Congratulations to all winners of the ISA2019! 

In an award show full of dynamic and atmosphere, the winners of the ISA2019 were revealed at Schmidtchen on 19th, September, 2019. The winners come from Costa Rica, Germany, Finland, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the U.S.. Two outstanding works from Finland and Germany were honored with a „Grand Prix”. 
See all winners at a glance here.
Our thanks go out to:
  • keynote speaker Prof. Karlheinz Brandenburg for sharing some fascinating insights with us which clearly show that R&D in audio in a very active field.
  • Gad Hinkis, for the very uplifting and intoxicating live performance with his app JAMBL.
  • and to our new “ISA dream team” on stage – Sara Kelly-Husain and Steve Blame, for the fun and perfect harmony as hosts of the evening. 

Live act at ISA2019 Award Show: Tim Exile

We are very pleased to announce that Tim Exile will perform at the ISA2019 Award Show using his own music innovation “Endlesss”.

Endlesss is a live collaborative music-making platform that wants to do to music what TikTok has done to video. Media is transforming from something we lean back and consume to something we use as a language to build relationships, identities and audiences. Short-form, collaborative, conversational social platforms are the new normal and its imperative music has its answer to this.


About Tim Exile

Musician, technologist, thinker, entrepreneur, Tim Exile is an Advocate of the flow-state, has been featured in Techcrunch, Wired, Pitchfork and talked at TED. He has organised brand collaborations with IBM, RedBull, Saatchi & Saatchi, built digital musical instruments for Native Instruments and As a musician, Tim has released records on Warp, Planet Mu, done live shows at Berghain/Panorama Bar, Fabric, Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, and performed with Imogen Heap, Nile Rogers, Beardyman, Nitin Sawhney.


Keynote Speaker ISA2019: Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg

We are very pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg will give a keynote speech about the developments in audio and music technology at the ISA2019 Award Show.

Music / Sound / Noises: Developments in Audio

Sound envelopes us all the time. While near perfect audio quality seems guaranteed today, a number of new technologies enables new applications. The talk gives a few examples: AI based analysis and synthesis of soundscapes or virtual / augmented / modified sound scenes in a truly immersive experience. Some of these technologies are motivated by a better understanding of hearing, of the way human ears and brain listen to the world around us.

About Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg

Karlheinz Brandenburg has been a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technology, notably the mp3 and MPEG audio standards. He is acclaimed for pioneering work in digital audio coding and psychoacoustics. His honors include the AES Silver Medal, the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronic Award, the German Future Award, which he shared with his colleagues and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Furthermore he is member in the Hall of Fame of the Consumer Electronics Association. In April 2014, Brandenburg was inducted as an innovator into the Internet Hall of Fame. He holds three honorary Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Brandenburg holds about 100 patents. He is a professor at the Institute for Media Technology at Technische Universität Ilmenau and former director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany.

Hosts of the ISA2019 Award Show

We are pleased to announce the hosts of the ISA2019 Award Show, Steve Blame and Sara Kelly-Husain.

Steve Blame is one of the most iconic faces of Music Television and works today as a Screenwriter, Author and Host. He has previously worked as MTV News Editor, Viva 2 Program Director, and set up Tango TV in Luxembourg. Furthermore, he is the author of two books, and hosted a prime-time TV show on VOX at the end of December 2016.

Sara Kelly-Husain started playing theatre for a few years but then realised an acting wage seldom pays the bills and bravely delved into the media industry traveling Europe as a creative producer for an extreme sports, lifestyle and music show. For over a decade she has been working as a presenter, actress, producer and voice over artist.

The Award Show will take place on September 19th from 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm at Schmidtchen. The Show is part of the official Reeperbahn Festival program. To attend the Award Show, you need Reeperbahn Festival tickets. We are pleased to offer special discounts here.

Nominees of ISA2019

We are pleased to announce today the nominees of the International Sound Awards 2019. Thirty-one works from 13 countries convinced the international jury of ISA2019 and were nominated in several categories.

The best submissions come from all over the world: Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Israel, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Spain, UK, USA. With their nomination they have already earned the award „Better Sound 2019“. Learn more about the nominees here.

The winners of ISA2019 will be revealed at the Award Gala at Schmidtchen on September 19th.

Venue of the International Sound Awards 2019

Schmidtchen (picture © Ingo Boelter)

This year, the award ceremony of the International Sound Awards 2019 takes place at ‘Schmidtchenon September 19th. The Schmidtchen is located on Spielbudenplatz at the heart of Germany’s most famous mile, the Hamburger Reeperbahn.

The ‘Schmidt Theater family’, consisting of Schmidtchen, Schmidt Theater and Schmidts Tivoli, is Germany’s most successful private theatre with around 400,000 visitors per year. The Schmidtchen presents a diverse programme that includes comedy shows, concerts, poetry slams and other innovative show formats that embrace experimentation.

Submission Deadline | Ticket Discounts

Listen up! Only 4 weeks left to go to submit your case at the International Sound Awards 2019. If you have worked on a project in the fields of sound or music technology, please send us your application by May 31st. Further information on submission details here.

Our international expert jury will evaluate the cases. The best sound products, projects and services from different categories will be awarded with the ISAbell trophy. The Award Show will take place on September 19th at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.

Ticket discounts for Reeperbahn Festival
We are very pleased to offer special discounts on tickets for the Reeperbahn Festival and the ISA2019: Conference Ticket 175 Euro plus VAT (regular price 255 Euro plus VAT), Session Only Ticket 104 Euro plus VAT (regular price 150 Euro plus VAT).
Get a discount code here.


To #MakeTheWorldSoundBetter, we need more smart, innovative and useful sound solutions and concepts that can be awarded with our tropy, the ISAbell.

To enhance general sound awareness and animate people to contribute to our mission, we started the social media contest #WeNeedMoreISAbell.

We are very grateful to Native Instruments, Shure, DOCKIN and AUDIFIED that support the initiative and donate great prizes. Participate and spread the word!

Please find below all rules and an inspirational video.