Further AES International Convention details announced
WORLD: The 141st AES International Convention, taking place from September 29th to October 2nd 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is to present broadcast and streaming media track events that aim to offer panel discussions and presentations from influential names in the industry. Also at the convention is the DTV Audio Group (DTVAG) Forum, taking place on October 1st.
Immersive Audio Absorbing Radio and TV Audiences in 2016 and Beyond is the first of the AES events, on September 29th, and will be led by John Storyk of Waters-Storyk Design Group. It will discuss 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, as well as the capabilities of immersive and object-orientated audio in customising the home listening experience. A look back at key developments in audio technologies for broadcast and cinema will also take place toward the end of the day.
The following day’s Audio Considerations for 4K and 8K Television seminar will look at the evolution of both 4K and 8K UHD broadcasting. The session will cover ATSC 3.0 and Super Hi-Vision experimental transmitters, with the subsequent engineering brief lecture covering a host of broadcast and production topics. These include a new proposed film leader format, Dysonics’ Rondo360 spatial audio post-production toolkit and techniques for mixing hip-hop with distortion.
An interview with Bob Orban will take place on Friday. An Audio Considerations for Over-the-Top Television presentation, examining the latest advancements in online content delivery, is also scheduled.
October 2nd will see a Grease: Live – The Mixer’s Perspective special event, where the recent Fox television special will be discussed. Moderator Mark King and his panel will talk of their methods and techniques for mixing a live TV show.
Meanwhile, the DTVAG Forum will feature a presentation titled The Changing Face of Television Audio: Objects, Immersivity and Personalisation, and will aim to look at a variety of new developments and issues involved with common content production and delivery methods. The forum is produced in association with DTVAG’s parent organisation, the Sports Video Group, and sponsors for this year include Calrec, DAD, Dale Pro Audio, Dolby Laboratories, JBL, Lawo, Linear Acoustic, Sanken and Studer.
Issues in immersive sound, enhanced personalisation and improved bandwidth will be explored at the event, including the impact of VR, immersive soundtracks, as well as the driving interest in personalisation and virtualised surround sound on mobile devices. It will also discuss how Hollywood is coping with streamlining object workflows for episodic production, and managing the loudness and consistency issues created by outdated encoding workflows that are still in use.
‘The impact of streaming is upending the entire television business, and audio is benefiting,’ explained Roger Charlesworth, executive director at DTV Audio Group. ‘The migration from traditional broadcasting to an IP stream-based model is accelerating the uptake of advanced encoding solutions with sophisticated audio services. This is good news but expect turbulence along the way.’