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Magdalena Piotrowska

Magdalena Piotrowska

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Audio Fields:

  • Recording Industry - Mastering Studio
  • Recording Industry - Internet Distribution
  • Broadcasting - Internet Distribution
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Musical Acoustics
  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Other: Research

Job Duties:

  • Mastering Engineer
  • Manager
  • Mixer
  • Production Sound Mixer/Sound Recordist
  • Recording Engineer


Magdalena Piotrowska (Plewa) is an active mastering engineer and educator based in Poland.

Magdalena Piotrowska received the doctoral degree with distinction at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), Poland. Her thesis "Automatic Mood Indexing of Music Excerpts based on Correlation Between Subjective Evaluation and Feature Vector', was dedicated to Music Information Retrieval. Uniting her passion for sound and international travel, Magdalena participated in postgraduate studies in Music Production and Recording at the University of Stavanger in Norway as well as in the recording program at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada).

In 2016 she established Hear Candy Mastering, where she provides mastering for artists across a diverse range of musical genres, including Quantum Trio (PL), MoMo (PL), Kapela Timingeriu (PL), Merkabah (PL), Hrdza (SL), KARI (UK), Oly.(PL), Knut Kvifte Nesheim (NO) and Annalie Wilson (UK). A production that she worked on has been nominated numerous times for a Fryderyki Awards.

Since 2013 Magdalena has served the Society as Governor, Education Committee Vice Chair and being involved in convention committees as Workshops&Tutorials Co-Chair and Student and Career track in Europe and US. Recently she is Education Committee Chair.

Magdalena is one of the founding members of the AES Student Section in Krakow, Poland (2009) and was elected to the AES Student Delegate Assembly (2010-2012) culminating in her serving as Education and Student Events Co-Chair for the 132nd AES Convention in Budapest.
She is a co-founder of the Central European Student Summit, an annual event that brings together European AES Student Members.

Magdalena has lead classes in audio subjects at universities in Poland (AGH, AMA, Kraków; PJWSTK, Warszawa, Gdansk University of Technology, Uniwersystet Śląski, Cieszyn). She is one of the co-founders of educational initiative Learn How To Sound organizing workshops and courses in field of audio. Magdalena was awarded the Ministers of Science and Higher Education Scholarship as well as study grants from the Committee for International Research and Education, the Acoustical Society of America and the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation.

Magdalena was involved in numerous research projects in field of acoustics and audio engineering as well as in educational initiatives. She is the author and co-author of scientific papers presented at numerous international conferences, including AES Conventions. Her main scientific interests are music information retrieval,psychoacoustics, signal processing and connections between science and practical application in the field of audio technology.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

2016 1st award for the best PhD Thesis in field of radio communication and multimedia technology (Fundacja Wspierania Rozwoju Radiokomunikacji i Technik Multimedialnych)
2012/2013 Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation Grant
2010 study grant of Committee for International Research and Education Acoustical Society of America
2007 Award in Marek Kwiek's Competition for Young Researchers

Education Background

III 2016 PhD Gdansk University of Technology, Multimedia Systems Department, thesis
"Automatic Mood Indexing of Music Excerpts based on Correlation Between
Subjective Evaluation and Feature Vector", PhD with disctintion
VIII 2013 - VI
Post-graduate Music Production and Recording, University of Stavanger
2009 - 2011 Doctoral studies: AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of
Mechanics and Vibroacoustics
2007 Participation in Students Exchange Program MOSTECH, one semester studies in
major „Acoustics" in Wrocław University of Technology
2004 - 2009 Master Degree University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanics
and Vibroacoustics, Major: Vibroacoustics and Sound Engineering; since second
year Individual Course of Studies (also courses conducted on Music Academy in
Cracow), scholarship; master thesis „Localization of the sound source in stereo
recording and listening systems"; studies result: very good
2000 - 2004 V August Witkowski's High School in Kraków, mathematic-physic-computer profiled
1997 - 2002 III Primary Music School in Kraków, piano class

Employment History

2017-2019 program investigator in project (details confidential) - company Sound Object Technologies (Poland)
from 2016 researcher in Polish National Science Centre project "ALOFON - Methodology and
technology for the polymodal allophonic speech" no. No.2015/17/B/ST6/01874.
(Gdansk University of Technology)
2011 - 2014 Participant of research project NCBiR nr SP/I/1/77065/10 "SYNAT Creation of
universal, open, repository platform for hosting and communication of networked
resources of knowledge for science, education and open society of knowledge"
2013 Self-directed project "Raising the technical skills in order to create a dataset of multitrack
audio recordings dedicated to research on Automatic Mood Classification
within the domain of Music Information Retrieval" (Politechnika Gdańska, University
of Stavanger)
2010 self-directed project "Architecture and Music: Relations in Style. Sacral Buildings
Throughout the Ages", grant Acoustic Society of America for young researchers
from 2009 visiting faculty at universities in Poland (AGH, AMA, Kraków; PJWSTK, Warszawa, Gdansk University of Technology, Uniwersystet Śląski, Cieszyn)
2009 Participation in the National Centre for Research and Development (Poland) grant
no. R02 0030 06/2009. „Selective mixing" (director Piotr Kleczkowski)
2009 Placement in SCHOEPS Mikrofone (Karlsruhe, Germany).

from 2016 Owner and mastering engineer at Hear Candy Mastering, several years of supervision and being an intern at
Mandy's Parnell (mastering engineer) Black Saloon Studios (Bjork, Tom Jones, Aphex Twin, Sigur Ros, Manu Chao)
IX 2014 - III 2015 Audio Engineering Practicum at the Banff Centre (Canada)
2014 tracking engineer at mai:jazz festival (artists: Anders Gleditch, Paolo Fresu, EST
Symphony) (Stavanger/Norway)
2005 - 2014 Active in sound engineering as freelance live sound, recording and mixing engineer
VII 2007 Placement in Polish Television in Kraków, sound engineering department

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