New York City (May 3, 2007)–Linear Acoustic has shipped six OCTiMAX 5.1 digital television audio processors to Fisher Communications, for installation at facilities in the Pacific Northwestern states. Linear has also supplied a pair of AEROMAX-DTV six-channel digital television audio processors plus a single OCTiMAX 5.1 digital television audio processor to Sinclair Broadcast Group for stations in West Virginia and New York.
“We selected the OCTiMAX Processors for our HD service to handle both multichannel level control as well as upmixing of our legacy stereo material to 5.1-channel surround sound,” offered Kelly Alford, Fisher Communications vice president, chief information officer. “The systems are performing flawlessly at our six stations.” Additional systems also are under consideration for other locations.
“A lot of our local programming is still produced in stereo, which we need to blend seamlessly with incoming multichannel streams from ABC and CBS networks,” Alford continued. “The ability to create convincing sounding 5.1-channel surround from stereo material is a major advantage for us. Especially since OCTiMAX–unlike competitive products–also handles dynamics processing. That ‘One-box Solution’ was very attractive for us.”
“For us, AEROMAX-DTV represents a cost-effective solution for controlling multichannel level control and upmixing our legacy stereo material to 5.1-channel,” offered Don Roberts, a Sinclair Broadcast Group regional engineering manager. “Since some of our local programming, including news, is still produced in stereo, we need a simple technique for seamlessly converting two-channel material in surround sound. In that way we can switch seamlessly between our primary network feeds from ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox without audiences hearing any differences in surround sound.”
“We also appreciate the fact that AEROMAX-DTV and OCTiMAX produce a two-channel Lt-Rt downmix that we can use for our SD and analog transmissions,” Roberts concluded. “AEROMAX is a ‘One-stop’ system that handles all of our signal-processing requirements.”