Las Vegas, NV (April 9, 2007)–The 4th annual Surround Broadcast Conference will be held this Sunday, April 15, in Las Vegas, from 9:30 am-5:30 pm at the Alexis Park Hotel. Registration for the conference, which promises attendees an entire day of focused immersion in all things surround, is still open at www.surroundpro.com.
The conference will host panelists and speakers from NBC, ABC, Turner Studios, Comcast, Tribune Broadcasting, CBS Radio, Widget Post and STARZ Encore, as well as conference sponsors Dolby Labs, Linear Acoustic, Soundfield/TransAudio Group, Holophone, Solid State Logic and Mackie Designs (with a sneak listen to new Mackie monitors which will provide surround playback).
This year’s program will include a full day of presentations and panels, along with a networking lunch. The program can be viewed by clicking “Program” on the conference web site.
Beginning the day with his presentation “From Two Comes Many: A Case Study,” Turner Studios’ Erinn Thorp will describe upmixing and the reasons it is employed. Turner Studios’ experiences with the NBA on TNT provides the foundation for the discussion of upmixing techniques and tools.
Reformatting two-channel material for 5.1 and level contouring of disparate program elements will be the focus of the panel on “Providing A Consistent Audio Experience for the Viewer,” picking up on the threads from Thorp’s presentation. Moderator Roger Charlesworth will guide a panel that includes Thorp, Sean Richardson, of STARZ Encore, Jeffrey Riedmiller, of Dolby Labs, Andy Bater of Tribune Broadcasting and Tim Carroll of Linear Acoustic, to address the difficulties and practicalities in delivering a seamless audio experience. Carroll will also make one of the day’s Technology Presentations.
On the topic of Metadata Management, Dolby Labs’ Jen Hunhold will present an in-depth look at how the most important metadata parameters interact with one another other, and how they can effect the quality of an audio signal. While in past seminars, Dolby has covered metadata parameters affecting dialnorm, dynamic range control and downmixing, and how they should be set, this presentation will focus more on theory of how these parameters work, and what happens internal to the AC-3 process when they are set accurately (and when they are not!). Included will be demonstrations to illustrate these effects.
After lunch (which will be provided), Dolby’s Jeffrey Riedmiller will deliver a Technology Presentation on Dolby’s DP600 Program Optimizer. Jim Starzynski of NBC brings his wealth of experience to the podium, building on lessons learned from the recent update of WNBC in New York, presenting a checklist for conversion of an operation to surround. The first afternoon panel discussion topic is “The News is 5.1: Strategies and Solutions,” and will be moderated by Charlesworth with Starzynski, Robin Thomas of ABC, Michael Englehaupt of CBS/KPIX-Channel 5 San Francisco, Brad Lunde from Soundfield/TAG and Holophone’s Jonathan Godfrey among those contributing. Lunde, Godfrey, Mackie’s Laz Harris and Niall Feldman of Solid State Logic will also give individual technology presentations on appropriate products from their lines.
Surround has become a reality for radio with the introduction of HD digital technology, and WZLX Boston lays claim to being the first station broadcasting 247 in surround. Paul Donovan of CBS Radio provides us with a case study.
Tom Sahara, of Turner Sports, will present on “Live Event Production: The Audio Infrastructure,” and participate in the day’s final panel discussion–“Tales From The Trenches: Surround Production”–with Michael Abbot (audio coordinator for the Grammys, Latin Grammys and CMA Awards), Mike Giacalone (Comcast Sportsnet), Bruce Marshall (Comcast Denver) and Brian Slack (Widget Post Production).
Check out the full program online and register at www.surroundpro.com.