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AES Discusses Future of Audio Entertainment Technology

AES Discusses Future of Audio Entertainment Technology

Nov 11, 2014 9:52 AM

NEW YORK � The Audio Engineering Society will host its 57th International Conference, March 6 � 8, 2015 in Los Angeles at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.

With a focus on the future of audio entertainment technology, this conference will explore the latest issues facing audio professionals today in regards to cinema, television, online content and more, and is being co-chaired by Brian McCarty and Dr. Sean Olive.

Sound production for multimedia has evolved over a much different route than the more unified approach taken by the producers of visual assets, and this approach has left a streamlined production path for motion pictures but a complex and expensive production path for sound. Several changes are occurring in cinema exhibition, with �immersive sound� being the new buzzword. While Ultra High Definition Television looks to be the next step in home entertainment, consumers are increasing their use of personal media devices, with headphones and portable audio looking to be a major segment of the future.

The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology Conference brings together the best researchers, acousticians and engineers to address current and future audio needs of the cinema, TV and online mediums.

Also of note is the SMPTE report B-Chain Frequency and Temporal Response Analysis of Theatres and Dubbing Stages in regards to current standards and practices. The paper was produced with participation from AES members and will serve as a foundation for further advancements in audio technology in the Sound for Picture arena.

Topics will include:� Acoustical design and performance of the modern motion picture theater� Testing and alignment practices for cinemas� Dialog intelligibility� Playback of film as well as live event broadcasts in a cinema� Immersive sound and psychoacoustics� Reproduction of immersive sound in home theater applications� Reproduction of multi-channel audio using lesser numbers of speaker locations� Speech intelligibility and microphone design� Production sound immersive audio recording� Loudness control and OSHA/European Standards� Lossless coding of immersive sound for low bandwidth channels� Immersive sound using headphone technologies� Loudspeaker performance from all-in-one television receivers and sound bars

�The conference gives us another chance to work closely with the AES to offer industry members a fresh look at critical issues and advances in the realm of audio and visual entertainment technology,� said Barbara Lange, SMPTE executive director.