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The Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee Reports Successful AES67 Audio-Over-IP “Plugfest” Event

February 16th, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

The Audio Engineering Society – the world’s dedicated source for standards, education, and technology in the field of audio – has reported a successful “Plugfest” interoperability testing event of its AES67-2015 standard, held at the headquarters of National Public Radio (NPR), in Washington, D.C., November 2-5, 2015. Hosted by the AES Standards Committee (AESSC), the event offered an in-depth examination of AES67-2015, the “AES standard for audio applications of networks – High-performance streaming audio-over-IP interoperability.”

This latest Plugfest event demonstrated functional compatibility between a number of different implementations (from software applications on a PC to hardware-based FPGA solutions) of the AES67-2015 standard – a revision of AES67-2013, specifying interoperability methods for high-performance streaming audio-over-IP networks. Offering an exclusive chance for manufacturers to test AES67 networking standard protocols with their products in a controlled environment, overseen by AESSC members, the four-day event saw thirteen products tested by eleven different companies. The manufacturers participating included ALC NetworX GmbH, Archwave Technologies BV, Digigram SA, DirectOut GmbH, Lawo AG, Meinberg Radio Clocks GmbH & Co. KG, Merging Technologies, QSC LLC, Telos Corporation, Wheatstone Corporation and Yamaha Corporation. More »

Immersive Audio Track Takes 140th International AES Convention in Paris Fully Dimensional

February 16th, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

It would be inconceivable to organize an AES Convention nowadays without comprehensive multichannel and 3D reproduction facilities, and the 140th International AES Convention in Paris on 4 to 7 June will be no exception.

For the 140th AES Convention, being held at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, a large listening room equipped for multi-format audio reproduction will be installed, enabling first-class conditions for AES Workshops and Tutorials. Immersive Audio Track presentations will highlight the present-day state of the art and research into surround sound and 3D recording and reproduction practices, as well as an exciting program of special events devoted to audio projections. Examples of many of the now-established surround and 3D audio formats will be presented, featuring formats such as Auro 13.1, Auro 11.1, Auro 9.1, as well as surround sound in 7.1 Blu-ray, 5.1 multichannel, and maybe even stereo. AES is grateful to Auro 3D, who is providing the complete installation of this multichannel and 3D part of the Technical Program.

AES is also pleased to announce the participation of a number of the major recording companies in this field. This includes Morten Lindberg from 2L in Norway, Hugo Romano Guimarães from N Music Production in Barcelona, Wilfried van Baelen from Auro 3D in Belgium, and Hervé Déjardin from Radio France in Paris. Convention Co-chair Michael Williams will also be presenting some of his recordings and research work into various microphone array formats, including a proposition for a new 3D sound reproduction format called “Comfort 3D.” To ensure the optimum listening experience, seating capacity will be limited; with a strong demand for the cent seats, early arrival is suggested.

The 140th AES Convention in Paris also provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the BiLi project. At the forefront of Binaural Listening technology, BiLi is a collaborative research project in France that has inspired interest throughout the world, in light of the increasing prevalence of headphone listening. At the heart of the development of this technology in France is an AES Monograph author, Rozenn Nicol from Orange Labs (formerly called France Telecom). Rozenn will be leading a Workshop on binaural listening, in a room equipped with over one hundred pairs of headphones to provide a binaural listening experience for everyone present.

3D cinema sound, surround sound broadcasting and binaural listening — under the collective banner of Immersive Sound — will be a major track at the 140th AES Convention; this will be an important contribution to the understanding of this fast expanding field of audio technology.

For more information on the 140th International AES Convention in Paris, France, visit aes.org/events/140/. Find out more about the Audio Engineering Society at aes.org. 


Sennheiser HD 25 – Classic Pro Headphone Range Streamlined

February 16th, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

Sennheiser has streamlined its classic HD 25 pro headphones portfolio to make product selection easier. “With seven variants to choose from, customers often asked ‘But which one is the HD 25?’,” said Jannik Schentek, portfolio manager Live Performance & Music. From March, there will be one classic HD 25 with two sister models – the HD 25 LIGHT, with has slightly different features and accessories, and the HD 25 PLUS, which adds additional accessories to further enhance the classic. The new versions can be easily recognized by the compact Sennheiser logo on the earpieces, with the version and impedance information now provided on the headband.

The classic HD 25 comes with its iconical split headband, 1.5m single-sided connection cable and a flip-away earcup for single-sided listening. Newly designed headband ends ensure that the earcups lock securely into place, while lightweight aluminium voice coils ensure an excellent transient response. With a frequency response of 16 to 22,000Hz, an impedance of 70 ohms and a maximum SPL of 120dB, the HD 25 lends itself to any monitoring task, whether broadcasting, live recording or in the DJ booth. The HD 25 comes complete with a screw-on jack adapter to 1/4” inch (6.3mm) for its straight steel cable. More »

Merging Technologies Continues to Celebrate 25th Year

February 16th, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

The last day of March 2016 marks the end of the 25th year of operation for Merging Technologies. Claude Cellier founded the company in 1990 after his departure from Nagra and immediately embarked on a journey involving many groundbreaking innovations. If Pyramix is the best known, the more recent introduction of RAVENNA/AES67 Networked Audio Interfaces, Horus and Hapi, is no less significant. In fact, these converters very quickly established themselves as the pinnacle of audio excellence as witnessed by the vast majority of Grammy® nominations for classical recording using either or both converters. Networking has introduced many benefits and has revolutionized the facilities using this technology and with the industry approval of AES67, the options dramatically expand. Merging recognized the importance of allowing the maximum number of devices to connect to its converters and developed ASIO and CoreAudio drivers specific to those products.

