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Audio/Media Networking Summit

Tuesday October 13, 2020
Sessions on the hour from 9am – 7pm ET

Audio Networking/ AoIP has marked a fundamental shift in the way we transport audio in studios and in live event production.
From Recording Studios, Broadcast Studios, Post-Production, churches, both small and large scale venues and for remote broadcasts - all now have moved or are moving to AoIP.
There are many solutions out there, including DANTE, AVB/MILAN, RAVENNA and various proprietary networks, with AES67 as a unifying Rosetta Stone.
The AoIP Summit, delves into the application and solutions aspects of widely adopted solutions, including the latest information on tools and technology.

Join us on Tuesday October 13, 2020, for this first in a series of Audio Networking Summits, to learn from the experts and ask those vital questions.
The AES AoIP Summit will be hosted on a secure Zoom site. An add-on registration to the AES Show Fall 2020 is required, together with acknowledgement of your email to be shared with the AoIP Partners only. A link and passcode will be sent to all Summit registrants late on Monday, October 12 (Eastern Time).

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Event schedule

The Zoom link and passcode will be sent to all Summit registrants late on Monday, October 12 (Eastern Time).
Terry Holton
AoIP Summit Panel Moderator

Moderated by Terry Holton, from AIMS, this introduction and panel includes Andreas Hildebrand from ALC NetworX / RAVENNA, Jan Lykke from NTP Technologies, Pete Tilley from Focusrite Pro, Derek Badala from Synthax US, Ethan Wetzell from OCA Alliance and Scott Sugden from L-Acoustics.

Jan Lykke
Business Development Manager, NTP Technology

In this presentation Jan Lykke will look at the pros and cons and challenges of transitioning to an AoIP solution. The term “pro audio industry” covers a wide range of users, from small music studios to large-scale post-production facilities. Jan will cover the benefits and challenges for these different types of users, backed up by real case stories.

Andreas Hildebrand
Technology Evangelist

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is a non-profit trade alliance that fosters the adoption of one set of common, ubiquitous, standards-based protocols for interoperability over IP in the media and entertainment, and professional audio/video industries. Andreas will provide an overview on the ``AIMS Roadmap for Professional Media Networking Interoperability`` and its relationship to current standards. He will also introduce ``IPMX``, a set of proposed extensions to the AIMS Roadmap to address the requirements of the ProAV industry

Pete Tilley
Western Regional Sales Manager for Focusrite Pro

Join Focusrite Pro on October 13th for the AES Show AoIP Online Summit to watch a roundtable discussion with professionals from cutting-edge educational facilities on how to use Audio-over-IP technology to best to keep everyone safe during the upcoming school year.
Focusrite Pro’s Pete Tilley will have an open discussion with Mark Beckett of Essex County School of Technology, Blair Liikala of North Texas State University, Scott Wynne of Appalachian State University, and Scott Burgess of University of Colorado, Denver, to discuss some ideas they’ve had regarding the upcoming school year including potential ways to move forward in a post-COVID-19 semester

Andreas Hildebrand
Technology Evangelist

In this presentation, Andreas Hildebrand, RAVENNA Evangelist at ALC NetworX, will provide an overview on the current AoIP landscape and explain what RAVENNA's role is among the fish in the pond. A brief history on audio networking will answer the question, why RAVENNA was developed in the first place (``yet another fish in the pond?``), leading onto the more recent developments of AES67 and SMPTE ST2110 and how they relate to RAVENNA. If you are already involved in the RAVENNA and/or AES67 & ST2110 world on a day-to-day basis, this presentation may simply offer some useful revision. For those who are not so familiar with the topic, it provides an excellent starting point for getting acquainted with RAVENNA and the wider landscape of Audio-over-IP standards and technologies

Derek Badala
Director of Sales, RME (Synthax, Inc.)

In today’s audio world, digital audio systems have surpassed people’s expectations and dare we say, becoming the go-to systems over the more traditional counterparts. From their flexibility and ability to adapt according to the user’s needs, i.e. ranging from a personal home studio to major concert productions, these systems have proven to be reliable, functional and most importantly non-complicated to use. From minimizing set-up time to working with fewer cables, the biggest plus is you do not have to be an IT expert to use these systems. These technologies are so streamlined and ergonomic, no specialized knowledge is needed to work with them. On the contrary, as complex as these systems are, for the user they offer a high level of familiarity.
This presentation will look into the advantages each system has to offer, what they are, where and how they are used, and answer any questions the participants have.

