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  • How audio broadcast equipment is evolving to deliver 3D sound

    Original 3D audio, for broadcast needs, lets you get sound from everywhere, and no it’s not surround sound as you know it.

    The International Telecommunication Union has decided upon a new standard for audio broadcast equipment that's planned to sit together with Ultra HD video. If the name by itself doesn't get you eager for yet one more standard that'll take years to really come into practice, then check out its even more shaky description: a "long-form file format for the international exchange of audio programme materials with metadata."

    The new standard is basically a 3D sound arrangement intended to deliver audio above and below listeners, as well as around them like in current surround system equipment does. It's built on the current RIFF and WAV file formats, which have been altered so that a solitary file can transmit a complete audio plan containing audio samples as well as metadata for any mixture of object, channel and scene-based sound.

    Audio Broadcast Equipment

    There's also the potential of users being able to customise their experience by altering individual intensities of 3D sound in their living rooms. The ITU says audiophiles will have something called "object based coding" to express their thanks to, which seems like something that may be too demanding for broadcast to actually implement with it’s current equipment. Still, if they do, the ITU is assuring that language choices, dialogue levels, and other pieces of a programme can be attuned, potentially being of benefit to those with hearing problems, too.

    Dolby Atmos uses object-based sound as well, and necessitates distinctive and quite costly audio broadcast equipment to process the object coding into an arrangement that can truly be interpreted by your usual channel-based speakers.

    The new audio broadcast equipment should be backwards compatible with older equipment and formats, thanks to flags that emphasise more common stereo audio. That said, there's a big cost to this 3D sound glory. The current 4GB file limit from the older specification has been lifted in order to pack all that new data in, and wrapped in a new-fangled WAV-based 64-bit arrangement called BW64. Given that broadcasters are unenthusiastic to move to 4K video, mostly due to due to bandwidth concerns, don't expect to be treating your ears to the bandwidth-heavy treat of 3D audio any time soon. At least not in most places.

  • Audio Broadcast Equipment: Looking to Start your Own Radio Station?

    Starting up an FM, satellite, or DAP radio station requires a lot of things, including licensing, soundproofed studios, audio broadcast equipment, some capital, knowledge on music royalties, and a good business plan. But sometimes, the thought of going through the lengthy process of setting up an FM radio station can be overwhelming. Why not consider broadcasting over the internet instead?

    How to Start Your Own Internet Radio Station

    Starting a conventional radio station is capital intensive, which puts it out of reach for most people. Internet radio, on the other hand, works across standard broadband connections, though it is much cheaper and easier to set up, making it possible for any serious person to start a broadcast. Today, there are numerous stations accessible online, from conventional channels playing only music to those focused on political and social issues.

    How Does it Work?

    Unlike traditional radio, internet radio originates from a computer, which creates an audio stream from any music or sound originating from your end. This audio stream is then converted to data before it is sent along your internet connection to a server for distribution. This distribution server is another very powerful computer with a super fast internet connection, possibly located in a data centre, and has the capability to relay or distribute the stream to other users across the globe. Any listener tuning into your radio station essentially connects to the distribution server in order to receive programming.

    That said, there are three primary categories of internet radio that you can choose:

    1. Live streaming service. To start this service, you would need a studio with the basic equipment, including a computer system, headphones, microphone, CD, and mixing desk, as well as a connection to an internet streaming server to convert the output of your studio into a stream, as discussed earlier. You can host the streaming (distribution) server yourself, or you can register with a third party streaming radio server.

    2. Pre-recorded or part-live service. This option frees you from having to run a 24-hour a day live service. Usually, you have to automate your station using clips from recent editions of your podcast, which are then streamed to your listeners across the globe.

    3. Podcasting. For this option, you need to record a sequence of radio shows, and then distribute them as podcasts. Your listeners across the globe can then download your shows automatically and listen to them at their own time.

    Podcasts are growing in popularity, as they are the easiest way for people to get their voices out there. Whichever option of internet radio station you choose, there are a few things you need to consider, including:

    • Hardware: Basic audio broadcast equipment plus a PC, microphone, and servers.
    • Podcast bandwidth: You have to host your podcasts or audio streams somewhere, which is usually a premium service offered by hosting providers.
    • Music licenses: You need a music license before you can play music on radio, even internet radio. Playing copyrighted music without a license can lead to substantial fines. To qualify as a small online radio, you must meet the requirements for licensing given by bodies such as PPL, or PRS for Music.
    • Topics to discuss: Make your pick, but you must make it interesting to your target demographic in order to build up a listener base. It helps to be knowledgeable in the niche you choose, and you’ll want to keep your topics timely and relevant.
    • Funding: Advertising and affiliate deals for products discussed are great revenue streams.

    Lastly, it is important that you use suitable audio broadcasting equipment, as this can help your new internet radio station present a professional image with high-quality audio.

  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Buy The Latest StudioLive

    studioliveGame-changer products only come a few times, and The StudioLive 16.4.2 is at the forefront of audio broadcast equipment industry when it comes to innovative products. They have raised the bar with a product that provides amazing performance and ease of use at such a great price deal.

    1. Bigger Possibilities

    Putting together audio quality, performance, and integrated software, users can have all these in a smaller and more affordable package. StudioLive is less than 2 square feet (0.19 m2) but, as they, say great things come in small packages. True to this statement, the product offers 8 mono input and 4 stereo channels and 12 XMAX Class A solid-state microphone preamps. 13, if you include the XMAX on the Talkback input. Continue reading

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