Thirty system designers from across Europe attended a two-day seminar in Wiehl, Germany, last month. Specially-devised application set-ups allowed for an interactive exploration of various issues related to audio networking.
Ruben van der Goor (pictured), application engineer in the Yamaha Music Europe CA team, was among the senior Yamaha figures to address the gathering.
Yamaha digital mixing consoles, amplifiers, SB168-ES stage boxes and third party interface cards were part of configurations that allowed participants to undertake hands-on training with network technologies including ES100, Optocore, CobraNet, RockNet, Dante and SoundGrid.
The event was divided into two sessions under the headings of Networks and Quality. The Networks session included an update on all networking developments since 2008; the conventions of Yamaha’s UNioN; multitrack recording and playback of audio over different networks; distributed DSP; audio, video and lighting control over IP and multiple access ES100 systems. Meanwhile, the Quality session primarily featured the study of head amps, jitter and their effect on audio quality. There was also a blind listening test of stage boxes from four different manufacturers, including Yamaha’s SB168-ES, as well as a similar comparison around jitter issues.
“The hotel offered a perfect ‘neutral’ atmosphere to emphasise the focus on technology – a fact which was appreciated by all who attended,” says Yamaha’s Ron Bakker. “The excellent food and the one-of-a-kind bowling facility also contributed to an extremely enjoyable two days.
“The transition of conventional digital audio to networked audio systems introduces a form of democracy in system design, which offers unprecedented freedom in creative options for DSP, distribution, user interfacing and peripheral functionality. The aim of the seminar was to inform the 30 attendees on both quality and design issues – and, above all, to learn from each other how we can make the most out of the exciting new possibilities.”