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Jünger Audio Gives US Broadcasters The Tools To ‘CALM’ Audio Loudness at NAB 2012

Dynamics specialist Jünger Audio will be attending the NAB 2012 convention (Booth SU3604) with two new additions to its *AP family of loudness control processors. These units are specifically designed to help US broadcasters stay within the parameters of the newly introduced CALM legislation.

The *AP family all incorporate Version II of Jünger Audio’s renowned LEVEL MAGIC™ adaptive loudness algorithm, which is compliant with all current broadcast audio loudness recommendations including ITU 1770 (versions 1 and 2), ATSC A/85, ARIB TR-B32 and EBU R128. Based on a Multi-Loop dynamic range control principle where slow changes (AGC), fast changes (Transient processing) and Look Ahead peak limiting are handled simultaneously, LEVEL MAGIC offers level management with exceptionally high audio quality and without coloration, pumping, breathing, distortion or modulation effects.

Peter Pörs, managing director of Jünger Audio, says: “When it comes to controlling audio loudness and ensuring that broadcast audio stays within the law, our *AP family provides broadcasters with all the tools they need. Major broadcasters around the world are choosing these products because they allow loudness consistency to be maintained in a very easy and cost effective way – and without any detrimental effects on sound quality.”

At NAB 2012, Jünger Audio will show its Award-winning T*AP TV Audio Processor, which made its operational debut at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest and has now being installed in numerous broadcast facilities. Primarily designed for TV playout, the device provides Loudness control, Upmix and surround sound processing for up to eight channels of audio (8×1, 4×2, or 6+2).

T*AP focuses on automatic and adaptive loudness control and also offers Jünger Audio’s Spectral Signature™ as standard. This remarkable proprietary technology gives TV and radio broadcasters the ability to create a signature mask as a template so that they can recreate the same atmosphere and dynamics on subsequent audio content. Optional Dolby Decoding and Encoding (D, D+, or Pulse), as well as metadata management, are also provided along with 5.1 Downmix and Jünger Audio’s 5.1 UPMIX circuit, which has been upgraded to deliver greatly improved performance and a range of new settings.

The two new additions to the *AP family, which will be on show for the first time in the USA, include the D*AP LM4 and the D*AP LM2.

The D*AP LM4, a four-channel Digital Audio Processor aimed at television broadcasters and video production and post production companies that need to control audio loudness while creating and editing broadcast content. Similar in concept to the hugely popular Jünger Audio B46 processor, which it replaces, the D*AP LM4 also features on board AES/EBU digital I/O, along with optional 3G/HD/SD-SDI I/O or analogue I/O. This combination of formats is likely to open up many new markets for the unit. Control of this 19” rack-mountable unit is via a smart new front panel or via a Web interface for those who wish to operate it remotely.

The D*AP LM2 is a two-channel Digital Audio Processor that replaces Jünger Audio’s ground breaking D06 unit. The D*AP LM2 offers a powerful combination of dynamics and loudness control, making it suitable for a wide range of applications including television, radio, music production and PA. It can handle both analogue and digital (AES/EBU) audio and features an automatic input switchover with parallel output formats. It also fits neatly into a rack and is controllable through a newly designed front panel or via a Web based interface.

Both the D*AP LM2 and D*AP LM4 come with optional redundant PSU and a power fail bypass to ensure maximum operational security. They also feature Jünger Audio’s Adaptive Dynamics as standard, allowing customers to incorporate additional processing blocks such as compressors and expanders. Spectral Signature™ will become an option for these processors.

Jünger Audio will also be showing a prototype of the V*AP two-channel voice processor, a new addition to the *AP family that will be officially launched at IBC 2012.

The development of this unit has been driven by market demand for a voice processor that allows TV and radio journalists to capture their own narrative style, particularly when operating outside the studio. The V*AP will come with either a microphone (optional dual high end Mic preamps) or AES I/Os so that it can be used with a mixing desk as a high end outboard dynamics processor. Featuring Jünger Audio’s renowned audio quality, this 19” 1RU device will combine classic dynamics processing, filters, EQ and Spectral Signature, Jünger Audio’s new dynamic equalization algorithm. It is designed to be extremely easy to use and will have powerful User Interfaces including front panel operation, GUI selection and API for third party application (HTTP, Ember).

