Research & Development

Frank Melchior (Dr.-Ing.)

Previously: Head of Audio Research and Audio Research Partnership

Frank Melchior

Dr Frank Melchior left the BBC in May 2017.

Dr Frank Melchior is head of the audio research team and the Audio Research Partnerhip at BBC R&D. He received a Dipl.Ing. (equiv. to Master of Science) in Media Technology from the Technical University Ilmenau and a doctoral degree on the topic of spatial sound design and acoustics from University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Frank worked as a researcher and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology. He has spent his professional career developing audio systems including wave field synthesis based system and leading R&D teams on various topics including authoring, live sound applications, automotive audio and motion picture sound. Before he joined the BBC he was the Chief Technical Officer at IOSONO, Erfurt, Germany, who develop spatial audio solutions. Frank's research interests include spatial array signal processing, spatial audio reproduction, user interface technology for audio systems and listening experiments. Frank is very passionate about finding the best way to bring the emotion and creative ideas embedded in sound to the listener.


Book Chapter

“Platform Independent Audio”, Ben Shirley, Rob Oldfield, Frank Melchior and Johann-Markus Batke, in Media Production, Delivery and Interaction for Platform Independent Systems, Wiley 2014

Conference Papers

M. Armstrong, M. Brooks, A. Churnside, M. Evans, F. Melchior, M. Shotton, Object-based broadcasting – curation, responsiveness and user experience, Proceedings of IBC2014, Amsterdam, September 2014.

M. Shotton, C. Pike, F. Melchior , A Motorized Telescope Mount as A Computer-Controlled Rotational Platform for Dummy Head Measurements, presented at the 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, April, 2014.

C. Pike, F. Melchior, T. Tew, Assessing the Plausibility of Non-Individualised Dynamic Binaural Synthesis in a Small Room, presented at the 55th Conference of the Audio Engineering Society August, 2014.

Panels and Workshops

Challenges and Opportunities in Audio for Ultra-High-Definition Television Chair: Brian McCarty, Coral Sea Studios Panelists: Ton Kalker, DTS, Frank Melchior, BBC R&D, Kazuho Ono, NHK

Applications for Object-Based Audio Chair: Bert Van Daele, Auro, Panelists: Richard Furse, Blue Ripple Sound, Ton Kalker, DTS, Frank Melchior, BBC R&D


Invited Talks

“Audio Objects Demystified“, presentation at EBU Production Technology Seminar 2013, Frank Melchior

“Ultra High Definition Audio ? – Considerations for the next generation audio systems“, Frank Melchior, presented at the EBU/DVB UHDTV Fact Findings Workshop, UK, 2013

Journal Articles

“Spatial Sound with Loudspeakers and its Perception: A review of the current state“, Sascha Spors, Hagen Wierstorf, Alexander Raake, Frank Melchior, Matthias Frank, Franz Zotter, accepted for publication.

Conference Papers

“An Assessment of Virtual Surround Sound Systems for Headphone Listening of 5.1 Multichannel Audio“, Chris Pike and Frank Melchior, presented at the 134th AES Convention, Italy, 2013.

“On the Use of a Haptic Feedback Device for Sound Source Control in Spatial Audio Systems“, Frank Melchior, Chris Pike, Matthew Brooks and Stuart Grace, presented at the 134th AES Convention, Italy, 2013.

Panels and Workshops

“Binaural in the real world: present and future“, Panel at the EBU Immersive Audio over Headphone Workshop, Chair: Frank Melchior, Panelists: Alexander Raake, TU Berlin, Michael Meier, IRT, Rozenn Nicol, Orange Labs, Olivier Warusfel, IRCAM



“Emerging Technology Trends in Spatial Audio“, Frank Melchior, Anthony Churnside, Sascha Spors, SMPTE Mot. Imag J.September 1, 2012 vol. 121 no. 6 95-100

Invited Talks

“Applications of Digital Audio Effects in Broadcast: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow“, Keynote, DAFx12 Frank Melchior


“3D sound: listening to the future“, Interview together with Chris Pike in TVBEurope


“What does an object sound like? Towards a common definition of spatial audio objects“, Workshop at the 133rd AES Convention, San Francisco, Chair: Frank Melchior, Panelists: Jean-Marc Jot, Jürgen Herre, Hagen Wierstorf, Nicolas Tsingos

“Open questions in spatial audio“, Workshop at the 132nd AES Convention, Budapest, Chair: Karlheinz Brandenburg, Panelists: David Griesinger, Frank Melchior, Michael Werner

“Spatial sound reproduction with height: Why, where, how and when ?” Workshop at the 132nd AES Convention, Budapest Chairs: Florian Völk and Frank Melchior; Panelists: Jan-Mark Batke, Technicolor, Kimio Hamasaki, Michael Kelly, Stephan Mauer, Norbert Niemczyk, Jan Plogsties, Nicolas Tsingos

Conference papers

“Design and Integration of a 3D WFS System in a Cinema Environment Including Ceiling Speakers – A Case Study” Stephan Mauer, Frank Melchior, Martin Dausel, Paper presented at the DAGA 2012, Darmstadt, Germany

“The Reactive Source: A Reproduction Format Agnostic and Adaptive Spatial Audio Effect“, Frank Melchior, Paper presented at the 133rd AES Convention, San Francisco, USA

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