AES San Francisco 2012
Product Design Track Event B15
Sunday, October 28, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (Room 131)
Broadcast and Streaming Media: B15 - Audio Processing BasicsChair:
Richard Burden, Richard W. Burden Associates - Canoga Park, CA, USA
Tim Carroll, Linear Acoustic Inc. - Lancaster, PA, USA
Frank Foti, Omnia - New York, NY, USA
James Johnston, Retired - Redmond, WA, USA
Robert Orban, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Limiting peak excursions to prevent over modulation and increasing the average level through compression to improve signal to noise are worthwhile objectives. Just as we can all agree that a little salt in pepper in the stew enhances the flavor, the argument is how much salt and pepper becomes too much.
It is a given that the louder signal is interpreted by the listener as sounding better. However, there are misuses of the available tools and display a lack of leadership at the point of origin. The variation in energy levels within program and commercial content, as well as, the excessive use of compression on many news interviews are annoying to the listener.
The presentation will cover the fundamentals, the history, and the philosophy of audio processing. An open discussion, with audience participation, on the subject and its practices follow.