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Women's Audio Mission is a San Francisco-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts. In a field where women are chronically under-represented (less than 5%), WAM seeks to "change the face of sound" by providing hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the internet. WAM believes that women's mastery of music technology and inclusion in the production process will expand the vision and voice of media and popular culture. WAM trains over 1,200 women and girls a year in music production and the recording arts in the world's only professional recording studio built and run by women.
Women's Audio Mission is generously giving away 5 one-year subscriptions to finalists of the Student Competitions at AES139 NYC! Thanks WAM!
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Meet Sean McLaughlin, one of our honorable judges of the Student Recording Competition at AES139 in New York.
Sean McLaughlin loves /mixing songs more than anybody loves anything. After working in Los Angeles for the early part of the 2000’s with some notable producers (Andy Johns, Jimbo Barton, Carmen Rizzo) and artists (Rush, Elliott Smith, Marilyn Manson, Death Row Records) Sean returned to Boston in 2004 to open his own studio, 37’ Productions.
Since opening his studio Sean has been working on projects and with artists both regionally and nationally. Some of the artists with whom he has plied his trade are Matchbox Twenty, Queensryche, Dirty Vegas, Sarah Blacker, Kristen Merlin, Rafael Moreira and Dark New Day, as well as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, MTV and ESPN.
In 2013, Sean had the honor of being named Producer of the Year by the New England Music Awards. Since the beginning of 2013 he has mixed over 500 songs. In 2014 he authored Mixing with iZotope, a comprehensive mixing guide for beginner to intermediate mixers. Sean also teaches Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music and Audio & Media Technology at the New England Institute of Art.
Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Posted: Monday, October 5, 2015
Meet Merging the company that brought the incredible DAW Pyramix into the industry, and one of our sponsors for the student recording competition!
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.
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: Sunday, October 4, 2015
Posted: Sunday, October 4, 2015
Meet Bob Moses, one of our honorable judges of the Student Design Competition at AES139 in New York.
Bob Moses is Executive Director of the AES, with three decades of experience as an audio product designer. He is most known for his role in inventing audio over Firewire, which fueled the “project studio revolution”. Bob has had his fingers in the design of products for dozens of pro audio companies over the years, and thinks he might still have one more box in him before he fades out.
Posted: Saturday, October 3, 2015
We, the Student Delegate Assembly are extremely excited to announce that U-He are once again sponsoring this year's Student Recording Competition.
What is the prize? U-He are providing four winning students each with a licence for the synthesiser or plugin of their choice from U-He's catalogue.
Berlin-based audio software company u-he was founded in 2001 by Urs Heckmann. Originally a one-man show, the company recently evolved into a tightly-knit team of employees, active associates and 3rd-party contractors – with ambitious plans.
Especially well known for the Zebra2 and Diva software synthesizers, u-he has developed several other successful products over the last decade, and regularly contributes freeware to popular magazines (available as download or on cover discs).
Despite their underlying complexity, u-he synths and effects are widely acclaimed for their ease of use. This is often attributed to Urs Heckmann's background as industrial designer. Heckmann sees the seemingly unconventional decision to start an audio software company as a direct result of his equal love for industrial design and for synthesizers.
Most recently, u-he has been exploring concepts for analogue synthesizers, and the first results can be heard in the software synths ACE / Bazille (audio-rate modulation paths) as well as Diva, Presswerk and Satin (accurate simulation of electronic circuitry). Hive is u-he's first foray into the world of low CPU dance-oriented synths.
Posted: Friday, October 2, 2015
Meet Kris Gorski, one of our honorable judges of the Student Recording Competition at AES139 in New York.
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.
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015
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®.
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015