The new partnership with ATC Labs directly integrates professional ten-band audio processing capability, reducing equipment costs and rack space within studio and transmitter facilities.
GatesAir, a wireless content delivery solutions provider, has introduced an embedded software that adds professional ten-band audio processing software from ATC Labs, a specialist in audio compression and processing technologies, within two GatesAir Intraplex single and multi-channel transport solutions.
GatesAir will add ATC Labs’ Perceptual SoundMax Audio Technology to its Intraplex IP Link 100c hardware codec and its scalable Intraplex Ascent cloud transport platform. Broadcasters who activate this high-resolution audio processing functionality within either product will eliminate the costs and rack space of an external audio processor, while achieving bright and open sound. Both integrated solutions are now shipping.
Dr Deepen Sinha, CEO, ATC Labs, said: “Higher-resolution audio processing brings far better control to broadcasters as the technology affects only the specific and targeted audio characteristics. In Perceptual SoundMax, high-resolution audio processing technology is combined with psychoacoustic principles and wide-band perceptual models, which ensures the greatest possible accuracy in tuning the sound quality for each application. This leads to great sounding audio with consistent loudness that is pleasing to the ear, minimises listener fatigue, and never sounds over-processed. This processing also inherently reduces the perception of artifacts introduced due to digital compression codecs, which are integral to audio transport solutions. Combined with GatesAir’s innovative Intraplex products, we can together provide sophisticated audio transport solutions that also enhance audio quality for FM and digital radio broadcasters.”
GatesAir introduced Intraplex Ascent in late 2019, and followed with the IP Link 100c late last year. The Intraplex IP Link 100c codec provides broadcasters with a cost-efficient, integrated single-channel solution for remote contribution, Icecast streaming and standard STL IP connections. Intraplex Ascent’s scalable platform accelerates migration to a software-based, cloud transport solution that can seamlessly scale audio processing requirements for multiple channels.
Both solutions include standard Intraplex features such as Dynamic Stream Splicing software for stream repair and redundancy, SRT protocol support, and Intraplex SynchroCast simulcasting across multiple transmitters.
Keyur Parikh, Vice President of Engineering, GatesAir, adds that ATC Labs’ dense ten-band audio processing improves broadcast audio quality by removing artifacts and emphasising certain frequencies. He calls the two technologies complementary in performance, while ensuring clean integration for Intraplex customers operating at any scale.
Parikh added: “ATC Labs is at the forefront of AI-based audio processing technology, used by leading terrestrial and satellite radio broadcasters worldwide. Instead of buying two separate hardware products, our customers have the best of both worlds in one professionally integrated solution. Broadcasters can activate the audio processing engine at the source or destination, providing broadcasters with a robust, reliable and flexible Intraplex solution that is competitively priced with a quick ROI.”
GatesAir will demonstrate both integrated Intraplex IP Link solutions for the first time at IBC2021, taking place December 3-6 at RAI Amsterdam.