The ORPHEUS consortium has identified a number of standardisation bodies and contribution areas which are highly relevant for ORPHEUS. The targeted standardisation bodies have in common that they develop standards related to object-based audio. Thus, ORPHEUS is focusing its standards-related efforts to the selected bodies, in order to achieve maximum impact.

The standardisation activities by ORPHEUS so far have been focused mainly on four organisations, including three standardisation bodies – ITU-R, ISO/IEC MPEG, and ETSI-DVB – and the EBU as a standards-related organisation. In Q4/2017, new activities in the AES Standards Committee have started. In respect to these standardisation bodies, ORPHEUS partners performed the standardisation activities summarised in the table below.

Standardisation body Contributions Involved partners Standard impacted by ORPHEUS
ITU-R 6B Work on updates on ADM Metadata FHG, BBC, IRT ITU-R BS.2076, ITU-R BS.2094
ITU-R 6B Contributions on a streamable version of the ADM FHG, BBC, IRT Not yet defined, under development
ITU-R 6C Work on the topic of a standardised baseline renderer for object-based audio (RG33) FHG, BBC, IRT Not defined
ITU-R 6C Work for standardisation of object-based loudness calculation FHG, BBC, IRT ITU-R BS.1770
ISO/IEC MPEG MPEG-H 3D Audio (audio codec) FHG ISO/IEC 23008-3
ISO/IEC MPEG MPEG-H, DASH (transport container) FHG ISO/IEC 23009-1
ISO/IEC MPEG Contribution to MPEG-I discussions on immersive media formats b<>com MPEG-I
EBU Contributions to SP-FAR (Future Audio formats & Renderer) group meetings, planning of  “Object Based Audio” workshop BBC, IRT, FHG, b<>com Does not apply, as EBU does not define formal standards
ETSI-DVB Work on document ETSI 101154 to get a next generation audio part FHG, BBC, IRT, b<>com MPEG-H & AC-4
AES Standards Committee Contributions to drafting will be made, and guidance given, as becomes necessary to ensure compatibility with the ORPHEUS architecture, in particular with ADM (Rec. ITU-R BS.2076). BBC AES-X242 (Streaming audio metadata over IP networks)