TouchMonitor TM9

Setting New Standards: TouchMonitor TM9


The new level
The all-new audio metering units of the TouchMonitor range is RTW‘s answer to growing requirements in today‘s production, post-production, and broadcast world. Equipped with high-grade 7“ or 9“ touch screens and an easy-to-use GUI, TouchMonitor enters a new level of professional audio metering in terms of precision, performance, efficiency and flexibility.

Simple and flexible
The graphical user interface used in the TouchMonitor TM9 is controlled simply by using your finger or a mouse. Instruments can be scaled, randomly positioned and combined in almost every way for optimized use of available screen space. Even multiple instruments of the same type, assigned to different input channels and configurations, can be displayed simultaneously. Plus, a context-sensitive, on-screen help feature supports the user, allowing him to make setup changes with ease.


Update 5-11 expands software licence options SW20008 and SW20014

Firmware version 5-11 expands the Timecode Reader licence SW20008 with the Loud. Recal. instrument (loudness recalculation) to control a loudness measurement by a timecode either with recalcualtion or without. The option of continuous recalculation directly updates the I value without the need of a complete passage through the program after corrections on overdriven program spots have been done.

An ideal addition is the Loudness Chart instrument expanding the Logging Data Server licence SW20014. It is used to show the course of and to analyse loudness measurements. The Loudness Chart instrument displays the quality (e. g. exceedings) of the relevant loudness values TP, M, S, and I on horizontal bars with individually definable colors. The progress of a measurement (value over time) can be displayed on a coordinate system with up to four graphs. Therefore, different display options are available. A dynamic line shows the position of the Relative Gate, and an additional bargraph for the display of the current I loudness value can be selected.

For existing units the firmware is available for download. See the Audio Monitors/TouchMonitor TM9 section of members area (Manuals & Software).

Features

  • Easy and fast touch screen control with comfortable onscreen help
  • Highly flexible screen layout options with scalable instrument
  • Powerful DSP platform for parallel display of multiple instruments
  • 16 channel audio interfacing including analog, AES3 and AES3id (depending on hardware version)
  • Optional 3G-SDI interface for audio signals of 3G/HD/SD SDI data streams
  • Fully scalable, modular software approach for flexible configuration and easy on-site upgrades
  • Ethernet/LAN, USB, VGA and GPIO ports
  • 9" touch screen 16 : 9 TFT
  • Table-top unit, approx. 245 x 165.5 (185.5) x 46.5 (95) mm, W x H x D (with table-stand), incl. mains adapter
  • Flush mount versions available (please contact our sales department)
  • Standard Software (2-ch. PPM, TruePeak meter, correlator, global keyboard, gain reduction)
  • Other software modules available as options

Models

TouchMonitor TM9

20900
TM9 in a sturdy table-top frame with movable table-stand (approx. 245 x 165.5 [185.5] x 46.5 [95] mm, W x H x D [with table-stand]) and power supply

20900OEM
TM9 OEM panel-mount version (approx. 235 x 135 x 45 mm, W x H x D), w/o power supply, for mounting into front panels, e. g. mixing consoles

each consisting of:


  • Standard Hardware
    Easy-to-use graphical interface, 9" high-grade touch screen (16 : 9 TFT), connectors for Ethernet, VGA, 2 x USB 2.0, GPIO, and 24 V DC

  • Mounted 16-channel audio interface according to I/O selection below

  • Standard Software
    Basic stereo PPM (displays two of the routed channels resp. one stereo channel group at a time) with analog scales (DIN +5, Nordic, British IIa, British IIb) and digital scales (0 to -60 dB, +3 to -60 dB TruePeak, quasi-DIN, quasi-Nordic, quasi-British IIa and IIb), peak hold, phase meter (correlator), a global keyboard, and gain reduction. Multi-channel display and other software modules available as Options.
    (Please also see the schematic diagram below)

 

I/O Selection (Audio Interface)
(Please specify HW number together with model number)