Merging is delighted to announce that it will release a new CoreAudio driver that is available for the whole AES67 community. This driver, dubbed RAVENNA/AES67 Virtual Audio Device, is fully compliant with RAVENNA and automatically compatible with Dante now it is joining the AES67 community, allowing an easy way for Mac users to connect to the majority of available Networked Audio Devices. The really big news is that this will be a Free Of Charge download from the Merging website. The Virtual Audio Device will support full operation of up to 64 channels in and out at 44.1/48kHz. More »

Yamaha Releases New Surface Mount Speakers and Power Amplifiers

February 16th, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

Yamaha Corporation Japan has announced new additions to the Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) lineup that have been specifically designed for small to mid-sized installations. With a focus particularly on background music and paging applications, the new VXS3F, VXS3FW, VXS3FT and VXS3FTW surface mount speakers, as well as the MA2120 and PA2120 power amplifiers will be added to the continually evolving CIS Series.

Drawing from decades of experience in the sound reinforcement and touring markets, Yamaha developed the CIS lineup in 2012 in order to create the most appealing, effective sonic environments for commercial installation applications. More »

Boston Symphony Orchestra Unveils WSDG-Redesigned Control Room

February 16th, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

A cultural icon for 134 years, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is world-renowned for the excellence and diversity of its performances. Broadcast from Symphony Hall, via radio, TV and the Internet, the BSO’s symphonic performances and the ‘Boston Pops’ concerts encompass the entire spectrum of classical and contemporary music, from Rachmaninoff and Beethoven to Aerosmith and Barry Manilow. After more than forty- five years of service in the broadcast and recording of thousands of concerts, the Symphony Hall’s Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Control Room has earned a major upgrade.

In 2014, BSO Director of Concert Operations Christopher W. Ruigomez, Recording Engineer Nick Squire and Grammy Award-winning, Sr. Engineer/Technical Director for BSO’s Tanglewood Festival, Tim Martyn convened to discuss the Control Room overhaul. The critical re-design assignment was awarded to WSDG-Walters-Storyk Design Group. More »

Open Control Architecture is standardized as AES70

February 3rd, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

Open Control Architecture (OCA) – an open control and monitoring standard for professional audio and AV media network devices – has been officially standardized on 4 January 2016 by the Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee (AESSC) in the newly published AES70-2015 standard for audio applications of networks – Open Control Architecture. With the ratification of OCA as AES70, it is now an official public open standard.

Originally proposed as a field-tested specification by the OCA Alliance – a not-for-profit association, of leading professional audio and AV industry manufacturers invested in audio networking, formed to secure the standardization of the OCA as a media networking system control standard for professional applications – the standard has already seen successful implementation in the field on commercially available products from alliance member companies. More »

Audio Engineering Society 140th International Convention Program Taking Form for Paris

February 3rd, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

Planning for the 140th AES Convention in Paris (4-7 June 2016) is now well under way and it promises to be an exciting and stimulating event for the whole of the audio industry. Michael Williams, Co-Chair of the Convention, says: “This is probably the most enjoyable part for the organizing team of the Convention as we bring together all the papers submissions, and Workshop and Tutorial proposals into the first draft of the Technical Program. We get a genuine feel about all the research and development that is going on throughout the world,” says Williams. “We can truly say that ‘if it’s about Audio, then it’s at AES’, and this time that’s even more so.”

Papers Co-Chairs Bergame Periaux, Thomas Goerne, Wolfgang Klippel, Robin Reumers and Dejan Todorovic are hard at work reviewing submissions for a series of sessions covering most of the principal areas of research into audio engineering and practice. We have also received at least twenty proposals for Workshops and Tutorials which are now under consideration by our Co-Chairs Natanya Ford and Rob Toulson – and proposals are still coming in. The closing date is 10th February so you still have time to get your ideas into the stream. More »

AES 60th International Conference

February 3rd, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

AES 60th International Conference
Dereverberation and Reverberation of Audio, Music, and Speech
Leuven, Belgium – February 3–5, 2016

The AES 60th International Conference will be held February 3–5, 2016 in Leuven, Belgium. Chaired by Toon van Waterschoot, the conference theme is Dereverberation and Reverberation of Audio, Music, and Speech and aims to bring together researchers working on the modeling, control, removal, and synthesis of acoustic reverberation. The interdisciplinary nature of the topic will cover disciplines such as room acoustics, psychoacoustics, and signal processing, hence the conference is targeted at researchers working in any of these disciplines.

AES 61st International Conference

February 3rd, 2016 | Posted in News, newsletter

AES 61st International Conference
Audio for games
London, UK – February 10–2, 2016

The AES is pleased to announce its fifth conference dedicated to audio for games, to be held in London, February 10–12, 2016. The conference explores how games can get the most from their audio DSP, tools and work ow on console, PC, and mobile

platforms. As new applications arise in serious gaming and VR-based gaming, this conference explores the challenges and the solutions.

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