IBC2013: HHB debuts TC products

HHB Communications is hosting the world debut of TC Electronic’s new UpCon up-converter for 5.1 HD TV broadcast, the new Broadcast 6000 signal processor and a new exclusive distribution partnership with the brand at IBC2013 in Hall 8 on Stand 8.D56.

The TC Electronic UpCon is a cinema-quality up-converter for 5.1 HD TV broadcast, which combines an up-conversion and downmix processor in a single, high-density rack unit. UpCon is based on TC’s UnWrap HD algorithm and shares its ultra-low latency, overkill processing resolution and sound quality. It offers the same expandability as DB6 Multi and comes with one 3G SDI stream standard, but can be expanded with one or two optional Transmission 3G cards for a maximum of three simultaneous SDI streams. The hardware is also based on TC’s DB6 platform and UpCon offers the same extended control possibilities. Dual low-noise fans, dual fuses and dual power inlets are also provided for feeding the unit from two independent power sources for failsafe redundancy.

This announcement follows the news that HHB will now serve as the exclusive distributor for TC Electronic’s broadcast audio and production products in the UK and ROI. Previously a TC Premium Certified HD Dealer, HHB has been elevated to exclusive distributor status due to a mutually beneficial relationship with the brand.

HHB is also hosting the world debut of TC’s new Broadcast 6000, a custom-tailored version of the System 6000 MKII that is optimised for production with broadcast in mind. The new unit comes fully equipped with a wealth of algorithms and facilitates live program mixing. It includes TC’s LM6 Loudness Radar Meter, which offers a complete loudness landscape overview at a glance, the ALC6 Automatic Loudness Correction algorithm and the UnWrap HD algorithm. For the first time the AM6 Radar Meter is now available for the System 6000 MKII platform.

Also included with Broadcast 6000 is the DMix algorithm, which handles trouble free, high headroom downmix from 5.1 to stereo on the fly. If additional dynamics control is needed, it comes equipped with MD5.1 and MDX5.1 multiband and multichannel dynamics processing algorithms.

HHB sales director Martin O’Donnell commented: “This year’s IBC show is a big year for professional audio announcements led in part by TC Electronic’s UpCon and Broadcast 6000 broadcast audio products. The introduction of the DB6 loudness manager was only the tip of the iceberg as TC continues to release a range of high-quality audio broadcast tools that are setting a new standard throughout the industry. We are very happy to be taking on the new role of exclusive distributor and helping TC introduce these extremely useful audio products to our customers.”