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respective control panel. The company brass decides to add a router from a different manufacturer to increase capacity or improve the workflow design. Now each operator position must have two separate dedicated control panels to run the different routers, which can add unnecessary steps to the already tight timeline of a sportscast. With TallyMan, you can throw away those two dedicated control panels in favor of one TallyMan control panel to manage both routers. This is possible because the control plug-ins for all major broadcast router systems, including Evertz, Harris, Ross and Sony, among others, come with the unit, with TSL offering updates and new plug-ins as free downloads. As only one panel is necessary to control any router or routers connected to the system, this greatly streamlines the workflow. Not only does this mean obvious cost saving, it also takes up less space and cuts down on heat and weight—all critical factors when dealing with OB vehicles. Having one control panel managing two routers also comes in handy when two trucks are working in tandem, each using a different manufacturer’s router. Additionally, as major sports events mostly happen on weekends, internal engineering staff can configure the TallyMan system in the field, unlike other manufacturer’s gear, which may be chained to an engineering staff not available at 6 a.m. on a Sunday. Q. Confidence audio monitoring of multiple signals and compliance with new loudness legislation have become an imperative for live sports coverage. What are some of the options out there for broadcasters? A. By definition, audio confidence monitoring assures that content going to air is correct in terms of audio format and intent, technically compliant with new regulations and meets the quality standards the broadcaster wants to achieve. One trend we are seeing is the ability for the wider production team to check on proper status, make a judgment call to contact the sound operator if there is an audible problem or engineering if there is a data issue that needs attention. Among the complete range of audio products that supply confidence monitoring capabilities, two stand out as meeting the more exacting demand of modern sports broadcasting: the AVM-T Series, which includes AVM-T-Mix or TouchMix 64 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE and TouchMix Pilot systems for ‘lean back’ audio monitoring and the more engineering-based PAM Series comprising PAM1 3G16, PAM2 3G16 and the new PAM2 MK2 units. These are not corrective devices, per say, but will allow an operator to detect a problem with a selected audio channel by signaling an alert through the data displays or from the integrated speakers, headphone output or external monitoring system. These units give the operator the feedback necessary to make that judgment call and take corrective measures. Obviously sports production is a complicated business, so these devices are entirely suitable for operators in an OB truck, in a commentary booth within the grounds, a sound booth somewhere within a stadium or facility or back at the broadcast plant looking after incoming feeds. Q. What does the PAM series offer for sports broadcasting? A. The PAM family of products, including PAM1 3G16, PAM2 3G16 and, more recently, the PAM2 MK2, are perfect for live sports broadcasting. All three are available with the option of Dolby decoding. As they are multichannel audio monitoring units that can de-embed 16 channels of audio simultaneously from an SDI signal, they enable an operator to access and listen to any mixture of stereo, 5.1, effects tracks, audio description and other parameters. From the perspective of sports, where you are typically producing multiple program streams within the same SDI stream, an operator can easily listen and react to the content of the audio in an intelligent yet quick and intuitive manner. The PAM Series delivers a simple means to deal with complex audio situations where, for example, an operator monitoring the output being sent to the network has instant access to all four of those program streams, which can include a stereo channel with commentary, a 5.1 channel with commentary and then clean stereo and 5.1. The operator can now hear exactly what is going back to the network and ultimately out to the viewers’ home without any complex operation. PAM gives the operator the ability to program dedicated user preset buttons on the unit or save the presets on a USB drive, providing instant recall of those four audio streams quickly and easily. The operator can also listen to a combination of different