AES Los Angeles 2014
Broadcast & Streaming Media Track Event Details

Thursday, October 9, 10:45 am — 12:45 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B1 - Facility Design: To Move, or Not to Move? Contrasting Solutions—Two West Coast FM Stations Address Shifting Listener Needs

Panelists:
Eddie Kramer, Audio and Technical Consultant for KPFK 90.7FM Studio Upgrade - Los Angeles, CA, USA
John Storyk, Architect, Studio Designer and Principal, Walters-Storyk Design Group - Highland, NY, USA
Mark Torres, Operations Director/Senior Producer Pacifica Radio - Los Angeles, CA USA

Abstract:
The meaningful (and growing) role that radio continues to play in listener lives is clearly illustrated by the contrasting upgrade decisions of two leading west coast FM stations. A staple of Seattle’s booming music scene for over 40 years, KEXP 90.3 FM is preparing to move to a 21st Century broadcast facility. Situated in the world-famous Seattle Center, in the shadow of the iconic Space Needle, KEXP’s new home will feature cutting edge broadcast/recording studios, and, a live performance venue designed to showcase visiting artists. Videotaped live performances will be posted on the station’s website.

Concurrent with this move, KPFK Public Radio in Hollywood, a multi-award-winning, listener-sponsored part of the Pacifica Network since 1959, is upgrading its long-term home. The project will include a major acoustical update of their live performance studio and a brand new control room. With its 110,000-watt main transmitter atop Mount Wilson, KPFK is one of the most powerful FM stations in the western U.S. The redesigned live room and new control room will enable the station to produce high quality performance, political, public affairs, and cultural programming videos for posting on their Website.

Is it purely coincidental that both these stations have commissioned professional-level recording studio/performance venues? Is this a new trend for 21st Century Internet Radio? This panel discussion will include station engineers (TBD) and, celebrated producer/engineer Eddie Kramer who is consulting on the design of the KPFK studio.

 
 

Thursday, October 9, 2:15 pm — 4:15 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B2 - Loudness for Streaming and Radio

Chair:
Thomas Lund, TC Electronic A/S - Risskov, Denmark
Panelists:
Thomas Box, DTS Inc. - Calabasas, CA, USA
Frank Foti, Telos - New York, NY, USA
John Kean, NPR Labs - Washington DC, USA; National Public Radio
Scott Norcross, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA
Robert Orban, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA

Abstract:
The average consumer today stands little chance of accessing audio of even just the quality of compact cassette. The loudness wars devour most new productions as well as remastered tracks and current legislation to prevent early hearing loss from listening to mobile devices promotes "music-sausaging" further.

Results from CEA's new study on Loudness Range for Consumers in Various Listening Modes and Ambient Noise Levels are presented, and leveling challenges in mobile and streaming are described. Finally, the panel will discuss if FM radio is a lost cause or if a better audio quality could be delivered to consumers, e.g., using the same loudness metrics now employed in TV.

Focus will be on technical and perceptual issues without the mentioning of commercial products.

 
 

Thursday, October 9, 4:30 pm — 6:00 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B3 - Routing Audio in a Broadcast Facility

Chair:
Mike DaSilva, CBS Radio - Sacramento, CA, USA
Panelists:
Steve Dove, Wheatstone Corporation
Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX GmbH - Munich, Germany
Herbert Lemcke, Lawo North America - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Al Salci, SAS Audio - Burbank, CA, USA
Greg Shay, The Telos Alliance - Cleveland, OH, USA

Abstract:
What new audio routing advancements are we likely to see in a typical broadcast plant design? Over the past decade, more broadcasters have had to upgrade their facilities while having to utilize modern audio routing techniques. This panel will discuss such advancements including protocols such as Ravenna, AES67, AVB, Dante, Livewire and other related techniques and the typical challenges broadcasters are likely to face.

 
 

Friday, October 10, 9:00 am — 11:00 am (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B4 - Audio Issues for 4k and 8k Television

Chair:
Fred Willard, Univision - Washington, DC, USA
Panelists:
Robert Bleidt, Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies - San Jose, CA, USA
Tim Carroll, Telos Alliance - Lancaster, PA, USA
Thomas Lund, TC Electronic A/S - Risskov, Denmark
David McIntyre, DTS Inc. - Calabasas, CA, USA
Skip Pizzi, NAB - Washington DC, USA
Jeff Riedmiller, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA USA

Abstract:
The session will touch on the tools and practical experience of realizing the promise of the ultra resolution visual-aural experience and the standardization considerations of bonding the two in a single production-to-consumer format. 2014 has so far seen practical production, encoding, and transmission of 4k and 8k and its equivalent quality audio complement with the Sochi Olympics and the World Cup games in Brazil. Implementation of compression formats, auto scalability, and backwards compatibility are topics of discussion. Re-imagined production techniques and workflows; transmission, interface, and playback standards are still in development. The extended localization, multi-directivity, three dimensional acoustic space generation, and increased optimal listening zones for audio for 4K and 8K will likely provoke end user acceptance with creation of a unified reproduction of reality immersion experience in a single format.

