RTW’s Touchmonitor instruments, flagship SurroundControl 31900 and 31960 series, and all software products that perform loudness measurements now conform to all recently published to EBU R128 updates.
With the updates, the main EBU Loudness Recommendation (EBU R 128) stays unchanged, but the supplement dealing with short-form content has been simplified. In the previous version, users could use either a maximum Momentary or a maximum Short-term loudness measurement as a parameter to characterise and control the loudness of commercials, promos and other programme material; in the new version, only the short-term measurement is required. The EBU anticipates that reducing the options will help simplify content exchange and reduce costs in daily operations. RTW offers this function as a freely selectable feature. Users may turn on or off one or both measurements, as it is best practice for daily work.
The 'EBU Mode' Loudness Metering specification (EBU Tech 3341) has been updated with new minimum compliance requirements, and various clarifications. The complementary EBU Loudness test set has been extended with 15 new test signals. All RTW loudness products pass this compliance tests as well as taking into account the new Loudness range measurement specifications (EBU Tech 3342).
Users can download the latest firmware for free by logging onto the relevant page of the RTW website.