AES New York 2013
Broadcast and Streaming Media Session Details

Thursday, October 17, 9:00 am — 10:30 am (Room 1E08)

B1 - Television Loudness and Metadata

Chair:
Fred Willard, Univision - Washington, DC, USA
Panelists:
J. Todd Baker, DTS, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA, USA
Arne Borsum, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS - Erlangen, Germany
Florian Camerer, ORF - Austrian TV - Vienna, Austria; EBU - European Broadcasting Union
Tim Carroll, Linear Acoustic Inc. - Lancaster, PA, USA
Michael Kahsnitz, RTW - Cologne, Germany
Robert Orban, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA

Abstract:
Television broadcasters and Multichannel Video Program Distributors (MVPDs) are required to put in place procedures, software, and hardware to “effectively control program-to-interstitial loudness … and loudness management at the boundaries of programs and interstitial content.” Objective data must be supplied to the FCC to support compliance with the legislation as well as timely resolution of listener complaints. Similar rules have been developed in the UK and other parts of the world. Members of our panel of experts have worked tirelessly to either create loudness control recommendations that have become the law or to bring those recommendations to implementation at the companies they represent. This session will cover the FCC’s Report and Order on the CALM Act, the development of the ATS’s A/85 Recommended Practice that is now part of the U.S. legislation and both domestic and European technical developments by major media distributors and P/LOUD.

 
 

Thursday, October 17, 10:30 am — 12:00 pm (Room 1E08)

B2 - Audio for 4K TV

Chair:
Jonathan Abrams, Nutmeg Post - New York, NY, USA
Panelists:
Robert Bleidt, Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies - San Jose, CA, USA
Tim Carroll, Linear Acoustic Inc. - Lancaster, PA, USA
Dave Casey, DTS
Poppy Crum, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA
Robert Orban, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Robert Reams, Psyx Research
Jim Starzynski, NBC Universal - New York, NY, USA

Abstract:
4K Television is the future. Video will be improved but what is happening to the audio? How will audio enhance the video experience? This panel will discuss television’s future sound.

 
 

Thursday, October 17, 2:15 pm — 3:45 pm (Room 1E08)

B3 - Listener Fatigue and Retention

Chair:
Richard Burden, Richard W. Burden Associates - Canoga Park, CA, USA
Panelists:
Frank Foti, Telos - New York, NY, USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Sean Olive, Harman International - Northridge, CA, USA
Robert Reams, Psyx Research
Elliot Scheiner

Abstract:
This panel will discuss listener fatigue and its impact on listener retention. While listener fatigue is an issue of interest to broadcasters, it is also an issue of interest to telecommunications
service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, music producers, and others. Fatigued listeners to a broadcast program may tune out, while fatigued listeners to a cell phone conversation may switch to another carrier, and fatigued listeners to a portable media player may purchase another company’s product. The experts on this panel will discuss their research and experiences with listener fatigue and its impact on listener retention.

 
 

Thursday, October 17, 3:45 pm — 5:15 pm (Room 1E08)

B4 - Loudness Control for Radio and Internet Streaming

Chair:
David Bialik, CBS - New York, NY, USA
Panelists:
Robert Bleidt, Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies - San Jose, CA, USA
Florian Camerer, ORF - Austrian TV - Vienna, Austria; EBU - European Broadcasting Union
Frank Foti, Telos - New York, NY, USA
John Kean, NPR
Robert Orban, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA

Abstract:
Is the “Loudness War” in radio over? Has it moved over to internet streaming? With content being injected from multiple sources, levels are varying. How can we control level without disrupting the audience? Some countries are introducing regulation—is it needed?

 
 

Thursday, October 17, 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm (Room 1E08)

B5 - Is it Time to Retire the MP3 Protocol for Streaming

Chair:
Ray Archie, CBS - New York, NY, USA; Music is My First Language - New York, NY, USA
Panelists:
Karlheinz Brandenburg, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT - Ilmenau, Germany; Ilmenau University of Technology - Ilmenau, Germany
John Kean, NPR
Jan Nordmann, Fraunhofer USA - San Jose, CA, USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Greg Shay, The Telos Alliance - Cleveland, OH, USA

Abstract:
It has been over 25 years since the MP3 codec was introduced to the audio community. With lossy audio encoding, such as an MP3, there is a not so fine balance between audio quality and file size. With the ever increasing availability of bandwidth, file size has diminished as a consideration for audio streaming and codec related loss in audio quality is much more apparent.

