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Two Linear Acoustic(R) UPMAX(TM) 5.1-channel upmixers are being
deployed on the twelfth season of the award-winning "Dancing With The
Stars" television reality show, which returns to ABC on March 21.
According to production mixer Bruce Arledge Jr. and music mixer Mark King,
the user-friendly UPMAX system ensures a consistent and transparent upmix
of the show's stereo production elements for 5.1 broadcasting.
mix the show in stereo, upmix it through UPMAX, then downmix it again, and
it's transparent between my send back and forth," commented Arledge Jr. "A
lot of our content -- Mark's mix, the dialog that comes from the B roll,
and my mix -- is delivered in stereo, so it keeps the show consistent
every week. UPMAX not only ensures a consistent viewer experience but it
also eliminates potential transmission errors. We don't have any phasing
issues, and we don't have stuff in the wrong spot."
Arledge Jr. is
using one UPMAX for the main show and another for the recap show, which
runs simultaneously with the main show beginning the second week of the
season. He is also using a Linear Acoustic LQ-1000(TM) loudness quality
monitor to keep the production mix centered on the 24-dB LKFS level
specified by ABC. The show is being produced on Stage 46 at CBS Television
City in Hollywood.
"It makes really good decisions on where to place
things," said King, who recommended UPMAX for "Dancing with the Stars"
after using it on a Golden Globe Awards telecast, on which he is the
production mixer. "And as a way to achieve 5.1, the box saves the
production company a ton of money."
"UPMAX certainly simplified the
equipment setup for the show," noted Arledge Jr. "It saved a lot of time
and headaches on our part."
More information about Linear Acoustic is
available at www.linearacoustic.com.