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Past Event: AES SGS Research Colloquium #13: The Pan Panel: How To Do Panning for Immersive Soundfields?

December 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Location: Zoom virtual Meeting (5pm Central European Time / Germany time zone)

Moderated by: Rafael Kassier, Tobias Goldmann

Speaker(s): Tom Ammermann, Maurice Engler, Yvan Grabit, Paul Neyrinck, Dave Tyler

Immersive audio has arrived! We now have unprecedented options for reproducing sound fields around the listener. Whether this is object-, channel-, or scene-based audio, there will invariably be the questions about how to position the audio sources (objects) within the soundfield.

Traditional stereo pan-pots work along a single axis. Surround-sound panners work along two dimensions. But with immersive audio formats we need to be able to place objects into the three-dimensional space: how do we do this? Can we work in 3D on a 2D computer screen with a mouse as the interface? Can this be realized in hardware? More importantly: how will these panners work in terms of signal processing?

There are different strategies like Sony 360 RA with a spherical approach or Dolby Atmos which features a box-shaped space, but how will a panner move and place objects effectively in these various formats? Experts from companies working in this field will give insights about their strategies and discuss what the future of immersive audio production could be.

The Presenters


Grammy-nominated music producer, Tom Ammermann, began his journey as a musician and music producer in the 1980s. At the turn of the 21st Century, Tom produced unique surround audio productions for music and film projects as well as pioneering the very first surround mixes for headphones, which quickly established his brand Headphone Surround 3D and reputation as an immersive audio producer.
Currently, Tom is working on developing new technologies in spatial audio whilst offering workshops and presentations at high-profile international audio conferences.
Some References: Terminator 2, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Expendables I-III, 5th Element and Kraftwerk 3D.
More information: NEW AUDIO TECHNOLOGY


Maurice Engler - Merging Technologies

Maurice Engler is Product & Project Manager/Training Expert with Merging Technologies, makers of Pyramix, Horus, Hapi, Anubis and other hard- and software solutions.
Besides Merging Technologies, he has produced audio visual content such as documentaries and advertising, created and produced many soundtracks for TV and documentaries and designed immersive content for art exhibitions. He has a deep understanding about the needs for a sound engineer, a tonmeister or a broadcast engineer due to his own experience using the Merging Technologies solutions.
More information: Merging Technologies



Yvan Grabit - Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

After a quiet childhood and youth in “Pays de Gex” (an area jammed between the French Jura mountain and Geneva), during which he played as drummer in different Brass Bands, Yvan Grabit completed an Engineering degree in Image Processing and computing at ISEP (“Institut Supérieur d´Électronique de Paris”). He started research at Fraunhofer IGD in Rostock for 8 months, then moved to Paris and Cannes to work for Aérospatiale (now part of Thales Alenia Space) in satellite image processing as developer and project manager.
24 years ago, Yvan decided to change his field of work from image to audio and began his career as a developer at Steinberg. He started in the Nuendo team, then developed different plug-ins, such as LM-4, The Grand and HALion with Charlie Steinberg, and took on the responsibility for the development of plug-in integration in DAW, surround features and VST-SDK (version 2 and later on version 3).
Today, he is team leader of the Research group which works in different fields like MIR, 3D/VR audio, restauration, Machine Learning, etc. As technical lead of VST he promotes and maintains VST 3, and supports 3rd Party developers.
He continues to play drums, guitar and piano in several music groups.
More information: Steinberg Media Technologies


Paul Neyrinck - Neyrinck

Paul is the founder and president of Neyrinck Audio which develops and sells professional audio software applications and plugins. Prior to founding Neyrinck Audio, Paul designed products for Digidesign, Avid, Orban, Focusrite, and DTS. He studied digital signal processing at UC Santa Barbara and received his BSEE degree in 1992. Prior to that he received his MSEE degree from Montana State University in 1990. Paul lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
More information: Neyrinck




Dave Tyler - Avid Technology

Avid’s Audio Presales Manager, Dave Tyler, works with some of the most interesting and inspirational artists, content creators and distributors in the industry.
Dave has a wealth of experience in the industry having started out in recording studios in London and going on to become a freelance recording and mix engineer. He lectured in Audio Engineering and project-managed professional studio builds before joining Avid, where he manages a team of audio specialists covering Europe, Middle East and Africa, helping Avid’s many and varied audio customers to find the right solutions.
More information: Avid Technology, Inc.


Join Meeting

The colloquium will be held in English, with a short introduction to the topic followed by the experts' remarks. The talk will end with a Q&A session. Listento links will be provided to offer binaural sound samples for the audience.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rKWyvzHjSd6jz5x0uTL-HQ

The Meeting Format: We will be hosting this meeting using Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For most participants, audio and video are muted during the presentation. In the discussion they can be unmuted (indicated by the raised hand function). This will be explained again at the beginning of the meeting. For a better quality we suggest to use a headset with microphone. The presentation will be recorded. By turning on your camera you are consenting for your image to be used in a photograph of the event.

Other Business: There will be an open discussion after the talk.

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