OCA Alliance and Networked Audio In Focus at AES New York 2019

October 15 2019, 00:20
Networked audio continues to play an ever-expanding role in a wide variety of pro audio applications, from recording and production, to live sound, installs, and more, with a near ubiquity of network capabilities on new gear and the bridging of proprietary standards by the AES67 and AES70 protocols. The Audio Networking Track events, taking place during the 147th AES New York Convention, October 16–19 at the Javits Center, are set to connect the latest technologies and techniques with attendees looking to take their audio networking skills to the next level. 
AES New York Networked Audio Track chair Bob Lee

“Networking technology in audio systems are increasingly becoming the norm and not the exception,” states AES New York Networked Audio Track chair Bob Lee. “We in the audio industry have been fortunate to be able to leverage the off-the-shelf technology developed by the IT industry to meet our needs reliably and economically. I’ve assembled this program to provide many varied opportunities for convention participants to learn from and interact with the experts in a range of topics. If you’re in audio and want to come away with less uncertainty and more confidence in using networked audio in your work, this is the track for you.” 

Networked Audio events kick-off on the Convention opening day with a premier panel “Solution-Based Approaches for Networked Audio in Live Production” moderated by Dan Ferrisi (Sound & Communications) with panelists Tim Boot (Global Brand Strategist, Meyer Sound), Genio Kronaue,( L-Acoustics), Morten Lave (Adamson Systems Engineering), Patrice Lavoie, (Solotech) and Jamie Pollock (Kore Audio Design). The panel will cover topics including scalability, IT expertise and planning, along with insights from the panelists’ years of industry experience.

The AES70 networked control standard will be examined in “An Introductory Tutorial to AES70” later that day. Presenters Jeff Berryman and Ethan Wetzell from Bosch Communications, and representing the OCA Alliance, will team up with Simon Jones from Focusrite to introduce participants to AES70, the AES standard on Open Control Architecture (OCA). This session is partnered with the Product Development session “How to Add AES70 Control to Your Products” on Saturday, October 19.

Also on Saturday, Patrick Killianey (Audinate) will present “What Audio Engineers Need to Know about Media Networks,” a reprise of a popular session in the Networked Audio track. Killianey is an engaging and entertaining educator specializing on the growing integration of network and AV technologies. Audio engineers increasingly need to become familiar and conversant with how to use IT resources in their work, and this session is designed to illuminate the concepts behind structurally designing a medium sized network for an installation, recording studio or live production.

Additional featured sessions taking place include: “Introducing A2B – A Low-Latency Digital Audio Bus Standard” with Joseph Beauchemin (Analog Devices) and Denis Labrecque (DeLab Consulting); “Network Audio Strategies: Charting Software, Hardware, Internet Requirements” presented by Sarah Weaver (NowNet Arts); and Saturday’s “Network Media Open Specifications (NMOS) — How They Relate to Audio Networking” with Andreas Hildebrand (ALC NetworX).

OCA Alliance in AVoIP Pavilion
At this year’s AES convention, the OCA Alliance is exhibiting within the AVoIP Pavilion, promoting the advances in control and monitoring of AVoIP networks embodied within the AES70 standard. The convention will be the focus for a number of presentations and announcements from the OCA Alliance, including numerous educational sessions, presentations and demos, and the reveal of a new AES70 Products page on the OCA Alliance website.

The OCA Alliance will be on hand throughout the show as an exhibitor in the pavilion, with experts from the alliance and its member companies available to discuss the AES70 standard, available developer resources, and the evolution and progression of the standard throughout the AV industry. 
In addition to demonstrations on its booth, the OCA Alliance will be participating in the program of presentations in the AVoIP Pavilion Theater, providing ‘public’ overviews of the AES70 standard to visitors and exhibitors attending the AVoIP Pavilion sessions.

AIP05 - Introduction to AES70
Wednesday, October 16, 12:30 pm — 1:00 pm (IP Pavilion Theater)
AIP28 - Introduction to AES70
Friday, October 18, 12:30 pm — 1:00 pm (IP Pavilion Theater)
For attendees wishing to gain greater insight into the foundations and nuances of the AES70 standard, the OCA Alliance is also providing an extended session as part of the Network Audio track. In this 90-minute session, the presenters will provide an overview of the AES70 standard, aimed at developers, users, and technical decision makers. Alliance members will cover topics such as the object model, developer resources, and the current and future objectives of the standard.

NA02 - An Introductory Tutorial to AES70
Wednesday, October 16, 2:45 pm — 4:15 pm (1E13)
Rounding out the educational contributions from the OCA Alliance is a presentation as part of the Product Development track. In this 90-minute session the presenters will provide a deep-dive on the architecture and implementation of the standard, demonstrating how to implement AES70 inside of a device and how AES70 controllers work. Intended as a developer resource, members of the will cover topics such as the object model, class tree, protocol and implementation options, and practical advice for AES70 implementation.

PD16 - How to Add AES70 Control to Your Products
Saturday, October 19, 9:00 am — 10:30 am (1E09)
In conjunction with its presence at the convention, the OCA Alliance has also launched a new AES70 Product Page on its website. Highlighting available and shipping product from seven companies covering 11 brands, this product gallery demonstrates the growing ecosystem and adoption of the AES70 standard across different application verticals. 

“It’s great to see the portfolio of AES70 devices reaching the market,” says OCA Alliance Marketing Chairman Ethan Wetzell. “The adoption of a control standard can take time and it’s rewarding to see the continually growing number of offerings across the diverse range of industry sectors that are incorporating this technology. 

“Moreover, in addition to products, we are seeing a growing number of reference designs and developer tools that can expand adoption. The growing stable of both free and commercial tools from the alliance and its members are making it easier than ever to experiment with and implement the technology. We all believe that control standards are a critical component of any media networking solution and we are working hard to provide these solutions to the industry.”

For more information on the entire program for the Networked Audio Track, please visit www.aes.org/events/147/networkedaudio. The Networked Audio Track is open to attendees with an All Access badge, available through 11 pm EDT, Monday, October 14, at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings.
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