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Loudness at SNK


New standards introduced

Loudness Standard

In an attempt to end the production of horribly compressed audio material particularly on TV ads, that results in the perceived increase in volume from program to ad break and the viewer often hitting the mute button(!) the industry is attempting to change its ways... Clients, due to more progressive broadcasters, are now sending us delivery specs which require final levels to meet the new EBU R.128 standard, not the old BBC created 6 PPM. Put simply, R.128 is a cleverer way of measuring loudness. To stay up to speed with all the changes and requirements, SNK Studios have recently updated all our rooms to be able to mix to R.128 when necessary.

The new system, now a legal requirement across large portions of Europe and the US, and now on many UK digital channels, is something we fully endorse and we hope that all channels will move across to R.128 soon. It's a great thing; allowing us more dynamic audio range, meaning more depth and creative possibilities, and for the viewers, who won't have to reach for the remote control every time an ad comes on!





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