Audiophiles unite - Up Your Output heads up North

14 Apr 2016

Charging into its fourth year, Up Your Output 2016, officially sponsored by SAE, was hosted this year by the University of York.

Students were treated to two days of inspirational lectures and workshops led by some of the industry’s finest professionals, a pulse raising mixing competition and a technical tour of Calrec Audio's headquarters in Hebden Bridge.

SAE Audio lecturer, Plugin Developer at Acustica Audio, and Chair of the AES UK Section, Nikolay Georgiev founded Up Your Output said:

"Audio has so many different aspects to study and work in, many of which can of course complement each other. Bringing together students, professionals and brands every year to celebrate this fact has become a fantastic opportunity to learn, visualise and collaborate."

So who was there?

Jim Motley, Senior VP at Solid State Logic along with Jon Burton, FOH engineer for The Prodigy, both dispensed invaluable tips on how to make it in the industry. Leslie Gaston-Bird took to the stage to profile the music video production techniques behind Video Vérité before avidly debating both the opportunities and limitations of The Home Studio Revolution.

Andy Farnell, leading R&D Engineer at Mogees, lecturer at SAE London and Procedural Audio pioneer, demonstrated how the sound of classic analogue percussion synthesisers can be recreated in the digital domain from the ground up via live coding. Jules Storer, creator of the well-known C++ application framework JUCE and Head of Software Architecture at ROLI showed the upcoming engineers of the crew how to make their mark in the audio technology industry.

"We have broken down the walls between industry professionals and our students; it was great to see their confidence grow as they got involved with the presentations."

Workshops saw Mandy Parnell, MPG Mastering Engineer of the Year and Up Your Output regular, give students a practical workshop to give them a better grasp of the final steps in any professional audio production. Nikolay Georgiev delivered a masterclass on drum recording and mixing techniques to make a production stand out. Finally, Matt Saunders, pioneer in full-sphere surround sound and audio art, wowed students with his ambisonic recordings before getting them involved to experiment with mixing techniques of their own.

It wouldn’t be Up Your Output without a bit of rivalry…

Could you complete a rough mix of a previously unheard multitrack of material on a console you’ve never worked on before … in five minutes?

Using an SSL XL console complemented with a few outboard effect units, additional 8 channel SSL outboard dynamic processing and an 1176 limiter, every contender’s fingers flew over the controls. Results were impressive for such a short period of time on the track. First prize went to Gianluca Grazioli who received an iZotope RX, second prize went to SAE student Benedict Sanderson who walked away with an Acustica Emerald Bundle, and third prize went to SAE student Axel Drioli who received an Acustica Ivory2 IAE-2.

Special mention must go to SAE student, Benedikt Kittinger who was appointed as Technical Director of the event and kept the studio primed and ready for action. Benedikt, received a well-deserved prize from iZotope for all of his hard work during the presentations, workshops and competition.

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