The Audio Engineering Society (AES), in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), from 27–30 October held a successful interoperability testing event for its AES67-2013 networking standard – 'PlugFest' – at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in Munich (pictured).
The PlugFest, organised by the AES Standards Committee (AESSC), offered an exclusive, commercially neutral chance for manufacturers to test and experiment with AES67 protocols in a controlled environment, overseen by AESSC members. The three-day event saw tests of 16 different networked-audio products with AES67-specific extensions from brands including ALC NetworX, Archwave, Axia Audio, Digigram, DirectOut, Lawo, Merging Technologies, Neumann, SOUND4 and Telos Systems.
The AES67 standard offers high-performance streaming via audio over IP (AoIP) networks across a wide range of platforms and products, with a focus on "comprehensive interoperability recommendations" in synchronisation, media clock identification, network transport, encoding and streaming, session description and connection management.
"We are very pleased with the recent success of our PlugFest event in Munich last month," says Bruce Olson, AES Standards Committee chairman. "With the participation of leading manufacturers, this hands-on event was able to clearly and reliably demonstrate the AES67 audio networking standard in a controlled environment across a number of different platforms. The AES Standards Committee continues to provide the most rigorous testing and development within the professional audio community, and these events help to strengthen our mission to standardise and educate our latest developments for audio professionals worldwide."
The full report of the event, titled AES-R12-2014, Report on AES67 interoperability PlugFest, Munich 2014 is available on the AES website.
The new Media Networking Alliance, formed to promote adoption and support adopters of the AES67 standard, launched at the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles in October.