Broadcast Tech & Engineering News – WABE to host virtual convention Nov. 3-4

The Western Association of Broadcasters (WABE) 71st annual convention will be a virtual event, Nov. 3-4. WABE will once again be teaming up with the Scarritt Group to host the event with the lineup to include educational papers from David Vargas, Senior Research Engineer, BBC, who will speak on 5G technologies for media distribution, and Steven Holmes, a solutions architect, advisor and consultant, who will talk about monitoring hybrid SDI in the ST2110 uncompressed domain. On the radio side, Kirk Harnack will speak on Virtualization and Chris Lapp from Cisco will speak on programming. There will also be sessions on highly-requested topics such as AM troubleshooting, Emergency Planning and Project Management. Learn more here.

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has introduced a major revision to the AES Recommendations for Loudness of Internet Audio Streaming and On-Demand Distribution. To resolve excessive loudness, compromised quality, and inconsistent levels, AES has provided updated recommendations for establishing and implementing an effective Distribution Loudness for streaming and on-demand audio file playback. The TD1008 guidelines replace the previous TD1004 recommendation for streaming loudness from 2015, recommending bringing track normalization to -16 integrated and the loudest track on an album to -14 integrated. It also recommends that speech within streams be normalized to -18 LUFS to accommodate the gain of current player devices and that music be normalized to an average of -16 LUFS in operations where music and speech are separately normalized and played out automatically.

Videolinq, the Ontario-headquartered software-as-a-service company allowing users to send live video to multiple web and social media sites simultaneously, and real time caption solution provider StreamText, have announced a partnership. The two organizations are now offering a cloud-based, integrated solution which simplifies the process to encode closed captions directly into live video streams. With the new partnership, users can add captions to video platforms like Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, Brightcove, Twitch, Twitter and other streaming service providers.