Las Vegas (April 15, 2010)—German metering/control device manufacturer RTW and TC Electronic will co-develop audio metering products for broadcast, production, post-production and QC applications.
“RTW and TC Electronic have both enjoyed decades of success in the professional audio market,” says Andreas Tweitmann, managing director of RTW. “We are proud and excited to collaborate with a company that not only has a stellar reputation, but also a line of audio solutions that complement the RTW family of products perfectly.”
RTW will offer TC Electronic's Loudness Radar Meter LM5D, a tool for predictable loudness management in broadcast, film, post-production and music that displays instant loudness, loudness history and true-peak level compliant with the new ITU-R BS.1770 standard, as well as EBU R128 and ATSC A/85 recommendations, as a software option for its new TouchMonitor range of stand-alone audio metering systems based on touch screens. The TouchMonitor range features the TM7 with 7" touch display as well as the TM9 with a 9" touch sensitive TFT screen. Both models will be available with analog and/or digital audio I/O interfaces including AES3id versions with BNC connectors and a 3G SDI option for the TM9, supporting up to 32 audio channels.
At the same time, RTW will work with TC Electronic to present a hardware version of the Loudness Radar Meter LM5D, which has so far only been available as a software plug-in for Digidesign Pro Tools and for TC Electronic's System 6000, DB4 and DB8 processors.
The announcement came the day after RTW and digital mixing console manufacturer Lawo unveiled their own new agreement at NAB concerning the TM7—namely that the system will be available as a fully integrated hardware option for the Lawo mc range of digital audio consoles.
Lawo has showcased its redesigned mc-66 console during NAB with a special OEM version of the RTW TouchMonitor TM7 as part of the desk's control surface. The TouchMonitor version specifically developed for Lawo features a customized GUI which allows for the upright operation of the screen so that it integrates into the mc-66. In its final level of integration, the unit also will lock directly into the console’s project data management so that the TouchMonitor's configuration and presets will be saved and loaded together with the actual console project data.
“RTW and Lawo have both been successfully providing quality audio solutions to the broadcast, recording, post-production and live sound industries for more than 30 years,” says Tweitmann. “We are very pleased that Lawo has chosen to include the new TouchMonitor TM7 as a hardware option for its mc range of digital audio consoles. We look forward to developing our relationship further.”