Jünger ensures ‘The Voice Of China’ is heard

The audio production team behind The Voice of China, one of the most successful music shows on Chinese television, has been using Jünger Audio loudness control and audio processing equipment to ensure the quality of broadcasts transmitted in 5.1 surround sound.

Chief audio engineer for the show’s 5.1 surround sound production was Mr. Lou Wei from CTPC Studio, a division of CCTV. Working on behalf of Dolby China and the production company responsible for The Voice of China, Lou has been looking after 5.1 surround sound and broadcasting since the first series.

A selection of Jünger Audio equipment was specified for the show, including two D*AP8 TAP Edition audio processors, which were installed in the transmission chain and used for Dolby E encoding. Also chosen were two D*AP8 MAP Edition audio devices incorporating a comprehensive Dolby toolkit including metadata emulation, along with full loudness metering and logging capabilities. These multichannel monitoring units were installed in the programme chain and used for Dolby decoding and metadata emulation. A third D*AP8 MAP was picked for Dolby metadata emulation during the music pre-mix sessions, and a 2-channel D*AP4 VAP Voice Audio Processor was chosen for all vocal balancing and processing, including commentary from the judges and hosts and the singers’ speeches.

Zhang Yan, technical director of Dolby International Services (Beijing) Co., Ltd, said: "After a long period of evaluation and testing, we discovered that the features and specifications of Jünger Audio’s D*AP8 processors, in particular the D*AP8 MAP Monitoring Processors, matched Dolby E productions very well. They support HDSDI embedding and de-embedding, as well as Dolby codecs, which is important because most of the video equipment that works with Dolby E also supports HD-SDI, rather than the AES interface."

Jünger Audio’s products provided various interface options, flexible routing and comprehensive features, according to Zhang. "Also, thanks to the ability to customise settings, one Jünger Audio processor can work for many different requirements," he added.

Screened by Zhejiang Satellite TV, The Voice of China recently completed its fourth series – the most popular and most widely watched to date. Based on the same concept as NBC’s The Voice, the show features four judges/coaches who used blind auditions to identify teams of singers they wanted to work with during the series.