AES London 2010
Workshop W1

Saturday, May 22, 10:30 — 12:30 (Room C6)

W1 - Audio Network Control Protocols

Richard Foss, Rhodes University - Grahamstown, South Africa
John Grant, Nine Tiles
Robby Gurdan, Universal Media Access Networks (UMAN)
Stefan Ledergerber, Harman Pro Audio
Philip Nye, Engineering Arts
Andy W. Schmeder, University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA, USA

Digital audio networks have solved a number of problems related to the distribution of audio within a number of contexts, including recording studios, stadiums, convention centers, theaters, and live concerts. They provide cabling ease, better immunity to interference, and enhanced control over audio routing and signal processing when compared to analog solutions. There exist a number of audio network types and also a number of audio network protocols that define the messaging necessary for connection management and control. The problem with this range of protocol solutions is that a large number of professional audio devices are being manufactured without regard to global interoperability. In this workshop a panel of audio network protocol experts will share the features of audio network protocols that they are familiar with and what features should appear within a common protocol.