Surround Sound in Broadcasting Symposium to open the 116th AES Convention

Berlin (January 26, 2004)--The 116th AES Convention in Berlin will kick off early with a one-day pre-convention event: a symposium entitled "Surround Sound in Broadcasting." While steadily adopted for film and increasingly for television, playing a likewise increasing role in live and studio productions for DVD and SACD, surround sound has seriously entered every medium but radio--apart from some experimental transmissions by public broadcasters. Surround on the radio will be one of the numerous issues on the agenda for the symposium that will open this year's AES European Convention.
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Berlin (January 26, 2004)--The 116th AES Convention in Berlin will kick off early with a one-day pre-convention event: a symposium entitled "Surround Sound in Broadcasting." While steadily adopted for film and increasingly for television, playing a likewise increasing role in live and studio productions for DVD and SACD, surround sound has seriously entered every medium but radio--apart from some experimental transmissions by public broadcasters. Surround on the radio will be one of the numerous issues on the agenda for the symposium that will open this year's AES European Convention.

While surround sound can be broadcast using existing satellite-based radio channels, with no need to meet large-scale technical requirements, production issues are still major subjects of discussion. How to produce in surround and create a stereo mix at the same time? Are auto-mixdown functions practicable? What approaches regarding production, broadcasting, and archiving do various radio stations pursue? What are the technical requirements and financial considerations?

All of these questions will be addressed by an experienced panel that has been actively involved during the last few years with the broadcast of surround sound. Several discussions are also scheduled in addition to the panelists' presentations in order for the symposium to have a distinctive workshop character. The aim here will be to establish contacts and the exchange of ideas between the various surround sound users.

The symposium has been planned and organized by Jürgen Marchlewitz (WDR) and Martin Wöhr (BR) who already demonstrated a pilot project on broadcasting surround material over radio at the IFA in Berlin in summer 2003. BR now regularly broadcasts in surround sound. Martin Wöhr, who is also in charge of the organization of the exhibitor seminars at the 116th AES Convention, also launched the Metadata Symposium at the 112th AES Convention in Munich and thus started the idea to precede the convention with a one-day symposium on a special subject.

The event will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions on an up-to-date key issue, while leaving valuable time for the Convention itself with its own extensive program and comprehensive exhibition. In order to attend the surround sound symposium, please log on to the AES website or contact the chairmen Jürgen Marchlewitz and Martin Wöhr directly via email at: 116th_surround_day@aes.org.

For more information on the 116th Convention, please contact the AES European Office at +32-2-345-7971.

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