New York, NY (October 18, 2017)—There are few areas of the pro audio world now untouched by IP networking, and the program and exhibits at this year's Convention reflect that. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, standards committees are working hard to ensure that products from diverse brands interconnect over IP as easily as they did over analog cables in the past.
Someone once joked that the nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them. Happily, the AES67 interoperability standard, published in 2013, has brought harmony to the leading proprietary IP-based networks currently on the market.
Such has been the success of AES67 that SMPTE's ST 2110 suite of standards for real-time media transport over IP references the standard where relevant. "This was the most significant interoperability event of its kind in the world to date," stated Terry Holden, vice chairman of the Media Networking Alliance (MNA), when SMPTE recently approved those parts of ST 2110 in which AES67 defines the suite's audio elements.
This year's Networked Audio track at the convention offers multiple presentations and panels on the practical aspects of implementing and operating AES67 networks and features representatives from QSC, Yamaha, The Telos Alliance, Bosch and ALC NetworX, in collaboration with the MNA. There will also be presentations on AES70, which has standardized the control protocol for AES67.
The program also touches on some of the related philosophical and business issues relevant to many implementations of IP-based networks. For instance, does AV or IT own the network, and how do expectations differ between those departments? And is AES67 truly suited to every pro audio application? Arcade Fire, to offer just one contrary example, is currently touring with a PA system fully networked through AVB and AVnu-certified products.
And, of course, for those looking for practical solutions to their networking needs, the exhibit floor is crammed with networked pro audio products. Dive in and take a look; and while you're there, be sure to network with your friends.