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InTEST

Developments In Test & Measurement
In today’s digital broadcasting world, to ensure the quality of service there is more and more that must
be tested and monitored with many more ways of testing it…

By Jim Evans
Contributing Editor

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ortunately, the agile-minded
engineer can develop ways to
limit what needs to be done to the
essentials, and expedite these
procedures with highly integrated
automated equipment. New
techniques like multi-tone testing
can vastly reduce testing time and
new test problems arising from
the adoption of new technology
can be addressed with specialist
equipment.
“New technology brings new
challenges with it, and the move
to digital and software-based
equipment means that engineers
and systems installers have had
to evolve new, reliable means of
testing their equipment,” says
Graham Boswell, Co-Founder of
audio and test and measurement
manufacturers Prism Sound.

“The introduction of digital audio
storage and transmission in the
broadcast industry has brought
with it new opportunities and
new problems, including changes
to the way equipment is tested –
headphones are no longer sufficient
on their own! Extensive best practice
routines have been suggested by
manufacturers and standards bodies,
but these are usually more detailed
than the average broadcast engineer
or systems installer needs them to
be. With a little thought, however,
these procedures can be adapted
and turned to practical use.”
Prism’s dScope Series III is an
industrial strength audio test and
measurement system comprising a
Windows PC software application
coupled with an external highprecision audio interface processor
for equipment-under-test
(EUT) connections. Its
architecture makes the
most of the ever-increasing
processing and multi-tasking
capabilities of the Windows
platform to allow the system
to measure many parameters
simultaneously – and that
means faster. The external

Prism’s dScope Series III offers an audio test and measurement system

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interface processor connects to the
PC via a standard USB connection
making it easy to use with a wide
range of PCs, including laptops.
Based on the dScope Series III,
the new dScope Series IIIE audio
analyser represents Prism Sound’s
ongoing commitment to offering
its customers the best possible
value for money, whilst delivering
unique innovations in audio analysis
capabilities.
dScope Series IIIE is ideally
suited to a wide range of audio
test applications, but is of
particular relevance to automated
production line testing where
there is a requirement for a more
targeted feature set.
Simon Woollard, Test and
Measurement Product Specialist for
Prism Sound, says: “Our flagship
dScope Series III analyser platform
is the most powerful audio test
solution available and leads the
way in advanced generation and
analysis tools. However, some
of our customers don’t need the
entire feature set of our top of the
range systems and would prefer a
streamlined solution that is more
cost effective but still meets their
analysis requirements.
“dScope Series IIIE retains the
design philosophy of our rangetopping dScope Series III but
omits some of the more advanced
capabilities that you might use in
a heavy-duty design engineering
role. We are offering a solution for
all of the most commonly used
measurement functions for analogue,
digital and soundcard-based audio
measurements, and including multichannel switching capabilities and
modern analysis methods such as
multi-tones and chirps, to ensure
the fastest possible test times. This,

coupled with our new software
application for creating automated
test sequences and reports, makes
the dScope Series IIIE the ideal
investment for audio QC testing.”
Copenhagen-based
DKTechnologies has announced the
availability of its DK3 meter and
added the brand new DK4 meter to
its award-winning DK METER family.
Like DK3, DK4 offers deembedding of SDI 3G input channels.
Additionally, DK4 includes three AES
as well as two analogue inputs.
Building on the already impressive
DK METER Loudness and Audio
toolbox, DK4 adds FFT Spectrum
analysis, Screen Grabber and the
classic MSD Meter Landscape View
as standard features. These features
are all optionally available for the
other meters in the DK METER range.
To coincide with the launch of
the DK4, DK-Technologies has
also introduced an integrated setup Wizard that takes DK Meter
user friendliness to a whole new
dimension. With this quick setup guide, engineers can get to
grips with DK’s powerful metering
technology in a matter of minutes,
thus giving them a head start with
any meter in the DK range.
Jacob Hanel Christensen, Sales
and Marketing Director for DKTechnologies, says: “With the
addition of DK4, the DK METER
reach has once again been
expanded. Broadcasters and Post
Production engineers can now
monitor everything from compliant
Loudness Measurements and True
Peak readouts, through to detailed
Spectrum Analysis.”
In common with the other meters
in DK-Technologies range, the DK4
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now

DK-METER
The DK-METER range is the perfect and surprisingly affordable ‘One box
solution’ for any Audio & Loudness application. Vertical or Horizontal
– DK METER delivers outstanding metering precision and clear read-outs,
not merely on Loudness, but across the full range of audio metering tools

....more than simply Loudness
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InNEWS: Chyron to Merge With Hego Group
InNEWS: Studiovision Lebanon HD OB Truck
InPREVIEW: Nab Show 2013 Keynote Address: Disruptive Media
InREPLY: Harmonic Answers on MPEG DASH
InGEAR: Camp Digital Hits the Road
InVIEW: Hyper-Local TV Channels
InMEDIA: Digital Nirvana’s Cloud Based Anystream IQ
InMEDIA: Keeping One Step Ahead With on Demand Video Streaming Technology
InMEDIA: Understanding Media Asset Management
InTEST: Oversight via Monitoring & Logging
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