“Everything you wanted to know about AES67 but were afraid to ask” was the theme of a recent evening of education and discussion at Genelec’s Experience Centre in London – organised jointly by Genelec, RAVENNA and RH Consulting.
Genelec’s relationship with RAVENNA and the world of audio networking has already produced the 8430A - the world’s first audio-over-IP studio monitor. Since the introduction of the AES67 standard - which allows interoperability between IP-based systems including RAVENNA, Dante, Livewire and Q-LAN - there has been growing interest from audio professionals in learning more about AES67, and this was the prime motivation for hosting the event - which attracted guests from the worlds of broadcast, post production and commercial audio.
The evening kicked off with an introduction by UK consultant Roland Hemming, who gave an overview of how IP networking is being adopted across the audio industry, including examples of some particularly high-profile projects using the technology. Hemming then handed over to Andreas Hildebrand of ALC NetworX – the developers of RAVENNA – who explained what AES67 is, how it works, and how it is helping to accelerate the acceptance of networked audio.
Hildebrand then followed up with a live demo of an AES67 system comprising a Cymatic Audio uTrack24 multitrack recorder/player, an ARG switch, a Grandmaster clock from Sonifex, a RAVENNA Virtual soundcard, and the Genelec 8430A IP speakers. After demonstrating full interoperability between all these devices running AES67-formatted streams, a Dante device (an AOIP box from Infomedia) was added to the set-up and, with the help of the recently released and freely available RAV2SAP converter software, Hildebrand showed streams running back and forth between the RAVENNA and Dante eco systems.
After a session of Q&A to round off the talk, all 3 hosts declared themselves very happy with the event: “It was a hugely successful evening,” said Hildebrand. “We were over-subscribed but people came anyway, and then stayed on to chat to us and ask more questions for well over an hour afterwards, so we’re delighted.”
“As a long-term RAVENNA partner we were delighted to host this event,” confirmed Howard Jones of Genelec. “The size and quality of the audience shows just how significant IP has become in the world of audio.”
Hemming agreed: “It was all the more gratifying as we had a really high profile audience with heads of production from TV companies, national radio, post production, live events and installed sound. There is clearly a desire and a requirement for this type of education which is great news for anyone involved in audio networking.”
Genelec will be hosting a regular series of educational events at the Experience Centre in London, and we’re always interested in hearing what audio professionals would like to discuss. If you’re interested in attending future events – or have suggestions for what topic(s) you’d like to see covered – then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org