Recent Posts by David Davies

AES Virtual 2020: The past, present and future of 22.2 surround sound

A more general industry awareness of 22.2 may only have become a reality in the last few years, but in fact the history of the surround sound format stretches back nearly two decades. The eventful evolution of 22.2 and its many current and future creative opportunities were explored in a session entitled ‘Artistic Immersive Sound […]  More

AES 2020: Examining gender equity and inequality in audio engineering

The fact that the number of cisgender women and transgender people becoming audio engineers – and then receiving proper credit for their achievements – is still far from achieving parity with many other STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines was one of the core messages of ‘Gender equity and inequality in audio engineering’, a far-reaching […]  More

AES 2020: Focus on ‘creative potential’ of immersive audio technologies

With COVID-19 rendering the annual European gathering of the Audio Engineering Society an impossibility, the decision was taken to present an online-only conference from 2-5 June under the heading of ‘A World of Audio’. A characteristically diverse programme encompassed subjects ranging from psychoacoustics to audio preservation, as well as several sessions on one of the […]  More

LCEVC explainer: Why the enhancement codec could be a value-add for sports broadcasters in uncertain times

There is no doubt that 2020 is shaping up to be a landmark year for broadcast codecs with a slew of new developments due to reach fruition. One of the most significant is MPEG-5 Part 2 Low Complexity Enhancement Video Coding (LCEVC), which has been developed to bring extra compression efficiency and lower computational requirements […]  More

AIMS audio chair Terry Holton discusses AES67 and ST 2110 progress

Ever since the SMPTE ST 2110 media IP standards began to be published in 2018 after many years of work, there has been an understandable interest in audio circles concerning the overall adoption of the standards group – and the implementation of the AES67 audio-over-IP interoperability standard in particular. Underlining the impressive traction achieved by […]  More

Inside the development of Bluetooth’s new Low Energy Audio standard

Improved audio for people with hearing loss and a Broadcast Audio feature that allows universal audio sharing are among the selling points of the new LE (Low Energy) Audio Standard, which was announced by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) at CES in January. Described as the ‘next generation of Bluetooth Audio’, LE Audio’s universal […]  More

AES president Roginska discusses diversity, immersive audio and COVID-19

A week in pro-audio can be a long time – especially when a global pandemic is beginning to assert its influence on everyone’s daily lives. At the time of SVG Europe’s conversation with new AES president Agnieszka Roginska, Prolight + Sound had just been postponed – it has since been cancelled outright until 2021. The […]  More

Audio challenge: Keeping a lid on loudness in the OTT era

Initially established in 2010 and then revised in 2014, the European Broadcasting Union’s R 128 guideline for loudness normalisation has had a significant impact on the standardisation of loudness levels in traditional linear broadcasting. Specifying a target level of -23 ±1 LUFS LU measured over the entirety of a programme or advertisement, R 128 has […]  More

Joined-up thinking: Inside the new generation of combined audio and video production systems

Grass Valley’s Kula AV – a multi-format video and audio mixer – was one of the most high profile of several combined AV production systems launched at IBC 2019. Oriented towards more streamlined and space-restricted applications, including remote production, these solutions look set to presage a new generation of integrated systems with extensive video and […]  More