Piper will be at several events and panels at this year’s AES convention in NYC:

Weds 10/18 9:30 am - 10:45 am

SE01 - Diversity Town Hall

Rm 1E15/16

Moderator: Leslie Gaston-Bird
Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell – Lowell, MA, USA
Leslie Ann Jones, Recording Engineer and Producer, Director of Music Recording and Scoring, Skywalker Sound – San Rafael, CA, USA
Karrie Keyes, Executive Director SoundGirls.org
Bob Moses, AES – Vashon Island, WA, USA
Piper Payne, Neato Mastering – San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Terri Winston, Women’s Audio Mission – San Francisco, CA, USA

Weds 10/18 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Rm 1E06 - PMC Room

Spatial Audio: SA16 - PMC Mastering: Making Your Mixes Shine

“The Butterfly FX” Unintended consequences of mastering tools.

Thu 10/19 10:45 am - 12:45 pm

EC03 - SPARS Mentoring

This event is specially suited for students, recent graduates, young professionals, and those interested in career advice. Hosted by SPARS in cooperation with the AES Education Committee, career related Q&A sessions will be offered to participants in a speed group mentoring format. A dozen students will interact with 4–5 working professionals in specific audio engineering fields or categories every 20 minutes. Audio engineering fields/categories include gaming, live sound/live recording, audio manufacturer, mastering, sound for picture, and studio production.

Fri 10/20 11:00 am - 12:00pm

Waves demo and presentation.

Waves booth (#640)

“The Butterfly FX” Unintended consequences of mastering tools.

Fri 10/20 3:15pm - 5:15pm

EC12 - Student Recording Competition—Part 2

The Student Recording Competition is a highlight at each convention. A distinguished panel of judges participates in critiquing finalists of each category in an interactive presentation and discussion. The top three finalists in each category, as identified by our judges, present a short summary of their production intentions and the key recording and mix techniques used to realize their goals. They then play their projects for all who attend. Meritorious awards are determined here and will be presented at the closing Student Delegate Assembly Meeting (SDA-2) on Sunday afternoon. The competition is a great chance to hear the work of your fellow students at other educational institutions. Everyone learns from the judges’ comments, even those who don't make it to the finals, and it’s a great chance to meet other students and faculty.

Fri 10/20 6:00pm - 10:00pm

SoundGirls Events

SIR Studios Studio 4

520 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001, USA

AES Diversity and Inclusion Social: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Mentoring Session with Women Leaders in Professional Audio: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Networking and wrap up 9:00 to 10:00


Piper Payne lives for quality and equality in audio.

Piper Payne is the owner and chief engineer of Neato Mastering in Oakland, CA, where she works on albums for independent artists and major labels. She is the President of the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy and is also on the committee of the AES SF Chapter and an active member of the Women's Audio Mission. Piper is an audio professor and guest lectures often about mastering and recording. She is also a first-call for large venue concert and classical recordings.

Piper began her career with a BFA in Audio from The University of Michigan, continuing her graduate education in Audio at the University of Stavanger in Norway. She has apprenticed under some of the best-known Mastering and audio mentors in the world, including Bob Katz in Orlando and Michael Romanowski in San Francisco. Piper moved to San Francisco after working at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada as the Senior Audio Associate in a work-study program that had her climbing glaciers for film sound design and recording jazz orchestras in the same day! Her focus is Mastering and she lives for quality and equality in audio.