 
 

Friday, October 10, 11:15 am — 12:45 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B5 - The Streaming Experience

Chair:
Dave Wilson, CEA - Arlington, VA, USA
Panelists:
Don Backus, Broadcast Electronics - Quincy, IL USA; Farmington Hills, MI USA
Frank Foti, Telos - New York, NY, USA
Philippe Generali, RCS - White Plains, NY USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Geir Skaaden, DTS, Inc.

Abstract:
Pandora, iHeartRadio, Radio.com, SiriusXM, and thousands of others use streaming technology as the foundation for their businesses. This session will cover the latest advancements in streaming technology and help content creators and distributors learn how best to use this tool to reach, capture, and retain an audience. The expert panelists have extensive experience with codecs, audio processing, and audio distribution. They will discuss the latest advancements in bringing quality audio to the Internet audience.

 
 

Friday, October 10, 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B6 - Listener Fatigue and Retention

Chair:
Marvin Caesar, Founder and Former President Aphex Systems - Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
Panelists:
John Galvin, III, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jeff Levison, IOSONO GmbH - Erfurt, Germany
Sean Olive, Harman International - Northridge, CA, USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Robert Reams, Psyx Research - Santa Clara, CA, USA

Abstract:
A discussion of the psychological and physiological aspects of listener fatigue and its causes, the short and long term impact on people who produce, amplify, broadcast, stream as well as consumer audio.

 
 

Friday, October 10, 3:30 pm — 5:00 pm (Room 306 AB)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B7 - MPEG-DASH—What about Audio?

Chair:
Jan Nordmann, Fraunhofer USA - San Jose, CA, USA
Panelists:
Rupert Brun, BBC Radio - London, UK
Richard Doherty, Director, Connected Technology Strategy at Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA
Ronny Katz, DTS - Calabasas, CA, USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA

Abstract:
MPEG-DASH is the emerging adaptive streaming standard that's designed to replace proprietary transport mechanisms such as HDS, Smooth Streaming or HLS. Already adopted or considered by many TV standards around the world, deployed by YouTube and Netflix and supported in Google Chrome, Chromecast, and Microsoft Internet Explorer among others, MPEG-DASH is taking the video world by storm. Even though adaptive streaming is often considered a pure video topic, the panel will discuss its implications on the audio side from an engineering and commercial perspective.

 
 

Friday, October 10, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B8 - Audio Issues and HTML5

Chair:
Valerie Tyler, College of San Mateo - San Mateo, CA, USA
Panelists:
Dale Curtis, Google - Seattle, WA, USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Alex Schoepel, DTS - Calabasas, CA, USA
Jerry Smith, Microsoft - Redmond, WA, USA
Charles Van Winkle, Adobe Systems Incorporated - 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 11, 9:00 am — 10:30 am (Room 306 AB)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B9 - Sound Design and Storytelling: How to Create the Environments and Sounds Needed to Enhance Any Tale

Panelists:
David Shinn, SueMedia Productions - Carle Place, NY, USA
Sue Zizza, SueMedia Productions - Carle Place, NY, USA

Abstract:
No matter what the medium (film, TV, games, radio, etc.) creating a fully realized sound scape helps to bring your story to 'life' and engages your audience. Blending recorded effects captured specifically for your story, along with recorded effects from the many SFX libraries available, and live 'in-studio' effects, helps to create a sound scape tailored to your story's environments and worlds. This session will take you through the different ways (in mono, stereo, and surround sound) to:

• Capture recordings in the field
• Showcase live SFX performance techniques (foley) and review
• Microphone choices for sound effect recordings.

As part of the demonstration a short skit will be performed showcasing the different performance and SFX techniques.

 
 

Saturday, October 11, 10:30 am — 12:00 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B10 - Compliance with CALM Act/PLOUD

Chair:
Skip Pizzi, NAB - Washington DC, USA
Panelists:
Florian Camerer, ORF - Austrian TV - Vienna, Austria; EBU - European Broadcasting Union
Tim Carroll, Telos Alliance - Lancaster, PA, USA
Fadi Malek, DTS Inc.
Scott Norcross, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA

Abstract:
Regulatory regimes or recommendations for control of television audio loudness are now well in place in the U.S. and Europe. Find out what these procedures entail, and learn the latest on implementation methods from top experts in the field, including some who were instrumental in creation of the governing documents.

