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Broadcast Sessions at AES

These are among the broadcast program sessions at the AES convention in San Francisco. Other sessions cover topics including DTV audio myths and lip sync issues.

These are among the broadcast program sessions at the AES convention in San Francisco. Other sessions cover topics including DTV audio myths and lip sync issues. For dates and times, visit

“Audio & Non-Audio Services and Applications for Digital Radio” — Moderator David Bialik. A discussion of codecs used throughout the world, USA HD Radio, Eureka, surround sound, Electronic Program Guide, other data services and public adoption. Various implementations of digital radio including terrestrial and satellite services. Participants include Dave Casey, Neural Audio Corp.; Toni Fiedler, Dolby Laboratories; David Layer, NAB; Dave Wilson of CEA; Skip Pizzi, Radio World; Simon Tuff, BBC; and Robert Bleidt, Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies

“Considerations for Facility Design Roundtable” — Moderator Paul McLane, Radio World. A chat with design experts Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics, John Storyk of Walters-Storyk Design Group and Bice C. Wilson of Meridian Design Associates, Architects. What makes for an exceptional facility? What are the pitfalls of facility design? How are demands of today’s multi-platform broadcasters changing design of facilities? What key decisions must you make today to ensure that your fabulous new facility will still be doing the job in 10 or 20 years?

“Mobile/Handheld Broadcasting: Developing a New Medium” — Moderator Jim Kutzner of the Public Broadcasting Service. The broadcasting industry and the Advanced Television Systems Committee have been moving toward development of a standard and practical implementation. Topics: What the emerging system includes, how far the industry has progressed and what’s left to be done. Mark Aitken of Sinclair Broadcast Group; Sterling Davis of Cox Broadcasting; Brett Jenkins of Ion Media Networks; Dakx Turcotte of Neural Audio

“The Art of Sound Effects” — Sound effects and Foley artists Sue Zizza and David Shinn of SueMedia Productions explore the art of sound effects; creating and performing manual effects; recording sound effects with a variety of microphones; and using various primary sound effect elements for audio, video and film projects.

“Loudness Workshop” — Moderator John Chester, consultant. The state of the art in measurement and control of loudness levels and a look ahead to the next generation of techniques that may be available to audio broadcasters. Thomas Lund, TC Electronics; Jeffery Riedmiller, Dolby; Andrew Mason, BBC; Marvin Caesar, Aphex; James D. Johnston, Neural Audio; and Greg J. Ogonowski of Orban/CRL

“The History of Audio Processing” — Moderator Emil Torick. High-profile panel of notable contributors to today’s audio processing landscape. A discussion of the developments, technology and “loudness wars.” Marvin Caesar, Aphex; Frank Foti, Omnia; Bob Orban, Orban/CRL; Glen Clark, Glen Clark & Associates; Eric Small, Modulation Sciences; Mike Dorrough, Dorrough Electronics; Dick Burden

“Listener Fatigue & Longevity” — Moderator David Wilson, CEA. While this is an issue of interest to broadcasters, it is also an issue of interest to telecommunications service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, music producers and others. Sam Berkow, SIA Acoustics; Marvin Caesar, Aphex; James D. Johnston, Neural Audio; Ted Ruscitti, On-Air Research

“Audio Transport” — Moderator David Prentice, VCA. A discussion of techniques and technologies used for transporting audio (i.e., STL, RPU, codecs) with Mike Uhl, Telos Systems; Kevin Campbell, APT; Herb Squire, DSI RF; Chris Crump, Comrex; and Angela DePascale, Global Digital Datacom Services Inc.

“Internet Streaming, Audio Quality, Measurement & Monitoring” — Moderator David Bialik. Streaming has become a provider of audio and video content to the public. Now that the public has recognized the medium, the provider needs to deliver the content with a quality comparable to other mediums. With Geir Skaaden, Neural Audio; Skip Pizzi, Radio World; Ray Archie, CBS Radio; Rusty Hodge, SomaFM; and Benjamin Larson, Streambox Inc.