Audio Forum 2021

December 16 – 17, 2021 | Cultural center “Parobrod”
It’s not a mistake that Audio Forum 2020 is missing from the archive. The difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are known to practically everyone. In one month, the whole world turned into one big Zoom call, but for us, such a transformation of events was simply pointless.

The essence of Audio Forum is to gather the community, which is so diverse that the expectation to have all folks present on Discord was plain unrealistic. The infrastructure of online conferences is very complex, and we did not want conversations with important guests to become an even worse “Can you hear me now?” scenario. Problems endemic to any online communication were quite enough on their own.

We decided that Audio Forum 2020 would serve as a reminder that people should look forward to direct contact the most.

Nevertheless, in 2021, we assembled enough strength and courage to, in the age of continued uncertainty, gather about a hundred people in one place. The audience’s response to the exceptional program showed that people are above aggravating circumstances.

And yes, we did – we all wore masks.


Marko Milićević

Music Producer, Gramophonedzie (Belgrade)

December 16, 2021 | 13:30 – 14:30 | on-site

Marko Milićević is popularly known as “Marko Gramofondžija” because of his music project called “Gramophonedzie”.

The debut single „Why Don’t You“ by this producer and DJ from Belgrade in 2010 achieved significant results on the world music charts – it peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart and even number 1 in the Dance category.

Particularly important are the performances during which he shared the stage with the stars of the electronic music scene, such as Junior Jack, Basement Jaxx and Bob Sinclair.

In addition to his original work, Marko has on several occasions remixed songs by well-known Serbian artists that are not originally in the domain of electronic music.

Marko is one of the first guests from Serbia with whom we discussed the music business, based on his personal experience.

Johannes Kares

Audio Experience Designer, Sennheiser (Vienna, Austria and Zürich, Switzerland)

December 16, 2021 | 15:00 – 16:30 | online

Johannes develops immersive audio technologies at Sennheiser AMBEO team. AMBEO is a technology that is integral to many Sennheiser audio solutions, offered to end users and other businesses. It offers playback of the so called „spatial audio“that features audio spatialization with systems that are not based on discrete audio channels for sound playback.

Therefore, AMBEO is capable of creating the impression of precise sound source localization with compact speaker configurations.

In addition, AMBEO, after Sennheiser acquired a startup called “dearVR”, they started also developing spatial audio tools dedicated to the creation of virtual surroundings, such as video games, VR experiences and other digital media derivatives.

Johannes is today one of the key people responsible for further developments of an AMBEO plugin called „Orbit“.

Brian D’Oliveira

Versatile Sound Designer, La Hacienda Creative (Montreal, CA)

December 16, 2021 | 17:00 – 18:30 | online

Brian D’Oliveira is a versatile sound and music design expert. He is the creator of the entire series of Mntra VST instruments and sample libraries. He is the founder of La Hacienda Creative studio from Montreal and its general scope of work is within the film, music and video games industry.

He is multi-instrumentalist to such an extent that in one meeting we stated that the term “omni-instrumentalist” would fit better with his personality. In numerous videos, he can be seen wielding objects that (probably) don’t classify as musical instruments, but Brian always finds ways to make those objects sing. After all, this is the backbone of the quality of Mntra instruments and sample libraries.

At Audio Forum 2021, he focused on presenting his work on sound and music design for video games, most notably Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Resident Evil 7 & 8.

Paula Fairfield

Emmy™ Winner | Sound Designer

December 16, 2021 | 19:30 – 21:00 | cancelled talk

Paula is a sound designer from Canada, especially known for her work on the TV series „Lost“ and „Game of Thrones“for which she received an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series and Golden Reel 2015, 2016 i 2018. in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Sound Effects and Foley.

As she would say about herself, Paula is a sound designer for “basically anything that makes sound”. Holds a doctorate in fine arts from the NSCAD University in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada), and has simultaneously developed an art studio whose works are part of several collections around the world, including The National Gallery of Canada. Interestingly, she is also on the advisory committee of AVID and a member of the Film Academy and MPSE. Film Academy-a and MPSE.

