AES, SMPTE Team For Conference

The Audio Engineering Society will host its 57th International Conference on Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA.
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Los Angeles, CA (November 12, 2014)—The Audio Engineering Society will host its 57th International Conference on Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA.

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Following the success of the Sound for Picture program track at the 137th AES International Convention in Los Angeles, the 57th AES Conference will team up with industry partner SMPTE (the Society of Motion and Television Engineers) to focus the conference on the latest issues facing audio professionals today in regards to cinema, television, online content and more. The three-day event is co-chaired by Brian McCarty and Dr. Sean Olive.

This first-ever Future of Audio Entertainment Technology Conference brings together the best researchers, acousticians and engineers to address the current and future audio needs of the cinema, television and Internet (online) mediums. Topics slated to be covered at the AES 57th International Conference 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

Also of note at the AES 57th Conference is the SMPTE report entitled B-Chain Frequency and Temporal Response Analysis of Theatres and Dubbing Stages in regards to current standards and practices regarding B-chain electroacoustic response and calibration (https://www.smpte.org/standards/reports). The paper was produced with extensive participation from AES members and will serve as a foundation for further necessary advancements in audio technology in the Sound for Picture arena.

“AES expertise has been responsible for major improvements in live sound, streamlining of game audio production, and advancements in music production. The AES has called this conference to bring together the traditional production communities of cinema and television with the ‘new media’ audio distribution channels to address current and future audio needs,” commented McCarty.

“SMPTE has been involved heavily in examining and exploring ways in which standards work can help to enhance the production, delivery and presentation of audio for moving images,” said Barbara Lange, SMPTE executive director. “We partnered with the AES at the AES137 International Convention to deliver compelling sessions addressing the future of audio engineering in both the cinema and television sectors. 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.”

Audio Engineering Society
www.aes.org

Society of Motion and Television Engineers
www.smpte.org