Broadcast audio specialist RTW’s TouchMonitor TM3-3G has made its inaugural appearance in the US at the 201 AES Convention in San Francisco.
The TouchMonitor TM3-3G is designed to allow the TM3’s current hardware and software design to visualise, convert and replay 3G SDI signals in TV and video production and post-production applications. It features a 4.3-inch touch screen for both horizontal and vertical orientation that can display any of the eight audio channels contained in a 3G SDI stream. For this reason, it includes a large number of graphical and numerical instruments depicting single-channel and summing loudness bar graphs, PPM, true peak, SPL, loudness range (LRA), dialnorm and correlation.
The TM3 is also designed to offer comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. It also features the Magic LRA mode, specifically designed by RTW, for intuitive visualisation of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters.
If equipped with the corresponding software license option, the integrated de-embedder also outputs up to 16 audio channels from the 3G SDI signal on eight AES3 two-channel ports. The output signals are independent from the visualised audio. Furthermore, the TM3-3G can be upgraded with a built-in monitoring-controller license. This utilises an on-screen fader for output-volume adjustment, a stereo output and a phones out. The optional timecode license expands the feature set of the TM3-3G to allow external or SDI timecode signals to be decoded, displayed and used for additional functions.
The operating concept of the TM3 is aimed at allowing quick and easy selection of presets that can be configured using RTW’s Devicer DC1 software (available for Mac OS X and Windows). By using the custom presets, the user can switch between the various sources, loudness standards and instrument layouts. The configuration software also allows users to freely scale and place the required instruments virtually anywhere on the screen.
“With its SDI interface, the de-embedder featuring AES3 outputs and the integrated monitoring controller with headphones out, the TM3-3G will be a welcome addition to any pro audio engineer’s toolbox,” said Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “The TM3-3G is just another example of RTW providing the broadcast industry with innovation solutions for its ever-evolving needs.”
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