TC Electronic Loudness Pilot 3XSDI Broadcast Audio Processor

BH #TCLNP3XSDI • MFR #951903311
TC Electronic
TC Electronic Loudness Pilot 3XSDI Broadcast Audio Processor
Key Features
  • Dual-Stereo & Dual-Mono Loudness Control
  • Three Dual-Engine 3G Transmission Cards
  • Dual Redundancy with Relay Bypass
  • ALC2 Loudness Processing
The TC Electronic Loudness Pilot 3XSDI is a broadcast transmission audio processor that provides dual-stereo and dual-mono loudness management to help broadcasters with their loudness responsibilities for TV, radio, and mobile applications. It employs a high-resolution ALC2 loudness control algorithm, which delivers high-quality audio with ultra-low latency, while allowing you to stay compliant with broadcast standards and legislation at all times.
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TC Electronic Loudness Pilot 3XSDI Broadcast Audio Processor


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TC Electronic Loudness Pilot Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Loudness Processing for TV, Radio, and Mobile
  • 3ALC2 Loudness Processing
  • 4Dual Redundancy
  • 5Relay Bypass
  • 6Dual Language/Dual TV Channel Correction
  • 7Multiplatform Transmission
  • 8Control Interface
  • 9Compliance
  • 103G Transmission Card
  • 11Optional TC Electronic Software Processors (Licenses Available Separately)

The TC Electronic Loudness Pilot 3XSDI is a broadcast transmission audio processor that provides dual-stereo and dual-mono loudness management to help broadcasters with their loudness responsibilities for TV, radio, and mobile applications. It employs a high-resolution ALC2 loudness control algorithm, which delivers high-quality audio with ultra-low latency, while allowing you to stay compliant with broadcast standards and legislation at all times.

The Loudness Pilot 3XSDI comes with three 3G transmission cards, giving you the ability to process three SDI streams with twenty-four audio channels, right out of the box. The unit is 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 Loudness Pilot. In between, the high-resolution ALC2 algorithm handles everything regarding loudness including 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.

Each single 3G transmission card can run two ALC2 algorithms, allowing loudness processing for two TV channels or two languages simultaneously. It also provides loudness control for multiple platforms simultaneously, delivering for both HDTV and mobile applications in real time. The auto input switching function enables seamless fallback to a secondary source when the primary source is unavailable, and can switch over to a broadcast emergency channel when audio is detected on it.

The Loudness Pilot 3XSDI 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 passes your stream directly from input to output, ensuring a non-stop performance.

This fit-for-purpose unit offers the option to add optional TC Electronic software processors including aNorm adaptive normalization loudness processing, SDI Metadata control, and the LM2 Loudness Radar meter, which gives you a complete loudness landscape overview at a glance. The Loudness Pilot is housed in a compact, 1 RU enclosure to help you save space in your equipment room. Included are two power cords and a USB memory stick with the TC Icon Software and Loudness Pilot Software for Mac and Windows.

Note:
Operating Loudness Pilot requires a TC Icon remote (available separately) or a computer running the included TC Icon software for Mac and Windows.

Loudness Processing for TV, Radio, and Mobile

Professional broadcast transmission audio processor for TV stations that need hassle-free mono and stereo audio 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
Comes with three 3G transmission cards to handle three SD/HD/3G SDI streams
Supports SDI standards up to 3G: 2.97 Mb/s, 1080p, 3D (2 x 1080i)
For any station that needs to process multiple streams simultaneously
1 RU design saves space in equipment room
Comes with ready-to-use presets based on international standards
Designed and engineered in Denmark

ALC2 Loudness Processing

Key Features

  • ALC2 is the "heart and soul" of Loudness Pilot
  • High-resolution, low-latency loudness control algorithm
  • Corrects substantially when needed, subtly when appropriate, and leaves your audio untouched when it is already normalized
  • Automatic loudness correction
  • Look-ahead lip-sync delay
  • True-peak limiting

Auto Input Switching

  • Dual-language switching: Auto input switching enables seamless fallback switching to language B if language A is not available
  • Emergency switching: Set up Loudness Pilot to automatically switch to an emergency channel, if there is audio present on that channel

Dual Redundancy

  • Offers robust redundancy and reliability needed for mission-critical live applications
  • Dual power supplies for independent power sources
  • Dual fuses
  • Dual low-noise fans

Relay Bypass

Complete relay bypass passes your stream directly from input to output for non-stop performance no matter what happens

Dual Language/Dual TV Channel Correction

Loudness Pilot is a dual stereo and dual mono processor, allowing loudness processing of two TV channels or two languages simultaneously

Multiplatform Transmission

  • Dual-stereo infrastructure allows loudness processing for multiple platforms simultaneously
  • Deliver for HDTV and mobile applications in real time

Control Interface

TCP/IP Ethernet Control

  • Remote Control over Ethernet from Windows or Mac computer (controller) running TC Icon software 
  • Second Ethernet port allows for daisy-chaining multiple 3G transmission cards

Automatic Input Detection, GPI, or Metadata

  • Loudness Pilot is based the company's DB6 platform and gives you the same extensive GPI control options
  • Detects the incoming signal channel format automatically
  • GPI metadata allow you to tailor remote control to your station’s demands

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

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 ALC2 algorithms simultaneously
  • Runs two LM2 Loudness Radar Meters (available separately)

Optional TC Electronic Software Processors (Licenses Available Separately)

LM2 Loudness Radar Meter

  • Optional LM2 Radar Meter gives you a complete loudness landscape overview at a glance for each TV channel or language
  • Measures loudness at the input stage as well as the output stage of Loudness Pilot
  • Measure loudness history, momentary loudness, true-peak level, program loudness, and loudness range
  • 24/7 logging function generates a text file which you can use to document adherence to a specific broadcast standard

aNorm Loudness Processing

  • Optional aNorm adaptive normalization loudness processing automatically applies the minimum dynamic audio processing required to keep you safely within the boundaries of international loudness standards and legislation, while providing high-quality sound

SDI Metadata

  • Optional SDI Metadata license provides extensive remote control option via SDI

TC Electronic Loudness Pilot Specs

Loudness Pilot Frame
Frame ConfigurationComes with three 3G transmission card
Capable of holding one to three 3G transmission cards
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
FinishAnodized 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
WeightNot specified by manufacturer
3G Transmission Card
Number of Processors2 x multichannel processors
Audio Channels Processed8 in, 8 out
Audio Format ConfigurationStereo, mono, dual-mono, dual-stereo
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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