Patrick Killianey
Senior Technical Training Manager, Audinate

To be announced shortly

Ethan Wetzell
OCA Alliance Marketing Committee Chair

As media networks are connecting more devices than ever, the subject of standardized control is an important topic to consider, and the AES70 standard can provide a solution. In this presentation, the topic of control in a media network will be explored- including general concepts, use cases, challenges, and how AES70 is uniquely positioned to provide a standardized solution to device control over a media network.

Scott Sugden
Product & Technology Outreach Manager, L-Acoustics

Created by pro AV market leaders within Avnu Alliance, Milan is a standards-based, user-driven deterministic network protocol for professional media. Milan combines the technical benefits of the AVB standard with Pro AV market-defined device requirements at both the network and the application layer for media streams, formats, clocking, and redundancy.
This presentation introduces the AVB/Milan eco-system within the L-Acoustics product portfolio. From front-end (P1 processor) to distribution (LS10 switch) and amplification (LA2Xi-LA4X-LA12X Amplified Controllers), AVB/Milan is now the L-Acoustics reference format for distribution of audio and control data over a single, possibly redundant, network.

Mike Picotte & Shawn Dealey
Senior Sales Engineer/Producer & Producer/Engineer, Sweetwater

In this session, you'll see a live recording session with Nick D’Virgillio at Sweetwater Studios on Sweetwater's retail campus in Fort Wayne. This session will exclusively utilize Dante technology to show how to successfully implement AoIP into real studio sessions. Learn directly from Sweetwater Senior Sales Engineer, Mike Picotte and Sweetwater Studios Producer/Engineer, Shawn Dealey, on what things you need to know in order to make Dante work inside your studio. This will be a live session with tips and tricks from industry experts. You won't want to miss this one! Bring your questions as we'll leave time in for a Q&A at the end.

Meet the AoIP Summit Presenters

Introducing some of our key presenters

Terry Holton

Panel Moderator: AIMS Audio Group Chairman - UK - London, UK

``Terry is Chairman of the Audio Working Group in AIMS (the Alliance for IP Media Solutions). He was previously a Board member in the Media Networking Alliance before it was merged into AIMS in 2017.
Terry spent 25 years working for the Yamaha R&D Centre in London where he was General Manager and also headed up the Pro Audio Product Planning group working on a range of digital audio products. He is now a consultant focusing on media networking and represents Yamaha is various alliances and standards groups.``

Jan Lykke

Business Development Manager, NTP Technology

Jan Lykke joined NTP Technology 7 years ago where he has had a focus on the transition to AoIP in both the pro audio and broadcast industries. This includes designing AoIP solutions ranging from small music studios to large-scale post-production and broadcast facilities. NTP Technology provides audio conversion, routing and processing solutions for both music production and post-production under the DAD – Digital Audio Denmark brand and to the broadcast industry under the Penta brand. NTP also provide the industry-standard MTRX and MTRX Studio Pro Tools interfaces to Avid.

Andreas Hildebrand

Senior Product Manager and Evangelist for the RAVENNA technology developed by ALC NetworX, Germany

Andreas Hildebrand is acting as Senior Product Manager and Evangelist for the RAVENNA technology developed by ALC NetworX, Germany. His experience is based on more than 25 years of occupation within the Professional Audio / Broadcasting industry.
He is a member of the AES Task Group defining and maintaining the AES67 AoIP standard and regularly contributes to the SMPTE ST2110 SVIP standardization. He is also engaged in the AIMS Technical and Marketing work groups and is acting as co-chair of the AIMS Audio subgroup.
In 2018, RAVENNA has been awarded with the 20th Anniversary AV Award on “Top Innovation of the last 20 Years”. In 2020, Andreas received the prestigious Technical Emmy Award for his work on RAVENNA and AoIP in general.