  • HW20911
    8 analog inputs balanced (Sub-D)
    8 digital inputs + 8 digital outputs
    (4 x AES3 In, 4 x AES3 Out, Sub-D)
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  • HW20912
    8 analog inputs balanced (Sub-D)
    8 digital inputs (4 x AES3id In [BNC])
    8 digital outputs (4 x AES3id Out [BNC])
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  • HW20913
    16 digital inputs (8 x AES3 In, Sub-D)
    16 digital outputs (8 x AES3 Out, Sub-D)
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  • HW20914
    16 digital inputs (8 x AES3id In [BNC])
    16 digital outputs (8 x AES3id Out [BNC])
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  • HW20915
    16 analog inputs balanced (Sub-D)
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Additional I/O Option

  • HW20930
    3G-SDI interface for up to 32 input channels (additional input option for all audio interfaces HW2091n)

   

Schematic diagram of routing and display with standard software
(Click into the picture for enlargement)

   

Further details can be found in the TM9 data sheet (see "Download" tab).

Options

Hardware Options:    


  • HW20930:
    3G-SDI interface for up to 32 input channels (input option for simultaneous order with I/O options HW2091n)

  • HW20930UPG:
    3G-SDI interface for up to 32 input channels (input option for the extension of the TM9 series at a later point of time. Firmware version 2-30 or higher shall be installed before installing the upgrade.)

  • TM9-MADT (Table-top mounting adapter for 20900OEM)
    Mounting kit including a table-top frame, robust swivel-mounted table-stand, housing cover, and mounting material for remodelling 20900OEM to a table-top unit.

 

Software Modules:    


  • SW20001: Multichannel Mode
    This module expands the signal routing to the simultaneous display of multiple channels or channel groups. It processes Mono, Stereo, 5.0 Surround, 5.1 Surround, 7.1 Surround (Cinema and DD+), and Multichannel (2 to 8 channels in one block, up to 4 blocks with 3G SDI option) formats.
    (Please also see the schematic diagram below)

  • SW20002: Loudness and SPL Display
    This module expands the basic stereo PPM with Loudness measuring functions as described in current guidelines (EBU R128, ITU-R BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, ARIB, OP-59, AGCOM, CALM), and the LRA instrument for the graphical display of the Loudness Range. A customer-specific mode allows the user to modify parameters. In addition the module provides the SPL display mode with various weighting filters and integration times as well as reference level adjust to calculate an SPL value from an electrical signal.
    For signals with more than two channels software module SW20001 is required.

  • SW20003: RTA - Real Time Analyzer
    This module provides on 31 bands a spectral distribution display for single channels, channel pairs or groups plus HP HF band.
    For signals with more than two channels software module SW20001 is required.

  • SW20004: SSA - Surround Sound Analyzer
    --- Precondition: Software module SW20002 is already installed! ---
    This module is a powerful tool for visualizing the interaction of all important parameters of surround signals. The dynamic behaviour of all display elements (House display) corresponds to the subjective listening impression, enabling you to see the balance of a surround programme intuitively and at a glance.
    For signals with more than two channels software module SW20001 is required.

  • SW20005: Radar Display
    --- Precondition: Software module SW20002 is already installed! ---
    This module provides a high resolution circular Loudness display for Momentary values and history, enhanced with numerical display of measuring time and two descriptors. The Radar Display equals the Loudness Radar Meter of TC Electronic®.
    For signals with more than two channels software module SW20001 is required.

  • SW20006: RTW Premium PPM
    This module expands the Basic Stereo PPM (standard software) with additional scales (Zoom, SMPTE, NHK, ARD+9, et al.), additional display modes (segment, classic), and PPM/VU moving coil instruments with different scales and functions. It also provides a 2-channel Audio Vectorscope and a separate phase meter.
    With software module SW20001 installed, the Multichannel PPM is also extended with these functions and enhanced with the Multi-Correlator (up to 10 phase meters). The Gain Reduction is added with Multi-Channel mode.

