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Cobalt Digital CCW Plans Include Loudness Processing & Monitoring Over IP Demonstrations & MADI Card-Based Solutions

CALM COMPLIANCE DRIVES INTEREST IN INNOVATIVE, COST-EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVES

Urbana, IL – With the deadline for CALM compliance looming, Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com) has announced plans to highlight its award-winning easy-to-implement, baseband and IP/ASI solutions for loudness management, measurement and record systems at CCW 2012 to be held in New York on November 14-15. The manufacturer of 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear will demonstrate winning LMNTS™, an exciting breakthrough in comprehensive multi-channel, transport-based loudness processing, and SpotCheck™, an innovative transport stream compliance monitor. Also on display will be Cobalt’s new MADI card-based series of baseband audio routing solutions for mobile environments, production companies, or any application involving multi-vehicle audio signal transport.

SpotCheck – Audio Loudness Measurement and Recorded Data Logging SystemCobalt’s SpotCheck®, a transport stream compliance monitor that takes the guesswork out of loudness measurement and logging, provides a easy-to-implement path to CALM compliance and maintenance. SpotCheck monitors an IP, ASI, or a transmitted over-the-air MPEG stream at the transmit (emission) encode point, and provides easy-to-use, convenient, long-term access to loudness records for all programming initiated from a broadcasting facility.

Segments can be searched via the intuitive display of loudness plots along with date/time-stamped thumbnails of the actual corresponding programming, or can optionally be queried and correlated using a database relationship with the facility as-run automation list. SpotCheck readily pinpoints all segments that are outside of CALM compliance providing documentary proof should an erroneous complaint appear. Ethernet control enables integration with facility IT providing long-term logging/thumbnail storage.

Requiring no breakout from the MPEG stream and not affecting the emission stream in any way, SpotCheck provides an easily integrated, facility-based, powerful solution for loudness records and compliance interrogation and verification.

LMNTS (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams)Winner of both TV Technology’s STAR and Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit awards at NAB 2012, LMNTS ™ (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams) represents a quantum leap in multi-stream loudness processing by offering an economic, consistent solution that’s easy to integrate.

LMNTS uses LINEAR ACOUSTIC® Aeromax™ technology and performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams making it ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled. It operates at the MPEG IP transport layer to provide a practical loudness management solution without the need or complexity of external codecs transferring between baseband and MPEG external interfaces.

Available in both IP and ASI versions, LMNTS extracts and decodes audio codec packets from the program stream, performs high-quality PCM loudness processing, and then re-encodes and re-packets the audio within its stream. Physically, all data connections to LMNTS are via GigE IP or ASI interfaces using an industry-standard IT hardware platform with no intermediary breakouts.

MADI CARDS – IDEAL FOR MULTI-VEHICLE AUDIO SIGNAL TRANSPORT
Cobalt sharpened their listening skills when customers requested a new series of MADI solutions, and responded with a card-based series targeting applications involving multi-vehicle audio transport.

9374-EMDE Quad Stream SDI – AES – MADI series
Cobalt’s new series of MADI embedder/de-embedder processing cards opens up new possibilities in multi-channel/multi-source baseband audio routing (192 x 192 crosspoint switch).

The 9374-EMDE Quad Stream SDI – AES – MADI series provides a full unrestricted audio crosspoint that allows channel routing between any channels on up to four SDI steams, discrete AES-3id, and AES10 MADI interfaces. It uses standard 1694A cabling thus eliminating the need for fiber. Its excellent MADI receiver performance allows up to 250m MADI receive capability with no signal degradation.

Embed and de-embed-only versions are also available, as well as dual SDI stream 9372 and single SDI stream 9371 versions.

9257 1×9 MADI Audio Distribution Amplifier
Cobalt will also show its award-winning and scalable 9257 1×9 MADI audio distribution amplifier that provides quick and easy AES10 MADI signal distribution between vehicles without the need for fiber. The 9257 supports sampling frequencies up to 96 kHz, with a 64-channel payload supported at industry standard 48 kHz sampling rate (other sampling rates specified as valid per AES10-2003 also supported at various payload capacities).

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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