Rome Calling – The Audio and Loudness Seminar of 2011
In June 2011, some of the most respected audio authorities - including George Massenburg, Bob Katz, Florian Camerer and Thomas Lund - gathered in Rome, Italy, to share their thoughts and experiences on loudness measurement in connection with recording, mixing, mastering and broadcasting.
For ages, sound was a natural phenomenon, only existing while
being produced, but audio recording technology changed that once
and for all. Now, beautiful audible moments can be captured and
reproduced to enjoy at any time. However, technology can also be
abused, which is rarely beneficial to the music and film-loving
listener. In some cases, technology can be used in unintended and
creative ways with great results, but in other cases, e.g.
excessive use of compression, audio tends to suffer considerably.
Our seminar in Rome touched both of these topics.
We have been part of the audio technology industry for
decades and are determined to serve audio first - whether it being
music, sound for film, broadcast, etc. One way to reach this goal
has been to contribute massively to the on-going development and
definition of international broadcasting standards such as ITU and
EBU in collaboration with several independent research institutes
and organizations. Another way is to host knowledge-boosting
seminars large enough to gather some of the industry's most
influential speakers, yet personal enough to exchange information
and experience with them first-hand.
The speakers at the seminar in Rome included such capacities as George Massenburg, Simone Corelli, Florian Camerer, Alessandro Travaglini, Richard van Everdingen, Bob Katz and Thomas Lund. The first day of the seminar focused on post-production, while the second day concentrated on professional broadcasting and particularly the radical changes happening in production and distribution of broadcast, film and music as a consequence of new ITU and EBU standards. For example, the groundbreaking and comprehensive EBU R128 loudness recommendation was investigated from a multitude of angles, as was the just updated ITU-R BS.1770-2 broadcast standard.
EBU R128 Introduction - Florian Camerer
Loudness Wars, Part 1 - Thomas Lund
EBU R128 in Transmission and Production - Thomas Lund
Audio workflows and signalflows in broadcasting - Alessandro Travaglini
EBU R128 in distribution - Richard van Everdingen
Legislating the level of commercials - Dr. Mauro Falcone
Download Simone Corelli's presentation "Cinema requirements, calibrated listening, dialog." (PDF)
Rome Calling Aftermath
The seminar was a huge success! The Eternal City created a
perfect frame for the event, and the keynote speakers willingly
shared all of their expertise on recording, mixing, mastering and
broadcasting with the participants.
Stay tuned as the last few presentations - by George Massenburg, Bob Katz and Florian Camerer - will be available soon. If you would like to be notified when new videos are added, just sign up for receiving our Production and Transmission newsletter.