On 13 June 2017,  the 1st ORPHEUS Workshop took place at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House in London, UK. The select group of 30 participants included stakeholders from the broadcasting industry. They saw and discussed ORPHEUS results from the first project phase.

The workshop was opened with a welcome address by Dave Walters, Head of Product for Systems & Services at the BBC.  After him, ORPHEUS’s technical coordinator, Andreas Silzle from Fraunhofer IIS,  gave a  brief overview on the project structure and objectives. After the opening, the audience split into six small groups for touring in parallel through the six demo stations. These stations showed live demos of the current status of project achievements, representing the whole end-to-end chain of ORPHEUS : capturing, editing & mixing, play-out, and distribution & reception.

The demos in detail:

  • Nicolas Epain from b<>com  demonstrated their capturing and rendering tools for Higher Order Ambisonics.
  • Olivier Warusfel from IRCAM presented their comprehensive suite of ADM tools for editing and spatial reverb generation.
  • Marius Vopel showed the newly introduced ADM functionalities of MAGIX’s SEQUOIA DAW.
  • Chris Roberts from BBC’s experimental radio studio presented off-the-shelf equipment.
  • Chris Baume showed the project’s dedicated all-IP studio with implemented ORPHEUS developments.
  • Niels Bogaards from Elephantcandy demonstrated the ORPHEUS radio app receiving MPEG-H streams, including rendering into different formats and offering specific object-based audio features.

After the demo tours, the final plenary was dedicated to questions & answers and an open discussion with the participants on the ORPHEUS results and their value for the broadcasting industry.

Slides for download

Object-Based Broadcasting – For European Leadership in Next Generation Audio Experiences. Overview (PDF) – Andreas Silzle, Fraunhofer IIS, technical coordinator of ORPHEUS

Short film about the workshop made by the BBC

Impressions from the event

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