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RTW's TM3 Hits US Market

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Alan Vernick, President of Vernick Technology Incorporated (VTI), broadcast technology systems integrator, has revealed that he turns to monitoring devices provider RTW for broadcast, production, post production and quality control.
Since 2012, Florida-based Vernick Technology has implemented RTW's TM3 TouchMonitor audio meter at its customer broadcast stations across the country.
According to Vernick, many U.S. broadcast stations are aware that they need to incorporate an audio-leveling device to comply with the CALM Act, but don't know how to fit one into their production workflow.
"A lot of stations try to monitor the audio level downstream, which is what you need for FCC compliance," says Vernick.
"One obvious place for the TM3 is on the output of the master control switcher, before the audio level control. If you try to adjust audio levels manually ahead of that, you’re looking at a signal that has already been processed. You'll want to use it to monitor the output of the server ingest workstations as well, when they are first taking in all the content, so that you can ensure everything is at the same level.
"As for the production control room, broadcasters still mix their microphones with VU-meters, so they need a TM3 or other product in the RTW TouchMonitor line, to monitor and adjust the LKFS levels."
As with the entire TouchMonitor line of meters, the TM3 allows for monitoring separate signal groups and using multiple instruments at the same time.
Up to 16 analog or digital signals (with 3G-SDI interface up to 32) can be displayed for the engineer monitoring the audio levels. The TM3 also includes the Magic LRA instrument, specifically designed by RTW, for visualisation of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters. In addition, RTW recently launched the TM3-SWMC Software license, an add-on option that incorporates a moving-coil emulation display.
"We like that the TM3 has an LKFS meter that can be customized according to the user's needs," adds Vernick.
"It's a great LKFS meter, depicting the three different durations most stations want to measure all on one screen, along with manual start/stop and peak meters. As a pre-set feature, the TM3 displays the LKFS number in a big, bold numbers, however you can customize it any way you want. It’s simple enough to use that my customers who wouldn’t know how to customise it can still work with it. All I need to do is tell them how to read the meter and what kinds of levels they should be targeting, and they can start working with it.
"RTW is very pleased that its TM3 TouchMonitor has become so popular with the U.S. broadcasters," says Christopher Spahr, Director of U.S. Sales and Operations.
"We designed this product as a means of giving broadcasters on a budget many of the same great features found in other models of the TouchMonitor line, but at a more affordable price point that still enables them to easily monitor audio levels, in compliance with the CALM Act."
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