Jünger brings balance to Norwegian church’s new media centre

The Pentecostal Church Filadelfia has installed Jünger Audio loudness processing to control the entire audio output from the media centre in its new Q42 complex in Kristiansand, Norway.

Almost the size of an entire block, the Q42 complex incorporates housing for the elderly, a congress centre, a leisure centre, a 1300-capacity concert hall, a small hotel, a restaurant and a media centre complete with TV, radio and sound control studios and an edit suite. This media centre handles live video streaming of services, the recording of services for later broadcast on linear TV and a 24-hour DAB Christian radio channel – Radio 3,16 – that reaches 70% of Norway.

Technical advisor for Filadelfia Kristiansand, Sigurd Schaathun (pictured above), discovered Jünger Audio loudness processing when he was researching audio meters for the new complex. As the church’s audio content consists of music and speech, Schaathun needed a tool that could balance loudness across wide dynamic range.

“In the middle of this are two Jünger Audio D*AP4 LM digital audio processors, which control the audio levels of all content before it exits the building,” said Schaathun. “We had to juggle the budget to make room for this technology, but it was the best money we ever spent because it has delivered what we need: transparent loudness processing for our live stream, recordings and national DAB radio.”

Jünger’s digital audio processors incorporate the company’s Level Magic algorithm and are aimed at radio and television companies, allowing broadcasters to take full control of loudness and level in stereo and surround.

Another factor in the church’s decision to invest in Jünger Audio technology was its desire to comply with the EBU R128 loudness standard for broadcast audio, which has now been widely adopted by broadcasters in Norway. Level Magic features specific profiles to comply with virtually all national and international loudness regulations and requirements, including EBU R128, and therefore fitted the brief perfectly.

The Q42 media centre has one of its D*AP4 LM processors configured for two stereo signals – one set at broadcast standard -23 LUFS for recording linear TV and the other for the stream on Facebook and the internet, which is trimmed to -15 LUFS. The first D*AP4 LM unit was installed and configured by Jünger Audio’s Norwegian distributor Lydrommet. The simplicity of the software meant that the church could configure its second unit on its own.

“Configuration was easy and straightforward,” Schaathun explained. “It was up and processing in less than ten minutes. The web interface is intuitive and adjusting parameters was very easy, yet we have a powerful tool that enables us to make our sound the best it can possibly be.”