Risskov, Denmark (March 5, 2013)—TC Electronic has announced the new DB6, a TV and mobile TV transmission processor that can handle loudness metering at the input and output stages, up or down conversion, loudness processing, on-line lip-sync delay, and logging of all relevant loudness statistics all in one process. DB6 is a new addition to the DB family of processors that includes DB2, DB4 and DB8.
The new DB6 platform is housed in a single rack space unit that allows processing of up to three simultaneous SD/HD/3G streams. DB6 features two 5.1 capable processing engines per SDI stream, each able to deliver to any platform and any codec, be it HDTV, Mobile TV, Digital Radio or Podcast using AAC, Dolby, Ogg Vorbis, Lossless or Linear.
The LoudnessWizard algorithm takes care of loudness correction, up-conversion from stereo to surround formats and down-conversion from surround to stereo. The LoudnessWizard algorithm is said to be able to automatically detect the nature of any incoming signal and act accordingly as defined by the engineer. It also integrates multichannel TC Delay, which may be adjusted live without artifacts and used for lip-sync, profanity prevention and loudness processing look-ahead.
Loudness metering at the input and output stages is handled by TC Electronic’s Radar Loudness Meter. It is reportedly able to capture the essence of any loudness landscape at a glance for a complete and instant overview that includes Loudness History (S), Momentary Loudness (M), True-peak Level plus two user-definable parameters such as e.g. Program Loudness (I) and Loudness Range (LRA). Both Radar Meters include a Statistics page showing all numbers and details at once, and both are capable of detailed 24/7 logging.
DB6 is compliant with all major broadcast standards, including ITU BS.1770-3, ATSC A/85, EBU R128, ARIB TR-B32, OP-59 and more. DB6 is available in two different versions – DB6 Multi and DB6 Single. DB6 Single handles one SD/HD/3G stream. DB6 Multi comes with the ability to process one stream right out of the box, but it is possible to install one or two additional ‘Transmission 3G’ dual-engine cards and thereby increase the count of total streams per unit to two or three. Each Transmission 3G card holds two multichannel processors and is capable of running two LM6 Loudness Radar Meters as well as two LoudnessWizard algorithms simultaneously.