Broadcast

Loudness Processing for TV, Radio & Mobile

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Loudness Pilot is the perfect solution for broadcast stations that need hassle-free mono and stereo loudness control.

At a highly competitive price point, you can deliver great-sounding, loudness-compliant audio in dual stereo.

In other words, it's the Loudness Solution for Local and Regional Broadcasters:

Cost-Effective, Easy-to-Use and Tailored for Stereo.     

 

 

 

 

 

  • Perfect Loudness Management for Stereo & Mono

    Cost Effective Loudness Control and True Peak Limiting for Multi-Platform delivery.
  • Ultra-Low Latency. Ultra-High Redundancy

    Flexible routing. 3G SDI or AES. Hardware relay bypass. Dual power supply.
  • Comply with Loudness Standards

    Become compliant today. Stay compliant tomorrow.

Perfect Stereo & Mono Loudness Management

 

Busy regional and local broadcasters will find peace of mind on a focused unit, fully compliant with all major loudness and broadcast standards.

This fit-for-purpose unit even includes the option to add the TC Electronic renowned Radar Meter as a separate license.

Loudness Pilot combines uncompromised audio processing with a competitive price that puts unparalleled audio quality within the reach of all users.

Ultra-Low Latency. Ultra-High Redundancy

 

Loudness Pilot is the very best loudness-correction technology packed into an easy-to-use, dual-stereo or dual-mono form offering exceptionally low latency and very flexible routing possibilities.

And it comes packed with dual redundancy features. Your signal will never be in jeopardy with dual power inputs, dual fuses, dual fans and a Relay Bypass feature on both the SDI and AES versions!

 

 

Comply with Loudness Standards

 

We have been listened to by those actively setting broadcast standards - we've even donated our technology to many of the same international bodies that impact your broadcast work.  

Legislation on loudness in television is constantly evolving. However, with Loudness Pilot - regardless of your location - we will always help you remain compliant with the latest revision of the broadcast standard that impacts your work.

aNorm: State-of-the-art Loudness Processing

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aNorm™ Adaptive Loudness Normalization (optional) for Loudness Pilot is not just A new norm. It's THE new norm for stereo loudness processing.

It's a new adaptive approach to loudness normalization, and it's easier to set up and use than any other loudness correction solution.

At the same time, it delivers stellar audio quality and keeps you safely within the boundaries of international loudness standards and legislation.

aNorm also introduces a whole new way of visualizing pre and post loudness processing: the beautiful Butterfly MeterTM shows you exactly what happens to the program and why.

aNorm is an optional license for Loudness Pilot.

 

Learn More About aNorm

 

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Targeted On Your Tasks

We've focused this unit on the areas most relevant to regional and local broadcast stations working with stereo SDI.

This means that you've have a single, fit-for-purpose tool ready to deliver two languages simultaneously or to two different platforms such as TV and mobile.

And you can choose from either the SDI or AES versions and add our renowned Loudness Radar as a separate License.

ALC2 Loudness Processing

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Subtle corrections to loudness can make a significant difference to your viewers/listeners.

ALC2 is capable of doing just that - correct substantially when needed, subtle when appropriate and leave your audio absolutely untouched when it's already normalized. 

Years of research and standardization work on loudness and true-peak level has enabled us to design high-resolution, low-latency loudness control algorithms such as ALC2.

 

Learn More About ALC2

Ultimate Reliability

Ultimate reliability

We're serious about being fail-safe. Not only have we given you what you would expect - dual fans and dual fuses - we've also packed Loudness Pilot with dual power inlets. You are now virtually risk-free of losing power while on air.

Loudness Pilot is an "always on" unit that will deliver a non-stop performance for years. Even in the event of a regional power failure rest assured that your transmission will continue thanks to the Relay Bypass feature that passes your stream directly from input to output no matter what happens.

Further, if one of the power sources fail, you can be notified using GPIO or SNMP traps.

 

  • Dual Power - For Independent Power Sources
  • Dual Fuses - Double Up on Fuses
  • Dual Fans - Two Low Noise Quality Fans
  • Relay Bypass - On both SDI and AES versions! 

Applications: OB Van, Live Production & Transmission

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Dual Language/Dual TV Channel Correction

Dual Language/Dual TV Channel Correction

Loudness Pilot is a dual stereo and dual mono processor, allowing loudness processing of two TV channels or two languages simultaneously.

The optional LM2 Radar meter allows you to monitor the output of each TV channel or language and even create log files.

Multi Platform Transmission

Multi Platform Transmission

With its dual stereo infrastructure, Loudness Pilot allows loudness processing for multiple platforms simultanously.

For instance, you can deliver -23 LUFS for HDTV AND -16 LUFS for mobile applications in realtime.

Live Stereo Production

Live Stereo Production

Loudness Pilot is a fantastic tool for Live TV production whether you work in an OB Van or in a remote control room.

The ALC2 loudness processing algorithm gives you optimal loudness control of the audio output, and with the LM6 Radar Meter (optional) you can constantly monitor the audio - before as well as after loudness processing.

Auto Input switching, Dual Language

Auto Input switching, Dual Language

Loudness Pilot features Auto Input Switching, enabling seamless fall-back switching to source B if source A is not available.

 

Auto Input switching, Emergency

Auto Input switching, Emergency

Auto Input Switching also lets you set up Loudness Pilot so that it automatically switches to an emergency channel, if there is audio present on that channel.

5 Versions: 1, 2 or 3 Streams & AES Balanced or Unbalanced

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We're aware that some broadcasters prefer to pass just the audio signal through their loudness unit, while others want to pass the full SDI stream. That is why we're offering an expandable SDI version as well as two 16-channel AES versions (Balanced and Unbalanced).

