At the NAB 2007 show in the Las Vegas Convention Center (booth #N1835), DK-Technologies unveiled its new StarFish display for its audio meters that allows users to see what they are hearing when they listen in surround sound. Based on the company’s JellyFish display, the StarFish goes one step further by displaying an image of the acoustic audio levels as they are experienced by the listener. This information is given alongside the images already provided by JellyFish, which shows audio levels supplied to the center, left/right and left/right rear speakers.
The color of the StarFish contour reflects the correlation between neighboring audio channels in surround. It changes color to indicate positive, neutral and negative correlation so that users can see at a glance any unwanted effects in the surround sound signal.
Both the stereo downmix and the mono downmix can be displayed simultaneously with the surround sound signal. This means that any surround sound mix already in the production or post-production stage can be optimized for stereo and mono, a useful feature for television and radio broadcasters.
The StarFish and the JellyFish displays are incorporated in DK-Technologies’ Version 5.1 software for the MSD600M Series of audio meters. The new software will be released at NAB 2007. Upgrades will be made available for audio meters with earlier software.
For more information, visit DK-Technologies at www.dk-technologies.com.