Linear Acoustic Gear Offered at Auction in Support of Ron Scalise Memorial Fund

Linear Acoustic, CP Communications, and SVG have joined forces for a blind auction of Linear Acoustic equipment that will support the Ron Scalise Memorial Fund. In December 2007 Scalise, then working as senior audio mixer for ESPN, was killed in an automobile accident and the fund was established in 2008 to support the educational needs of his three children.

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Hosted by CP Communications and Sports Video Group, the auction will feature a fully loaded Linear Acoustic Lambda professional digital audio and metadata monitor and Aero.air 10-Channel Transmission Loudness Manager, which are being donated for the event.

“Ron was a valuable member of the sports TV production and SVG community, continually pushing the limits of sports audio and Surround Sound techniques,” says Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG Editorial Director. “The generosity of Linear Acoustic and the continuing efforts of CP Communications ensure that his legacy will live on both professionally and personally.”

Both items are available for separate bids and the list price of the LAMBDA monitor is $6,750 and the AERO.air is $18,750. Blind bids will be taken until July 1 and the hope is to raise $20,000 for the fund.

Designed to enable audio and metadata monitoring throughout the entire broadcast chain, the Linear Acoustic LAMBDA professional digital audio and metadata monitor displays and reproduces up to 16 audio channels from AES or embedded HD/SD-SDI input. The system accepts audio metadata via 9-pin serial input or extracts it from the VANC space of an applied HD-SDI input. Audio and metadata are displayed in combination to allow for accurate monitoring. Included loudness monitoring per ITU BS.1770 enables operators to verify program loudness quickly and accurately.

Any channel, channel pair, or downmix can be monitored through the powerful digitally amplified two-way aluminum alloy subwoofer and HF speakers, a front-panel headphone connector, rear-panel balanced analog and AES digital output. Optional Dolby E/AC-3, decoding can be performed internally on any discrete AES input or any embedded audio channel. All encoded metadata can be displayed and applied to the decoded audio and metering signals.

The AERO.air 10-channel Transmission Loudness Manager was engineered on the foundation of the company’s supremely successful first and second generation digital television audio processors, the third generation AERO.air enables broadcasters to deliver compelling 5.1-channel surround sound while saving time, money, and space. The AERO.air also represents the world’s first TV audio processor to feature built-in Dolby Digital (AC-3) encoding.

The comprehensive AERO.air is equipped with multiple loudness controllers, dual upmixers, metadata management, as well as full-time two-channel downmixing to support legacy stereo or analog paths. Built-in AutoMAX-II processing detects incoming audio and automatically upmixes only when necessary, producing a full-time compelling 5.1 channel output. The processor accepts 5.1 channel network audio, two-channel local audio, SAP/DVS, and digital or analog auxiliary/EAS audio for processing. Available options include HD/SD-SDI input for de-embedding any of the possible sixteen audio channels and vertical ancillary (VANC) metadata, internal 5.1+2 dual Dolby Digital (AC-3) encoders, and CrowdControl dialogue protection.

The AERO.air is available in three configurations to support needs ranging from simple dual stereo to 10 channels. Customers can purchase with confidence knowing that their investment can be upgraded to the fully featured version by purchasing an update that can be installed via the front panel in just minutes.

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