2009 NAB Show Preview RTW Booth N3123 The new Loudness Family, with its SurroundControl, SurroundMonitor, and DigitalMonitor, now includes an integrated loudness display conforming to the ITU BS.1771 guideline as a standard feature. With this line-up, RTW now offers easy-to-use solutions for monitoring the loudness of stereo, multichannel, and surround signals in a wide range […]
2009 NAB Show Preview
The new Loudness Family, with its SurroundControl, SurroundMonitor, and DigitalMonitor, now includes an integrated loudness display conforming to the ITU BS.1771 guideline as a standard feature. With this line-up, RTW now offers easy-to-use solutions for monitoring the loudness of stereo, multichannel, and surround signals in a wide range of applications, as a complement or an alternative to conventional peak meters. Users can select integrated loudness measurement, as per ITU BS.1771 for stereo signals, as an alternative to the usual peak meter bar graphs. This feature can be activated quickly and easily via suitably programmed presets.
RTW has completely overhauled its SurroundControl family, including the only eight-channel systems for professional production, post-production, and broadcast that control, monitor, and analyze surround sound utilizing RTW’s unique Surround Sound Analyzer. Developed by RTW, the Surround Sound Analyzer is the “house”-shaped display known throughout the industry because of its ingeniously easy-to-read, visual manifestation of overall sound, including loudness and sound pressure level, phase correlation, and level differences among channels.
The SurroundControl 31900 is designed for audio studios and fits in a 19-inch, 1-RU case, while the SurroundControl 31960 is sized as a half 19-inch, 3-RU rack-mountable module for use with standard 19-inch installation racks for waveform monitors in video studios.
The Remote Display 30010, a dedicated 8.4-inch VGA monitor featuring function keys situated below the display screen, further enhances the ergonomics of the SurroundMonitor 11900. It also controls the instrument functions of the SurroundControl 31900. Connected to the VGA connectors, the Remote Display 30010 allows the user to remotely visualize all instruments, options, and measurement values of the units.
The SurroundControl 31900SD and 31960SD feature an HD- and SD-capable SDI de-embedder interface as well as analog and digital audio inputs and outputs. The new SDI interface can access all 16 (4 x 4) audio channels implemented in SDI streams and use them for both visual display and audio monitoring. Last year, RTW joined the Dolby® E Partner family and now all standard and SDI versions of SurroundControl are available with a Dolby E and Dolby AC-3 decoder option, giving direct access to coded data streams for analysis and control without the need for external decoding. Like the standard SurroundControl 31900/31960, the extended versions feature a full-blown, eight-channel surround monitoring controller with a downmix matrix as well as the Surround Sound Analyzer.
RTW DigitalMonitor 10500X-PLUS now incorporates ITU-compliant loudness display and full-screen mode. The RTW DigitalMonitor 10500X-PLUS, a high-performance, cost-effective display system for monitoring digital stereo audio signals, now comes with an integrated loudness display in compliance with the ITU BS.1771 guideline. Further enhancements include a new full-screen mode for enlarged display showing the individual instruments in use. All current-production DigitalMonitor 10500X-PLUS systems leave the factory with the new loudness display options included.
The RTW SurroundMonitor 10600-PLUS, a high-performance, budget-friendly display system for monitoring digital stereo, multichannel, and surround audio signals, now incorporates an integrated loudness display according to the ITU BS.1771 guideline. Further improvements include a new full-screen mode for enlarged display showing individual instruments used as well as detail enhancements within the featured Surround Sound Analyzer. All current-production SurroundMonitor 10600 systems now leave the factory with the new display options; existing units can be updated free of charge by replacing the built-in EPROM. The PLUS option includes the power supply and a table stand.
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