6dB Boost Removal Webinar Now Available

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The PRSS hosted a webinar detailing its plans to remove a 6dB boost from its analog and digital outputs on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The webinar was held on January 20, 2016 and featured PRSS leaders and engineers providing details on next week's action. PRSS Vice President Michael Beach was joined by key members of the PRSS engineering team and they went over the steps stations will need to take to avoid inconsistent audio levels when the PRSS removes the 6dB boost.

To listen to the webinar, please click here.



Also, as detailed in a previous system message, the PRSS has established two test streams at the new, boost-less level. Any station can subscribe to these transmissions to send test material to any receiver port output. This should help with making comparisons and observing the new operating levels so that the actual change on January 26 will be a known quantity when it comes.

The first test stream in ContentDepot is a single 24-hour program providing a constant -20 dBFS tone. It is a single transmission that can be subscribed to at-will or on the fly and can be accessed via this link:

PRSS Test Program Stream Tone:  https://contentdepot.prss.org/portal/media/programs/3874954  

In addition, a composite hour of -24 LUFS audio and -20 dBFS tone can be subscribed to via this link:

PRSS Test Program Stream Audio:  https://contentdepot.prss.org/portal/media/programs/917492    

** Important note: While the PRSS has confirmed that the 6dB boost removal will take place on Tuesday, January 26, all stations and producers should be aware that a Breaking News event will supersede this action. In the event of Breaking News, the PRSS will send a message alerting the system that the 6dB boost removal has been postponed to a later date. Once a make-up date has been confirmed, it will be shared with the system as well. **

The more detailed announcement regarding the 6dB boost removal is below. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the PRSS Help Desk at prsshelp@npr.org or call 800.971.7677.


Posted: January 20, 2016