Ad insertion, playout and compressed television technologies specialist General Dynamics Mediaware has announced Matrix with Audio Control Engine (ACE) multichannel audio loudness processor for statistical multiplexed transport streams.

Designed to be used by satellite, terrestrial, cable, IP and B2B television networks, ACE combines Mediaware’s transport stream processing software with algorithms from Linear Acoustic to provide an alternative technology choice for managing loudness compliance in the headend.

Linear Acoustic is designed to control loudness of audio content within user specified parameters, while providing the best listening experience within a wide range of playback environments. By offering loudness control at the transport stream layer, Mediaware enables broadcasters to confidently meet their region-specific audio loudness obligations while improving the viewer’s listening experience when channel surfing.

ACE loudness control is capable of processing loudness parameters, for all transponders and audio components, within the tight constraints of a statistical-multiplex. Applying loudness control in the transport stream, across all multiplexes directly before modulation, significantly reduces complexity and the cost of deployment. Alternatively, ACE loudness control can be applied to, each TV service entering the facility, making ACE an ideal choice for foreign content and turn-around channels as it improves the viewer’s audio experience while ensuring the broadcaster complies with loudness regulations.

‘Mediaware is committed to supporting our clients with all of the broadcast functions they need to deliver uncompromising digital playout from the headend,’ says company MD, Garrick Simeon. ‘Introducing a loudness control solution to our range of compressed media processing solutions removes yet another cost prohibitive barrier when launching new channels and maximising additional regionalised revenues.’


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