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AES Announces Broadcast And Streaming Media Track Events

Topics to include immersive audio, audio for 4K and 8K video, podcasting, live event broadcasting and more at 141th International Convention in Los Angeles.

By PSW Staff August 19, 2016

If there’s one thing that’s constant about broadcast and streaming media, it’s constant change – and the Audio Engineering Society‘s 141st AES International Convention will keep attendees on top of the latest industry developments and trends with its Broadcast and Streaming Media Track events.

These sessions, professionally organized by Track chair David Bialik, will offer in-depth panel discussions and presentations from some of the most influential names in the industry over the four days of the AES Los Angeles Convention, September 29 – October 2, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 

Thursday, September 29, will kick off with “Immersive Audio Absorbing Radio and TV Audiences in 2016 and Beyond,” led by John Storyk of Walters-Storyk Design Group, on the technical and acoustical challenges of upgrading existing broadcast studios to handle immersive audio.

Subsequent panels will examine the physical and psychological effects of listener fatigue and what can be done to reduce it, and the capabilities of immersive and object-oriented audio in customizing the home listening experience. In the spirit of SMPTE’s 100th anniversary, the day will end with a historical look back at key developments in audio technologies for broadcast and cinema. 

Friday, September 30’s “Audio Considerations for 4K and 8K Television” seminar will look at the evolution of 4K and 8K UHD broadcasting as it becomes increasingly prevalent in events like the Super Bowl, the Masters and the Summer Games; the session will also cover ATSC 3.0 and Super Hi-Vision experimental transmitters.

The subsequent Engineering Brief lecture covers a host of broadcast and production topics, from a new, more accurate proposed film leader format to Dysonics’ Rondo360 spatial audio post-production toolkit and techniques for mixing hip-hop with distortion. 

Friday’s sessions will also include an interview with Bob Orban, creator of the Orban Stereo Synthesizer, Optimod FM audio processor and other studio hardware, as well as an “Audio Considerations for Over-the-Top Television” (OTT) presentation, which will examine the latest advancements in online content delivery. 

Saturday, October 1, will focus on practical considerations for broadcast and streaming, starting with “Designing, Building and Maintaining a Radio Performance Space,” where CBS Radio’s Tracy Teagarden will talk about equipping such a facility when faced with limited resources.

The day’s second session addresses IP in the broadcast world, where Steve Lampen of Belden will look at the realities of implementing wired, fiber-optic and wireless cable and hardware for IP audio applications. “Considerations for Podcast Audio” is sure to be a popular session to end the day, with experts from American Public Media, Love + Radio and others discussing the evolving craft of sound design for podcast audiences.

On Sunday, October 2, a “Grease: Live – the Mixer’s Perspective” special event will discuss the recent Fox television special “Grease: Live” – one of the most exciting and challenging events in contemporary broadcast production. Moderator Mark King and his panel will share their methods and techniques for mixing a live TV show where there’s no chance for a retake. 

Complete AES 141st International Convention Broadcast and Streaming Media Track information is available on the AES website and via the AES Events mobile app (iOS and Android), which also offers convention maps, scheduling, social media interaction, and other helpful guides to making the most of the convention. 

AES Los Angeles Early Registration pricing is now available for All Access badges, or attendees may register to receive a FREE Exhibit-Plus badge (promo code AES141NOW). Exclusive convention housing options with partner hotels are also still available. 

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