TC Electronic DB6 Multi 2 Broadcast Audio Processor with Intelligent Loudness Management

BH #TCDB6M2BTAP • MFR #951902011
TC Electronic
TC Electronic DB6 Multi 2 Broadcast Audio Processor with Intelligent Loudness Management
Key Features
  • One-Step, Automatic Loudness Management
  • Two Dual-Engine 3G Transmission Cards
  • Handles Two SD/HD/3G SDI Streams
  • Expandable, Accepts Up to Three Cards
The TC Electronic DB6 Multi 2 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
  • 3Loudness Wizard Algorithm
  • 4Ultimate Compliance
  • 5LM6 Loudness Radar Meter
  • 6Dual Redundancy
  • 7Control Interface
  • 83G Transmission Card

The TC Electronic DB6 Multi 2 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 Multi 2 comes with two 3G transmission cards, which give you the ability to process two SDI streams with sixteen audio channels, right out of the box. The unit is expandable with one 3G transmission card (available separately), increasing the number of simultaneous SDI streams to three and ideal for any station that needs to process multiple streams simultaneously.

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 Multi 2 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
Helps stay compliant with broadcast standards and legislation at all times, without sacrificing audio quality
Comes with two 3G transmission cards to handle two SD/HD/3G SDI streams
Expandable for any station that needs to process multiple streams simultaneously, Add one additional 3G transmission card, increasing the number of simultaneous SDI streams to three
Plug-and-play functionality with powerful LoudnessWizard algorithm
Deliver for a multitude of platforms and codecs
Process, measure, and log sixteen audio channels
Accepts mono, stereo, and 5.1 surround and can simultaneously deliver high-quality audio to SDTV, HDTV, and mobile platforms
1 RU, high-density design saves space in equipment room
Comes with ready-to-use presets based on international standards
Designed and engineered in Denmark

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

  • Each card processes one SD/HD/3G SDI audio stream with eight audio channels I/O
  • 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 ConfigurationComes with two 3G transmission cards
Capable of holding one to three 3G transmission cards (additional card available separately)
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 (with one card)
10.4 lb / 4.7 kg (with three cards)
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
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
Connectors1 x BNC input
1 x BNC output, 75 Ohms
Bypass RelayInput to output while powered off and during boot-up
FunctionAudio de-embed/embed, video thru
SDI Formats SupportedSD
525i59.94, 625i50

HD
720p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
1080p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
1080i: 50, 59.94, 60

3GA
720p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
1080i: 50, 59.94, 60
1080p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60

3GB (2 Streams)
720p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
1080i: 50, 59.94, 60
1080p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
Standard ComplianceSMPTE 259M, 292M, 424M, 425M
Audio I/O SelectionSDI group 1-2, 3-4, 3G stream 1, 3G stream 2
Interface FunctionSynchronous, bit-transparent (de-embed/embed)
Input Return LossTypically, 17 dB, <1.5 GHz
Typically, 12 dB, 1.5 to 3 GHz
Output Return LossTypically, 18 dB, <1.5 GHz
Typically, 12 dB, 1.5 to 3 GHz
Relay Bypass Return LossTypically, 19 dB, <1.5 GHz
Typically, 14 dB, 1.5 to 3 GHz
Adaptive Cable Equalization480 m at SD, 250 m at HD, 150 m at 3G, Belden 1694A (input)
Jitter ToleranceTiming: >10 UI (input)
Alignment: >0.7 UI (input)
Output JitterSD
Timing: <0.25 UI
Alignment: <0.22 UI

HD
Timing: <0.5 UI
Alignment: <0.1 UI

3G
Timing: <1.0 UI
Alignment: <0.25 UI
Signal Level800 mV ± 5% (output)
DC Offset0 V ± 0.5 V (output)
Rise/Fall Time<700 ps at SD, <130 ps at HD, <120 ps at 3G (output)
Overshoot<5% of amplitude (output)
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
Ethernet and Remote Control2 x Ports, 10/100 Mb/s, Base-T, SNMP-enabled
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