HHB Communications Ltd. supplied Britain’s Got Talent Sound Director Robert Edwards with a DK-Technologies DK2 Audio and Loudness Meter that was used for the show’s semi-final and final episodes.
Watched by over 11 million viewers, the Britain’s Got Talent 2013 final was one of the UK’s most-watched programmes of the year. Sound Director Robert Edwards entrusted the compact DK2 meter to measure the live broadcast stream to check the programme’s integrated LUFS level (the EBU loudness criteria). ITV maintains a dual acceptance policy for programme delivery, which means that programmes can be delivered with observance to the traditional +8dBm Peak level or to -23 LUFS (plus or minus 1 LUFS).
“It is vitally important to know where our programme sits in relation to these emerging standards,” Robert Edwards says. “In the UK we have very strict delivery standards, and a correspondingly high level of compliance. Therefore, the development of practical skills, using accurate metering to deal with any new delivery constraints, is essential to stay ahead of the game.”
The DK2 is a feature-rich audio and loudness metering solution that offers ITU, EBU and ATSC compliant loudness metering, as well as phase, FFT spectrum analysis, logging and, where necessary, surround sound metering using DK’s internationally adopted Starfish display. It is these features and its compact, 4.3-inch screen that make the DK2 a great fit for any audio and loudness setup in broadcast, film and post production, as well as live transmission and recording.
DK-Technologies UK Director Andy Page comments: “The DK Meter range was developed directly with input from users to cover a multitude of audio applications in a compact solution. The Britain’s Got Talent requirement shows how this approach has worked, as we have been able to develop a compact audio meter range that is not only easy to use but also low cost. As a company we are dedicated to finding innovative solutions and we feel the DK Meter range truly represents these values.”
HHB are loudness experts with a range of products that provide solutions from outside broadcast, live studio, post-production and quality control to ingest, playout and archive. For more information please contact Martin O’Donnell at email@example.com or call +44(0)20 8962 5000.
HHB Communications Limited
Founded in 1976 and located in London, HHB Communications is a global leader in the supply of professional audio technology. Serving in the broadcast, recording and media production sectors, HHB’s unique expertise is also recognised by major manufacturers and innovators, many of which have appointed the company as exclusive distributors of their products. The specialist division, Scrub, serves the needs of the television and film post production industry from premises in the heart of London’s Soho.