Corona crisis and the ISA2020

Dear all,

We live in a weird situation at the moment. Due to the corona crisis, nobody knows what life will be like in the next months. For the time being, we expect the ISA2020 Award Show on 17 September to take place as planned. However, we can’t be sure. Therefore, we want to inform you about measures we will take in case of a possible cancellation of the event.
 
If the Reeperbahn Festival 2020 has to be cancelled, also the Award Show of the ISA2020 on 17 September can’t take place. However, as most of the services we offer are online, we decided that we can still award the winners of the ISA2020, even without the event. 
 
Among the offered services for winners and GRAND PRIX winners, only a few services won’t be possible:
  • Presentation of the Winner ISAbell trophy at the award ceremony: we will send you the ISAbell via mail to your house.
  • Entry in the Winner online gallery
  • Winner badge for own communication
  • Video interview: not possible. 
  • Presentation of the Winner certificate at the award ceremony: we will send you the certificate together with the bell via mail to your house.
  • Professional winner photo at the award venue: not possible. However, we can publish another picture you send us.
  • Mentioning in communication channels like press releases, newsletters, facebook, twitter, etc.
Therefore, in the case of cancellation, we are willing to reduce the fees:
 

Winner Award per category: 500 Euros (regular)
If the Award Show can’t take place, we reduce the fee. Winners will only have to pay 300 Euros per category.

GRAND PRIX Award per category: 700 Euros (regular)
If the Award Show can’t take place, we reduce the fee. GRAND PRIX winners will only have to pay 500 Euros per category.

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Optimistic as we are, we hope that all is good by September. If the Reeperbahn Festival 2020 can take place in September, also the ISA2020 Award Show can take place as planned.
 
We wish you good health and look forward to your submissions by 30 April.
 
All the best
Your ISA team.

ISA Talk Podcast – Karlheinz Brandenburg about the mp3 standard and 3D sound

Today we present a new episode of our ISA Talk podcast format. We talked to Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg – one of the driving forces behind the mp3 audio standard – about his experiences developing the standard that broke the music industry. In the talk he compares different ways of implicating 3D-sound and gives his take on the most exciting developments that are happening in the market at the moment.

You can listen to the episode on our website here. You can also find the Podcast on Apple Podcasts here and on Spotify here.

Submit your case by May 14th

This week is your last chance to submit your case to the ISA 2020 and to send in all your material. The submission deadline closes on Thursday. You can find all submission details and the application form here.

We can’t wait to see your amazing submissions that #MakeTheWorldSoundBetter.

ISA Talk Podcast – Emma Rodero about the most important characteristics of human speech

Today we present a new episode of our ISA Talk podcast format. Our guest in this episode is Emma Rodero who gives us more insight into the field of voice and speech in audio formats.

In the talk, Emma explains the most important characteristics of human speech and gives her expert opinion on what kind of voice to choose to target your audience. We also learned why Alexa and Siri are female and explored the reasons why synthetic voices won’t take over synchronization soon.

You can listen to the episode on our website here. You can also find the Podcast on Apple Podcasts here and on Spotify here.

 

Sound Hub Denmark: Prize for start-ups and young entrepreneurs

We’re happy to announce our new partnership with Sound Hub Denmark, the world’s first international sound technology and innovation environment.

As a very special prize for the ISA2020, Sound Hub Denmark offers 5 selected winners among the sound start-ups and young entrepreneurs a free 3 months stay at their hub in Struer.

At Sound Hub Denmark, you can work and network with other sound enthusiasts and talents from inspiring startups and highly skilled sound tech experts from industry-leading corporates. This topped with access to unique world-class test and lab facilities, leading specialists and a nearby craft cluster of complementary industries.

 

ISA Talk Podcast – Rainer Hirt about functional sounds and the principle „sound follows function”

Today we are launching our new podcast format: ISA Talk. In this format we invite interesting guests who also follow our vision to #MakeTheWorldSoundBetter to give their insight on different fields of the audio industry.

In our first ISA Talk episode Kai Bronner (Managing Partner) and Birgit Elke (Head of Communications) talk to Rainer Hirt, founder of audity, who gives insight into the impact of functional sounds.

During the talk, which we recorded a couple of days ago remotely from our home offices, Rainer explains what audity’s guiding principle “Sound follows function” means and what it implies for their work. Further, we had a closer look into one of their areas of expertise: sound for medical devices.

And, talking about MedTech and devices for intensive care units, we also learned what the corona virus sounds like.

You can listen to the Episode on our website here. You can also find the Podcast on Apple Podcasts here and on Spotify here.

Extended Submission Deadline 14 May

 

Due to the complicated situation caused by the Covid-19 virus we decided to change the deadline of our submission phase. The original deadline of 30 April will be extended by two weeks. The new deadline is set to 14 May. This way you have more time to prepare your submission material and we can all reduce the stress in these extraordinary times.

We can’t wait to see your amazing submissions.

All the best
Your ISA team