Surround Broadcasts: Milkwood

November 5th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

The BBC have released their latest development with HTML5 – and re-released their 2003 production of Milkwood online.

A few years ago I released some streaming files that contained 8-channels. I found that there weren’t many users who had a surround system attached to their PC – but hopefully the BBC find there’s a larger audience now!

BBC @ IBC2014

October 9th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

A quick update on the latest developments in Object-based audio coming from the BBC R&D team. For anyone that made it to IBC you may have seen their exhibition – and for those who didn’t make it to Amsterdam… here’s an overview of what was on show!

BBC R&D at the Commonwealth 2014

July 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

As is fast becoming the norm, the BBC are trialling a whole range of advanced methods of content delivery at this year’s commonwealth. In conjunction with their ultra-HD streams, they have an occulus enabled experience, and interactive services.


For all the information and links; go here!

Microsoft: Audio for Occulus

July 27th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s amazing how many people are thinking the same thing: Oculus + spatial audio = much fun.

In our lab we’ve not quite got around to actually making a demo happen, so it’s awesome to see the possibilities being tried out by the guys at Microsoft.

Spatial Audio: It’s not all what you hear

July 25th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

With human hearing – we can hear in 3D. Most media however, isn’t in 3D when it comes to sound. However, a neat article on how the use of spatialised sound separation can help the world of teleconferencing has been put up here.

I’ve often seen conference presentations state that the world of ambisonics and spatial audio has direct correlations to the world of group-conversation processing, and it’s nice to see that being acknowledged!

4.0 Proms!

July 25th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

The BBC are currently trialing the proms in 4.0. A very interesting, and exciting, demonstration into the future of surround again being shown by the BBC.

Link for the blog (and player) are here!

[there is also information on the technical backend dash stream here, and some history on 4.0 streams from Rupert here]

Sound synthesis toolbox 1.0 released

April 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

As the title suggests – github now has the latest version of the sound synthesis toolbox available for download.

Find the toolbox here and the tutorial here

Old School Oculus!

April 26th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

When your dad says “I’ve seen this before”.. He’s not kidding about. I’m loving the old-school version of the oculus.

Atmos Consumer Review

April 24th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Carl Laron’s review of Dolby atmos is favourable, obviously, when he experienced the system earlier this year. If anyone remembers the film Gravity – you’ll know that the experience in atmos is pretty special.

Read Carl’s review here.

Meyer Meets Atmos

April 21st, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink

Australia’s Soundfirm have selected Meyer Sound for its new cinema loudspeaker system. The Dolby Atmos dubbing stage and large mixing room is Australia’s first to feature an all-Meyer Sound screen channel and surround loudspeaker system.

Link is here!

The monitoring system incorporates three Acheron 80 screen loudspeakers, eight HMS-12 and 29 HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers, six X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers, and two 500-HP subwoofers in the rear for surround low end.

And I do like the 500-HP subs. Good choice!