131st AES Convention Announces Broadcast/Streaming Program


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New York - Jul 20, 2011 - 131st AES Convention Broadcast and Streaming Sessions Chair David Bialik has created a wide-ranging program of events for the upcoming convention. Following is a list of the planned events. Some panelists and moderators have not yet been finalized.

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Improving the Streaming Audience Experience
Moderator: Bill Sacks, Dolby Labs
Panel: Rusty Hodge, SomaFM; Michael Daskalopoulos, Dolby; Markell Lanbright, CBS Radio; Greg Ogonowski,Orban
Today's hyper competitive digital media environment presents listener/viewers with countless options. Audiences are increasingly aware of high quality audio and seamless players. Compromised audio streaming will loose these fickle users forever. Options for improving the audience experience will be explored.

Streaming and Encoding
Moderator: David Bialik
Panel: Jeff Reidmiller/Steve Lyman, Dolby Labs; Todd Baker, SRS; Jan Nordmann, Fraunhoffer USA; Greg Ogonowski,Orban
No issue affects the broadcast/streaming industry and audience more intimately than the multitude of methods available for streaming and encoding media. Various options, and the need for a universal solution will be addressed.

Working with Content Delivery Networks
Moderator: Ray Archie, CBS
Focused on the relationship between distribution and encoding methodologies, this critical panel will address: Licensing, error-correction; quality vs. compression; consumer-adoption; and the future of scalable/reliable digital distribution.

Facility Design - Renovation and Retrofitting
Moderator: John Storyk, Walters-Storyk Design Group
Panel: Howie Schwartz, HSRNY
An abundance of economic, technical and social issues have fueled the growing need for broadcast and post-production facility upgrades and expansions. Driving issues include changing delivery and production protocols (i.e. HDTV, surround audio, etc.) and a volatile financial climate. Typically, facilities expand or improve their audio production rooms by retrofitting an existing studio or installing a new room within a complex. This panel will explore specific design/reconstruction techniques, and provide examples with an emphasis on repurposing acoustics and technology.

Audio Engineering - Supporting People with Disabilities
Moderator: Eric Small, Modulation Sciences
Panel: Alison Greenwald Neplokh, FCC Media Bureau; Joel Snyder, Audio Description Project, American Council of the Blind
Creating both challenges and opportunities for the audio engineering community, the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA- Oct. 2010) increases disabled person access to new digital, broadband, and mobile innovations. This workshop will explore CVAA from the POV of an engineer/regulator who helped write the law and of a creator of content, which implements a key aspect of the law.

Listener Fatigue and Retention
Moderator: David Wilson, CEA
Panel: Ellyn Sheffield, Towson U. (MD); Sean Olive, Greg Monti, Citadel Media; Frank Foti, Omnia; Greg Ogonowski, Orban; Thomas Lund, TC Electronic; Todd Baker, SRS Labs
Listener fatigue remains a vital broadcaster concern and a growing issue with telecommunications service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers and music producers. Fatigued listeners may tune out a specific broadcast, but frustrated cell phone and portable media player users have the option of switching carriers or purchasing different playback units and disparaging the reject.This panel will survey these perennial problems and assess potential solutions.

FM Stereo Broadcast's 50th Anniversary
David Bialik and the AES NY Section are developing an all-star assembly of on-air personalities and broadcasting exes to gather at the P.C. Richards Theater in TriBeca to discuss the evolution and impact of stereo broadcasting and celebrate its 50th anniversary. This 150-seat jewel box, venue has hosted private performances by artists ranging from Bon Jovi to Mumford and Sons. Tickets are limited.

Television Loudness and Meta Data
Moderator: Skip Pizzi, NAB
Panel: Robert Seidel, CBS; Jeff Reidmiller or Steve Lyman, Dolby; Andrew Mason, BBC
The launch of digital TV in the U.S. proceeded through standardization in the early 1990s; the introduction of transmission and sets in the late 1990s; and accelerated adoption, culminating with the elimination of NTSC TV in 2009. Establishing digital audio standards, however, was more complex than anticipated, and added many features to conventional workflows that are only now becoming understood in some areas of the vast TV production chain. This workshop will address likely scenarios for standards promulgation over the next few years.

Lip Sync Issue
Moderator: Jon Abrams, Nutmeg Post
Panel: Steve Lyman, Dolby Labs
Lip sync remains a complex problem, with several causes and few solutions. From production through transmission and reception, there are many points where lip sync can either be properly corrected or further compromised. This panel will discuss such issues as: Where do latency issues exist? How can they be measured? What correction techniques exist for controlled environments? Howdoes video display design affect lip sync? And, who is responsible for implementing mechanisms to ensure lip sync is maintained when the signal reaches the viewer?

Sound Effects for The Witches of Lublin
Sue Zizza, director/ producer, David Shinn, master engineer and SFX artists Butch D'Ambrosio, Sylvaana Pinto and Mark Wiener collaborated on this ambitious, tightly budgeted, and widely acclaimed Public Radio presentation. This unique panel will recap the complex project in three interlaced segments: a) Recording live effects - how the team created and captured program elements late at night in their home studio. b) Recording a large cast in a single session while maintaining isolation for intercuts and post editing. c) Recording fully isolated live music - in a non-studio environment.

Audio Processing for Radio
Moderator: Steve Fluker, Cox Radio
Panel: Bob Orban, Orban; Frank Foti, Omnia Audio
The term "over-processed radio stations" has supporters and detractors. This exploration of audio processing in the radio environment will include a recap of the history of the field, including the advantages of digital processors. Acknowledging radio's digital/ analog environment, the discussion will include dos and don'ts for processing radio in the digital realm. The experts will also venture a gaze into the future.

Considerations for Facility Design
Moderator Bice Wilson, Meridian Designs
This panel will consider a best of all worlds theoretical facility design project. What would the architects, contractors, systems integrators and clients like to see in their money, time, physical space and dream equipment fantasy?

New Initiatives in Digital Audio Playback and Automation for Radio
Moderator: Paul McLane, Radio World
Panel: Don Backus, Enco; Jim Hammond, WideOrbit; Hari Samrat, Broadcast Electronics
As the line blurs between traditional radio and Internet streaming, automationproviders are exploring new technologies. From enhanced and simplified user interfaces to automatic, single workstation, multiple stream control options, many initiatives are focused on the operator. Others, like running automation on virtualized hardware and increased utilization of cloud computing center on the engineering side. Learn how leading providers are addressing these and other issues to assist broadcasters in serving a rapidly changing market.

Media Files Management: Storage, Backup and Retrieval of Your Assets
Moderator: David Prentice, Dale Pro Audio
How much, where, and how many? Those were the traditional questions regarding backup for digital media. Backup was always an inconvenient chore and an inevitable by-product of creation but the answers used to be easier. Current options represent an informed bet on the future. On-line, near-line, and off-line storage with spinning disks once seemed expensive but now appear reasonable but will the interfaces and formats be supported in your anticipated time frame? Attendees will acquire an understanding of the multiple solutions available for protecting their digital assets.

Society of Broadcast Engineers Certification Exams
The AES will again host a Society of Broadcast Engineers Certification Exam session onsite at the Javits Center. Time and location, and walk-up registration details TBA.

The 131st Audio Engineering Convention will be held in NY's Jacob Javits Convention Center Oct. 20 - 23., 2011.




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