Junger Audio is completing its NAB line up with Loudness Logger, a powerful tool that offers customers of all Jünger Audio levelling processors an easy way to monitor the development of the loudness over time. This innovation is critical to all broadcasters who now need to show precisely how their audio levels are performing in order to comply with new legislation on Loudness. Using this new software, broadcasters can monitor in real time or by analyzing previously stored loudness log files. The software, which is an MS Windows application, can be purchased from Jünger Audio on a license basis per PC and is protected by an USB dongle. The Loudness Logger works with Jünger Audio’s entire range of new box processors as well as with recent versions of LEVEL MAGIC™ cards in the modular C8000 system.
If you would like more information about these products please visit Junger Audio at NAB 2012 – Booth SU3604 – for a demo.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

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Prism Sound’s New Loudness Test Suite Allows Broadcasters To Deliver Flawless and Legally Compliant Audio

With the CALM Act now law in the US and compliance soon to be mandatory, Prism Sound is using the NAB 2012 platform to highlight the importance of loudness meter verification by showing a new application for its award-winning dScope Series III audio analyzer.

This unique, freely-available test suite allows broadcasters and manufacturers to determine whether every aspect of their meter design complies with the latest international loudness standards.

Developed by Dr Rich Cabot, Founder and CTO of Qualis Audio, and Ian Dennis, joint-founder and CTO of Prism Sound, this comprehensive new suite of audio tests can be used to evaluate the performance and compliance of any loudness meter on the market. As US broadcasters are now legally obliged to comply with the ATSC A/89 standards, Prism Sound’s new test suite enables them to properly evaluate all loudness meters and ensure that their chosen product can deliver both ATSC and ITU BS.1770 compliance.

The new test suite will be on show at Prism Sound’s NAB 2012 booth (C3029). Visitors to the booth can obtain a FREE set of wave files and dScope Series III test files for verifying the performance of their loudness meters. The wave files have been specifically designed to expose any design flaws in a loudness meter, and the dScope Series III programmable test suite replicates these test signals in a highly convenient format, allowing the waveforms to be sourced directly from the dScope Series III digital signal generator.

Prism Sound is widely regarded as the leading expert in the field of audio test and measurement. The company offers a range of audio test solutions including the highly-acclaimed dScope Series III instrument, which incorporates precision, automatic gain-ranging that allows high resolution analogue measurements over a massive range, from a few micro-volts to more than 150 volts RMS, and from less than 1 Hz to over 90kHz. Its dedicated hardware interface uses DSP to provide a wide range of real time measurements, while its software exploits the host PC for almost unlimited number crunching and analysis options such as Fast Fourier Transforms, unique ‘Smart FFT’ soft instruments, swept sine and multi-tone testing. Designed to be highly programmable, the dScope Series III can be automated from a wide range of third-party software applications using Active X controls, or internally using VBScript.

Prism Sound will be showcasing its full range of audio Test & Measurement solutions at NAB 2012, 16–19 April, 2012, Las Vegas Convention Centre, Las vegas UAS, Booth C3029. For further information visit www.prismsound.com

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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Prism Sound Launches New Version of SADiE 6 and Dongles

Prism Sound is delighted to announce the release of the latest version of its SADiE 6 software. In addition to various enhancements, SADiE users can now use their SADiE 6 editing software on any computer, anywhere in the world, thanks to the dongle-based security that gives users the ultimate in flexibility. SADiE 6.0.2 supports dongle operations, and the dongles themselves are now shipping.

Full details of the enhancements and the benefits they brig are available on the SADiE website – www.sadie.com – and are also included with each installation. more

Bournemouth Universtiy Gains SADiE Accreditation

Bournemouth University has been named as the first UK Accredited SADiE Training Establishment as part of a new scheme launched by SADiE to improve training for students using its editing equipment.

The university, which was also the first in the UK to take delivery of the new SADiE 6 software, achieved its accreditation through the quality of its teaching.

Pete Nash, Prism Sound and SADiE’s Broadcast Consultant who is in charge of the Accreditation process, says: “We established the accreditation scheme to give recognition to those training facilities that are offering exemplary lecturing standards in terms of technical and creative awareness of SADiE as a high end editing process.

“As the craft editor of choice for many international broadcasters, including the BBC, it is important that students entering the job market have the necessary skills to work with this industry-established tool. By having SADiE Accreditation, Bournemouth University students can prove to future employers that they have been trained to a very high standard and thoroughly understand the SADiE editing equipment they are likely to encounter in the real world.” more

Prism Sound Sets Forth on Great African Adventure

Prism Sound/SADiE is about to embark on an extensive tour of Africa, during which it will impart the workflow benefits of the world-renowned SADiE recording and editing system to broadcast practitioners and stakeholders in various African nations.

