TC Electronic DB6 AES Unbalanced Broadcast Audio Processor with Intelligent Loudness Management

TC Electronic DB6 AES Unbalanced Broadcast Audio Processor with Intelligent Loudness Management

TC Electronic DB6 AES Unbalanced Broadcast Audio Processor with Intelligent Loudness Management

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TC Electronic DB6 AES Unbalanced Broadcast Audio Processor with Intelligent Loudness Management

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  • One-Step, Automatic Loudness Management
  • TV and Mobile TV Audio Processor
  • Up to Sixteen Unbalanced AES/EBU I/O
  • One Built-In 3G Transmission Card
  • Compliant with All Major Standards
  • Loudness Wizard Algorithm
  • LM6 Loudness Radar Meter
  • Dual Redundancy
  • Includes TC Icon Software & DB6 Software
  • 1 RU High-Density Design
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TC Electronic DB-6 overview

  • 1Description

The TC Electronic DB6 AES Unbalanced is a broadcast transmission audio processor that provides a complete and intelligent loudness management solution to help broadcasters with their loudness responsibilities. It employs a one-step process that preserves the details of your audio, while allowing you to stay compliant with broadcast standards and legislation at all times.

The DB6 AES Unbalanced is designed for TV broadcasters who prefer to pass only the audio signal through their loudness management system rather than their entire SDI signal. It offers a total of sixteen physical channels of unbalanced AES I/O on BNC connectors, with the first eight channels active by default. Should you need to use additional channels, a license for activating channels 9-16 is available separately.

The proprietary DICE core digital I/O engine features JET technology, which helps reduce incoming jitter to a near-unmeasurable level. Audio sync locks quickly for glitch- and artifact-free transmission, while the Freewheel "safety belt" function keeps the unit running at the "last good sync source rate" when the source is lost.

Audio loudness is measured at the input as well as the output of the DB6. In between, the LoudnessWizard algorithm handles everything regarding loudness including automatic format detection, automatic up- and down-conversion, automatic loudness correction, true peak limiting, lip-sync delay with look-ahead capability, all in one single process and for a multitude of broadcast platforms. The unit comes with ready-to-use presets based on international standards.

The LM6 loudness radar meter provides an easy way to read loudness with a complete overview. Loudness history is displayed by the radar and momentary loudness is displayed by the outer ring. True peak level is displayed on the right side. Program loudness, range values, or other parameters of your choice are shown at the bottom. You also get 24/7 measurement and logging of key stats for future evaluations and documentation.

The DB6 AES Unbalanced features a full, dual-redundancy setup with dual fans, dual fuses, and dual power connectors, which you can use with independent power sources. In case of an emergency, the relay bypass ensures that your content is not compromised. The unit is housed in a high-density, 1 RU enclosure to help you save space in your equipment room. Included are two power cords and a USB memory stick with TC Icon software and DB6 software.

One-Step Loudness Management

Professional broadcast transmission audio processor with automatic intelligent loudness management, ideal for the local TV broadcaster or a TV production truck
Helps stay compliant with broadcast standards and legislation at all times, without sacrificing audio quality
Plug-and-play functionality with powerful LoudnessWizard algorithm
Deliver for a multitude of platforms and codecs
Process, measure, and log up to sixteen audio channels
Accepts mono, stereo, and 5.1 surround and can simultaneously deliver high-quality audio to SDTV, HDTV, and mobile platforms
Comes with ready-to-use presets based on international standards
1 RU, high-density design saves space in equipment room
Designed and engineered in Denmark

AES Unbalanced I/O

For routing only your audio signal through an insert point instead of passing your entire SDI signal through a loudness management system
Unbalanced, 24-bit AES/EBU I/O with eight BNC input connectors and eight BNC output connectors (one pair per connector)
Comes fully loaded with 16 channels of AES I/O, but by default only the first 8 channels are active
A license is available separately for activating channels 9 to 16
Proprietary DICE core digital I/O engine with JET technology reduces incoming jitter to a near-unmeasurable level
Audio sync locks quickly with glitch- and artifact-free transmission
Freewheel "safety belt" keeps unit running at the "last good sync source rate" when the source is lost

Loudness Wizard Algorithm

  • Powerful one-step LoudnessWizard process makes it easy to achieve your loudness-handling requirements
  • Automatic loudness correction
  • Automatic up-conversion
  • Automatic down-mix
  • Look-ahead lip-sync delay
  • True-peak limiting
  • Handling of normalized and non-normalized Content

Ultimate Compliance

  • Compliant with all major broadcast standards
  • ITU-R BS.1770-3
  • EBU R128
  • ATSC A/85
  • ARIB TR-B32
  • FreeTV OP-59
  • Supported by TC Electronic to remain compliant with current and future releases of major broadcast standards