Pete Tilley

Western Regional Sales Manager for Focusrite Pro

Peter Tilley is the Western Regional Sales Manager for Focusrite Pro, acting as the
primary liaison for both the Education and Post-Production markets. His history of
Live Sound Engineering supplemented by Pro Audio Sales play a key part in combining his technological understanding of Pro Industry equipment with his ability to simplify it for the average user.
In this presentation, Peter will be interviewing Blair Liikala (University of North
Texas), Mark Beckett (Essex County School of Technology), Scott Burgess
(University of Colorado, Denver), and Scott Wynne (Appalachian State University).

Derek Badala

Director of Sales, RME (Synthax, Inc.)

Derek Badala is an industry veteran with 26 years of Pro Audio and MI experience. His past employment as chief audio engineer, business owner, product manager, sales manager, and sales director have given him insights to the Pro Audio Industry few have experienced. From Military and Broadcast sectors as well as equipment manufacturing, marketing, and sales, Derek has made notable contributions to our industry. Currently he is the Director of Sales of Synthax Inc whose brands include RME, Ferrofish, Alva, and myMix. He is a detailed energetic presenter who loves quality audio and educating professionals on audio solutions.

Ethan Wetzell

OCA Alliance Marketing Committee Chair

Ethan Wetzell has worked in professional audio for over 25 years, in positions ranging from front of house and studio engineer to global product manager for Electro-Voice DSP. Ethan is an active participant in standards activities such as AES-67 and X-210 and works extensively with trade associations such as the AVnu Alliance and OCA Alliance.

Scott Sugden

Product & Technology Outreach Manager, L-Acoustics

Scott Sugden contributes to the success and growth of L-Acoustics by liaising with key stakeholders across geographies and company functions to help L-Acoustics identify and capitalize upon new product opportunities. He is responsible for accompanying L-Acoustics products from launch through life cycle. Scott has worked closely with L-Acoustics certified engineers and the L-Acoustics partner network in his 10 years at L-Acoustics,offering his industry-recognized systems engineering skills to ensure that wherever L-Acoustics sound systems are used, the teams that deploy them are achieving the best possible results and contributing to a successful event.

Shawn Dealey

Producer/Engineer, Sweetwater

After taking a music production class in high school, Shawn began engineering for local bands and opened his first studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, when he was 20 years old. He played drums, produced, and engineered his way to a string of professional touring tech jobs with a host of big-name artists such as Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Santana, All American Rejects, and Billy Talent. Now he works at Sweetwater Studios as a producer, engineer, and front of house mixer for several of Sweetwater’s venues, including the new Clyde Theatre.

Mike Picotte

Senior Sales Engineer/Producer, Sweetwater

Producer and Engineer Mike Picotte has recently recorded and mixed tracks for Mario Batista, Otherwise, Mayaeni, Phantogram, Ray Fuller, and countless others. Mike designs, builds, tunes, and installs studios and complex touring arena systems, as a Senior Sales Engineer at Sweetwater. He is a Dante, SSL, RND, Avid, Yamaha Rivage and Sound Grid specialist, along with most popular brands.

Focusrite Pro

Focusrite Audio Engineering has pioneered professional audio recording technology spanning more than three decades. Focusrite Pro, the company’s professional and commercial division, meets the demands of recording, education, post-production, live sound, house of worship and broadcast professionals. It consists of RedNet, a fully modular audio-over-IP solution, and the Red range, Focusrite’s flagship multi-format interfaces, along with the heritage ISA range of microphone preamplifiers and analogue signal processors. The solutions have been developed to meet the needs of the most demanding applications through a relentless focus on ease of use, quality and reliability.
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AIMS Alliance

AIMS is an industry consortium led by broadcast and ProAV engineers, technologists, visionaries, vendors and business executives dedicated to an open-standards approach that moves broadcast and media companies quickly and profitably from legacy systems to a virtualized, IP-based environment. AIMS’ efforts build upon those of leading standards bodies such as the Video Services Forum (VSF), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the European Broadcast Union (EBU), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES). We don’t compete with these bodies—we seek to foster the good work they have done.

This clear technology roadmap helps broadcasters rapidly deploy flexible IP-based production, storage and distribution capabilities, provided by the industry’s leading infrastructure and software vendors. AIMS is an inclusive, transparent and not-for-profit organization which enables close cooperation between members and leading standards bodies ensuring that broadcasters’ and AV professionals’ business and technical needs are met. Together, we drive a comprehensive, ubiquitous set of IP standards that eliminate fragmentation and maximize interoperability, as well as provide reassurance that today’s decisions do not lead to technological dead ends or proprietary lock-in tomorrow.

