You may or may not have an interest yet in sending audio over IP, but it’s been a hot spot in the broadcast field for 10 years, and it’s going to be a hot spot in live sound within the next couple of years. There are several unique protocols out there, Dante probably being the one readers here are most likely to encounter, and over the last several years, several manufacturers have been working together in an AES Standards committee to develop a standard that gives a good shot at having gear from one company work with gear from another company.
This webinar isn’t highly technical – anyone with a bit of IT knowledge will be able to follow it. What makes it worth watching, though, it that it’s a frank discussion with one of the members of the AES committee that developed the standard, who is also a chief techie at one of the companies that’s been in the audio-over-IP business for a while. He goes through a lot of the details that they had to hammer out, explaining why and how decisions were made as to what would be included in the standard and what would be left for the developers to work on individually. Often, standards like this evolve from a single manufacturer, but this wasn’t the case here – everyone has some work to do in order to get their system to comply. It would be nice if all standards were developed in such an organized manner.
Follow this link to watch the talk. It’s about an hour long, so save it for a Sunday when the football game on TV is going to be a snoozer.