Click the tab headers to view the agenda for each track

Thursday, April 1, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM (EDT)

Welcoming Remarks & Opening Keynote

Tom Kenny Paul McLane Clive Young
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM (EDT)

Podcasting: ‘Good Enough’ Audio Is Not Good Enough

Podcasts have exploded in popularity over the last five years, inspiring millions of people to start their own shows, in part due to the low cost of entry-level audio gear. In reality, however, the DIY days of podcasting are long gone; today, audio quality is a crucial factor in building and keeping your audience. That means finding and using superior audio tools, production software and hosting services; exploring the use of dedicated podcast studios or building one yourself; and both developing and applying best practices at every step of the audio production process.

Chris Crump Fela Davis Dallas Taylor Frank Verderosa
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)

Keynote

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)

Networking in Exhibit Hall & Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Building Your House-of-Worship Multipurpose Studio

Megachurches have produced extensive content for years to reach their followers, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, houses of worship of all sizes are faced with having to expand their outreach through digital media. Creating a central production space—one that can handle your worship facility’s live sound, recording needs and livestreaming—is the most practical answer, but it can also be a little overwhelming. Our expert panelists share how to assess what you want to accomplish, what you need to get there, tools and processes you might already have in place, and more.

Tim Corder Gavin Haverstick
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)

Networking in Exhibit Hall

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Audio Networking Technologies for the Music-Based Studio

For the past ten years, the development boom in audio networking technologies such as Dante and AVB has largely been for the live sound and event markets, followed by broadcast and post-production. In 2021, the spotlight is on the music recording industry, and there are plenty of advantages for single-room personal studios as well as interconnected, multi-studio complexes. Learn what you need to know, and where you need to start, to bring your facility up to speed.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM (EDT)

Keynote

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM (EDT)

Networking in Exhibit Hall

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM (EDT)

Immersive Music: Record, Edit, Mix, Distribute

Last year, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group made a significant push into providing immersive audio content for music-only projects, with distribution deals through TIDAL, Amazon Music, Avid Play and other partners. In this presentation, a panel of engineers, technologists and streaming services provide a look at the tools, technologies and creative application of immersive audio, from tracking to mixing to distribution.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)

Keynote

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Networking in Exhibit Hall

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)

New Technologies for Music and Recording Education

While education at all levels has been disrupted globally by the Covid-19 pandemic, the effects have been especially acute in recording and music education, where hands-on instruction and interaction are critical to a student’s growth. But educators haven’t been sitting still, and they’ve made use of existing technologies in new ways, along with discovering and incorporating new methods of instruction while modifying curriculum. What has worked? And what has worked well? Our panel of educators and technologists discuss the present and look ahead to potential hybrid models.

John Krivit Brian Smithers
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM (EDT)

Keynote

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

Closing Remarks

Tom Kenny Paul McLane Clive Young
Time Zone: (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) [Change Time Zone]
Thursday, April 1, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM (EDT)

Welcoming Remarks & Opening Keynote

Tom Kenny Paul McLane Clive Young
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM (EDT)

Networking in Exhibit Hall

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM (EDT)

Trends in AoIP

A discussion of the state of audio over IP, and what infrastructure planners need to know, including implications for the work-from-home environment. AoIP itself is now well established in radio as a default integration model. How are forward-looking broadcasters deploying AoIP in new ways? What does A​ES67 compatibility do (or not do) for budgets and broadcasters; what layers of complexity does it bring? What resources are available to help AV and broadcast work on the same networks?

Paul McLane Edwin Bukont Chris Crump Michael LeClair
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)

Keynote

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Networking in Exhibit Hall & Lunch Break

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)

Radio Keynote: Hybrid Radio & Android Automotive

A look at two technology topics that affect how your radio station is heard in the car. Hybrid radio combines one-way OTA radio reception with two-way online connectivity and streaming, to create a new kind of platform in connected cars. Meanwhile, the Android Automotive OS is expected to create more powerful, modern infotainment systems. Over the next couple of years, Android Automotive will be in vehicles from Ford, GM, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. What do you need to know about these important developments? John Clark and David Layer will discuss how NAB and PILOT, NAB’s innovation initiative, are helping broadcasters to meet the challenges inherent in these technologies.

David Layer John Clark
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Networking in Exhibit Hall

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)

Building the Virtual Air Chain

Radio is adopting new technologies and practices from the IT industry for its own success. What exactly does a “virtual airchain” mean for radio? Which functions are already available in software? How has virtualization changed disaster recovery and backup functions? What are the implications of the SaaS model on radio business operations? What are the NAB Radio Technology Committee and manufacturers working on next? And how has the pandemic experience changed or accelerated these trends?

Paul McLane Roswell Clark Philippe Generali Alan Jurison
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM (EDT)

A Presentation by Wheatstone

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM (EDT)

Networking in Exhibit Hall

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM (EDT)

Critical Trends in Transmission

Is there a big RF purchase in your future? Catch up with recent design trends. How has the transmitter user interface evolved? Have we reached the limit on efficiency? What do AM broadcasters need to know about all-digital HD Radio?

Paul McLane John Kean Geoffrey Mendenhall, P.E.
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Keynote

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM (EDT)

Networking in Exhibit Hall

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM (EDT)

Get the Most Out of Your Station’s Streams

Let’s face it, many radio stations pay little or no attention to the quality of their online streams. But streaming has different parameters and requirements than your OTA signal. Learn about audio processing, metadata and ad insertion considerations.

Paul McLane David Bialik
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

Closing Remarks

Tom Kenny Paul McLane Clive Young
Time Zone: (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) [Change Time Zone]