Lancaster, PA (April 9, 2008)–Linear Acoustic will show its new AEROMAX:one digital television audio processing system, which supports built-in Dolby Digital (AC-3) encoding, at the upcoming NAB Show.
Inconsistent DTV audio loudness, or the so-called “loud commercial problem,” is the number one complaint of television viewers and it is driving them away. Stations simply do not have the time to manage the huge variety of stereo and surround sound programming that viewers expect, while ensuring compliance with Federal regulations.
“It is clear that with the transition to digital completing early next year, broadcasters need simple, cost effective audio solutions right now,” said Linear Acoustic founder Tim Carroll. “The AEROMAX:one is the feature-packed, entry-level answer.”
The single-rack-unit AEROMAX:one accepts four AES pairs of audio to handle two-channel to 5.1 channel network or local audio and a separate pair of channels for SAP or visual descriptive programming. The unit can apply multiband, multistage loudness control and upmixing to the local audio, allowing it to be matched to 5.1 channel network audio, while leaving the network audio untouched.
AES I/O plus metadata and GPI control are standard, and a software remote will be available for the AEROMAX:one later this year. Available options include built-in Dolby Digital (AC-3) encoding, metadata output, and HD-SDI embedding and de-embedding.