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AES UK Mastering Section Conference 2018 (AES:MSC’18)

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22 – 23 September 2018
University of Westminster, Regent St, London, UK & locations nearby

Keynotes to be confirmed shortly

Full event details can be found at the conference website:

Sponsors to be confirmed

Call for Papers & Engineering Briefs

The AES UK Mastering Section Conference welcomes academics, mastering engineers, producers, artists, industry professionals, technology developers and equipment manufacturers to come together and submit abstracts, engineering briefs or workshop proposals for consideration on a wide range of topics including:

  • Mastering past, present & future
  • Mastering technology & practice
  • Innovation in audio relating to mastering & post-production
  • Business matters relating to mastering & post-production

Authors are requested to submit a short Abstract. Abstracts of 300 – 500 words will be reviewed for inclusion in the conference programme. After the conference, those presenting papers or eligible engineering briefs will be given the option to prepare a Full Chapter for inclusion in the conference book to be considered for publication with Routledge.

Successful authors will be expected to to submit a Full Chapter of 5-6000 words by 1st November 2018. Full Chapter submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two referees. Chapters must be of high quality, original, and not published elsewhere or submitted for publication during the review period.

Abstracts, Briefs and Papers should be submitted by Monday 9th April by email to: [email protected]

The AES UK Mastering Section are also welcoming proposals for innovative and interactive demonstrations appropriate to the conference scope. If you are interested in being involved in any way please contact us at the following email address: [email protected]

Conference Scope

Conference themes and topics include:

  • Audio Mastering: past, present and future
  • Mastering practice: human or artificial intelligence
  • Innovation in mastering and post production
  • Music consumer behaviour: the changing psychology and perceived value of mastering
  • Platforms for dissemination and sending mastered audio (watermarking, DDP etc.)
  • Mastering & mastering studio technology innovation
  • Audio engineering: audio and acoustics technology and practice in relation to mastering and post-production
  • Hi-res audio and future music formats
  • Online mastering, and new trends in mastering
  • Professional practice and business in mastering

About Engineering Briefs

Engineering Briefs are intended to be short verbal talks or poster presentations that will be of interest to AES members. Topics can be very wide-ranging, such as studio experience, equipment construction, new loudspeaker concepts, room acoustic measurements, analysis of audio equipment, and mastering studio startups, to name just a few. Relaxed reviewing of submissions will consider mainly whether they are of interest to AES members and are not overly commercial.

The Engineering Briefs at this meeting will be selected on the basis of a submitted abstract, ensuring that they are of interest to AES members, and are not overly commercial. These briefs may be considered for the Routledge book publication.

Keynote Speakers

Keynotes to be confirmed shortly – see website for details

Dates and Deadlines

Submission of abstracts for consideration: Monday 9th April 2018
Authors notified if abstract accepted or rejected: Friday 27th April 2018
Programme and all accepted abstracts available on conference website: Monday 14th May 2018
Early registration – Authors expected to have registered and paid by: Friday 22nd June 2018
Completed paper submission deadline for inclusion in Routledge book: Thursday 1st November 2018

Registration & Fees

The registration fee will be £125 for non members, £70 for AES members. Members of the MPG, BASCA and MMF can register for £90 by emailing [email protected] with proof of membership.

Registration via Eventbrite will be announced shortly on www.aesmasteringsection.co.uk


AES Mastering Section Conference 2018 (AES MSC’18) is hosted by the University of Westminster at their Regent St campus in Central London. London is at the heart of the UK and Europe’s music industry, providing a `thriving network of creative artists and technology innovators, as well as being the focal point of the music industry’s business economy. Being hosted in London enables some of the world’s most innovative individuals and organisations to engage with the conference and share discussions around mastering and post production.

Full venue, accommodation and travel details are available at the conference website.


General Conference Chairs:

JP Braddock, FAPPM
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, MOTTOsound, UK

Co-Chairs and AES Mastering Section Committee:

Ioana Barbu
Professor Rob Toulson, University of Westminster, UK (host Chair)
Jay Hodgson, MOTTOsound, Canada

International Programme Committee

If you’d like to join the AES and take part as a International Peer Review Committee, please contact [email protected]

Further Information

Please visit the conference website for regular updates and conference details as they are confirmed: http://www.aesmasteringsection.co.uk.

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