New York City (August 29, 2006)–A pair of UpMAX 2251 5.1-Channel Surround-Field Synthesizers that Linear Acoustic supplied two years ago to VOOM HD Networks, a division of Rainbow Media, are being used regularly to prepare surround-sound mixes for original location recordings where live sound is most appropriately captured in stereo.
Jimm Popowytsch, VP of engineering at 11 Penn TV, with one of the facility’s pair of UpMAX 2251 5.1-Channel Surround-Field SynthesizersSuch mixes provide select programming on Treasure HD, one of the 15 VOOM HD Networks, all of which transmit exclusively in 5.1-channel HD surround.
Developed to streamline the production of high-quality surround-sound programming, UpMAX accepts conventional two-channel stereo material, and outputs fully adjustable 5.1-channel audio mixes that are mono- and stereo-compatible. Audio can be supplemented with additional center, subwoofer, and left and right surround, with left and right front discrete audio applied to dedicated external inputs. Control is via GPI/O and Ethernet ports. Center width and surround depth plus external mix controls enable precise real-time adjustment.
According to Jimm Popowytsch, VP of engineering at 11 Penn TV, New York, the two UpMAX 2251 units are installed in the facility’s duplication floor. “VOOM is committed to providing multitrack recording on the production side, but there are times when this is just impractical. For example, if we’re doing a straight interview with someone walking us through their baseball-card collection for a show on our Treasure HD channel, recording in stereo makes more sense. There we would up-sample [to 5.1-channel surround] with our Linear Acoustic equipment.”
Based in New York, VOOM HD Networks are described as the largest suite of high-definition channels, produced exclusively in HDTV for distribution in the US and internationally through satellite and cable operators.