under Jim Anderson in New York City and Akira Fukada in Tokyo. Currently she is in the process of defending her masters thesis for her Masters of Business Administration from Technische Universität München (Technical University Munich). Since 2001 she has been employed by BR in Munich, Germany, as a senior sound engineer for large orchestral and jazz productions.

From 1999 to 2000 she was Chair of the Student Delegate Assembly Europe and International Regions of the Audio Engineering Society and has been on the committee of the 106th, 111th, 112th, 116th, 118th, and 126th AES Conventions and also served as AES Governor from 2004-2006.

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014

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AES 137 | Meet the Judges #3: David Bowles

Meet David Bowles, one of our honorable judges of the Student Recording Competition at AES137 in Los Angeles.

David Bowles, also known as "Golden Ears", is a classical and acoustic music recording engineer and producer. He has recorded all styles of music ranging from today's composers all the way back to the Medieval age. His recordings have won awards and acclamation for their vivid sound and committed performances.

Also known for high resolution recordings in surround+height, he has taught at the New York University Tonmeister programme for several years and participated in AES panels on immersive sound technology and application.

Other institutions Mr. Bowles has taught at include Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and the Banff Centre. He is a member of the AES, SPARS and the NARAS Producers and Engineers Wing.

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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AES 137 | Meet the Judges #2: Darcy Proper

Meet Darcy Properone of our honorable judges for Category 3: Modern Studio Recording.

Darcy began her career at Sony Music Studios in New York City in the Classical Department, later focusing her skills on mastering and broadening her musical scope to include in all genres from historical reissues to cutting-edge surround releases.  In 2005, she moved to Europe serving as Senior Mastering Engineer at Galaxy Studios in Belgium for several years before moving on to Wisseloord Studios in Holland.

Over the years, Darcy has been honored with 3 Grammy awards and 9 nominations and has won several other awards for her work.

She has had the pleasure of mastering historical reissue projects for such prestigious artists as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Johnny Cash.   She has also worked on stereo and 5.1 front-line releases for many talented artists including Steely Dan, The Eagles, Ozark Henry, Donald Fagen, Porcupine Tree, Peter Maffay, Patricia Barber, Mando Diao, Vandenberg’s MoonKings, and Marcus Miller.

Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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AES 137 | Meet the Judges #1: Jim Anderson

Meet Jim Andersonone of our honorable judges for Category 2: Traditional Studio Recording.

Jim Anderson is an internationally recognized recording engineer and producer of acoustic music for the recording, radio, television, and film industries. He is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations in the recording industry: his recordings have received ten Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and 26 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations; his radio recordings have received two George Foster Peabody Awards and there have been two Emmy nominations for television programs. In 2013, Jim’s recording “Modern Cool” won the Grammy for Best Surround Album at the 55th Grammy Awards and his recording “Sixteen Sunsets” was nominated for Best Surround Album at the 56th Grammy Awards.

A graduate of the Duquesne University School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jim has studied audio engineering at the Eastman School of Music and Sender Freies Berlin. During the 1970s, he was employed by National Public Radio and engineered and produced many award-winning classical, jazz, documentary, and news programs. Since 1980 Jim has had a career as an independent audio engineer and producer, living in New York City. He has been a frequent lecturer and speaker for the Audio Engineering Society and master- class guest faculty member at leading international institutes. He is a professor of recorded music with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and was the department’s Chair from 2004 – 2008.

He has served as Vice President for Eastern Sections of the Audio Engineering society (AES), chaired the New York City Section of the AES and was Chair of the 119t, 123rd, 131st, and 135th AES Conventions. In 2006, he was made a Fellow of the AES and has received two AES’ Board of Governors Awards. Jim was also the President of the Audio Engineering Society, 2008-2009.

Posted: Monday, September 8, 2014

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Student Recording Competition Deadline Extended!

Students! We are pleased to announce that we have extended the SRC Deadline!

     The new Student Recording Competition dates are:

     Registration Deadline: September 11th
     Upload Deadline: September 14th

     Also, if you are new to the competition, please take two minutes to watch this video explainging the SRC:

     Finally, don't forget to read the updated complete rules & policies, here:

     Travel safe, and see you soon!

Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014

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AES 134 - Meet the Winners #10: Michal Lech

Meet Michal Lech from Gdansk, Poland, who received a Gold Award in the Student Design Competition.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Where are you from? What do you study? How did you discover your passion for audio?

