Audio-over-IP, AES67 and more at the 143rd International AES Convention

October 12 2017, 03:45
With the recent publication of the new SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards for real-time media transport over IP and the critical role of AES67 in defining the audio component of these, the 143rd International AES Convention in New York, co-located with the NAB Show New York 2017, will be an important moment for the audio industry to learn, engage, experiment and plan its future. The Audio Engineering society, the Media Networking Alliance, and other industry organizations will focus on education, education, education.

The Media Networking Alliance (MNA) – the non-profit trade association, established to promote the adoption of the AES67 standard – is mounting an AES67 knowledge fest at this year’s New York convention, with a diverse set of sessions and presentations, both introductory and application specific, as  part of the Networked Audio Track.

Following acceptance by SMPTE of the new ST 2110 suite of standards for real-time media transport over IP and the critical role of AES67 in defining the audio component of these, half of all sessions focus on the role of AES67 in an IP based future for the broadcast industry. The inclusion of AES67, in defining the audio element of the new SMPTE ST 2110 standard, acknowledges the rapid and widespread adoption of the standard in providing signal interoperability across all of the current leading IP based audio networking protocols.

General AES67 application relevant sessions include:
Wednesday, October 18 | 17:00 – 17:45: Broadcast Audio Expo Session (Stage 1), “Broadcast Networking AES67”, Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX (presenter).

Wednesday, October 18 | 17:15 – 18:00: Session NA01: “Practical Benefits through AES67 Deployment in the Broadcast Industry: A Synopsis”, Nestor Amaya, Coveloz Technologies (presenter).

Thursday, October 19 | 17:30 – 18:00: Session NA04 ST2110 & AES67: “The Audio Parts of ST 2110”, Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX (presenter).

Friday, October 20 | 10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Session NA07: “How to Leverage AES67 to Integrate Multiple Networked Audio Systems”, Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX, Will Hoult, Focusrite, Greg Shay, The Telos Alliance (panelists).

Friday, October 20 | 15:15 pm – 16:15 pm: Session NA05: “AES67 Interoperability – Network Audio Systems: A Report on the State of the Technology”, Nicolas Sturmel, Digigram S.A (chair), Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX, Greg Shay, The Telos Alliance (panelists).

Friday, October 20 |17:30 – 18:00: Session NA08 “AES67 Practical”, Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX (presenter).

Of immense practical benefit to those working in applications involving the integration of multiple proprietary audio networking systems, will be the Network Audio Track Event session NA07, in room 1E10, “How to Leverage AES67 to Integrate Multiple Networked Audio Systems”. This is an abridged version of the “workshop demonstration and discussion” session presented at the ISE 2017, earlier this year. Andreas Hildebrand will be co-presenting along with Will Hoult from Focusrite and Greg Shay from the Telos Alliance to take participants through the workflow of configuring audio streaming from one networked audio platform to another using AES67. Practical, hands-on demos will enable attendees to see how AES67 complements the various AoIP solutions including RAVENNA, Dante and Livewire+ allowing for networked audio interoperability using standard IP techniques. Topics covered will include network configuration, stream setup on each of the platforms, and troubleshooting.

The session will cover topics including a description of AES67, how to plan for AES67 deployments, discovery and connection management options and how they work with AES67. The session will also include practical demonstrations of all networking technologies and troubleshooting steps in a multi-technology solution. There will also be a general discussion about some key and relevant network technologies.

On Wednesday afternoon, Andreas Hildebrand is also hosting a panel discussion on “Real-world AES67 Networking” on the Broadcast Audio Expo stage located on the show floor. Panelists include Nicolas Sturmel from Merging, Claudio Becker-Foss from DirectOut, Jeffrey Stroessner from Lawo and Will Hoult from Focusrite.

The MNA booth – #944 – will provide a one-stop resource and contact point for all things AES67, including a full guide to all member companies’ activities during the convention and on the exhibition floor. The booth will be staffed throughout the show by member AoIP networking specialists, on-hand to address everyone’s AES67 enquiries.

Among AES67 specific demonstrations on members’ booths, Coveloz/Ross Video will be demonstrating AES67 in the context of SMPTE ST 2110 (booth N253) and Lawo (booth #824) will feature the RAVENNA/AES67 demonstration rack.

As the Director of IP Solutions and Infrastructure Product Marketing, Ross Video (following the acquisition of Coveloz by Ross), Nestor Amaya, states, "AES67 is not a competing audio networking solution, but is rather more like a virtual cable, enabling native audio links to be established between existing solutions such as Dante and RAVENNA. AES67 enables easy integration with existing Audio-over-IP control systems, while also future proofing investments for further shifts in audio networking standards."

"The broadcast industry is clearly recognizing the great opportunities and benefits that real-time networked media solutions can provide. At the recent IBC IP Showcase in Amsterdam, over 50 manufacturers came together to demonstrate audio and video interoperability, with AES67 functioning as a key aspect of this complete solution,” adds Terry Holton, Vice-Chairman, Media Networking Alliance.
Visitors to the SMPTE booth will also have the opportunity to discuss current trends about SMPTE activities, resources, and publications. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, SMPTE President Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media solutions at Ericsson, will lead a SMPTE session titled "The Professional Media over IP Story: What Does the Future Look Like?" Highlighting the benefits of migrating to an all-IP facility, Goldman will discuss the latest industry standardization efforts, including the recently published SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. | |
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