Sub-category 1 – Traditional Acoustic Recording Sub-Category 1 consists of recordings of acoustic instruments, vocalists, and ensembles recorded live in natural acoustic settings such as concert halls, performance spaces, churches, theatres, soundstages, pavilions, and similar environments. The recording may take place with or without an audience present.
The judges for this category are: Thilo Schaller, Fei Yu, and Martha de Francisco
Sub-category 2 – Traditional Studio Recording Sub-category 2 is consists of recordings that are created in a recording studio or similar facility using multitrack studio techniques and technology. Music of any genre is permitted, and both editing and overdubs are allowed.
The judges for this category are: Nadezhda Rakhmanova, Barry Marshall, Brian Masterson
Sub-category 3 – Modern Studio Recording & Electronic Music Sub-category 3 consists of all multitrack studio projects that do not meet the restrictions of sub-category 2. All options are allowed with respect to sound sources, recording techniques, creative production, editing, processing, and mixing.
The judges for this category are: Paul Thompson, Mark Mynett, Liz Teutsch