LM6 Loudness Radar Meter

  • LM6 loudness radar meter gives you a complete loudness landscape overview at a glance
  • Loudness history, momentary loudness, true-peak level, program loudness, loudness range in a single view
  • Mono, stereo, and 5.1 surround
  • 24/7 logging: monitor and log audio loudness input and post-processing output, and create a ready-made history of broadcast for evaluation and documentation purposes

Dual Redundancy

  • Offers robust redundancy and reliability needed for mission-critical live applications
  • Dual power supplies
  • Dual fuses
  • Dual low-noise fans
  • Complete relay bypass for live stream 

Control Interface

  • Connect to a computer (controller) running TC Icon software via an Ethernet port
  • Second Ethernet port allows for daisy-chaining multiple 3G transmission cards

3G Transmission Card

  • Processes up to sixteen 24-bit AES/EBU, AES3-id audio channels 
  • Holds two multichannel processors
  • Runs two LoudnessWizard algorithms simultaneously
  • Runs two LoudnessWizard 2 algorithms simultaneously
  • Runs two LM6 loudness radar meters simultaneously
In the Box
TC Electronic DB6 AES Unbalanced Broadcast Audio Processor with Intelligent Loudness Management
  • 2 x Power Cables
  • USB Memory Stick with TC Icon Software and DB6 Software
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    TC Electronic DB-6 specs

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    Frame Configuration 1 x Built-in 3G transmission card
    Front Indicators Status for: PSU 1, PSU 2, Sync, Alert, Signal
    Mains Voltage 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz (auto-select)
    Power Supply Dual power supply redundancy
    Fan Dual fan redundancy
    Environment Operating Temperature 32 to 122°F / 0 to 50°C
    Storage Temperature -22 to 167°F / -30 to 70°C
    Humidity Maximum 90%, non-condensing
    Finish Natural-color anodized aluminum face plate
    Plated steel chassis
    Compliance EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2
    FCC part 15 class B
    CIS-PR 22 class B
    Safety Certification IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL 6500, CSA E65
    Dimensions 19 x 1.75 x 13.2" / 483 x 44 x 334 mm
    1 RU
    Weight 9.5 lb / 4.3 kg
    3G Transmission Card
    Number of Processors 2 x LoudnessWizard processors (stereo or 5.1)
    Meters 2 x LM2/LM6 Loudness Radar Meters (stereo or 5.1)
    Audio Channels Processed 8 in, 8 out
    16 in, 16 out (optional, with license available separately)
    Audio Format Configuration 2, 5.1, 2+2, 5.1+2, 2+5.1, 5.1+5.1
    Audio Processing Delay 0.15 ms
    Adjustable Online Delay 0 to 10 second per audio channel
    Delay Resolution 32-bit
    Frequency Response DIO DC to 23.9 kHz 0.01 dB
    Audio Sample Rate 48 kHz, fully synchronous
    Audio Processing Resolution 32-bit, bit-transparent
    Connectors 4 x BNC inputs and 4 x BNC outputs, channels 1 to 8
    4 x BNC inputs and 4 x BNC outputs, channels 9 to 16 (with license available separately)
    75 Ohms
    Bypass Relay Input to output while powered off and during boot-up
    Formats Supported AES/EBU (24-bit), AES3-id I/O
    Status Bits In: Accepts all
    Out: Pro-status bits
    Standard Compliance AES3-2009, SMPTE 276M
    Digital I/O Engine TC-developed DICE core
    Sample Rate 48 kHz, internal
    Clock Precision 30 PPM, internal
    Audio Delay 0.85 ms, in-to-out
    Interface Function Synchronous, bit-transparent
    Jitter Rejection Engine TC-developed JET technology
    Jitter Tolerance >AES3-2009 (master and slave input)
    Jitter Rejection Filter <-3 dB at 10 Hz, <-100 dB at 600 Hz (4th order)
    Jitter Gain <1 dB, in-to-out
    Output Jitter <1 ns peak, BW: 700 Hz to 100 kHz (output at clean source)
    Digital Output Phase <0.5 % of sample period
    Input Variation 49.9 % of sample period (before sample slip)
    Input Signal Tolerance 0.2 to 5 V p-p
    Output Signal Level 1 V 20%, terminated
    GPI Control Inputs 4 x Multi-state, multi-function 0 to 3.3 VDC, sensing (D-Sub connector)
    GPO Output 2 x Relays, floating, 200 mA, 24 VAC/VDC maximum (D-Sub connector)
    Output Voltage 3.3 VDC, 100 mA, current-limited (D-Sub connector)
    Ethernet and Remote Control 2 x Ports, 10/100 Mb/s, Base-T, SNMP-enabled

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