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

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TC Electronic
TC Electronic DB6 AES Unbalanced Broadcast Audio Processor with Intelligent Loudness Management
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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TC Electronic DB-6 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2One-Step Loudness Management
  • 3AES Unbalanced I/O
  • 4Loudness Wizard Algorithm
  • 5Ultimate Compliance
  • 6LM6 Loudness Radar Meter
  • 7Dual Redundancy
  • 8Control Interface
  • 93G Transmission Card

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

TC Electronic DB-6 Specs

DB6 Frame
Frame Configuration1 x Built-in 3G transmission card
Front IndicatorsStatus for: PSU 1, PSU 2, Sync, Alert, Signal
Mains Voltage100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz (auto-select)
Power SupplyDual power supply redundancy
FanDual fan redundancy
Environment Operating Temperature32 to 122°F / 0 to 50°C
Storage Temperature-22 to 167°F / -30 to 70°C
HumidityMaximum 90%, non-condensing
FinishNatural-color anodized aluminum face plate
Plated steel chassis
ComplianceEN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2
FCC part 15 class B
CIS-PR 22 class B
Safety CertificationIEC 60065, EN 60065, UL 6500, CSA E65
Dimensions19 x 1.75 x 13.2" / 483 x 44 x 334 mm
1 RU
Weight9.5 lb / 4.3 kg
3G Transmission Card
Number of Processors2 x LoudnessWizard processors (stereo or 5.1)
Meters2 x LM2/LM6 Loudness Radar Meters (stereo or 5.1)
Audio Channels Processed8 in, 8 out
16 in, 16 out (optional, with license available separately)
Audio Format Configuration2, 5.1, 2+2, 5.1+2, 2+5.1, 5.1+5.1
Audio Processing Delay0.15 ms
Adjustable Online Delay0 to 10 second per audio channel
Delay Resolution32-bit
Frequency Response DIODC to 23.9 kHz ± 0.01 dB
Audio Sample Rate48 kHz, fully synchronous
Audio Processing Resolution32-bit, bit-transparent
Connectors4 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 RelayInput to output while powered off and during boot-up
Formats SupportedAES/EBU (24-bit), AES3-id I/O
Status BitsIn: Accepts all
Out: Pro-status bits
Standard ComplianceAES3-2009, SMPTE 276M
Digital I/O EngineTC-developed DICE core
Sample Rate48 kHz, internal
Clock Precision±30 PPM, internal
Audio Delay0.85 ms, in-to-out
Interface FunctionSynchronous, bit-transparent
Jitter Rejection EngineTC-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 Tolerance0.2 to 5 V p-p
Output Signal Level1 V ±20%, terminated
GPI Control Inputs4 x Multi-state, multi-function 0 to 3.3 VDC, sensing (D-Sub connector)
GPO Output2 x Relays, floating, 200 mA, 24 VAC/VDC maximum (D-Sub connector)
Output Voltage3.3 VDC, 100 mA, current-limited (D-Sub connector)
Ethernet and Remote Control2 x Ports, 10/100 Mb/s, Base-T, SNMP-enabled
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