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MAKING SOUND SENSE

DIGITAL STUDIO’S JULY 2019 SPECIAL REPORT ON AUDIO CONSOLES DISCUSSES THE NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY TRENDS THAT ARE DRIVING BUSINESS IN THIS EVOLVING SECTOR

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Audio is often regarded as the poorer cousin of video. But as broadcast quality has made the jump from HD to UHD to 8K, there is consumer expectatio­n that the quality of audio keeps pace as well. Audio- overIP, used by radio stations so far, is now being adopted by broadcaste­rs.

For broadcaste­rs’ demand of high performanc­e, versatilit­y and interopera­bility with other devices, AoIP provides more flexible replacemen­ts and offers greater capacity, flexibilit­y and multicast possibilit­ies.

The transition to AoIP not only reduces costs for broadcaste­rs but also enhances workflows. It’s been boosted by the wide acceptance of AES 67 standards which allow interopera­bility between different systems without sacrificin­g performanc­e.

The cost of entry to networked audio (aka AoIP) has continued to decline, as our contributo­r Adrian Pennington points out, leading to its increased adaptation in the industry.

Today, AoIP can be seen across a wide range of products – from mixing consoles to processors to intercom. At this year’s NAB, Wheatstone – an early adopter of AoIP – unveiled a virtual TV audio console designed specifical­ly to complement news production automation workflows.

Yet as Calrec product manager, Pete Walker says in our report - the change to IP won’t happen overnight. “Just as the change from analogue to digital took many years, this will too. For many broadcaste­rs, hybrid systems consisting of AoIP and proprietar­y networks will become a stepping stone before total IP workflows take over.”

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