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While radios already offered several simultaneous audio programs, Digigram chose to propose a codec with high channel density in only 1U. This codec had to manage talk-back channels and commentaries via IP. It had to support remote broadcasting of programs between remote studios and generate multiple WEB radio streams for CDNs. This led to the creation of IQOYA SERV/LINK, an extremely reliable and compact codec.
This new generation codec was the first IP audio codec in the market to offer as many channels in 1U. IQOYA SERV/LINK accommodates Digigram’s professional audio cards and relies on the Fluid IP™ streaming engine developed by the brand. It is available in several versions with different format compatibility: MADI / AES67 / AES / EBU / DANTE / Analog.
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AVB Switch

Designed to overcome the challenges of touring events and installation applications, LS10 is a plug-and-play Avnu-certified AVB switch that integrates seamlessly within the L-Acoustics ecosystem. LS10 runs out of the box AVB for simplified connectivity, united audio and control distribution, and reliable networking. Users spend less time setting up systems and more time focusing on the strategic goal of creating unforgettable audio experiences.


As a member of the Avnu Alliance, L-Acoustics is committed to the development of a complete ecosystem of interoperable devices using IEEE’s open AVB standards. Benefits are:

• Guaranteed delivery of time sensitive data
• Guaranteed phase accuracy
• Low latency
• Maximized bandwidth usage
• Easy setup

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RAVENNA is a solution for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can operate in existing network infrastructures and is fully AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110 compliant.
Initially developed to meet the exacting demands of the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA offers the best performance characteristics of any audio-over-IP transport solution on the market today: very low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability. Fields of application include in-house signal distribution for broadcasting houses and other fixed installations; flexible setups at venues and live events; OB van support; inter-studio links across WAN links and production facilities.
Powerful, scalable and reliable, the RAVENNA technology framework is already a high-quality stand-alone solution. It is also currently the easiest and most cost-effective route for manufacturers to offer their clients AES67 compatibility, thus taking a large step forwards in their ability to develop interoperable, standards-agnostic communications and signal transport solutions.
Liaisons with standard organizations and industry alliances (i.e. AES, AIMS, AMWA, SMPTE and others) ensure close alignment of the RAVENNA technology with current industry trends. Consequently, RAVENNA is already compliant with the AES67, SMPTE ST2110-30 and ST2110-31 standards.
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Dante: The Networking Standard for the Professional AV Industry.

Dante is the leading AV-over-IP solution in the world, found in over 2000 products from more than 400 manufacturers. Dante replaces point-to-point analog and digital connections with a standard IP network that delivers completely lossless audio, massive channel counts and near infinite signal routing flexibility, all while being incredibly easy to deploy and use.

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OCA Alliance

OCA is an architecture for system control and connection management of media networks. Now standardized as Audio Engineering Society AES70, OCA is capable of working effectively with all kinds of devices from multiple manufacturers, to provide fully interoperable multivendor networks.

OCA is an open, license-free standard available to anyone – the full AES70 specification is available through the AES standards website. Although the OCA Alliance welcomes new members at any time, Alliance membership is not required to use AES70.
OCA does not provide media transport, but can be used in conjunction with any available transport protocol (Dante, AVB, AES67, Cobranet, etc.). OCA protocols operate over standard Ethernet or 802.11 Wi-Fi networks.

OCA is a control protocol standard only, and does not define the programming design or user interfaces of devices or controllers.

OCA is modular, and may be used successfully in all sizes of devices, from small wall controllers to large audio processors and mixers. It can be deployed in subsets. For example, some products may use only OCA’s connection management features, others may use only its audio processing features, while still others may use the entire feature set.

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NTP Technology

NTP Technology ( produces high-reliability audio routing and signal processing systems for major international broadcasters, audio mastering, editing and post-production studios under its Penta brand. DAD – Digital Audio Denmark (, NTP Technology’s second brand, is renowned worldwide for analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog audio converters delivering outstanding sonic performance. Based in Copenhagen, NTP is part of the Dan Technologies Group, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of audio, video, transmission products and digital media solutions
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