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Punyed: Telos Alliance has Solutions for Mexico

Posted by Dave Sarkies

Juan PunyedProfessionals in Mexico have particular concerns about the audio over networks, says Juan Punyed, director of sales for Latin America and Canada for The Telos Alliance.

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Topics: Radio Audio Processing

Telos and Linear Acoustic: Helping Broadcasters Keep Their Eye on the Shifting Center of the Broadcast Universe

Posted by Jeff Touzeau

Tim CarrollThe television broadcast industry has become infinitely more complex during the last five years, with producers churning out more content than at any other time in history. Meanwhile, the broadcast landscape has become vast and wholly unpredictable, with consumer preferences driving when, where and how content is consumed. These changes have come upon the broadcast industry swiftly and relentlessly. Less than a decade ago, content producers could safely predict that consumers were watching the vast majority of content on television sets in their homes. But now, with an abundance of smartphones, mobile devices and apps — all of which are routinely relaying broadcast content — the lines on the playing field have changed. And they are anything but predictable.

While the beginning and endpoints of this new playing field are still somewhat discernable despite constantly evolving technical standards, broadcast mediums, consumer device and viewing preferences, the middle points and content distribution methods are murky and less defined. Even though producers are now able to express themselves using more technically advanced tools than ever before — and consumers are able to consume content more conveniently 'anytime, anyplace, anywhere' — this has put strain and uncertainty on the part the broadcasters themselves, who are less visible than the producers or consumers in the broadcast chain. These broadcasters essentially need to create and adapt new content distribution channels and working methodologies where no precedent already exists.

There is a lot at stake for broadcasters, since their role is critical to both the content producers and consumers. The Telos Alliance, and its subsidiary Linear Acoustic, has played an active and innovative role not only in helping define this new broadcast distribution landscape, but also in helping its international customer base understand and overcome the challenges it presents. Over the course of this interview, Tim Carroll, Chief Technology Officer of Telos Alliance, explains how the broader television broadcast environment has changed and how Telos and Linear Acoustic are helping customers navigate and overcome the daunting challenges that now exist.

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Topics: Linear Acoustic

AoIP: It’s the ecosystem, not just the technology

Posted by Marty Sacks, VP, Axia Audio, and Kirk Harnack, VP, Telos Systems

When Steve ChurchAxia family unveiled IP-Audio, the technology which became our Axia brand, at NAB in 2002 he told everyone his vision: all broadcast equipment speaking a common language of networked control and audio, finally doing away with soldered, single-destination audio circuits and the stupefying array of connectors that accompanied them. Steve’s desire – and ours – is that all broadcast gear should interoperate. And not just operate together, but do it easily, seamlessly and without drama.

Fast-forward to 2014: our customers tell us that we’ve made a bit of progress! We’ve come to refer to this synergy, this co-operation of broadcast gear, as an ecosystem – all parts working together in harmony, with the sum of the parts being greater than the whole.

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Topics: Audio over IP

AoIP Networks: How Fast Should I Go?

Posted by Marty Sacks

Fast LaneYou probably remember learning to drive. Your Driver’s Ed teacher (or other responsible adult) would constantly monitor your speed and point out when you were going too fast. In your own mind, you could never go too fast! And for some of us, once we got that adult out of the car, we put our foot down to the floor. We never changed our thinking, and we have the speeding tickets to prove it!

It would be easy to think of AoIP networks in the same terms: if fast is good, faster is better — right?

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Topics: IP Audio Network Routing & Control

Audio Control is a Process, not a Product

Posted by Dave Sarkies

Gilbert Felix / Linear AcousticLinear Acoustic Focused on TV Audio Issues in Latin America

Gilbert Felix, Linear Acoustic Director of Sales for Latin America, spoke with media regarding the issue of television audio control at the recent SET convention in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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Topics: TV Loudness Management

Beware the FUD Monster

Posted by Marty Sacks

Doubt & Fear

With more radio stations contemplating Audio-over-IP as an audio infrastructure, one statement made by certain equipment manufacturers goes something like this: “You know, if you buy that gear, a PC is required to run your AoIP network.”

In the sales trade (and let’s be honest, that’s what this is all about), this sort of statement falls under a special designation called “FUD” – Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Some folks make these sorts of statements in order to distract you from the fact that their systems have nothing better to offer than their competitors, by implying that there’s a horrible fault in their competitor’s gear. In this case, the implication is that a PC attached to the system somehow makes it unreliable for broadcast.

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Topics: Technology

Audio Networking: Purpose-Built vs. The “Kitchen Sink Approach”

Posted by Marty Sacks

Marty SacksThere’s a whole lot that goes into building AoIP studio gear. And there might be even more that goes into choosing the system that’s right for your studios!

One key decision you’re faced with almost immediately in your selection process is which design philosophy to align yourself with: Purpose-Built, or the Kitchen Sink.

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Topics: IP Audio Network Routing & Control

What’s the Deal with AES67?

Posted by Marty Sacks

Marty SacksBy now, you’ve likely heard that the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has ratified the AES67 standard, which defines how Audio over IP (AoIP) systems from different manufacturers should interoperate.

The question, now that there’s a published specification, is — where do we go from here?

You might be interested in knowing that the team here at Axia has been involved in helping create this vital interoperation spec since the very beginning. We helped create and sustain the effort to create an interoperability spec, as well as contributing our technology and experience, to make creating the standard easier. Being the first company to develop AoIP technology for broadcast studios allowed us to help in ways that companies that were newer to this tech weren’t able to.

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Topics: Axia Audio, AES67

Compliant Loudness Should Still Move the Meters!

Posted by Mike Richardson

Mike RichardsonRegulations which aim to improve broadcast audio loudness consistency are being implemented worldwide. This is a perfect example of legislators everywhere reacting to an issue that affects all their constituents' broadcast channels with loudness variation that is annoying to viewers. Often attributed to commercials, it is often program related as well.

This is a case where the old adage “be careful what you wish for, because you may receive it” definitely applies; in some cases the fix for annoying loudness variations has produced unintended consequences.

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Topics: TV Loudness Management

What You Need to Know About Audio Time Management for Radio

Posted by Neil Glassman

Clock Playing Back AnnouncerThe first audio delays were tube based.

But did you know that those tubes were garden hoses with a speaker at one end and a microphone at the other? The hose’s length was calculated at one foot per 1ms of desired delay. As you can imagine, it did not sound good at all.

Today, radio broadcasters can take advantage of sophisticated digital technologies for audio delay, as well as for shrinking and stretching program material.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the historical highlights and where persistence and innovation have gotten us today.

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Topics: Audio Time Management, 25-Seven

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