Surround Sound: Techniques, Technology and Perception
Schloss Elmau, Germany
21 - 24 June 2001
Registration now open
Imagine the serenity of a luxurious, private lodge in early
summer, nestled in a beautiful alpine valley on the German-
Austrian border. Open the windows wide to the
pure, refreshing mountain air. Listen. No hubbub from
buses, cars, trains, or planes. This is what peace and quiet
This is the Schloss Elmau conference center in Bavaria,
Germany, site of the AES 19th International Conference,
Surround Sound—Techniques, Technology, and Perception.
The focus will be on the practical matters of surround sound
for small-room reproduction. Here, 19th Conference Chair
Günther Theile and Vice Chair Francis Rumsey will encourage
the exchange of know-how and views between audio
professionals, research scientists, sound engineers, sound
technicians, producers, editors, performing artists, and manufacturers.
Lectures and discussions geared to practices and techniques
will form a major feature, with supporting sound presentations
in the seminar room, the 5.1-sound demonstration
room, and a number of small special-demonstration rooms.
Practitioners will have an opportunity to discover more about
the engineering and perceptual issues that form the basis of
modern recording technology and techniques. Researchers
will be able to benefit from the input of practitioners, particularly
in the realm of applications. Opportunities will be provided
for replay of demonstration material to small and large
groups, available into the late evening to enable more informal
Comprehensive Technical Program
At the opening session on Thursday afternoon and during
the morning session on Saturday the papers and posters will
cover 5.1 alternatives. Room simulation and artificial reverberation
will be addressed in Friday’s morning session. Papers
on Friday afternoon will discuss reproduction and
evaluation and format conversion. The afternoon session on
Saturday will delve into microphone and mixing concepts.
The final session on Sunday morning will be devoted to perception.
Workshops will be conducted on Saturday; in the
morning Chris Cain and Tomlinson Holman will address the
subject of the number of channels and in the afternoon Jörg
Wuttke will evaluate the status of multichannel audio.
Concurrent to the papers sessions will be an extensive
range of seminars and sound presentations covering the following
- Premises for the Utilization of a Variable, Discrete 5.1
- Advanced Mixing Techniques for Multichannel Sound
- Distance, Depth, and Hall Impression in 5.1 Surround
- The Aesthetics of 5.1 Mixing
- A Challenge to Multichannel Sound
- Multichannel Sound Recording of Music: Practical and
- Studies on Main and Room Microphone Optimization
- Practical Experience: 5-Channel Recording Techniques
for Classical Music
- Production and Postproduction of Multichannel Record-ings
- Practical Surround Sound Production Part 1, Radio Drama
- Practical Surround Sound Production Part 2: TV Docu-mentary
- Mixing Techniques for Surround
- Second Thoughts on Multichannel (3/2) Stereophony.
A full program of special demonstrations will also run
throughout the four days of the conference giving attendees
the chance to personally experience developing surround
techniques. The exciting range of demos are as follows:
Location B-Format Radio Drama; Ambiophonic Surround
Reproduction with Traditional and Novel Two-Channel
Microphone Techniques; Sonic Architecture; Surround
Reproduction Using Flat Panels and Wave Field
Synthesis Techniques; Subjective Evaluation
of Encoding and Decoding Formats in
Vehicles; Binaural Room Scanning
and Binaural Room
Modeling; and Audio Signals with Various Interaural Time Difference
Fluctuations. A calendar, complete program with abstracts,
and a registration form can be found by clicking on the links on the left.
A Conference Center Conducive to Learning
The residential conference facilities at this location create an
extended opportunity for those involved in surround sound
to meet without the distractions of daily work in an environment
conducive to learning. During free time conference attendees
can enjoy the bracing mountain air and the spectacular
views of the surrounding scenery. Early risers may be
able to squeeze in brief hikes to expand their lungs and fortify
themselves for the packed program. The Schloss contains
150 guestrooms that will be available for the conference.
Despite its remote location 100 km south of Munich, it
is easily reached, lying between the two major international
airports of Munich and Innsbruck. Both
cities also offer good rail service to the area.
Treat yourself this summer to a comprehensive
look at the landscape of surround sound in a
mountain retreat unsurpassed for
its beauty and hospitality.