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Radio Academy TechCon goes loud

This year's Radio Academy Festival TechCon in Salford will focus on the thorny subject of loudness for radio, as well as other topical technical issues including telephone broadcasting and whether physical broadcast centres are still necessary.

This year’s Radio Academy Festival TechCon in Salford will focus on the thorny subject of loudness for radio, as well as other topical technical issues including telephone broadcasting and whether physical broadcast centres are still necessary. Now that the EBU PLOUD group, which developed the R128 standard for loudness monitoring and control, has completed most of its work for television, attention is turning towards the problem of differing volume levels between programme material on radio. The TechCon Loud and Clear session will discuss how to deal with subjective volumes rather than peak level and new terminology such as LUFs (loudness units relative to full scale). The panel will include Andrew Mason of BBC R&D, who has worked with PLOUD, Thomas Lund, chief technology officer for broadcast and production at TC Electronic, and Bjorn Aarseth from NRK in Norway. Is Telephone Broadcasting a Long Term Evolution will look at whether 4G mobile broadband will make smartphones as a replacement for radios on the move a reality. Let’s Get Rid of Radio Stations will ask if radio studios in the form of specially constructed buildings are still needed or if technology can bring greater freedom to broadcast from anywhere. Among the panel will be Sharon Green from Radio Results International and Quentin Nield of ThisIsElectric. The keynote speech will be delivered by Alix Pryde, director of BBC Distribution. The Radio Academy Festival takes place at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester from 14 to 16 October, with TechCon on the first day. www.radioacademy.org

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