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Loudness Matters

Loudness is the single biggest topic of viewer complaints, affecting everything from traditional broadcast through to OTT and podcasts.

Whether it’s the difference between the loudest and quietest parts within a single programme, between multiple programmes that contribute to channel output or even the differences experienced when switching between channels, viewers should expect a consistent and uniform audio experience.

To help achieve this, loudness measurement specifications from the ITU (ITU-R Recommendation BS.1770) along with recommendations from the EBU (EBU R128) and ATSC (A/85) help provide consistency throughout the broadcast chain and ultimately to the viewer at home.

To work within these standards and guidelines requires a dedicated audio loudness monitoring solution that can both display and log loudness performance.

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SAM-Q Platform - Choose Modes of operation as needed

SAM-Q Platform - Choose Modes of operation as needed

SAM-Q is a powerful audio monitoring platform whose feature set can change with your requirements, configured specifically to address the needs of different applications, skillets and workflows. Engineers and supervisors can restrict sources, modes and front panel functions to streamline operation and reduce user error and features can change with your requirements, including optional MADI support or Loudness Monitoring.

  • Monitor loudness from a mono source right up to a 9.1+4 program configuration.
  • Up to 8 independent loudness probes.
  • Log and monitor Loudness data over an Ethernet network.
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MODES OF OPERATION
  • Meter Modes - A traditional audio meter mode, displaying 16 Audio Level Meters view with single and multiple audio channel selection.
  • Video Modes - 16 Audio Level Meters with single and multiple channel selection complete with video confidence display.
  • Mix Mode - A graphical representation showing the relative mix levels of up to 16 channels of audio, complete with Mix channel selection.
  • Names Mode - Displays the source names of 8 audio pairs, with audio presence displays, complete with multiple channel monitoring selection.
  • Phase Metering Mode - allows one audio source to be selected, monitored and checked for audio phase & displays 16 Audio Level Meters + 1 Phase Meter.

FEATURE SET
  • Permissions - Audio monitoring sources and functions can be included/excluded based on your Application, Skillset or Workflow.
  • Preference - View, select and measure audio using your preferred mode of operation.
  • Protection - Protect your SAM-Q configuration using a PIN code.
  • Potential - With optional licenses, the feature set of your SAM-Q can grow over time
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ADDITIONAL LICENCES
  • Loudness Monitoring Mode - 8 independent loudness probes, providing Short-Term, Momentary and Loudness Monitoring.
  • MADI License - customers will be able to Mix, Monitor and Measure up to 128 MADI sources on the SAM-Q-SDI.
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Loudness Monitoring and Logging

Loudness Monitoring and Logging

Whilst many mixing consoles are equipped with high resolution Audio channel meters, not all are capable of measuring loudness values or share those values over an Ethernet network for logging and display.

The SAM-Q-SDI is an ideal solution to loudness measurement and logging within a live broadcast production environment because it not only provides the sound engineer with a visual check of loudness performance but it also enables the loudness performance to be viewed remotely over an Ethernet network. During and after production rehearsals for a TV Show or event, the loudness history can be reviewed and if appropriate any potential areas of concern identified, allowing the sound engineer to anticipate and adjust the audio mix accordingly, helping to ensure that target loudness values are being adhered to without compromising the production.


 

 

PAM Range - the ultimate multichannel monitoring tool

PAM Range - the ultimate multichannel monitoring tool

  • Loudness - Comprehensive loudness monitoring with EBU and ATSC standards and Loudness Histogram display
  • Fully configurable analogue and digital multichannel outputs - Route any audio channel to any monitoring output with Native 5.1 aware with Downmix function.
  • Configurable SDI Output with quadrant display
  • Full support for Dolby E®, Dolby Digital® and Dolby Digital Plus® - Monitor Dolby E line position and Dolby CRC error (Optional)
  • Dual high resolution screens for 16 bargraphs, setup and metadata display.
  • 4 AES (4 Pairs/8 Channel) Inputs– 110Ohm Balanced or 75Ohm unbalanced via optional CAB-D25-BNC cable

PAM1-MK2 and PAM2-MK2
  • Loudness - Comprehensive loudness monitoring with EBU and ATSC standards and Loudness Histogram display
  • Fully configurable analogue and digital multichannel outputs - Route any audio channel to any monitoring output with Native 5.1 aware with Downmix function.
  • Configurable SDI Output with quadrant display
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PAM1-IP and PAM2-IP
  • Comprehensive Loudness Monitoring - check loudness levels for ST-2022-6, 2110-30, SDI, AES and Analogue audio sources.
  • Video Confidence Monitoring - view ST-2022-6, ST-2110-20 and SDI video content directly on the front panel or via a dedicated SDI output router.
  • External Control Protocols - Customers can manage ST-2022-6 and ST-2110 subscriptions using In-Band or Out-of-Band control protocols.
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PAM-PiCo Range
  • Loudness measurement to many international standards – including EBU, ITU and ATSC
  • Range of I/O available
  • International scale options including BBC, EBU Digital, EBU PPM, DIN, Nordic and VU
  • Moving Coil meter emulation
  • StarFish™ display (Surround Sound Applications)
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