I was born in Gdynia, Poland, in 1983. In 2007 I graduated from the faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, specialization: Distributed Applications and Internet Systems in the Computer Architecture Department of the Gdansk University of Technology in Poland. The subject of my thesis was the application for automatic pitch detection and correction of detuned singing. In June 2013, I finished my Ph.D. The subject of my thesis was: "The method and algorithms for controlling sound mixing processes by hand gestures using video image analysis". As you can see despite studies associated strictly with telecommunication and information technologies I have chosen scientific subjects within the audio domain. Sound in general has been my passion since my childhood.


Are you a musician yourself? Which instruments do you play and in what context?

I play electric guitar and compose music often considered as movie soundtracks, probably due to the extensive use of symphonic orchestration. You can listen to some of my compositions on Bandcamp or visit my Facebook profile!


Tell us about your project. What is it? What is the story behind it?

The competition entry was a novel sound mixing system enabling a mixer to mix using hand gestures performed in the air (fig. 1). In comparison with a typical mixing process within a digital audio workstation using mouse and keyboard this created the possibility of reducing graphical influence on users significantly as there is no need for them to look where they are clicking, for example. Therefore mixing in accordance with Steve Lillywhite’s advice “listen with your ears, not your eyes” can be performed.

Fig. 1. Using the system


My experiments have shown that mixing audio signals using hand gestures instead of physical interfaces is possible and intuitive. It was proven that visualizing audio parameter values can affect the decision making process during sound mixing. The results of listening tests prove that employing gestural interaction produces mixes that are not worse regarding aesthetic value than the ones obtained using DAW software handled by a mouse, keyboard and MIDI controller. The mixes resulting from mixing via gestures without visual support were more vivid than mixes obtained directly using the DAW software. This appealed to many engineers.


Fig. 2. Graphical user interface of the application – full GUI mode (with visual support)


It is hard to assess the amount of work put into the project as it was not the only thing that I was involved in. Approximately 4 years have passed since I started thinking about the project until the working system was finished. It was my first entry to the AES Student Design Competition. 


Fig. 3. Graphical user interface of the application – limited GUI mode (no visual support) 


Accidents happen: What was your biggest mistake during a project what did you do to redeem the situation?

To be honest I don’t remember any serious mistakes. The implementation phase was preceded by scientific research on similar solutions, specifying and analysing requirements and designing the system. I had also gained some experience in computer vision and artificial intelligence during work on earlier projects, therefore I knew pretty much what I wanted to end up with and what results could be expected.


What’s your advice for software or hardware designers who are just starting out?

Think outside the box and don’t take anything for granted. Take statements in scientific reports with a grain of salt.


What do you like about the AES?

I’ve always liked the equipment exhibitions and recording competitions. Hearing other people’s ideas enables me to open my eyes and refresh my way of thinking.


Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 134th AES Convention in Rome!

I was fascinated with works presented in the category ‘Sound for Visual Media’ of the Recording Competition. Inviting Simon Franglen to give a presentation on music production for film was also a great idea!


What are you up to when you’re not doing anything related to audio?

I exercise at the gym and go for long walks.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

On stage with my guitar and an amplifier behind me :).

Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014

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AES 137 - Education & Career Fair

The AES Student Delegate Assembly is inviting all educational institutions and audio companies to participate in the AES Education & Career Fair which will take place Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 11am-12:30pm.


This event is an opportunity for schools and companies to meet students, inform the audio community about their programs and activities, and to touch base with the future of audio. Everyone is invited to come talk with representatives from the companies and universities and find out more about educational programmes, and job and internship opportunities in the audio industry.
We recommend that you bring pamphlets, pictures, audio samples and any other type of media that can appropriately represent your institution or company. Space is limited so the sooner you sign up, the better! See you in Los Angeles!
Sign up under the following links: Educational Institutions | Companies
Here is a message from Brecht De Man, the SDA's current Vice Chair for Europe & International Regions: 


Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014

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AES 137 - Student Recording Competition Registrations now open.

Entries are now being accepted for the AES 137 Student Recording Competition and Student Design Competition. UPDATE!


Now is the time to act for anyone who wants to take part in our prestigious student competitions. The registrations have just opened and they won't be open for long so make sure to get your entries ready as quickly as possible.

The registration deadlines are approaching fast. You need to register for the Student Recording Competition by the end of September 4th 11th and for the Student Design Competition by the end of September 26th.


What you need to do:

1. Read the rules: Student Recording Competition  |  Student Design Competition.

2. Get an all-access student badge for the convention!

3. Register and upload your entry: Student Recording Competition  |  Student Design Competition.


For more information, visit the Student Competition pages.


The Student Delegate Assembly is looking forward to your submissions! 

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014

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