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Update Includes a Product Redesign and Addition of New LRA Instrument

TOKYO, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 — RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post-production and quality control, will exhibit at InterBee 2011 (Toyo Corporation Stand 4.219), its newly-designed version of the SurroundControl series. RTW’s flagship product has been updated to include a modern, sleek design and the inclusion of its new loudness-range instrument (LRA), to conform to the latest EBU/ITU loudness regulations.rtw_surround-control.jpg

Following in the footsteps of the innovative design of its popular TouchMonitor audio meter family of products, the redesigned SurroundControl series upgrade is representative of RTW’s latest approach to manufacturing loudness products with a modern, sleek appeal. Now available, the Sound Control Series can help keep broadcasters prepared for current and upcoming loudness regulations.

rtw_31960_screen_frei.jpg“With little changes currently being done to loudness control practices in the Asian markets, RTW is leading the way by updating its products with the proper technology to ensure the solutions are already available,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “With our fresh and innovative product designs, RTW is equipped to welcome in the winds of change by taking professional audio products to a whole new level.”

In addition to an improved look, the SurroundControl series also has significantly improved functions. The new LRA instrument that has been added to its software, combines the measurement and visualization of two critical loudness parameters in a straightforward and intuitive way.

The new LRA instrument includes two parameters that are essential for today’s loudness instruments:

-Program loudness, i.e. the integrated loudness of the overall program. The integrated measurement specified in EBU R 128 was developed for this purpose.

-Loudness variances within short time periods. These are also measured against the Loudness Range (LRA) descriptor specified in EBU R 128.

Combining control, analysis and monitoring of eight-channel 5.1 to 7.1 surround sound into one single system, the SurroundControl 31900, part of the SuroundControls series, is a compact, 3-RU rack-mountable module that fits into half the space of a standard 19-inch installation rack for waveform monitors. It is perfect for studios working on video production, post-production and live entertainment projects. At the heart of the SurroundControl series is RTW’s unique Surround Sound Analyzer, the house-shaped display offering an easy-to-read visual report of overall sound loudness and sound pressure level, phase correlation and level differences among channels.

About RTW

RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 40 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio systems. The company focuses its business on peak meters and audio vectorscopes that are in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The current product portfolio includes the TouchMonitor range, a new series of tools for visual signal analysis. TouchMonitors combine highest flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and touchscreen-based multichannel-analysis features, integrating exceptional surround-signal visualization using the unique and groundbreaking Surround Sound Analyzer. In June 2008, RTW was certified for the internationally accepted DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 quality-management standard.

For more information, visit www.rtw.de or www.facebook.com/rtw.de, or call +49 221 709130.

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