Jünger Audio’s Smart Audio Helps New Sky Deutschland “Cube” Manage Audio Processes Automatically

Satellite TV provider Sky Deutschland has installed several new D*AP audio processing units from Jünger Audio at its new sports programming broadcast center in Unterföhring (near Munich), Germany.

Known as “the Cube,” Sky Deutschland’s new facility is scheduled to open in 2017, with the first on-air tests planned for June and the first live productions set to air in July. It consists of two studios (600 m² and 250 m²), plus an additional new surface of 250 m² for Bundesliga (soccer) coverage. There will also be rooms for direction, editing and production, as well as for continuity suites and the broadcast IT installation. When it is completed, the Cube will be one of the largest and most modern broadcast IT infrastructures for live sports production in Europe and will create more than 40 full time jobs.

Sky Deutschland’s new Cube will produce all its live sports programming, including the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, EHF Handball Champions League, golf, tennis and Formula 1. It will also be used to create content for digital platforms and for Sky Sport News HD.

Peter Poers, CEO of Junger Audio, said they delivered technology that helps manage the facility’s audio processes, including trouble-free audio control that also offers a high degree of automation. Sky’s installation is a Smart Audio solution because it makes use of intelligent and complementary audio algorithms throughout the broadcast chain and combines them with perfect control integration. The result, Poers said, is an impressive, forward-looking system that delivers the best quality with maximum efficiency and flexibility.

With D*AP audio processing products, broadcasters can dispense high quality sound in a very efficient manner, with minimal requirement for manual control or intervention from an operator. Click to enlarge.

With D*AP audio processing products, broadcasters can dispense high quality sound in a very efficient manner, with minimal requirement for manual control or intervention from an operator. Click to enlarge.

Jünger Audio’s D*AP products, complete with its Smart Audio concept—were chosen because every device incorporates a collection of sophisticated adaptive processing algorithms that enable them to deliver a Smart Audio experience. With D*AP, broadcasters can dispense high quality sound in a very efficient manner, with minimal requirement for manual control or intervention from an operator. 

The processors employ the industry standard Ember+ remote protocol that allows integration with an increasingly wide range of compatible equipment. They also support Audinate’s Dante digital media networking technology, which enables them to interface with Audio Over IP networks just by plugging in a single cable.

Working in conjunction with systems integrator Qvest Media, which is responsible for the construction of Sky Deutschland’s new center, Jünger Audio provided two D*AP CODEC Edition 8-channel surround processors and two D*AP FLX 8-channel surround processors, all of which have SDI and Dante interfaces. These will be used to decode Dolby-encoded signals from incoming feeds so that channel shuffling and mix preconditioning can be applied to individual national feeds. In addition, Jünger Audio has supplied four D*AP TAP Edition 8-channel surround television audio processors, which will be used for loudness management and final Dolby E encoding. Eight XAP RMI universal remote control panels control the entire audio processing system.

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