  • SW20008: Timecode Reader
    --- Precondition: Software module SW20002 is already installed! ---
    This module provides the Timecode function as a separate mode generating an individual audio group providing the Timecode Reader instrument. It is used to decode and to display an SDI-embedded or LTC timecode using the 3G-SDI interface (if installed) or one of the selectable audio inputs.
    The module also includes the Loud. Recal. instrument for the control of a loudness measurement by a timecode either with recalcualtion or without.

  • SW20013: BLITS
    --- Precondition: Software module SW20001 is already installed! ---
    This module is a tool to allow generating digital line test signals according to EBU 3304, GLITS, and BLITS definitions as well as automatic and significant analyzing of channel allocation, level, phase and delay, and polarity of received BLITS 5.1 test signals.

  • SW20014: Logging Data Server
    --- Precondition: Software module SW20002 is already installed! ---
    This module allows to collect data of Loudness and TruePeak measurements and either to store them on a USB flash drive or to send them via IP connection to the LQL - Loudness Quality Logger PC software for analyzing (available free of charge at PC Software/LQL - Loudness Quality Logger section to registered users). At Audio Monitors/TouchMonitor TM9 - Manuals section of members area (Manuals & Software) you may find a tutorial.
    The module also includes the Loudness Chart instrument for displaying and analyzing the course of a loudness measurement directly on TM9's display.


Schematic diagram of routing and display with Multichannel option
(Standard software expanded with SW20001 licence)
(Click into the picture for enlargement)

   

Further details can be found in the TM7 data sheet (see "Download" tab).

Instruments


Every device comes with a comprehensive basic software package including all relevant measuring tools and instruments for the immediate use in many applications. For specific demands, the feature set can be expanded with software modules (licences).

   

Basic Software

PPM
Basic 2-channel Stereo PPM and TruePeak meter for 2 of the routed channels at a time with analog and digital scales, Peak Hold, Peak Memory, Over indicator, numerical display. Additional control keys for positioning on the display. Loudness bargraphs switchable with SW20002.

Stereo-Correlator
Stereo Correlator instrument for displaying the phase relationship between the two channels of a stereo signal for the evaluation of mono compatibility. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

AES Status
AES Status monitor for displaying various parameters of AES3 digital audio signals in plain text. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

Gain Reduction
Instrument for the display of external gain reduction data streamed by dynamic processors used in audio equipment and fed to the TouchMonitor via its Network interface and TCP/IP, for example the compressor activity of a mixing desk channel. Multi-channel mode available with SW20001.

Global Keyboard
Global Keyboard with definable on-screen keys for simultaneous control of defined functions in multiple instruments, and for preset recall. It also allows external control vial GP IO interface.

   

Software Licence SW20001 Multichannel Mode

8-channel PPM
PPM and TruePeak meter for up to 8 channels in a group processing Mono, Stereo, 5.0 Surround, 5.1 Surround, 7.1 Surround (Cinema and DD+), and Multi-Channel (2 to 8 channels in one block, up to 4 blocks with 3G SDI option) formats. Simultaneous display of multiple channels or channel groups. Analog and digital scales, Peak Hold, Peak Memory, Over indicator, numerical display. Additional control keys for positioning on the display. Loudness bargraphs switchable with SW20002.

   

Software Licence SW20002 Loudness and SPL Display

Loudness Sum
Loudness Sum bargraph instrument for the display of the summed Loudness values M, S, and/or I of a Loudness measurement acc. to EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ARIB, ATSC A/85, OP-59, AGCOM, CALM Act, or specified by customer. SPL meter. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

Loud. Num.
Loudness Num instrument for the numerical display of all relevant values of a loudness measurement: M, S, I, LRA, TPmax, Mmax, Smax, Itime. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

LRA
Loudness Range instrument with MagicLRA mode for a graphical representation of Loudness variances. Adjustable ranges with different colors. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

Dialnorm (only available together with SW20001)
Calculation and display of numerical Dialnorm values (w/o speech intelligence) from digital surround signals. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

   

Software Licence SW20003 RTA - Real Time Analyzer

RTA
Real Time Spectrum Analyzer instrument with adjustable weighting filters for displaying the spectral content of the input channels using 31 (1/3-octave), 61 (1/6-octave), or 122 (1/12-octave) filter bands. Highpass filter for High Band (> 20 kHz). Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

