Precis of Subject:
Nature has many octaves of vibration – photons, radio, audio, surf – but the contrast between audio perception and the other senses is telling: sound spans 10 octaves, unlike sight which is just one octave (the rainbow).
Our hearing is also 360°, 24/7; sight may be 3D but it's planar and very often switched off. The human ear, on the other hand, can discern separate events as little as 15 millionths of a second apart.
So, human hearing has an incredible resolution of time events. This means, of course, that audio technology has got a lot of work to do to keep up! And digital audio has more to do than analogue, because it already dissects this natural resolution with a series of binary compromises – most of which use up a lot of time...
Tony Andrews will discuss these issues – and the challenges facing pro audio – with journalist Phil Ward. In a typically informal atmosphere, the audience is invited to pitch in with questions and comments throughout the session.
Tony Andrews (Funktion-One) and Phil Ward
Anyone interested in pro-audio.