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New AES group for the North of England

Monitoring innovator Roger Quested will give the first presentation to the new AES North of England group, which was founded by recording engineer Kerry-Anne Kubisa and is based out of the School of Music at the University of Leeds.

Monitoring innovator Roger Quested (pictured) will give the first presentation to the new AES North of England group, which was founded by Kerry-Anne Kubisa and is based out of the School of Music at the University of Leeds.

Alongside AES Cambridge, the group marks an increased presence for AES UK outside of the London conurbation.

AES North of England founder Kerry-Anne Kubisa – studio manager and developer at the University of Leeds, a technical coordinator and live/recording engineer for the university’s Concert Series, and a freelance engineer whose recent credits include Charanga Del Norte’s Our Mam in Havana – commented: “Over the years I have seen the audio industry in the north grow from strength to strength, and with this there has been the need for a presence, a forum to unite the industry and represent the people here. A place where audio professionals, academics, students and businesses alike can come together to promote advances in audio and share knowledge and research,” said AES North of England founder Kerry-Anne Kubisa.

“The AES, for me, was the perfect advocate for everything I believed in. Their dedication and philosophy for audio is renowned. I am very proud to be a member of the AES and honoured to be a part of a community that makes a real difference by fulfilling the need for audio industry representation here in the north.”

As well as strong university representation, the local area is also home to a host of notable studio facilities (including The Chairworks in Castleford) and pro-audio manufacturers (Soundfield in Wakefield, Audio-Technica in Leeds).

Considering the increased representation for the AES beyond the South East, AES UK section executive committee chair Bill Foster remarked: “With over 1,000 AES members spread across the UK, we are acutely aware that a lot of people are not able to attend our monthly lectures in London. We are therefore delighted to have found such an enthusiastic member in Kerry-Anne, who is willing to organise regular meetings in the North of England. We wish her, and Rob Toulson in Cambridge, every success with these new groups.”

The new North of England group will meet on the third Tuesday of each month. The first few sessions have already been confirmed and will commence with recording engineer and Quested Monitoring Systems founder Roger Quested discussing monitoring for surround mixing (19 April). The session will take place at the University of Leeds’ School of Music (12 Cavendish Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT) and will begin at 18:30.

Also taking place at the UoL School of Music will be engineer/producer/musician/lecturer Simon Humphrey’s session on the contemporary role of the engineer, producer and recording studio. Taking The Chairworks studio facility – where he now works – as a foundation for his comments, Humphrey will examine the practices of successful independent studios, as well as addressing changes in studio technique such as the rise of mixing in the box. Humphrey’s presentation is set for 17 May, beginning at 18:30.

Finally, a three-part session at The Chairworks (Perseverance Works, Morrison Street, Castleford, WF10 4BE) on 21 June will begin with a journey through the studio career of Walter Samuel. The engineer/producer – whose credits include work with Christy Moore and Van Morrison – will discuss the changing role of the engineer since his career started in the 1970s. In the second part of the evening, Samuel will demonstrate his recording techniques using DPA microphones, following which the session will conclude with a guided tour of The Chairworks. The event is due to begin at 18:30, but this could be subject to change depending on demand.

Over the long-term, Kubisa tells PSN-e, “it is our objective to offer a broad range of events to represent all people and aspects of the audio industry. Looking forward you can expect local events to include guest speakers from industry, academics and research, demonstrations and more technical tours, which all offer opportunities for knowledge exchange, professional networking and personal growth.”

For more information about the AES in the North, please contact Kerry-Anne Kubisa at or visit the AES UK website: