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Linear Acoustic(R) Answers CALM Act Legislation Questions

Definitive Answers for TV Broadcasters Provided via Linear Acoustic(R) Website

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Dec. 7, 2010 -- Linear Acoustic(R), the world leader in television audio control from production to transmission, has posted on its website detailed answers to questions TV broadcasters have concerning passage of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM Act), a bill passed by Congress that will affect audio production, processing, transmission, and metering for all U.S. TV broadcasters. The bill currently awaits the President's signature for final passage.

"We can simplify the facts for broadcasters," said Linear Acoustic President Tim Carroll. "Since the CALM Act is based on a standards document I helped to produce, I feel it's our duty to provide some practical advice for the industry."

The CALM Act directly refers to ATSC Recommended Practice A/85: "Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness for Digital Television" -- a standards document produced by ATSC members and broadcast professionals throughout the United States. After two and a half years of committee meetings wrestling with the problem of loudness in digital television, the document was published in November 2009.

To download a free copy of the CALM FAQ document, or for further details on maintaining loudness compliance under new legislation, go to

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About Linear Acoustic(R)

Linear Acoustic(R) is the leading authority in television audio control from production to transmission. The company designs and manufactures the AERO(TM) range of audio processing and loudness control solutions, UPMAX(R) upmixing and downmixing solutions, the LQ-1000(TM) Loudness Quality Monitor, and MetaMAX(TM) metadata processing products. The company licenses and OEMs key technologies to other companies in the broadcast industry. The company is actively involved in standards and practices creation as a member of the ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) and as a sustaining member of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers). Linear Acoustic is proud to be a premier member of the Sports Video Group and is one of the founding members of its DTV Audio Group. Linear Acoustic provided its upmixing products and technical services for NBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Summer Games and provided 24 AERO.qc(TM) units and technical services for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. More information about Linear Acoustic is available at

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