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TSL PAM PiCo Five 5.1 Surround Loudness Meter

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Master 5.1 Surround Meter, 16 channel bargraph display, 3G HD-SDI (auto-sensing with loop through), 16 channel audio de-embedder, 3 AES Inputs (6 audio channels) + 1 Analogue Pair and USB power (PSU and universal mounting bracket supplied). Featuring Video Preview, Landscape mode, FFT spectrum an... Read More

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Master 5.1 Surround Meter, 16 channel bargraph display, 3G HD-SDI (auto-sensing with loop through), 16 channel audio de-embedder, 3 AES Inputs (6 audio channels) + 1 Analogue Pair and USB power (PSU and universal mounting bracket supplied). Featuring Video Preview, Landscape mode, FFT spectrum analyser, SMPTE Timecode, Screen Grabber and Loudness Logging.

The PAM PiCo Five allows for real time logging of all relevant loudness parameters including high and low loudness levels, True Peak level and corresponding peak channel, as well as integrated loudness.

The logging software application provides instant documentation, visualization and evaluation of any source passing through the meter unit. The software package offers a logging session database allowing session data to be safely stored, identified and instantly searched for quick retrieval. Session data may be exported as a pdf or csv files, to streamline the creation of loudness data documents for presentations on compliance. The unit is a compact, yet comprehensively-equipped, standalone audio and loudness meter featuring the revolutionary StarFish surround sound display. As found in all PAM PiCo metering products, ITU, EBU ATSC and ARIB loudness measurement is supported for plug-and-play compatibility worldwide.

No larger than a smartphone, PAM PiCo handles stereo or 5.1 metering with a vast array of user-selectable bar graphs. All versions of the PAM PiCo are equipped with loudness measurement tools compatible with EBU, ITU and ATSC recommendations, AES and analogue audio inputs, moving coil meter emulation and the option for either a desk or rack-mount configuration.   Simple to use and easy to configure, PAM PiCo puts high-quality metering within reach of anyone involved in sound production, from operators working in broadcast production to music studio technicians and record producers.


  • Loudness measurement to EBU, ITU and ATSC and many other recommendations
  • Audio de-embedding from SDI input, maximum 16 channels
  • AES and analogue audio inputs
  • USB Powered (plug top PSU included)
  • EBU Digital, BBC and EBU PPM, DIN, Nordic, VU and many other regional and international scale options
  • Moving Coil Meter emulation including M/S
  • LKFS or LUFS loudness scales
  • Sliding Loudness Histogram display
  • Video Preview
  • Phase indication bargraph
  • StarFish display (Surround Sound Applications)
  • Numerical indication of loudness and loudness range - LRA
  • Adjustable reference level
  • User selectable bargraph colours and indication
  • Variable gate settings
  • Loudness Reclaim value
  • True Peak display (flying peak and numerical display)
  • Simple and intuitive front panel controls
  • Online upgrade and update capability via PC (USB connection)
  • Desk or rack mount
  • User selectable Landscape mode
  • Screen Grab application and FFT spectrum analyser
  • Loudness Logging Application - free download

Compact Metering Without Compromise
The PAM PiCo has been designed to meet increasing market demands for simple, cost effective audio metering, specifically where loudness measurement and logging is required. Like the award winning TSL PAM1 and PAM2 audio monitoring units, PAM PiCo includes Loudness measurement as standard and recognises the many international recommendations and mandates. Built around proprietary hardware the PAM PiCo does not rely on a 3rd party consumer electronics platform and is self contained; requiring only power and media to function.

The PAM PiCo is easy to use, easy to install and packaged with its own desk-mount and interface cable. The PiCo Five version can accept SDI video inputs with up to 16 channels of audio de-embedding, digital audio and analogue inputs. All models are supplied with ITU, EBU, ATSC and ARIB loudness measurement, with user selectable landscape mode as standard. All three models now offer SMPTE Timecode reporting, Loudness Logging, landscape views, FFT Spectrum Analyser and Screen Grabber software with PAM PiCo Five also benefiting from Video Preview. Online software updates ensure that PAM PiCo can be kept up to date with the latest international standards and recommendations.

PAM PiCo Loudness Measurement
PAM PiCo provides reassurance throughout the production chain that loudness levels are consistent and with the addition of loudness logging, enables key operators to maintain a database of show by show' loudness history as a definitive record of compliance to the many regional and international standards that exist in todays broadcast world.

Loudness Logging
Short and long form content is increasingly subject to exacting broadcast delivery standards which stipulate target loudness and True Peak values. The PAM PiCo can be used to ensure that these criteria are met and a loudness log can be created and used to prove compliance using the free to download' PAM PiCo Loudness Logging Application.

StarFish Display
The StarFish is a development of the JellyFish surround audio display created by DK-Technologies. It provides a picture of the 5.1 surround audio energy field. The display has the front centre channel arranged towards the top with other directions as marked to represent the listeners' field of hearing. The image here shows the StarFish display with equal audio on all legs. Typical sound fields have energy in a variety of directions and more complex shapes are created which give an indication of sound energy within each channel. Unlike the earlier JellyFish display within which a representation of the equal signal would have shown a circle, the StarFish takes into account the summation which occurs when there is coherent (in-phase) content between adjacent legs such as left and centre. Polarity inverted (out of phase) signals can cause the shape to be pulled inwards towards the centre point, reflecting the perceived cancellation that occurs.

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Product Specs

Rack Mount Desktop
Weight 335g
Height 132mm
Width 88mm
Depth 18mm
Power Consumption 25W

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