   

Software Licence SW20004 SSA - Surround Sound Analyzer
--- requires SW20002 ---

SSA
Visualisation of the interaction of all important parameters of stereo or surround signals (with SW20001). The dynamic behaviour of all display elements (House display) corresponds to the subjective listening impression to see the balance of a surround programme intuitively and at a glance. Additional control keys for positioning on the display. Without SW20001, the display is reduced to Stereo.
Specifications | The elements of SSA

   

Software Licence SW20005 Radar Display
--- requires SW20002 ---

Radar
High resolution circular Loudness or longitudinal chart display for Momentary values and history, enhanced with numerical display of measuring time and two descriptors. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

   

Software Licence SW20006 RTW Premium PPM

Premium PPM
Expansion of the PPM and TruePeak meter with additonal scales (Zoom, SMPTE, NHK, ARD+9, et. al.) and display modes (segment, classic). With SW20001, corresponding expansion of multi-channel PPM. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

Moving Coil
2-channel stereo needle instruments with PPM (British) and VU display. With SW20002, also Loudness display and combined PPM and Loudness display (BBC mode) available. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

VSC - Vectorscope
2-channel Audio Vectorscope for displaying the phase relationship between the two channels of a channel pair (Lissajous display). With SW20001, dual mode and 4-channel display available. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.
Specifications | The elements of VSC

Multi-Correlator (only available together with SW20001)
Multifold correlator instrument for displaying the phase relationship between the two channels of all available channel pairs of a surround signal. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.
Specifications | The elements of Multi-Correlator

   

Software Licence SW20008 Timecode Reader
--- requires SW20002 ---

Timecode Reader
Decoding and display of an SDI-embedded or LTC timecode using the 3G-SDI interface (HW20930 option) or one of the selectable audio inputs.

Loud. Recal.
Instrument for the control of a loudness measurement by a timecode either with program loudness recalcualtion or without. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

   

Software Licence SW20013 BLITS
--- requires SW20001 ---

BLITS
Generation of digital line test signals according to EBU 3304, GLITS, and BLITS definitions as well as automatic and significant analyzing of channel allocation, level, phase and delay, and polarity of received BLITS 5.1 test signals.

   

Software Licence SW20014 Logging Data Server
--- requires SW20002 ---

Logging
Instrument for data collection of Loudness and TruePeak measurements and for storing them on a USB memory stick or sending them via IP connection to the LQL - Loudness Quality Logger PC software for analyzing. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.

Loudness Chart
Graphical display and analysis of the courses over time of selectable values of a loudness measurement. Additional control keys for positioning on the display.
Specifications | The elements of Loudness Chart

Accessories

1167    
Snake cable 4 meter, distributes 25p-Sub-D to 4 x XLR-F and 4 x XLR-M (digital inputs and outputs)

1186    
Snake cable 4 meter, distributes 25p-Sub-D to 8 x XLR-F (analog inputs)

1168-R    
Wide range 100 - 240 V AC/24 V DC 2.7 A, table-top power supply with corresponding power cable for different power supply systems

Video/Images

   

Video

   

Images

Instruments can be scaled, randomly positioned and combined.
This example shows the dual bar display of True Peak and Loudness Meter (left), the EBU Loudness Sum Meter acc. to EBU R128 and other documents (middle), loudness control keys (below), the numerical display of the loudness values S and I (to the right), and the Surround Sound Analyzer (House display, right above) adapted to loudness. All instruments are in one audio group (red marker).
 

This example shows a nearly classical adjustment: combined Loudness Meter and Peak Program Meter and Loudness Sum Meter along with the Surround Sound Analyzer (House display).
 

The red marked group in this example shows the Loudness Meter with additional True Peak meter (left) and the Surround Sound Analyzer (House display, above right). The yellow marked group shows an analog PPM with additional SPL bargraphs (middle) and the 2-channel Audio Vectorscope (below right).
 

