Martin Leuenberg, sales manager, RTW; Mahmoud Chatah, head of marketing and sales, RTW; Oliver Schmitz, CEO, Schmitronic; and Jürgen Mölders, head of postproduction, CBC.
Cologne, Germany (September 12, 2012)-RTW has announced the recent sale of 100 TouchMonitor TM3 units to Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC), a television production and broadcasting company with offices in Cologne, Munich and Berlin.
CBC purchased the TM3's to help meet the German government's upcoming loudness requirements for TV shows. Schmitronic, a Cologne-based provider of professional audio components, supplied the units, which CBC has already begun to install.
CBC initially planned to purchase approximately 80 TouchMonitor TM3 units, but after further studying its requirements, increased that number to a total of 100 units.
"When we tested a prototype version of the TM3, we were quite taken by its simple and intuitive operation," Jürgen Mölders, head of post production at CBC, says. "We typically use the TM3 units in editing suites. As the monitoring device is a separate hardware unit, the main screen is reserved for the primary edit applications at any time."
Since the TM3 installation at CBC spans several stages, Mölders insisted on having the first shipment delivered late in May. "Internally, we already transitioned our production to the new loudness-metering systems in June," he explains. "This means that our editing suites already comply with EBU R128, but for the time being, we've adapted the levels in Final Cut Pro to our previous standards, which are still applicable. Thus, we were well prepared for when German regulators began to enforce loudness regulations for all major TV stations at the IFA in Berlin on August 31."
In addition to PPM and true-peak instruments, the TM3 offers loudness metering in compliance with globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. Instruments include single-channel and summing bar graphs, loudness range and numerical displays.