Germany’s WDR takes on 145 RTW TM3 TouchMonitors

WDR already has a large number of TM7 and TM9 units, and “the similarity to the TM7 and TM9 units already in use at WDR was an attractive point,” said the German broadcaster.
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RTW has delivered 145 TM3 TouchMonitor units to German broadcaster WDR, Europe’s second-largest broadcaster after the BBC. The units, which WDR has installed in its regional studios and editing suites, enable the broadcaster to comply with EBU R128 loudness metering. With the development of EBU R128, the audio metering reference has shifted from PPM to loudness, with a peak level (QPPM) of –9 dBFS to a loudness target of –23 LUFS (Loudness Unit Full Scale). WDR already has a large number of TM7 and TM9 units, and “the similarity to the TM7 and TM9 units already in use at WDR was an attractive point,” said Friedrich Neher, head of the master unit service group at WDR. “Also, we liked the idea of using the TM3 as a standalone device. The separation of the display unit and the breakout box were critical, as this considerably increases the flexibility compared to competing products.” Additionally, since freelancers and full-time employees share the same work areas at WDR, the company required an administration solution to ensure seamless workflows. Martin Leuenberg, head of sales at RTW, commented that one of the drawbacks of plug-in solutions was that “any user can change presets or the setup. Second, this would have added another GUI to an already cluttered screen area,” he said. RTW’s Devicer DC1 setup software component for the TM3 allows for preset customisation, allowing users to configure administration rights for the application, making sure that only authorized employees can change the setup.



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