During her career, she worked with creators such as James Cameron, Darren Aronofsky, Robert Rodriguez, Brian DePalma, Paul McGuigan, The Soska Sisters.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Paula launched an independent project, as an immersive sound composition „Ocean of Tears“, as a radio work on the theme of pain.

Srđan Mitrić

Lawyer, Mascom (Belgrade)

December 17, 2021 | 13:30 – 14:30 | on-site

Srđan is a graduate lawyer, specializing in the field of intellectual property law, specifically – copyright. The choice of career and direction occurred due to a great love for creation, primarily music, which makes him a rare example of a lawyer narrowly profiled for legal issues over what the human mind produces during its work.

He spent years in the publishing company “Mascom” as a lawyer, where in cooperation with many creators from the territory of the Republic of Serbia, he worked on the constant enrichment of the domestic music catalog.

Srđan often appears at the Audio Forum conference for a simple reason – because it’s still not in our culture to “mist” our creative process with things we don’t like, love or that we find dragging. Therefore, the audience would approach Srđan’s lectures without much expectation but soon after we’d have difficulties getting him safely out of the building from the overwhelming onslaught of high-quality questions.

Of course, Srđan does not give any actual legal advice on Audio Forum, but surely provides information of great importance to everyone who, at least once in their life, has sung a melody that came to their mind out of thin air.

Paweł Zachanowicz

Application and Sales Engineer, Yamaha Pro Audio

December 17, 2021 | 15:00 – 16:30 | online

Each company with a highly segmented market has its own responsible for the presence, development and commercialization of products in specific geo-economic circumstances.

That’s why we spoke with Paweł Zachanovicz, Application and Sales Engineer at the Yamaha ProAudio vertical, who held a rich hands-on session regarding the use of Yamaha products that support the DANTE protocol.

He joined Yamaha back in 2007. and has since held the same at the company. Therefore, Paweł is the right person to talk to about the diversity of Yamaha mixers available on the market.

At Audio Forum 2021, he presented the working process with QL, CL and PM series mixers in a DANTE network.

Randy Merrill

Grammy™ Award Winner | Music Producer, Sterling Sound (NY, NY)

December 17, 2021 | 17:00 – 18:30 | online

Randy Merrill is a mastering engineer based in New York, as part of a larger company known as „Sterling Sound“ – a mastering studio with facilities in several locations in the US.

His most notable works are with artists such as Taylor Swift, Adele, Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Olivia Rodrigo, Coldplay.

He has been nominated multiple times for the Grammy™ Award, and won eight Grammys until 2022 for the following works:

  • 2021
    • Best Pop Vocal Album: SOUR, Olivia Rodrigo
    • Album of the Year: Folklore, Taylor Swift
    • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Rain On Me, Lady Gaga Ariana Grande
    • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Hyperspace, Beck
    • Best Pop Solo Performance: Watermelon Sugar, Harry Styles
  • 2017
    • Record of the Year: Hello, Adele
    • Album of the Year: 25, Adele
  • 2016
    • Record of the Year: Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson

Scott Millan

Academy™ Award Winner | Film Sound Re-recording Mixer

December 17, 2021 | 19:30 – 21:00 | online

Scott is a four-time Academy Award-winning sound mixer who also served as Sound Director role at Technicolor , part of Paramount-u.

He started his career at a Todd-AO where he mixed the sound for Schindler’s List, Braveheart and Apollo13. After that, Scott became the lead dialog and music mixer on Gladiator and American Beauty and in the year 2000. he joined Sony Pictures, for which he mixed Road to Perdition, Vertical Limit, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy i Ray.

In 2013, he received the highest recognition by CAS (Cinema Audio Society) – CAS Career Achievement Award. He also won three BAFTA awards and earned a seat on the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors, where he has been employed since 2012.

He won Oscars for the following films:

  • Best Sound for Apollo 13 (1995) and Gladiator (2000)
  • Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for Ray (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
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