Jünger Level Magic
At the 2016 NAB Show, Jünger Audio will highlight “Smart Audio,” a new concept aimed at helping broadcasters embrace automated live audio production.
Jünger said with today’s broadcasters face consumer demand for more content on more devices. In a world where resources are tight, many broadcasters face a daily battle between delivering interesting content while maintaining high quality.
This is where, Jünger said, the concept of Smart Audio comes into play. If a broadcaster doesn’t have the resources to employ an entire team of audio engineers to manage sound quality at every position, then it must invest in simple, reliable and predictable equipment that can automatically do the job.
“The importance of consistent, stable and coherent audio should never be underestimated because it is so vital when it comes to attracting and retaining viewers,” said Peter Poers, Jünger Audio’s CEO.
“People don’t often complain about captions, graphics or subtitles, but give them poor quality sound — in particular, poor quality speech — and they will immediately reach for the remote.”
Peter Poers, Jünger Audio's CEO
In live broadcast situations, problems can arise. Breaking news and fast paced sports programs need to be on air as quickly as possible and there is no time to fix the sound in the second mix anymore.
“If you are taking in a feed from an OB truck, combining it with a local studio presenter and perhaps also a feed from a remote reporter in another location, you cannot always assume that audio levels will be consistent or compliant with relevant loudness standards,” Poers said.
“The only way to ensure that viewers receive a consistent, clear audio experience is to utilize a chain of intelligent and adaptive real time processing algorithms working together. This is what Smart Audio means: delivering high quality sound in a very efficient way, with minimal requirement for manual control or intervention from an operator.”
Poers adds that, alongside intelligent and adaptive processing algorithms, the introduction of Smart Audio also requires broadcasters to choose devices that are fully interoperable with others in the broadcast environment and can integrate with both playout automation systems and logging and monitoring processes.
“Auto-Level, Auto-Upmix, Auto-EQ, Auto-MIX, Auto-Loudness, Codec System Metadata Management – the intelligent combination of all these Jünger Audio adaptive algorithms will create the solution that delivers Smart Audio,” Poers said, “and program loudness will also automatically match – as expected.”
Jünger Audio’s D*AP product range can deliver a Smart Audio experience because every device already incorporates a collection of these adaptive processing algorithms. Also, they are using the industry standard Ember+ remote protocol that allows seamless integration of this high quality audio processing equipment with both playout automation systems and logging and monitoring processes.
“Almost all of our D*AP processors offer automated leveling of individual sources to pre-condition the audio before final loudness based management,” Poers said. “This is combined with auto up-mix to maintain a constant surround experience and the use of auto EQ to ensure consistency of spectral balance and that all important speech intelligibility.
“They also incorporate Jünger Audio’s fully adaptive Level Magic loudness control that can adjust audio from any source, at any time, to the right level with no breathing, pumping or distortion. Only a minimal number of initial parameters need to be set to make these processes work.”
Jünger Audio’s D*AP range includes products for loudness control, audio monitoring, metadata management and Dolby decoding, encoding and transcoding. Among them are the D*AP8 MAP EDITION surround monitoring audio processor; the D*AP8 CODEC EDITION processor that provides a viable replacement for any discontinued legacy Dolby hardware processors; the D*AP4 VAP EDITION two channel voice audio processor and the flagship D*AP8 TAP EDITION television audio processor, which ensures consistency of loudness and sonic “character” across multiple program sources.
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