With the deadline for the DTV transition quickly approaching, broadcasters face numerous challenges in providing digital broadcasts that comply with FCC regulations. The newly introduced Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM Act), H.R. 6209, would extend the reach of these regulations, giving the FCC one year to enact rules that would require television advertisements to not be overly loud. If the CALM Act is passed into law, broadcasters will need to implement audio-processing solutions that limit the loudness of advertisements.
"Linear Acoustic audio-processing technologies have become a preferred choice in the transition to digital, largely because our proven product line simplifies the elimination of annoying volume inconsistencies," said Christina Carroll, VP of sales and marketing for Linear Acoustic. "Our AERO range of audio-processing solutions can easily solve any loudness or image shift problem via advanced multiband loudness processing and upmixing. These products are available now and include all of the necessary elements for a complete and compliant installation: loudness control, upmixing, metadata management, Dolby® Digital (AC-3) encoding, and support for local audio, SAP, DVS, and EAS signals. We are also sensitive to the economic pressures being felt by many stations and have created solutions to fit every budget."
Two of the largest audio issues in digital television are controlling loudness and keeping the audio image stable by supplying continuous 5.1 channels. Linear Acoustic innovated the first all-in-one solution in 2002 and today offers the next-generation AERO.air™ audio processor. Based on the overwhelming success of the company's original OCTiMAX 5.1 product, the AERO.air offers all the audio processing and encoding a broadcaster needs for local, network, and EAS audio. It combines air-proven dynamics processing for loudness with "Hollywood-approved" upmixing capabilities to allow seamless integration of local two-channel audio and network 5.1-channel audio.
More information about the AERO range of audio-processing solutions from Linear Acoustic is available at the company's Web site at www.linearacoustic.com.
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About Linear Acoustic
Linear Acoustic, a Telos company, develops innovative, customer-centric solutions for managing multichannel surround sound audio and loudness issues in digital broadcast. The company designs and manufactures the AERO range of audio processing solutions, StreamStacker-HD™, and MetaMAX™ line of products and licenses key technologies to OEM partners. Linear Acoustic has been involved worldwide in projects with all major U.S. terrestrial networks, multiple local stations, and companies including Dolby® Laboratories, Sirius Satellite Radio, Microsoft, HBO, Viacom (Showtime, MTV, etc.), Disney (ABC, ESPN), Sony Studios, and others. The company is also actively involved in the ATSC and other industry organizations, is a member of the AES and IEEE, and is a sustaining member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. More information is available at www.linearacoustic.com.