BIS Chooses TSL PAM2 3G16 Broadcast Audio Monitors for Major Technical Operations Center
(June 16, 2014)
Broadcast Integration Services (BIS) has chosen TSL Products' PAM2 audio monitoring system for a major client's new Technical Operations Center (TOC). BIS, a media technology engineering, design and systems integration firm servicing clients from NBC and Viacom to Microsoft and CitiGroup, created the new TOC to provide expanded channel playout capacity for up to 80 additional HD/SD-SDI on-air playout chains, augmenting the existing NOC channel compliment. BIS also created multiple virtual control room environments, implementing the PAM2 3G16 units in dedicated quality-control positions to ensure audio playout continuity.
"The overall TOC project encompassed expansion of the existing plant infrastructure, as well as its SDI routing, monitoring, broadcast-related IT control and ancillary sub-systems in order to fully support the increased channel count," says Joseph Policastro, senior director, Broadcast Integration Services. "The new channels and related subsystems were designed as scalable 'building-block' platforms to provide a path for future growth and expansion, as well as to facilitate troubleshooting and maintenance. In addition, the TOC environment included a complement of multipurpose control rooms commissioned in parallel with channel growth. TSL's audio monitoring units were implemented in each multipurpose control room and help to accomplish the mission of maintaining continuity in programming."
BSI installed the PAM2 3G16 units as part of the dedicated operator Quality Control (QC) positions. Channels that required detailed analysis of audio and video were routed into a QC position with test and measurement equipment that included the TSL PAM units for audio verification and monitoring. A second PAM unit was incorporated in each control room's surround sound monitor system. In addition to the QC-station implementation, PAM2 3G16 units were also installed in a series of four stations throughout the TOC equipment room. User-defined presets on the PAM2 are key in allowing the operator to move quickly through the audio channel map (16 channels) and monitor a channel's stereo audio, SAP, 5.1 surround sound and AC3 audio included within each video stream. This makes verification of audio tracks straightforward and easy to accomplish.
TSL's PAM2-3G16 features an improved set of user tools designed to further enhance operation in the increasingly complex world of broadcast audio. Additions to the latest software release include improved loudness measurement capability, monitoring of Dolby encoded and discrete multichannel audio, a user-assignable input matrix for non-SMPTE channel orders, lip-sync-audio delay capability and improved data reporting. With loudness measurement and control such an important subject among program creators and broadcasters, the PAM2 3G16 tackles the burgeoning issue of loudness regulation head-on with a set of tools that are both relevant and useable, giving constant analysis and instant feedback to both engineers and operators, helping broadcasters comply with EBU and ATSC recommendations.
As well as designing and manufacturing audio monitoring equipment, TSL Products produces surround sound microphones and processing, tally/studio-control systems and power management solutions for the broadcast industry.
About TSL Products
TSL Products designs, manufactures and markets a range of hardware and software solutions that serve to simplify operations within the television broadcast, cable, satellite, IPTV and IT industries. Specializing in audio monitoring, surround microphones and processors, broadcast control systems and power management tools, TSL Products' solutions satisfy and exceed the commercial, technical and operational requirements that exist in IT-based and traditional workflows, helping its customers to lower costs, generate revenue and streamline operations. For more information, please visit www.tslproducts.com.