Two-Day Audio Conference Explores New Technologies, New Distribution SystemsMore than 250 audio industry professionals descended on New York City in mid-June for Mix's third annual StudioPro technical and business conference. Titled Audio Production for Music, Broadcast and the Web, the two-day program featured panel discussions on topics such as "The Future of Music Delivery: New Audio Formats and the Web," "Multichannel Sound for DTV," and "Beyond Sneaker-Net: The Network as a Production Tool."
Once again, the luncheon forums proved immensely popular. The first day's emphasis was on music production, with producer Tony Visconti chairing a panel titled "Producing at 1630 RPMs." The forum was sponsored by Quantegy and the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy. On the second day, Dolby, with help from Genelec, presented a live 5.1 demo and panel discussion on "The Changing Sound of Television: From Stereo to Digital Surround." The lunch discussion was led by Sync Sound's Ken Hahn.
New this year, and proving very popular, were a series of manufacturer-sponsored workshops. Dolby presented a workshop on "Broadcast Distribution of Multichannel Sound"; Genelec sposored "Subwoofer Issues in Surround Setup," hosted by Mix contributing editor Bob Hodas; and the two companies teamed up to present a DVD-Audio listening environment. Liquid Audio hosted a workshop on "Mastering for Web Delivery"; Rocket Network presented "Online Collaboration"; Digidesign (with producer/engineer Charles Dye), broke down an "Anatomy of an All-DAW Production"; and Sonic Solutions detailed "DVD-Audio Premastering and Authoring."