Berlin, Germany (September 21, 2012)—Direct 8 and Direct Star, free-to-air digital channels in France, have purchased new loudness control equipment from German dynamics processing specialist Junger Audio.
In conjunction with its French distributor 44.1, Junger Audio has supplied Direct 8 and Direct Star with four D*AP LM4 four-channel digital audio processors. Each channel now has a pair of processors that are being used to control and regulate broadcast audio loudness so that both channels remain within the boundaries of new legislation recently introduced by France's CSA (Conseil SupÈrieur de l'Audiovisuel).
Based in Puteaux, a suburb of Paris, Direct 8 specializes in delivering news, cultural programming, entertainment and film, while Direct Star focuses on music programming including music documentaries and live music broadcasts. Nicolas Albingre, technical and audio visual manager across both channels, says, "There are a number of loudness control solutions on the market that would have enabled us to implement the new EBU R128 loudness recommendation, but we chose Junger Audio's technology because we like the company's Level Magic adaptive control algorithm. Level Magic is very effective at controlling loudness but it also gives us the audio transparency we were looking for. And, of course, it is compliant with R128, so it solves that problem as well."