History and Present
Building on a background of music engineering, Lon Neumann is the Principal at Neumann Technologies. He’s focused on designing and commissioning professional production facilities primarily for the Dolby Atmos format, but is also in touch with other spatial audio technology and formats such as DTS:X, Auro-3D, MPEG-H, Wavefield Synthesis; and Ambisonics such as with Ambeo, Zylia, and Soundfield. He provides services to content-producers, studios, broadcasters, manufacturers, engineering companies, and systems-integrators. His practice encompasses a focus on spatial audio for music, digital cinema, HDTV, OTT, and streaming media.
He has been the secretary of the SMPTE technical committee developing international standards for object-based immersive audio in digital cinema.
He participated in the development of the AES standard of loudness for video delivery via Over-the-Top and online Streaming.
He was a participant in the technical committee at the Consumer Technology Association responsible for developing the standard for audio loudness of received video content played back out of consumer cell- phones and online streaming.
For PBS Network, he wrote the specifications for audio delivery requirements, and also Recommended Practices for surround-sound production. He trained the engineering and operations staffs at PBS, and also DirecTV with daylong seminars on loudness management and surround-sound management, and mentored the quality-control staffs at their content-ingest operations.
As the Field Applications Engineer in Hollywood for Linear Acoustic, Lon provided surround-sound engineering support services for the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the American Music Awards, Dancing With the Stars, and the Rose Parade.
At DTS, Lon was the Product Manager responsible for developing surround-sound audio encoders for HDTV broadcast to consumers’ home theaters in China.
As the Western Operations Manager for Sony’s SACD Super Audio Compact Disc Project, one of his primary responsibilities was promoting the compelling nature and immersive qualities of surround-sound in music production and mastering.
Lon wrote the chapter on Digital Audio in the American Society of Cinematographers’ Video Manual. He was the audio columnist at Television Broadcast magazine. He created and taught programs on the Fundamentals and Applications of Digital Audio Technology at UCLA. He has been the session chairman for Digital Interface at an Audio Engineering Society convention, and conducted a workshop on Digital Troubleshooting Techniques at an Audio Engineering Society convention.
Lon has built on his previous experience at Hollywood music recording studios and remote-recording trucks, where he provided technical support for large format audio consoles, and multitrack recording & mixing systems. He was the chief engineer for Stevie Wonder, and won an award for the front-of-house engineering & mixing of the nationwide Earth, Wind & Fire tour.
This built on his experience at first the Whisky a Go Go, and then the Roxy Theater, where he provided the engineering & live mixing for some of the most legendary performers in the history of music—such as Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Little Richard, The Temptations, George Benson, The Allman Bros., Joe Cocker, Dr. John, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, and many more.