All contestants must submit appropriate electronic project documentation with their audio mixes. The specific documentation will vary for each project and must adequately describe the recording and mixing processes for the project. Students should accurately portray how the recording was created and mixed, using proper session documentation such as studio setup diagrams, microphone input lists, patch lists, mix notes, photographs, etc.
1.Be submitted in English
2.Not exceed 4 – 6 pages and 800-1200 words in length. Please note that page limits include all session documentation, photographs, and illustrations. Judges will not consider any information beyond this limit.
3.Include standard session documentation based upon templates created by the AES Technical Committee and the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing.
a. AES: Recommendations for Delivery of Recorded Music Projects
b. NARAS: Recommendations for Delivery of Recorded Music Projects
4.Include no more than 8 photographs or other illustrations.
5.Be in PDF format and submitted in a zipped folder with the audio files according to the submission guidelines below.
6.Contain a sub-category suggestion on the first page if submitting in Category 1 – Audio.
Documentation must be anonymized entirely. Only the entrant’s AES member number is to be used for identification. Other people involved in the production such as performers, composers/songwriters, publishers, technical personnel, assistants, etc. should only be referred to by their first names and the initials of their surnames. Also, the locations where the submission was recorded, mixed and mastered must not be disclosed. Entrants should work to omit any clues to institution/university affiliation to preserve the impartiality of the competition. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in disqualification and removal from the competition.