This panel will be an in-depth discussion about this phenomenon. We will also discuss challenges related to introducing new codecs into the space.

 
 

Friday, October 18, 9:00 am — 10:30 am (Room 1E08)

B6 - Audio for Mobile TV

Chair:
Joe Giardina, DSI RF Systems
Panelists:
J. Todd Baker, DTS, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA, USA
Tim Carroll, Linear Acoustic Inc. - Lancaster, PA, USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Robert Reams, Psyx Research
Jim Starzynski, NBC Universal - New York, NY, USA

Abstract:
A panel discussion highlighting the various challenges facing Mobile TV audio transmissions. Focus will be on dialog intelligibility, signal routing and issues and applications unique to Mobile TV audio broadcasts.

 
 

Friday, October 18, 12:30 pm — 2:00 pm (Room 1E08)

B7 - Broadcasting During a Disaster

Chair:
Glynn Walden, CBS Radio - Philadelphia, PA, USA
Panelists:
Rob Bertrand, CBS
Howard Price, ABC/Disney
Tom Ray, Tom Ray Broadcasting Consulting
Richard Ross, WADO/Univision

Abstract:
No power!
Water rising!
Roads out!
No phones!

Broadcasters have always been “First Informers.” Not only do they convey information to the audience, the station has to maintain the broadcast throughout the disaster. Superstorm Sandy challenged many broadcasters. This panel will discuss how they dealt with non-ideal situations to keep the broadcast on during the storm, the aftermath, and the recovery.

 
 

Friday, October 18, 3:45 pm — 5:15 pm (Room 1E14)

B8 - Content Delivery and the Mobile Initiative

Chair:
Neil Glassman, WhizBangPowWow - Jersey City, NJ, USA
Panelists:
Karlheinz Brandenburg, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT - Ilmenau, Germany; Ilmenau University of Technology - Ilmenau, Germany
John Kean, NPR
Raymond Lau, RAMP Holdings, Inc. - Boston, MA, USA
Leigh Newsome, Targetspot - New York, NY, USA
Jan Nordmann, Fraunhofer USA - San Jose, CA, USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA

Abstract:
Consumer use of mobile devices for entertainment and information is exploding. Smart phones and tablets are used for both primary programming and "second screen" applications. These devices are increasingly being integrated into the "connected car," where legacy receivers are no longer the only built-in listening option. Applying the term "streaming" to a broad range of delivery platforms, this panel will look at the established and nascent technical advancements that have enabled content providers to reach the expanding mobile audience. We'll also explore whether audio and data technologies are changing consumer preferences or merely keeping up with them. Panelists will also pull out their crystal balls to predict the future technologies that will help help some of the platforms grow their listener base and turn other platforms dark.

 
 

Friday, October 18, 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm (Room 1E14)

B9 - Modern Audio Transportation Techniques for Remote Broadcasts

Chair:
Herb Squire, Herb Squire - Martinsville, NJ
Panelists:
Chris Crump, Comrex
Chris Nelson, NPR
Greg Shay, The Telos Alliance - Cleveland, OH, USA
Chris Tobin, CCS-IPcodecs - Newark, NJ USA

Abstract:
Evolving technology has made great strides in audio transport versatility, connectivity, availability, and reliability. Whether wired or wireless, this discussion will provide real-time remote program solution options for broadcasters trying to make ends meet.

 
 

Saturday, October 19, 9:30 am — 11:00 am (Room 1E08)

B10 - Technology and Storytelling: How Can We Best Use the Tools Available to Tell Our Stories?