 
 

Saturday, October 11, 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B11 - SBE/Troubleshooting and Maintenance of Equipment

Chair:
Kirk Harnack, Telos Alliance - Nashville, TN, USA; South Seas Broadcasting Corp. - Pago Pago, American Samoa
Panelists:
John Bisset, Telos Alliance
Bill Sacks, Orban / Optimod Refurbishing - Hollywood, MD, USA
Kimberly Sacks, CBS Radio - Washington, D.C. USA
Joe Talbot, Telos Alliance

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.

This event is open to all badges.

This is jointly presented by the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

 
 

Saturday, October 11, 1:30 pm — 3:00 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B12 - Understanding Audio Processing—How to Use the Audio Processor

Chair:
Tracy Teagarden, CBS Radio
Panelists:
Sunil G. Bharitkar, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA
Tim Carroll, Telos Alliance - Lancaster, PA, USA
Frank Foti, Telos - New York, NY, USA
Jean-Marc Jot, DTS, Inc. - Los Gatos, CA, USA
Jeff Keith, Wheatstone Corporation - New Bern, NC, USA
Greg Ogonowski, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA
Robert Orban, Orban - San Leandro, CA, USA

Abstract:
What is the audio processor? What is it used for? How do we use it? Is it the solution for bad levels, bad mixes, bad audio? Will it save the world?

 
 

Saturday, October 11, 3:00 pm — 5:00 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B13 - SMPTE: Audio Issues for Live Television—Overcoming the Challenges of Live Television Broadcast in Today’s Wild, Wild World

Chair:
Roger Charlesworth, DTV Audio Group - New York, NY, USA
Panelists:
Michael Abbott, All Ears Inc.
Bruce Arledge, Jr.
Kevin Cleary, ESPN - Belle Isle, FL, USA
Ed Greene
Hugh Healey

Abstract:
With the technology shifts experienced by the industry over the past several years, broadcasters have been challenged to keep up and evolve. Throughout it all, live broadcast has continued to present challenges for audio engineers. Listen as our renowned panelists share their thoughts on the most significant issues, what has changed, what is the same and how they overcome production challenges of live programming.

Presented by Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers/SMPTE

 
 

Saturday, October 11, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B14 - Telephony and IP Codecs: How to Choose What Is Best for You

Chair:
David Bialik, CBS - New York, NY, USA
Panelists:
Kevin Campbell, WorldCast Systems /APT - Belfast, N Ireland; Miami, Florida
Chris Crump, Comrex
Kirk Harnack, Telos Alliance - Nashville, TN, USA; South Seas Broadcasting Corp. - Pago Pago, American Samoa
Tom Harnett
Doug Irwin, Clear Channel - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Joe Talbot, Telos Alliance

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.

 
 

Sunday, October 12, 10:30 am — 12:00 pm (Room 408 A)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B15 - Troubleshooting Software Issues

Chair:
Jonathan Abrams, Nutmeg Post - New York, NY, USA
Panelists:
Mark Fassler, Avid - Mountain View, CA, USA
Charles Van Winkle, Adobe Systems Incorporated - Minneapolis, MN, USA

Abstract:
Your application has either unexpectedly quit or brought you to the blue screen of death. Now what? How can you use a crash report to start the troubleshooting process? What should you do before contacting support or posting on a forum? How can plug-ins make or break the stability of your system? How can permissions wreak havoc on your system or workflow? What can you do to rule out hardware issues? At what point do you need to switch your thinking from software to hardware as the source of the problem? What problems have you been encountering that you need assistance with in order to stop troubleshooting and get back to work?

This session is open to all badges.

Please bring your own questions and get answers to the others for Mac OS X, Windows, Adobe Audition, and Avid Pro Tools.

 
 

Sunday, October 12, 2:00 pm — 5:00 pm (Room 407)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B16 - Society of Broadcast Engineers Exams

Abstract:
The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) established a certification program almost 40 years ago to recognize and raise the professional status of broadcast engineers by providing standards of professional competence. It has become recognized in the industry as the primary method of verifying the attainment of knowledge and experience. With the industry constantly changing, the broadcast engineer, certified by the SBE, must keep up with those changes by recertifying every five years. From the certified operator to the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, SBE has a certification for every broadcast engineer, technician and operator. SBE exams will take place on October 12 at 2:00 pm during the annual AES convention. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the exams by going to www.sbe.org and accessing the certification applications. You may apply on-site for the Certified Broadcast Technologist or the Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist exams. If you wish to apply for the broadcast engineer, senior engineer or specialist certifications then you would need to pre-register by September 19. To learn more about the SBE Certification Program, visit the SBE website, www.sbe.org.

This session is open to all badges.

 
 


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