08.05.2009 03:28 PM
AES Convention expands broadcast/streaming events

Returning for his 21st consecutive year as Broadcast and Streaming Chairman for the AES Convention, David Bialik continues his quest for innovative programming. At this year’s convention, to be held Oct. 9-12 at New York’s Javits Convention Center, sessions including “Audio Processing for Internet Streaming Innovations in Digital Broadcasting” and “Signal Management for Digital TV” will be augmented by events covering such issues as listener fatigue, lip-sync and loudness.

In keeping with AES’ increased focus on the broadcast community, Peabody Award-winning radio host William “Bill” McGlaughlin was named keynote speaker for the convention. Notable broadcast events include:

“Stream Playback and Distribution” — Encoding and stream delivery are key factors affecting a broadcaster’s distribution strategy. Raymond Archie, director of streaming operation for CBS Radio, will lead an expert panel discussion encompassing the strategies and complexities related to this fast-changing landscape.

“The Lip Sync Issue” — Moderator Jonathan Abrams of Nutmeg Post and panelists from AGC Systems, NAB and Dolby Laboratories will discuss key issues affecting the industry, including clarifying the lip-sync perspectives of the NAB and SMPTE, recommendations from the ITU and ATSC, determining where latency issues exist, and existing correction techniques.

“Audio for Newsgathering” — Working representatives from this branch of the audio world are encountering expanding options for gathering and broadcasting news. From EvDO to BGAN, AMR-WB to HE-AAC, and CF to SDHC, this session will move beyond the acronyms to investigate current and emerging options for audio field recording and backhaul. The panel will be led by broadcast journalist Skip Pizzi.

“Facility Design” — A team of creative design and system integration specialists including John Storyk will explore the myriad of variables affecting a hypothetical media environment, including site selection, planning, construction, systems integration, acoustics equipment selection, aesthetics and more.

Additional broadcast panel topics will include loudness and audio processing, listener fatigue and longevity, digital IP audio networking, and more.

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