Linear Acoustic has started shipping the compact AERO.one™ DTV audio/loudness manager and is announcing a special pricing offer through June 12, 2009.
Viewers are quick to notice loudness discrepancies between 5.1-channel network audio and local stereo programming and commercial insertions, and will voice their complaints — or simply switch to another channel. The Linear Acoustic AERO.one addresses these issues by reformatting local stereo insertions to match the network's six-channel audio feed while also applying loudness and metadata control in order to maintain a consistent, high quality, and seamless surround sound experience for viewers. The proven UPMAX algorithm from Linear Acoustic operates in tandem with the company's new AutoMAX-II™ auto-detection algorithm to generate downmix-compatible 5.1 surround audio where appropriate. AutoMAX-II implementation in the AERO.one ensures that UPMAX processing is bypassed automatically and seamlessly when a 5.1 stream is detected, without switching artifacts or loss of dialogue. Switching may alternatively be controlled through GPI contact closures and the application of metadata.
To guard against loudness variations — the number one viewer complaint — the AERO.one applies multiband, multistage processing to manage discrepancies between network and local programming and local commercial insertions. When an incoming 5.1 audio stream is automatically detected, loudness control processing is bypassed and only protection limiting is applied. The 1-RU AERO.one, an all-in-one solution that combines loudness management, 5.1 reformatting, and metadata processing, is the first six-channel audio processor to be priced at under $10,000. Mindful of the tough economic climate, Linear Acoustic is currently offering a free upgrade to include HD-SDI de-embedding, reprocessing, and re-embedding capabilities plus redundant power supplies, options valued at $3,250. The offer is open for orders placed through June 12, 2009, the federally mandated date for the analog broadcast switch-off. AERO.one may alternatively be used to match the quality of a backup transmission to the main path, and is also available in a dual-stereo (2+2) version for stereo and SAP processing. Built-in Dolby® Digital (AC-3) 5.1 encoding is also available as an option. Linear Acoustic will highlight the AERO.one DTV audio/loudness manager at the 2009 NAB Show, booth N1725.