Panelists:
Butch D'Ambrosio, Manual SFX
Robert Fass, Voice Talent
Bill Rogers, Voice Talent
David Shinn, SueMedia Productions - Carle Place, NY, USA
Sue Zizza, SueMedia Productions - Carle Place, NY, USA

Abstract:
This session will showcase three examples of how the choices we make around technology and the way we use it effect the storytelling process for all entertainment media. With on-site demonstrations by Sue Zizza and David Shinn of SueMedia Productions.

1) Microphones and the Voice in Storytelling. Whether producing an audiobook or narration for a film or game, you want your talent to sound right for the story. This session will begin by looking at how we select microphones for voice talent. Two voice actors will demonstrate how working with different microphones effect their performance abilities.

2) Sound Effects: Studio vs. On Location Recordings. Sound Effects enhance the storytelling process by helping to create location, specific action, emotion, and more. Do you have to create every sound effect needed for your project, or can you work with a combination of already recorded elements, alongside studio produced sound effects (foley), or on-location effects, and what are some tips and tricks to recording sound design elements?

3) Digital Editing and Mixing. How can you better manage multiple voice, sound effect, and music elements into "stems," or sub-mixes for better control over final mixing as well as integrating plug-ins for mastering.

 
 

Saturday, October 19, 1:30 pm — 3:00 pm (Room 1E08)

B11 - Maintenance, Repair, and Troubleshooting

Chair:
John Bisset, Telos Alliance
Panelists:
Michael Azzarello, CBS
Bill Sacks, Orban / Optimod Refurbishing - Hollywood, MD, USA
Kimberly Sacks, Optimod Refurbishing - Hollywood, MD, USA

Abstract:
Much of today's audio equipment may be categorized as “consumer, throw-away” gear, or so complex that factory assistance is required for a board or module swap. The art of Maintenance, Repair, and Troubleshooting is actually as important as ever, even as the areas of focus may be changing. This session brings together some of the sharpest troubleshooters in the audio business. They'll share their secrets to finding problems, fixing them, and working to ensure they don't happen again. We'll delve into troubleshooting on the systems level, module level, and the component level, and explain some guiding principles that top engineers share.

 
 

Saturday, October 19, 3:15 pm — 4:45 pm (Room 1E08)

B12 - HTML5 and Streaming

Chair:
Valerie Tyler, College of San Mateo - San Mateo, CA, USA
Panelists:
Jan Linden, Google - Mountain View, CA, USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Charles Van Winkle, Adobe - Minneapolis, MN, USA

Abstract:
HTML5 is a language for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web, a core technology of the Internet. It is the fifth revision of the HTML standard. HTML5 has many features built into the code. One feature is the media player and how it handles media being downloaded or streamed. This session will look into the technical considerations for media to be played back as well as the user interfaces.

 
 

Saturday, October 19, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (Room 1E08)

B13 - Facility Design

Chair:
Sergio Molho, Walters Storyk Design Group - Highland, NY, USA
Panelists:
Jim Servies, Jr., ESPN - Bristol, CT, USA
John Storyk, Walters-Storyk Design Group - Highland, NY, USA

Abstract:
Part 1: A Ground Up Design – ESPN, Bridgeport, CT
Part 2: Corrective Measures – QTV Doha, Qatar


The wisest course of action to insure optimal acoustics for broadcast facilities is to begin at the design stage. ESPN’s new production complex in Bridgeport, CT, represents an ideal example of the value of bringing acousticians in at the earliest possible opportunity. The panel will illustrate the critical issues to be addressed and the many advantages of acoustician participation at the design phase of a facility design. In a contrasting scenario, the panel will discuss QTV in Doha, Qatar. Last year after construction was completed on this state-of-the-art broadcast production complex, the three primary permanent sets designed for the new complex required sophisticated (and undetectable) acoustic treatments to alleviate excessive reverberation and related sound reflection/absorption issues. A commitment to a mid-December broadcast première presented acousticians with an inflexible sixty-day window to accomplish and evaluate, critical acoustic measurements and simulation tests, present recommendations, and complete the installation. This panel will provide insights into the evaluation and recommendation process, including a description of programs and tools, supplier outreach, installation issues, and client coordination concerns.

 
 


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