121st AES Convention Announces Broadcast Events Program


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San Francisco - Sep 9, 2006 - Events planned for the Audio Engineering Society 121st Convention (Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, 2006, at the Moscone Convention Center), will cover a broad spectrum of emerging and long-standing issues that continue to challenge broadcast professionals.

Here's a rundown of some of the scheduled events.

Innovations In Digital Radio
David Bialik, DKB Broadcast Associates, will moderate a panel of Tony Masiello, XM Satellite Radio; David Layer, NAB; Geir Skaaden, Neural Audio; Tim Carroll, Linear Acoustics; Dave Wilson, Consumer Electronics Association; Jan Andrews, NPR Labs and Mike Lyons, Ibiquity. Issues to be discussed will include multicasting, use of translators, water marking, satellite radio and IBOC innovations.

Surround Sound For Digital Radio
Dave Wilson of CEA will moderate a panel of Steve Lyman, Dolby Labs; Robert Bleidt, Fraunhaufer; Alan Kraemer, SRS; Geir Skaaden, Neural Audio; Frank Foti, Omnia; Mike Lyons, Ibiquity and Alex Kosiorek, Corbett Studio/Cincinnati Public Radio. The panel will address all surround systems currently being considered for broadcast application.

Loudness Workshop
Moderated by Emil Torrick, former head of CBS Labs, the panel includes: Thomas Lund, TC Electronics; Jeff Reidmiller, Dolby Labs; Frank Foti, Omnia; Gilbert Soulodre, CRC and Bob Orban, CRL Orban. The discussion will address concerns about optimum sound quality in the age of multi-channel sound and digital broadcasting.

Audio for HDTV - the Lip Sync Issue
Brad Dick, editor of Broadcast Engineering magazine will moderate a panel featuring Kent Terry, Dolby Labs; Stanley Chayka, Sigma Electronics; Junichi Yoshio, Pioneer; and J. Patrick Waddell, Harmonic.

Broadcasting in The IP Age
David Layer, NAB, will chair a panel that includes: Tony Masiello, XM Satellite Radio; Eric Manchester, America Online; Andy Butler, PBS; Dan Braverman, Radio Systems; Michael Dosch, Axia; Gregory Massey, APT; and Fridolin Mueller, D.A.V.I.D. Systems. With audiences receiving programming via the Internet, and computers having assumed many functions previously handled by flesh-and-blood broadcasters, the future has arrived. Issues to be considered include streaming, automated playback, control and delivery.

Audio Transport for Broadcast Over Distance: How to Get The Audio From Here To There - Phone, Internet, Satellite
Skip Pizzi, Microsoft, will moderate a panel including Russ Hamm, Rainbow Broadband; Herb Squire, DSI; Art Constantine, APT; Rolf Taylor, Telos; Bob Band, Harris; and Chris Crump, Comrex, who will discuss this timely issue.

Considerations For Facility Design
Mix magazine Senior Editor Sarah Jones will moderate a panel of architects, designers and acousticians in a discussion ranging from upgrades to surround sound; HDTV and digital integration; to integration into the IP age, loudness, transporting audio over distances and other issues related to radio, TV, recording, production and post production studio design. Panelists include Tony Masiello, XM Satellite Radio; John Storyk, Walters-Storyk Design Group; Bice C. Wilson, Meridian Design; David Prentice, VCA; Mike Dosch, Axia; and Dan Braverman, Radio Systems.

Introducing 5.1 Surround On American Commercial Radio
Skip Pizzi, Microsoft, and Steve Fluker, Cox Radio Orlando, will co-chair a tutorial on what is required for U.S. radio broadcasters to add 5.1 surround capabilities to their programming format. Co-chairmen of the NRSC Surround Committee, Pizzi and Fluker will address all current surround options in this AES event.

The Association of Public Radio Engineers
Moderator Ralph Hogan, Northwest Public Radio, will lead the organizational meeting that will include a report on public broadcasting engineering initiatives and provide a platform for the solicitation of input for priorities. This event is open to all attendees.

A complete schedule events is available on the AES website.



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