 

  • SDI I/O or 24 Bit AES/EBU I/O (Unbal. AES3id on BNC connectors (75 ohm) or bal. AES on SUB-D connectors).
  • Auto Relay Bypass - To make sure your transmission will never be interrupted.
  • 'Freewheel' Safety Belt - Should sync be lost, Loudness Pilot relies on the latest known sample rate at a staggering 96 bit precision.
  • 24/7 Stability and Consistent Output - Day to day predictability for an absolute minimum of downstream carrier inconsistencies
  • JET Jitter Reduction - We invented the unsurpassed JET™ technology and obviously integrated it with Loudness Pilot.

 

Learn More About the Hardware

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Go Radar

Our acclaimed Radar Loudness Meter is available as a separate licence for Loudness Pilot.

The Radar Meter uses shows you the essence of your loudness landscape at a glance for a complete and instant overview, including Loudness History, Momentary Loudness, True-peak Level, Program Loudness and Loudness Range in a single view.

 

Learn More About LM2 Loudness Radar Meter

TCP/IP Ethernet Control

Remote Control over ethernet from PC or MAC

DB6 Single Broadcast Audio Processor

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Loudness Pilot - Multiple Stereo Loudness Controller

Other TC Electronic broadcast devices such as DB4 or DB8 MKII

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• Easy setup of multiple devices

• Detailed control of all algorithms

• Loudness Radar Meter Display

• 24/7 logging

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Automatic Input Detection, GPI or Metadata

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Loudness Pilot is based on our DB6 platform and gives you the same extended control possibilities. Ease of use is key and it can detect the incoming signal channel format automatically.

In case you want more manual control, Loudness Pilot also offers extensive GPI control, or you can configure it to react to incoming metadata.

Keeping You Up To Date

We have been listened to by those actively setting broadcast standards - we've even donated our technology to many of the same international bodies that impact your broadcast work.  

Legislation on loudness in television is constantly evolving.  However, regardless of your location and no matter which TC Electronic Loudness units you use, we will always help you remain compliant with the latest revision of the broadcast standard that impacts your work.

 

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In the Press

There's a reason that world-leading broadcast magazine regularly invite us to share our knowledge: we've been pioneers in the digital audio world since 1985.

We've taken part in research studies and the definition of international broadcast standards right from the start, donating technology which has become a crucial part in new, open international standards.

 

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The TC Electronic Legacy

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Our history in digital signal processing goes back to 1985 when we introduced the legendary TC 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay unit that has been embraced by professional studios and musicians for almost three decades.

Ever since, we have kept exploring the world of digital audio, and from a loudness point of view, we were also first movers, taking part in early 'Perceived Loudness' research studies.

Likewise, we have played a role in the definition of various international broadcast standards right from the beginning, and over the years we have even donated technology that has become part of these international, open standards.

These standards evolve on an ongoing basis and new revisions are often being released. Since we have in-depth expertise on the underlying technologies, we are 100% dedicated to be among the very first to update our complete range of broadcast and production products to the latest standard.

In other words, with our broadcast products, you can be sure to be compliant today as well as tomorrow. 

If you would like to learn more about loudness, please visit our dedicated Loudness Website

Features

True Value

Cost-Effective, High-Density, Audio at Its finest.

Forever Compliant

Be Compliant Today, Stay Compliant Tomorrow.

Loudness Control, True-peak limiting and logging adhering ITU-R BS.1770-3, EBU R128, ATSC A/85, TR-B32 and OP-59.

SD/HD/3G SDI, Relay Bypass

Supports latest SDI standards up to 3G: 2.97 mBit/s, 1080p, 3D(2x1080i). Auto relay bypass. 

SNMP (optional)

Simple Network Management Protocol. SNMP trapping lets Loudness Pilot send out messages such as warnings thru ethernet to an SNMP application. Vice versa, Loudness Pilot can be remote controlled from an SNMP application.

Dual Processors, Dual Radar Meters Per Card

Each expansion processing card can run dual ALC2 Processors, dual LM2 Radar Meters (optional)

True Redundancy

No compromise, long term field-tested PSUs. Dual inlets, dual fuses, dual fans. 

100BaseT Full Duplex Ethernet

Standard ethernet control. A second port for daisy-chaining, allowing a high number of units on one network.

14 Pin DSub GPIO

4 multi-state In controlling a number of industry first functions. 2 floating relay Out.

Audio At Its Finest

24 bit transparent, fully synchronous I/O, 32 bit and higher internal processing.

Ultra-Low Latency

Ultra-low latency = No need for frame offset.

Bit-Transparent

Supports coded transmission like Dolby E or Dolby AC3.

Stridency Reduction

Adaptive Stridency Reduction parameter brings overly loud content under tight control while leaving normal content untouched.

LM2 Radar Meter and Logging (optional)

  • Realtime loudness meter compliant with ITU-R BS.1770-3, EBU R128, ATSC A/85, TR-B32, and OP-59
  • Loudness History Radar display
  • True-peak Bargraph display
  • Supports mono and stereo
  • Dedicated presets for all major loudness and true-peak standards
  • 24/7 measurement and logging

24/7 measurement and logging

Loudness Pilot is able to measures your program material both before and after processing, and create log files for both.

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Loudness Website

Keeping track of the multitude of issues around loudness can be a challenge. That's why we've created a one-stop dedicated loudness website where you'll find critical information on the most important issues.

The site is an answer to the highly relevant question:
"What Is Loudness, and Why Is It Important?"

Visit the Loudness Website

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