HHB supplied Britain’s Got Talent sound director Robert Edwards with a DK-Technologies DK2 audio and loudness meter for the show’s Semi-Final and Final.
Watched by over 11 million viewers, the Britain’s Got Talent 2013 final was one of the UK’s most-watched TV shows of the year so far. Edwards used the DK2 to measure the live broadcast stream and check the programme's integrated LUFS level (the EBU loudness criteria). UK broadcaster ITV maintains a dual acceptance policy for programme delivery, meaning 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,” 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."
The DK2 offers ITU, EBU and ATSC-compliant loudness metering, as well as phase, FFT spectrum analysis, logging and, where necessary, surround sound metering using DK’s internationally adopted Starfish display. It also features a compact, 4.3-inch screen, which makes the DK2 ideal for many audio and loudness setups in the broadcast, film and post production sectors, as well as live transmission and recording.
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.”
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