IBC 2019: RTW to demo new Olympics-ready immersive license for TouchMonitor meters

Immersive audio formats are becoming more and more important in professional broadcast, and the 2020 Olympics in Japan will be prepared for broadcasters to transmit immersive audio. 

To meet this demand, RTW has developed an immersive audio license, ISA Immersive Sound Analyzer, for its TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9 audio meters that will be demonstrated at Booth D89 in Hall 8 at IBC next week as part of a technical setup that replicates the audio side of the 2020 Olympics broadcast.

The new license enables audio metering of several variants of the Dolby Atmos immersive audio format. Besides offering all relevant metering instruments, users will also be able to monitor various loudness measures, including Integrated, Momentary and Short-Term loudness across an entire Dolby Atmos stream – also channels that carry audio objects.

“Immersive audio formats have arrived to stay and the transition has merely just begun,” said Andreas Tweitmann, CEO of RTW. “Therefore, we’re very excited to announce the new ISA license for our TM9 and TM7 units that allows existing users to simply add this crucial functionality. And of course, it represents yet another reason for new users to join the TM-platform, stepping into the future of immersive audio in broadcast.”

With the ISA license, audio engineers in broadcast and post production will be able to monitor 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2 or 7.1.4. In reality, two surround sound analyzers are combined, which allows for monitoring both the main bed (5.1 or 7.1), as well as the upper bed (2.0 or 4.0) in a single easy-to-read view.

The ISA – Immersive Sound Analyzer license will be available immediately after IBC 2019 and is available for all TM7 and TM9 models running software version 8-10 or higher. The following additional software licenses are required to run ISA: Multichannel Mode, Loudness and SPL Display and Surround Sound Analyzer.