125th AES Convention Expands Broadcast Audio Profile

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San Francisco - Aug 12, 2008 - In his 20th turn as chairman of the AES Convention Broadcast Committee, David K. Bialik has shaped a far-ranging program of workshops, special events and panels for the 125th Convention scheduled for Oct. 2-5 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Mobile/Handheld Broadcasting - Developing a New Medium
Moderator: Jim Kutzner, PBS
Panelists: Mark Aitken, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Sterling Davis, Cox Broadcasting; Brett Jenkins, Ion Media Networks; Dakx Turcotte, Neural Audio
The broadcast industry, pro and consumer technology vendors, and the Advanced Television Systems Committee have been vigorously moving towards a Mobile/Handheld DTV broadcast standard. Players from various industry segments are collaborating in an unprecedented fashion. The Panel will discuss the current situation and future prospects.

The History of Audio Processing
Moderator: Emil Torick, CBS Laboratories (ret)
Participants: Marvin Caesar, Aphex; Frank Foti , Omnia; Bob Orban, Orban/CRL; Glen Clark, Glen Clark & Associates; Eric Small, Modulation Sciences; Mike Dorrough, Dorrough Electronics; Dick Burden, Burden Associates
These pioneers in audio processing developed the tools we still use today. A lively discussion of the ongoing loudness wars is anticipated. This session is a must for understanding how and why audio processing is used.

Loudness Workshop
Moderator, John Chester
Panelists: Thomas Lund, TC Electronic; Jeffery Riedmiller, Dolby; Andrew Mason, BBC; Marvin Caesar, Aphex; James D. Johnston, Neural Audio
The panel will consider the multitude of new challenges and opportunities awaiting broadcast engineers concerned about optimum sound quality in this age of multi-channel sound and digital broadcasting. This session will explore the latest techniques in the measurement and control of loudness levels and look ahead to the next generation of technical options.

Considerations for Facility Design (A Roundtable)
Moderator: Paul McLane, New Bay Media
Panelists: John Storyk, Walters Storyk Design Group; Bice Wilson, Meridian Design; Sam Berkow, SIA Acoustics
This comprehensive overview of the myriad details associated with designing and building a facility will cover radio, television, recording studio and production environments. Wiring, acoustics, ergonomics, system integration, computer-aided design and budgeting will all be explored.

Listener Fatigue and Longevity
Moderator: David Wilson CEA
Participants: Gary Marince, Arbitron; Sam Berkow, SIA Acoustics; Marvin Caesar, Aphex; James D. Johnston, Neural Audio; Ted Ruscitti, On-Air Research
This panel will address listener fatigue and its impact on listener retention. Clearly an issue of interest to broadcasters, listener fatigue is equally important to telecommunications service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, and music producers. Whether audience members tune out or switch to other carriers, erosion is a critical issue.

Additional broadcast panels include:

  • Audio and Non Audio Services and Applications for Digital Radio
  • Internet Streaming - Audio Quality, Measurement and Monitoring
  • Audio Transportation
  • The Art of Sound Effects with Sue Zizza and David Shinn of Radio Works
  • DTV Audio Myths
  • The Lip Sync Issue

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