The Pentecostal Church Filadelfia’s new Q42 complex occupies nearly an entire block.
The Pentecostal Church Filadelfia has installed Jünger Audio loudness processing to control the entire audio output from the media center in its new Q42 complex in Kristiansand, Norway.
The massive Q42 complex occupies nearly an entire block and incorporates housing for the elderly, a congress center, a leisure center, a 1300-capacity concert hall, a small hotel, a restaurant and a media center complete with TV, radio and sound control studios and an edit suite.
Sigurd Schaathun, Technical Advisor for Filadelfia Kristiansand, said the media center handles live video streaming of services. The services are recorded live for later broadcast on linear TV and a 24-hour DAB Christian radio channel (Radio 3,16) that reaches 70 percent of Norway.
At the core of this streaming system are two Jünger Audio D*AP4 LM digital audio processors, which control the audio levels of all of the content before it exits the building.
Sigurd Schaathun, Technical Advisor for Filadelfia Kristiansand, discovered Jünger Audio loudness processing while researching audio meters.
“We had to juggle the budget to make room for this technology, but it was the best money we ever spent because it has delivered what we need: transparent loudness processing for our live stream, recordings and national DAB radio,” Schaathun said.
He discovered Jünger Audio loudness processing while researching audio meters for the new complex. Peak processing alone wasn’t ideal because it only measures peaks in loudness and not the overall loudness range. As the church’s audio content consists of music and speech, Schaathun needed a tool that could balance loudness across a wide dynamic range.
Jünger Audio’s digital audio processors incorporate the company's proprietary Level Magic algorithm, which offers audibly transparent loudness processing without coloration, pumping, breathing or distortion. These processors allow broadcasters to take full control of loudness and level in stereo and surround, thus ensuring that they always deliver exceptional audio quality while staying within the boundaries of all specified loudness regulations.
Another factor in the church’s decision to invest in Jünger Audio technology was its desire to comply with the EBU R128 loudness standard for broadcast audio, which has now been widely adopted by broadcasters in Norway. Level Magic features specific profiles to comply with virtually all national and international loudness regulations and requirements, including EBU R128, and therefore fitted the brief perfectly.
“We wanted a processor that could get the best possible sound to our audience,” Schaathun said. “As we are a volunteer organization, we have limited skilled personnel to mix broadcast audio perfectly; in fact, we often just take a matrix from the FOH and mix with a pair of audience microphones. The Jünger Audio processor straightens the levels and is totally transparent; we have none of the pumping associated with peak processing.”
The Q42 media center has one D*AP4 LM processor configured for two stereo signals—one set at broadcast standard -23 LUFS for recording linear TV and the other for the stream on Facebook and the internet, which is trimmed to -15 LUFS.
“We bought one unit while the media center was being built and used it in our makeshift studio,” Schaathun said. “The reaction from our audience was very positive – our sound was pleasantly loud, yet not exhausting as many commercial channels are. When we decided to upgrade our local radio station to go national, the choice of loudness processor was simple - we bought a second D*AP4 LM unit, this time with Spectral Signature™ so that we could lightly color our sound.”
Jünger Audio’s Spectral Signature dynamic EQ offers automatic and dynamic EQ control to balance spectral differences. By analyzing incoming audio and comparing its spectrum with individually predetermined voice “fingerprints,” the unit can automatically apply dynamic EQ corrections to give a consistent sound. The Spectral Signature algorithm matches all subsequent live recordings to these fingerprints, thus creating a dedicated and unique “station sound.”
The Pentecostal Church Filadelfia’s first D*AP4 LM unit, compete with a fully accessible Web interface, was installed and configured by Jünger Audio’s Norwegian distributor Lydrommet. The simplicity of the software meant that the church could configure its second unit “in less than ten minutes,” Schaathun said.
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