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Friday, October 27 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Immersive Listening Standards

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In recreational listening, we have all but said goodbye to stereo as a predictable format; as consumers are mainly listening on pods, soundbars and headphones. Even so, AES standards have served production well, ensuring 75 years of content that may still be reproduced as the artist intended.

3D sound, however, has taken off on a tangent with a multitude of ad hoc listening and distribution methods, creating confusion in production. 3D sound lacks the support from global standardization stereo had; and as a result, experienced recording artists in the field are being adversely influenced by moving playback targets; and by arbitrary content flooding the consumers.

From recording, recreational and physiological perspectives, we discuss qualities offered by 3D music compared to stereo, and propose guidelines that enable a transparent listening experience, also for future generations to enjoy.

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Thomas Lund

Senior Technologist, Genelec Oy
Thomas Lund is senior scientist at Genelec, doing subjective research and listening tests. He has written papers on perception, spatialisation, loudness, sound exposure and true-peak level. Thomas is convenor of a working group under the European Comission, tasked with the prevention... Read More →
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Ronald Prent

Proper Prent Sound
Ronald Prent started his career at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands in 1980 as an inexperiencedassistant and has since established himself as one of the most accomplished and innovative recording &mix engineers in the world. In the early years of surround sound, Ronald was a... Read More →

Friday October 27, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am EDT