Hi all! After a long period of inactivity on this site, we finally regained access and plan on using it much more in the future.
We had a fairly active semester this past winter with a variety of events. We welcomed in a new executive board, with Ryan Cox as Chair, Ben Balas as Vice Chair, Sam Smith as Treasurer and Tessa Fornari as Publicist.
As tradition goes, we were hosted our annual Mix/Remix competition this year. For Mix/Remix, we record a group in U of M’s audio studios with members of our section and the studio staff, and then hand the stems off to our members. They have the option to either create a mix of the track, or a remix of some sort. They then submit these tracks to a panel of faculty judges that will select a winner and two runner ups from each category. It’s a really cool event that encourages our members to get creative and show us their stuff. We were fortunate to have some pretty fantastic sponsors this year and some equally impressive entires this year. And, after handing things anonymously over to our judges, we had the following winers:
1. Dain Vargo
2. Gregory Werd
3. Peter Kwinty
1. Socrates Papageorgiou
2. Fisher Diede
3. Jackson Roth
Be on the lookout for another post with the wining entires!
We also were fortunate to host two mix listening sessions, in which we were able to listen to other members’ mixes in UM’s audio studio.
We hosted a networking event in which we had members mingle with industry professionals that were in town for the Duderstadt Center’s Media and Studio Arts Symposium.
Finally, at the end of the semester, we hosted Lim Wei, a former member of the section and an engineer that has worked for prestigious studios, like Sear Sound and the Banff Centre. He was able to come in with a Pro Tools session and deconstruct it for a group of our chapter, and then go through his mixing process.
We’re very excited for everything to come next semester! Check back here in the Fall for more up-to-date information about everything going on here with our chapter.
It’s that time of year again – time to get creative!
This year’s track is “Burn Through the Artifice” by House of Hummingbirds. You can download all stems here.
It is important to note that all stems were recorded in 96K quality, so the download files are quite large. However, all mixes and remixes must be submitted in 44.1K (you can still mix in whatever sample rate you prefer).
Guidelines for the two submission categories:
MIXES will be judged based upon how well you can maintain the band’s artistic intent while creating a solid-sounding mix.
REMIXES are judged based upon what you decide to do with the piece.
The official deadline for all submissions is February 3rd! Prizes to be announced soon (they’re so awesome, we’re just letting the tension grow).
AES @ UofM had the pleasure of hosting John Krivit, the President of the international Audio Engineering Society, and a University of Michigan alum, on February 4th, 2016. He gave an informative talk on the importance of networking when pursuing a career in audio.
AES@UM will be holding a Film Scoring Competition sponsored by EastWest Sounds the beginning of Fall ’16 semester. First prize will be a 2-year subscription to the EastWest Composer Cloud and second prize will be a 1-year subscription. Check back for more info!
Preparations for the next Mix/Remix Competition have begun! We started off the year’s events with our annual open tracking session, featuring this year’s band, Naked Dance. The session was led by head engineer Jameson Eisele with assistant engineer Mitchell Graham. It was great to see members of the AES community come out and help with setting up the session. Thanks to Naked Dance for great material!
We forgot to take pictures, but here’s the patch bay.
The members of Naked Dance in live performance: Andrew Bishop, Jeremy Edwards, and Steve Rush