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New PAM PiCo Five audio and loudness meter @ NAB 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV, APRIL 4, 2013 – TSL Professional Products Ltd. (PPL), manufacturer of surround sound microphones and processing, audio monitoring, tally/cross-equipment communication and power management solutions for the broadcast industry, will introduce the new PAM PiCo Five Audio and Loudness Meter at NAB Show (Booth N1124). The PAM PiCo Five allows for real time logging of all relevant loudness parameters including high and low loudness levels, peak level and corresponding peak channel, as well as integrated loudness.

“Since loudness compliance monitoring of distributed signals became legislation, the industry has been clamouring for reliable, accurate and powerful loudness monitoring products that are straightforward and easy-to-use while providing recordable data that illustrates they are in compliance. The new PAM PiCo Five delivers this capability in unit that’s comparable to the size of a smartphone for at-a-glance monitoring of all the latest standards, with logging software for a PC. The PAM PiCo Five is ideal for the smaller facility, OB truck or major broadcaster looking for enhanced and flexible capability at a reasonable cost.”

Martin Dyster, head of audio for TSL.


The new logging software application provides instant documentation, visualization and evaluation of any source passing through the meter unit. The software package offers a logging session database allowing session data to be safely stored, indentified and instantly searched for quick retrieval. Session data may be exported as a pdf or csv files, to streamline the creation of loudness data documents for presentations on compliance. The unit is a compact, yet comprehensively-equipped, standalone audio and loudness meter featuring the revolutionary StarFish™ surround sound display. As found in all PAM PiCo metering products, ITU, EBU ATSC and ARIB loudness measurement is supported for plug-and-play compatibility worldwide.

The PAM PiCo family of products comes in five models, offering comprehensive metering functions for broadcasters and content producers alike. PiCo One is a master stereo meter with two AES inputs covering four audio channels and one AES input covering two audio channels and one analog pair. PiCo Two is a master 5.1 surround meter featuring three AES inputs with one analog pair. PiCo Three is a master 5.1 surround meter with 3G HD-SDI, 16-channel audio de-embedder, while PiCo Four is a master 5.1 surround meter offering user-selectable landscape mode with up to 12 bargraph displays, an FFT spectrum analyser, 3G HD-SDI, AES and analogue inputs. PiCo Five is the latest addition that offers every feature of the PiCo Four coupled with logging capabilities.