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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Katarzyna Sochaczewska

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Katarzyna Sochaczewska

1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?
 
My name is Kat Sochaczewska, I'm from Poland and currently doing phd at AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, where I graduated from Acoustical Engineering last year. I am a little bit of a patchwork - as I am involved in broadcasting, studio recording, and my phd oscillates around ambisonics widely speaking. I try complement all of those fields and constantly learn from them.

 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?
 
As a kid, I always used to play with toy-instruments, so I was sent to music school, where I learnt to play piano. But I was fascinated not only with music itself, but sonic experiences in various forms (including soundscapes, melody of foreign languages, maybe that is also why I developed the passion for jazz - where a lot of organic noises can be found) - so I decided to study sound and get involved in audio field. 

3) Tell us about production of your submission? What is the story behind it? What inspired it? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry?
 
The production that I submitted for recording competition was a piece of folk music in modern arrangement (Vidma w sadoczku). It was first mixed in stereo as regular cd production, but while working on the material I really felt it would be a sin not to space it out and make a version in surround. I had a great great pleasure working with lovely vocalist Susanna Jara (thank You!) and she was the inspiration for this experiment. I played a lot with layers of vocals, trying to create a story and mood, and it was among others possible thanks to her stunning harmonies. I had a lot of fun creating the immersive atmosphere and using tricks that normally wouldn't be possible to apply in casual production. It was my first entry, and it took me quite long to prepare it (the recording took few hours, then mixing in 5.0 around a month with breaks - it is still quite new to me - mixing in surround). I was extremly stressed to share the work with the audience and judges, but I'm more than happy with that incredible experience - especially for professional feedback from experts. 

4) What/who made you join AES?
 
I first joined AES right before the conference was held in Warsaw few years ago, thanks to my lecturers and peers. And I kept it since then because of great publications useful in my research work and fantastic conferences obviously. 

5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 144th AES convention in Milan!
 
Well - definitely the whole recording competition was exciting but not only that! I've heard some stunning works during listening sessions (for example 3d music - "In the fields" which became my great inspiration to start creating ambisonic music). I always enjoy lectures held by Alex Case, you can get so much from them. Besides, fantastic workshops about immersive audio, audio for VR, trends and new gear on exhibitions. Lovely atmosphere, wonderful city, open and experienced people to share ideas with and simply nerd-talk to:) 


Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Joan Lennard Schubert

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Joan Lennard Schubert

 

1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?

I'm studying in Düsseldorf/Germany at the Institute of Music and Media of the Robert Schumann Conservatory. I selected my courses and programs quite straightly towards recording and production of Classical Music.

2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?

I play piano since I can think which made me develop interest in classical music quite early. My piano lessons have always been about classical music and I started composing little pieces by myself. Despite my mp3 player as a 13 year old was filled with pop music, this classical understanding of music grew parallely to me discovering pop culture. I got in contact with audio when I wanted to record the (Rock-)songs I wrote. The Tech stuff never impressed me much, although I found great pleasure in trying to make my songs sound like I wanted them to sound like.

Starting my studies I initially wanted to go into Media Composition, but then I quickly realized how much I loved the recording and producing of music. I got interested in more complex Audio systems and signal transmission to be able to work in music production professionally.

3) Tell us about production of your submission? What is the story behind it? What inspired it? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry?

My submission is a edited version of three live orchestra recordings. At some point in my studies I felt the need to get experience in big recordings, so I organized several live recordings of orchestras to improve my namagement skills in bigger productions. This submission is actually my second orchestra recording which I was in charge of which was already followed my several more, so I learned a lot from it and would already do a lot of things differently now...

It is my first submission to a competition.

4) What/who made you join AES?

Since I am studying, there always have been people of our programme going to AES conventions. As I am not overly interested in Tech as a self-porpose, so I felt like I don't actually need to go to AES conventions. It's this competition that made me come th Milan and I am super happy I did! I heared a lot of inspiring presentations and read interesting papers and I will definitely be there again next time.

 


Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Telefunken

AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Telefunken

 TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside our own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, we have established a product line that perfectly blends vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone. Our commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of our products is rivaled only by our dedication to provide the BEST possible service to each and every one of our customers.


Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Raisin Toast Records

Thank you to RAISIN TOAST RECORDS, which is a new model for a record label dedicated to citizenship in Detroit founded by a team of musicians and innovators from the University of Michigan. 

They seek to empower musicians in Detroit’s artistic community by providing them with the human resources, equipment and support needed to create a quality musical product. In order to accomplish this, a group of talented and diversely skillful innovators will collaborate in a multi-functional way within Raisin Toast. This interdisciplinary team will support the top-to-bottom process of creating music and building a career as an artist by providing services ranging from repairing and building instruments to recording and mixing and even artist development and talent booking.

 


Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Merging

 Thank you to 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: Friday, July 27, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Genelec

 Like many other audio technology companies, Genelec’s roots are deeply seeded in the world of Broadcast & Music recording technology. Our current offering is the most complete in the market place: from the very compact 8010 to the massive 1236A with technologies like Directivity Control Waveguide™, pioneered by Genelec and the Smart Active Monitor technologies featuring AutoCalibration etc. Still to date, after 10 years in the market something Genelec is alone of. Genelec stays at the forefront of speaker technology and is proud to serve many of the worlds finest audio facilities.


Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Cycling '74

Cycling '74 are once again sponsoring the Student Competitions, with some prizes of Max MSP licences.

 

Cycling '74 creates software for the specialized needs of artists, educators, and researchers working with audio, visual media, and physical computing. They are best known for their work with the digital signal processing software environment Max.


Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! HARMAN

AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! HARMAN

HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio and visual products, connected car systems, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. Audiophiles from every generation call on HARMAN to deliver the best in sound in the studio and on the stage, at home and on the go. HARMAN's portfolio of legendary audio brands includes AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®.

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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Mathew Lane

AES 144 | Thank You 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. DrMS now also has little brother called StereoDelta. And even more, Mathew Lane has recently gone hardware by introducing the OnTheMoon SPACECRAFT, a unique analog spatial processor based on his spatialising technology.

 

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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! MASTERING THE MIX

AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! MASTERING THE MIX

Mastering The Mix is dedicated to helping music producers get the best possible results. We do this by making game changing tools for forward thinking producers.

We created a mixing and metering plugin called LEVELS to help music makers achieve a technically excellent mix. LEVELS keeps an eye on the technical details of your mix and warns you if a problem occurs without interrupting your creative flow. We created REFERENCE to give producers the tools to get closer than ever to the sound of their favourite tracks. Our latest tool, EXPOSE, is a final quality control measure that ensures your track is ready for delivery. If technical issues will arise on various different distribution destinations such as Apple Music or Spotify, EXPOSE will pin point those issues for you. We’re working hard to bring more great software to music producers. 2018 is already shaping up to be a very exciting year.

 

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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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