Bel Digital Introduces Loudness Metering on All 16 Channel Monitors at IBC 2014
Announced at IBC 2014, Bel Digital Audio has introduced a loudness monitoring option to the latest standards on all eight variants of its 1U and 2U sixteen channel HD monitors/de-embedders.
Each of the monitors has the ability to choose between monitoring loudness by momentary, three second, ten second, integrated and dynamic ranges. As a consequence, all the units comply with both the recommendations of ITU-R BS.1770-2 and ITU-R BS.1771-1.
Loudness metering can be displayed in four ways, chosen by the user from the easily navigated menu, with each showing different combinations of loudness measures. This enables the user to choose which measurements they prefer to show more prominently.
Bel’s range of 16 channel audio, or audio and video monitors, provides confidence monitoring and demuxing of 3G, HD and SD SDI signals. All units auto detect the various compatible video formats and auto-configure accordingly, removing any need for manual selection. They also accept eight AES3-id pairs and up to 10 analogue inputs via the comprehensive input and output choices on the rear panel.
The units are configured quickly and easily by a simple rotary control that permits the user to scroll through menu options and settings. The user only has to use the menu system once during set up and from that point forward all the required options will be displayed. Loudness metering is accessed through the same intuitive system and each of the four monitoring options can be displayed permanently or called up as required by the user.
As usual, Bel has resisted the temptation to employ a complicated on-screen menu system and has maintained a commitment to ease of use and features that any user will need in ‘real world’ applications, avoiding adding features that complicate the menu system and will seldom, if ever, be employed in daily use.
Visible monitoring of each channel of audio is by high resolution bargraph meters, with adjustable colour transition points featuring a peak-hold facility. Four user assignable scales and ballistics are also available. Audible monitoring is via magnetically shielded speakers.
All units feature medical grade internal power supplies for reliability, whilst also removing the need for any external power adapters. There is also the facility for SDI re-clocking and loop-through on each device.
Bel Digital Audio is exhibiting at IBC in Hall 10, Stand 10.A30
The latest 16 channel monitors/de-embedders are being exhibited by Bel at their stand, along with a selection of other products from its ranges.