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Saturday, May 12th
9:30 hr Forum Hall

W-1 Myths in Audio (e.g. Sampling, Quantization, Release Formats)

Chair: Malcolm Hawksford, University of Essex, UK

Stanley Lipshitz (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Derk Reefman (Philips, The Netherlands)
Bob Stuart (Meridian Audio, UK)
Mike Story (dCS, UK)
Tony Faulkner (Green Room Productions, UK)
James Angus (University of Salford, UK)
George Brock-Nannestad (Patent Tactics, Denmark)

2001 is witnessing the rollout of multi-channel high-resolution audio where, if the new optical based formats mirror the meteoric uptake of DVD-video, will become the most significant audio technology ever to be commercialized. There are potentially massive business opportunities for both hardware, licensing and content providers; the stakes are extremely high. Yet curiously at the inception there are unresolved technological controversies that dramatically polarize opinion. First there are two data release formats based on radically different digital coding paradigms thus begging the question which, if either, is optimal. Second, there is the question of signal bandwidth and amplitude resolution that in both formats can extend significantly beyond the normal perceptual domain that characterizes human hearing. These two cornerstones will form the core focus of the workshop where experts from the audio manufacturing industry, the recording industry and academia will describe the technologies and debate their philosophy and views on this fascinating, controversial and multi-faceted subject.

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