The theme of the tour is Creating and Maintaining a Suspension of Disbelief, and Prism Sound/SADiE is partnering with a number of different organisations including the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), the British Council, Sound on Sound magazine and various broadcasting corporations including those in Ghana and South Africa, and SADiE’s African distributor S.E.G.M.A.

SADiE specialist Pete Nash, who will be spearheading the initiative, says: “Africa is becoming highly sophisticated in terms of its broadcast infrastructure – indeed it is rolling out its digital networks faster than many European countries and is also in the enviable position of being able to build new Green facilities from scratch. more

Jünger Audio Boosts International Sales Team With Two New Appointments

peter-poers-jochen-wainwright-and-christoph-harm-junger-audio.jpgDynamics processing manufacturer Jünger Audio has boosted its international sales team by appointing two sales representatives, Christoph Harm and Jochen Wainwright.

Christoph Harm joins the company from Riedel Communications where he held the position of International Sales Manager with responsibility for the sales of all Riedel products and for generating new business. He will now be based at Jünger Audio’s Berlin office and will be responsible for sales across a number of territories including Italy, BeNeLux, the Middle East, Central Asia, parts of Africa and India. more

DK-Technologies Appoints Lift AV as New US Distributor

With the launch of its groundbreaking Compact Audio Loudness (CALM) meter, DK-Technologies is anticipating a significant growth in demand from international broadcasters – both for this meter and for all of the other products in its audio and video metering and monitoring range.

In order to cope with the expected increase in demand in the US, DK-Technologies has appointed Lift AV as its new distributor, with responsibility for the entire DK-Technologies product range.

Based in Kirkland, near Seattle, Lift AV was formed in 2007 by Steve Palermo and system designers, David Ellis and Justin Friesen. Its client base is primarily commercial and broadcast clients, production studios and houses of worship. Lift AV provides clients with design, sales and support for audio, video and lighting applications.
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Steve Palermo, President of Lift AV, says: “Lift AV has had excellent success placing DK products with end users for several years now and after looking at this opportunity to distribute DK in the US, we felt it was a perfect fit. DK has a proven record of producing reliable and quality products. We’ve always had great working relationship in the past and this further strengthens those ties.” more

Jünger Audio Expands *AP Family of Audio Processors with Two New Additions for IBC 2011

Audio Loudness and dynamics specialist Jünger Audio is using the IBC platform to launch two powerful new additions to its range of LEVEL MAGIC™ processors. These new units form part of an expanding family of products that began with the launch of the Award-winning T*AP TV Audio Processor at NAB 2010.

The first unit, the D*AP LM2, is a two-channel Digital Audio Processor incorporating Version II of Jünger Audio’s renowned LEVEL MAGIC™ algorithm, which is compliant with all current broadcast audio loudness recommendations including ITU, EBU R128 and ATSC A/85.

Designed as a successor to Jünger Audio’s groundbreaking D06 unit, the D*AP LM2 offers a powerful combination of dynamics and loudness control, making it suitable for a wide range of applications including television, radio, music production and PA. more

Prism Media Products Ltd Is Presented With A Queen’s Award for Enterprise

On Friday, 15 July 2011, Prism Media Products Limited, whose brands include Prism Sound, SADiE and Imerge, was presented with its Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. The presentation was made by Mr. Hugh Duberly, Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, and took place at the company’s headquarters in Stretham. Also present were Jim Paice, MP for South East Cambridgeshire and Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council.
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Graham Boswell, Sales Director of Prism Media Products Limited, expressed his thanks to everyone in the company, saying: “This Award would not have been possible without the hard work and effort put in by our staff and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them. I’m really proud of them all.” more

Prism Sound Announces A Prestigious Order For Its New SADiE 6 Software

Following a comprehensive review of a range of potential solutions for craft editing, the BBC has renewed its commitment to SADiE by placing an order for 50 licenses for the recently released SADiE 6 editing software. These will be installed at BBC North and will be in use by August, 2011.
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The broadcaster is streamlining the range of tools that it will support internally for its radio programme makers and has selected SADiE as the standard “Craft Editor” for audio to complement its radio production and playout automation systems.

SADiE is already well established at the Corporation, which has many hundreds of SADiE installations. Key to this success is the unique approach that SADiE has to audio editing and productivity, tailored to high-end radio production workflow. The new SADiE 6 software will primarily be used as a software-only application on the broadcaster’s desktop, but it can also be installed on existing SADiE 5 hardware as an upgrade. more

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