Berlin, Germany (July 24, 2009)–MediaCorp, a Singapore-based broadcaster, has installed two Junger Audio D06 Level Magic processors to help achieve loudness consistency for its 938LIVE English news and talk radio station.
The broadcaster started looking for a means of controlling loudness after listeners tuning in to 938LIVE began complaining about the sound. The negative feedback, which was particularly prevalent among people listening in their cars, focused on loudness levels. Listeners stated that they constantly had to adjust the volume of their radios in order to maintain a comfortable level of loudness between the various audio segments contained in its news radio programming.
938LIVE transmits round the clock with a spread of programs on current affairs, health, business and lifestyle as well as news every half until midnight. The station is available on FM frequencies and also on DAB Channel 7B.
Because of the nature of its programming, 938LIVE incorporate sound bites and audio segments from many different sources (from outside broadcasts, studio recordings and continuity live announcers). The station’s difficulty in maintaining loudness consistency was mainly due to variations in the loudness levels between these different sources.
Jibby Jacob, manager, radio studio operations, MediaCorp Pte Ltd, says, “We needed a loudness control device that would work in conjunction with our multiband on-air processors, which include Optimod and the Telos Omnia processors. Our search for a solution led us to last year’s IBC Convention, where my colleague, Ms. Lye Foi Lieng, senior manager, radio technical support, discovered Junger Audio’s Level Magic system.”
Level Magic is a series of automated level and loudness control devices that rely on an adaptive level control algorithm designed to adjust the level from any source at any time, with no pumping, breathing or distortion. It works by simultaneously combining an AGC, a Transient Processor for fast changes and a “look ahead” peak limiter for continuous unattended control of any program material, regardless of its original source.