No Flapping in a New Era

A new chip technology could usher in major change for the audio industry


The End of Conference Audio - AirPods for AV

I remember back in late 2016 when a small package arrived, it was a pair of Apple AirPods. These were the latest headphones, designed to compensate for the lack of audio jack on the new iPhone 7. All my friends laughed at me for buying such an expensive gimmick. But they turned out to be the future and had the same impact on corporate AV as the iPhone had on Nokia and Ericsson. Read More...

Every Networked Audio Product June 2016

It’s that time again for our survey of Audio Networking products.

Announced yesterday at InfoComm Las Vegas 2016 are the results, based on what we believe is every current networked audio product. We have had even more support this time from protocol alliances who have had the opportunity to input and amend the data.


Hearing it all Louder

Following on from our earlier success in passing audio streams between devices on the network we felt that tripping over headphone leads or just looking at meters on screen was a little limiting. The next step therefore was to send some audio to a pair of Genelec 4420A loudspeakers.


RAVENNA – Mixing it up

RAVENNA – Mixing it Up

Last time we connected RAVENNA Virtual Sound Card to the Merging Horus and monitored the output out of the Horus headphone output.

A Visit to Munich

After rushing into our plug fest and then with Christmas getting in the way, our plug fest has been a little delayed.

On our voyage into AES67 we decided to start with RAVENNA as it’s the only fully fledged protocol that is AES67 compatible out of the box. We got hold of a Lawo Crystal and a Merging HAPI and Pyramix. Merging to Merging worked fine but we struggled to put them together with the Crystal. We crashed the network. We didn’t pay sufficient attention to our switch set up.

In the world of audio networking switch set up is really important.


Every Networked Audio Product Feb 2016

We’ve turned our count of networked audio products into a biannual event with results in time for ISE and InfoComm.

We’ve counted what we think is every networked audio on the market. What’s more this time we had some help. Behind the scenes representatives from each of the protocol alliances have had access to input and check the data.

You can find products
here using our app and by using an in-app purchase you can download the entire dataset into a spreadsheet.

So here are the scores for January 2016:


AES67 - Getting Plugged In

We’ve heard so much in the industry press about AES67. It seems to be the next big thing. There is even a trade association dedicated to it – the Media Networking Alliance.

RAVENNA already offers AES67 compliance and Audinate has released AES67 firmware to manufacturers leaving it up to them whether to implement the capability into their products.

Recently at the AES show in New York there was a world-premiere, demonstrating AES67 interoperability among devices from different manufacturers, including RAVENNA and Dante equipment. (However, this was a manufacturer only affair.)

What we want to know is what is AES67 like in the real world? How will real engineers use it? If you are given some AES67 compatible equipment to use, what would you actually do?


Automixing at ISE 2015

We had some fun at ISE 2015 but for a serious reason. Automixing has been around for a while and most speech is mixed that way. For music it is a different story. Some people say that music can never be mixed by a machine. However we know that a number of manufacturers are working on this technology. The problem is that they are all focussing on the considerable engineering challenges and not on the economic and social consequences of introducing such a product.


Every networked Product 2014

Last year we counted what we thought was every networked audio on the market. We knew some people would find this information useful but we were overwhelmed by the response. This year we repeated the count and buoyed by the interest we spent a lot more time on it. Frankly last year’s count wasn’t good enough and we found many many more products across all protocols and categories… Read More...

On stage in 2025 (Concept Video 2015)

No one can predict the future but we’ve often helped things on their way. Thousands of people plug microphones in on stage every day. Watch our 2015 concept video to see our what we think the future might hold.

Members of our team invented the first networked loudspeaker, the first networked intercom and were there at the very early stages of audio show control. Thousands of people plug microphones in on stage every day. Its probably the most common task in our industry. We need to think about how such common tasks will change in the future. When you break down what is going in this video we make a number of assumptions about how audio equipment should connect and be controlled together - we show how you can have 'networked headphones'. No actual products or association with any manufacturer are implied in this video.

What the OCA should do next

Take a look at the different industry outcomes...

Every networked product?

Which products are available using what audio network?
We've been trying to do a reality check on what networked audio devices there are on the market. Previously we have looked at the number of licencees of each protocol. This time we decided to research every audio product that has a 'standard' audio network connection. The purpose of this was to see what choices we have when we want to buy networked audio equipment. Read More...

The problems with audio networks

I was doing some training on audio networks with a client a few days ago and the subject of security and encryption came up. I was reminded of something I wrote in 2005, which starts on the subject of security but becomes a much wider discussion. I have decided to let it loose again as the points made then are just as relevant today.

I've changed a couple of things for comedy value or just to make it understandable to a 2013 audience, but its almost exactly as written eight years ago…

Hail the Uzbek Ambassador…

CTS-A - Putting the A into AV

With a visit to the InfoComm show in Orlando coming up next month, I wanted to look again at the perennial problem of the AV industry.
We all know what AV stands for? Yes, that's right - All Video
So much of the time, money, staffing, training and editorial within the AV industry is focussed on the video side.

But what about audio?

This blog entry asks whether InfoComm needs to take audio more seriously than they currently do… Read More...

A fairy story - End of the AVnu

The following is a work of fiction. I repeat, a work of fiction:

AVB is coming soon I swear

The year was 2008. I was at an event focused on professional audio, sitting in on a roundtable discussion with several folks from key companies in the industry. One gentleman was from The AVnu Alliance. The Lake Processor had launched the previous year, famously without any support for AVB. A lot of folks were up in arms about this — including several at this table. The guy from the AVnu Alliance assured everyone: AVB would be coming soon. And it was going to be wonderful. The notion that Lake wouldn’t include it on the Lake Processor because of performance issues was pure hogwash.

The same thing was said in 2009.

The same thing was said in 2010.

The same thing was still being said in 2011.


Network licensee numbers

I have just written an article for Lighting and Sound International, setting out why I think AVB may not work out in the pro-audio industry.

I have made it clear that I might be wrong and would be happy to be stand corrected. The point is to have an open debate which Lee Minich responds to in subsequent pages.

This blog entry looks at how many manufacturers are adopting which protocols...