AES New York 2015
Broadcast & Streaming Media Track Event B3

Thursday, October 29, 4:00 pm — 5:30 pm (Room 1A10)

Broadcast and Streaming Media: B3 - Loudness for Streaming

Bob Katz, Digital Domain Mastering - Orlando, FL, USA
Rob Byers, American Public Media - St. Paul, MN, USA
John Kean, Consultant - Washington DC, USA
Thomas Lund, Genelec Oy - Iisalmi, Finland
Scott Norcross, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA
Adrian Wisbey, BBC FM Media Services - London, UK

The advent of Internet streaming services has shaken the entire audio industry. Every sector has been quickly affected: Broadcast, radio, TV, music production. One of the prime problems is that of regulating audio levels. There is already a de facto loudness war among streamers, with some using a high target level that requires them to use extreme amounts of compression and limiting that alter producer's intent and/or cause distortion, dilute the impact, etc. As a result, producers may fall into the trap of loudness envy and create their recordings at the lowest common denominator of sound quality by trying to match the level of the loudest streaming service. Enter the AES Subcommittee on Loudness in Streaming and Network Playback, which has produced a new set of Recommendations for streaming entities. Let us hope that these recommendations help civilize the wild west of streaming. Learn about the issues and the new recommendations.

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