This example shows more combinations and other sizes of the instruments in one group:

In the upper row from left to right is displayed: Loudness Meter with switched on PPM bargraphs, 2-channel Audio Vectorscope and Surround Sound Analyzer.

The lower row shows the Loudness Radar Meter of TC Electronic® on the left and the Real TimeAnalyzer on the right.
 

With Multichannel licence activated (see Options) several groups with different channel formats inside a preset can be displayed simultaneously. The screenshot shows examples of different groups.
 

With Loudness licence activated (see Options) Loudness measurements acc. to the current standards like EBU R128, ITU-R BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, ARIB, OP-59, AGCOM, CALM, and SPL measurements can be made. The different groups on the screenshot show some examples. Additional the LRA instrument for the graphical display of the Loudness Range is available.
 

With RTA licence activated (see Options) the Real Time Analyzer displays the frequency spectrum of the selected input channels.
 

With Multichannel licence, Loudness licence and SSA licence activated (see Options) the Surround Sound Analyzer visualizes the dynamic behaviour of all display elements enabling you to see the balance of a surround programme intuitively and at a glance. The different groups on the screenshot show some examples.
 

With Loudness licence and Radar licence activated (see Options) Loudness measurements also can be made with the Loudness Radar Meter of TC Electronic®. Beside the Loudness Sum Meter the screenshot shows two Radar instruments running. Two indipendent audio signals can be monitored simultaneously.
 

With Premium PPM licence activated (see Options) additional scales and instruments like Audio Vectorscope or Multi-Correlator (with Multichannel licence) are available. The example shows beside the classical digital scale (group with red marker) the ARD+9 scale (yellow marker), an NHK scale (orange marker), and a Zoom scale (green marker). The Audio Vectorscope is added to the yellow stereo group and the Multi-Correlator to the red 5.1 group. Added are Moving Coil instruments for stereo modes displaying different scales in different arrangements. PPM's additionally can be displayed with segments or in a classic mode to simulate the look of RTW's classical peakmeters with gas-plasma displays.
 

This example shows further instruments of the Premium PPM licence: The Moving Coil instrument left above is set to BBC mode (BR IIb scale with additional Loudness display). One instance of the two Audio Vectorscopes is assigned to it and placed below left. The Moving Coils right beside run with VU mode. Above in the middle, a PPM in Classic mode is displayed. It simulates the classical gas plasma displays of the former RTW peakmeter. The Multicorrelator is assigned to it and placed below. Right above the second instance of the Audio Vectorscope is displayed. A PPM with British IIb scale is assigned to it and placed below. Finally, right below a Stereo PPM with DIN+10 scale is displayed.
 

With BLITS licence activated (see Options) RTW provides an instrument not only to generate a BLITS test signal but to use the BLITS sequence for a user friendly and comprehensive analysis and display of level, channel allocation, phase, delay and polarity of incoming digital audio signals in 5.1 mode.  Adjustable limits complement the analyzer. The sequence can be acquired from any digital input of the TouchMonitor.
The example shows on the upper left line an outgoing BLITS test signal, below it an incomingsignal. The green bars resp. red ones, if faulty, display the status of channel allocation, level, phase and delay, and polarity of the incoming BLITS test signal. The table displayed in the lower left half reports the significant analysis in detail. Additionally, a peakmeter for level control with bargraph is displayed in the right half.
 

This example shows on top the "Loud. Recal." instrument of the Timecode Reader licence. It is used to control a loudness measurement by a timecode either with recalcualtion or without. The option of continuous recalculation directly updates the I value without the need of a complete passage through the program after corrections on overdriven program spots have been done.
The Loudness Chart instrument of the Logging Data Server licence is displayed below. It displays the quality (e. g. exceedings) of the relevant loudness values TP, M, S, and I on horizontal bars with individually definable colors. The progress of a measurement (value over time) can be displayed on a coordinate system with up to four graphs.
The Program Meter on the left displays peak level and loudness of every channel of the stereo signal the loudness measurement is based on.

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State: 06/2015

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