HHB Communications supplied Britain’s Got Talent Sound Director Robert Edwards with a DK-Technologies DK2 Audio and Loudness Meter that was used for the show’s semi-final and final episodes.
Watched by over 11 million viewers, the Britain’s Got Talent 2013 final was one of the UK’s most-watched programmes of the year. Sound Director Robert Edwards entrusted the compact DK2 meter to measure the live broadcast stream to check the programme's integrated LUFS level (the EBU loudness criteria). ITV maintains a dual acceptance policy for programme delivery, which means that programmes can be delivered with observance to the traditional +8dBm Peak level or to -23 LUFS (plus or minus 1 LUFS).
"It is vitally important to know where our programme sits in relation to these emerging standards,” Robert Edwards said. “In the UK we have very strict delivery standards, and a correspondingly high level of compliance. Therefore, the development of practical skills, using accurate metering to deal with any new delivery constraints, is essential to stay ahead of the game."
DK-Technologies UK Director Andy Page commented: "The DK Meter range was developed directly with input from users to cover a multitude of audio applications in a compact solution. The Britain’s Got Talent requirement shows how this approach has worked, as we have been able to develop a compact audio meter range that is not only easy to use but also low cost. As a company we are dedicated to finding innovative solutions and we feel the DK Meter range truly represents these values.”