SPARS NY Chapter presents Audio over IP

SPARS NY Chapter Presents Audio Over IP: A Presentation by Skip Pizzi
An overview of Networked Audio and AoIP

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Location: SAE Institute, Classroom #2
1293 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001

6:30 – 7:00 Mixer
7:00 – 7:10 Introduction
7:10 – 8:10 Audio Over IP Presentation
8:10 – 8:30 Q&A

Computer networking technology has progressed to the point where off-the-shelf systems are becoming practical, cost-effective and adequately robust to employ in professional audio applications. Such systems allow replacement of traditional, “massively parallel” bespoke audio interconnection architectures with generic serial interfaces. This implies the replacement of dozens to hundreds of analog or AES3 pairs with a single – or at most a few – Ethernet connections. Applications range from point-to-point snakes and facility interconnections, to studio router systems, to fully IP-based multi-studio installations. A number of maSKIP PIZZI…nufacturers have developed systems implementing some form of “networked audio,” including a few that are implemented over standard IP networks, with proprietary elements added only at the application layer for latency mitigation.

To date, this technology has been broadly adopted in the broadcast industry, where thousands of installations already exist worldwide, and practically all new radio facilities being built or planned today will implement some form of networked audio infrastructure. The sound reinforcement and performance/presentation facility-design industry have also embraced the technology for audio transport and interconnection. It is expected that the audio recording and post industries will soon move toward networked audio systems, as well.

This presentation provides an overview of Networked Audio and AoIP, with emphasis on the technology’s practical applications and advantages for audio recording, production and presentation facilities

About Skip Pizzi:

Skip Pizzi is a media technology consultant whose clients have included many U.S. and international broadcasters, government agencies, educational institutions, foundations and manufacturers. He specializes in digital audio systems, and also serves as Technology Editor at Radio INK magazine. His background includes 25 years as an audio engineer and technical manager at NPR and at Microsoft.

He founded NPR’s technical training department, and contributed to numerous digital media efforts at Microsoft, including its Zune, Xbox, Windows Media and IPTV products. He has also held leadership positions in several media standards-development organizations.

Skip has been an active trade journalist, editor and author since the early 1980s, contributing to numerous magazines, including Mix, RE/P, db, and Journal of the AES. His first book, Digital Radio Basics, was the world’s first commercial text on digital radio broadcasting. More recently, he co-authored Audio Over IP, which is currently one of its publisher’s (Focal Press) bestselling books. Skip is also a contributor to the NAB Engineering Handbook and several other technical texts and reference books, and is a recipient of the AES Board of Governors Award.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he studied Electrical Engineering, International Economics and Fine Arts. Visit Skip’s site.


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