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TC Electronic Clarity X Monitor Controller System

TC Electronic Clarity X Monitor Controller System
TC Electronic Clarity X Monitor Controller System
TC Electronic Clarity X Monitor Controller System
TC Electronic Clarity X Monitor Controller System
TC Electronic Clarity X Monitor Controller System
TC Electronic Clarity X Monitor Controller System

TC Electronic Clarity X Monitor Controller System

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TC Electronic Clarity X Monitor Controller System

Ultra-Flexible Monitor Controller for Channel Formats Up to 7.1 Surround with Calibrated Listening and Visual Feedback Meters

Meters Overview
The included meters are a very big part of Clarity X. You get a number of dedicated meters that you can read more about below. Besides the meters in the main monitoring engine, which always reflect what you are listening to, Clarity X offers a dedicated metering engine, featuring the renowned LM8 Loudness Radar Meter. With separate independent routing, this LM8 instance will measure and display the channels you have selected for metering at all times regardless of whether you're listening to them or not.

Calibrated Listening. Dedicated Metering. Increased Intelligibility.
Clarity X is an ultra-flexible monitor controller, covering channel formats up to 7.1 surround. Plus it includes several advanced meters that allow you to never compromise on the clarity and intelligibility of your mix.

Simply secure the best foundation for your crucial mix decisions, including monitor calibration, center channel balance, downmix and loudness compatibility, etc.

Clarity X helps you with all of this. And still, TC Electronic have merely scratched the surface of the best and most advanced Multi-Format Monitoring System ever created...

  • One-Stop Calibrated Listening - Measurement Microphone Included
  • Multiple, High-Precision Meters for Optimum Mix Decisions
  • Helps Increase the Intelligibility of Your Production

Calibrated Listening
TC Electronic's ears and brain react differently to various listening levels. Voices live in the mid-range and that has been important throughout evolution. So, at low levels, TC Electronic's brain emphasize the mid-range, while they allow more bass and treble at higher listening levels.
Consequently, if you mix at low levels you would be likely to boost the low and high areas more than you would at a higher listening level.
That is why you should always mix on a calibrated monitoring system: Playback at the same SPL simply ensures that your mixes remain consistent. The calibration wizard and perfectly adjusted measuring microphone gets you there.

Visual Feedback
You should always mix with your ears first, but having visual meters as well can be a great help.
Clarity X gives you 5 dedicated meters covering loudness/true-peak, center channel balance, SPL, downmix compatibility and dose usage. On the loudness side, you get TC Electronic's brand new LM8 that covers any channel formats up to 7.1 surround.
The best way to check downmix compatibility is to hit the remote and listen to your mix in stereo, but with the Stereo deviation meter you may save some precious time. In short, let your ears be your pilot, but allow your eyes to be your guide.

Speech Intelligibility
When mixing content with spoken words, it is absolutely crucial that what's being said is clear. Yet this issue is the single most common complaint broadcasters receive today.
Clarity X helps you create mixes with greater intelligibility in many ways, but a key component is the meter showing the Center Ratio.
TC Electronic have analyzed dialogs from film, drama and TV shows to determine the ideal loudness balance between the center channel (foreground) in a surround mix and the other channels (background)
If the actors mumble or the recording itself is poor, there is little they can do, but TC Electronic can help you keep an eye on the general balance which just may be what you need to always keep speech intelligibility at its best.

Speaker Calibration Wizard
Usually the process of calibrating your monitor speakers would take hours of work. But with the calibration wizard built into Clarity X, TC Electronic expedited that process, reducing the time spent to mere minutes. It's never been this easy - or fast.
Through a simple step-by-step procedure, you are led through the calibration process, ensuring that the level and delay settings are optimal for all speakers - across all selected sweet spots.
For further precision you can adjust your sub-woofers through the multi-point sub calibration to average out the low frequency resonances in your mixing room.

Icon Control
Besides using the dedicated remote control, you operate Clarity X through TC Electronic's free Icon control software that gives you access to all the setup tools, parameter settings, preset management, etc.
The Icon application runs on PC and Mac and if you're already using other Icon-compatible TC products, you can easily add Clarity X to your existing setup. You could even use a hardware Icon controller if you have one already.

Tools That Help Increase the Intelligibility of Your Mix
If you can't hear the dialog properly, there is a problem. It may not be yours, but there definitely is a problem - and it will cause viewer complaints.
TC Electronic set out to analyze a lot of film and TV dialogs - both good and bad cases. This way, they were able determine an ideal balance between the foreground and background audio, which would be the center channel versus the rest in a surround setup.
TC Electronic can not fix mumbling actors or bad microphone technique on the film set, but with the Center Ratio Meter you will be able to quickly see if you're in the right territory when it comes to the loudness balance between 'what's being said' and the rest.
Further, the Stereo Deviate Meter contributes to keep your surround mixes intelligible after downmix for stereo delivery. Add to that the precise speaker calibration and general loudness metering and each tool and process in combination with your ears will help you deliver the best-sounding and most intelligible mixes.

Mic-Less SPL Measurement
Once your monitoring system has been properly calibrated, Clarity X can very precisely calculate the SPL at each of the sweetspots even without using the measurement microphone, using TC Electronic's new, patent-pending mic-less SPL measurement technology.
If you prefer, you can of course use the classic approach and permanently mount the measurement microphone close to your listening position and rely on continuous measuring.
However, the measurement mic could never be in the exact listening position like it was during the initial calibration, and rest assured that the SPL number you will achieve from the mic-less SPL measuring is very, very accurate

Audio Signal Flow
Clarity X comes with 16 AES input channels plus aux (analog) and TOS. On the output side, you get 16 AES channels plus 8 analog outputs as well as headphones out. In total, you get 26 channels of inputs and outputs. Add the option of expanding with 64 MADI input channels and your input channel count increases to no less than 90.
The routing is extremely flexible, for instance you could switch seamlessly between two full surround mixes - maybe even one 5.1 and one 7.1 mix plus a stereo reference signal. You could then monitor your source(s) on a 5.1 or 7.1 monitor setup, but also switch to one or more stereo pairs to check how well your mix translates to other channel formats and speaker sizes.
Independently, you can route any input channel to the dedicated meter engine. Please note that some features depend on installed licenses and sample rate.

Noise Floor Zoom
Noise. Yet another small, but nonetheless potential, source of annoyance that may clutter up the clarity of your mix.

You may have one or more noise sources in your system that are almost inaudible. You may be surprised to learn just how much digital noise a phone or laptop creates if you use it as the source for a stereo reference mix.
With the Noise Floor Zoom feature, you virtually get a noise floor magnifying glass that zooms in on your noisefloor before the signal reaches Clarity X by adding up to 70 dB of gain to your output.
Obviously, such an exercise calls for protection as it could blow up speakers, or even worse: eardrums. So, TC Electronic implemented a bulletproof protection instance that makes absolutely sure that nothing or no-one gets hurt - even if you should happen to activate the Noise Floor Zoom feature during playback. It simply kicks in hard clip protection at -20 dBFS.

Hearing Loss Protection
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is quickly becoming a focal point in pro audio as well as in a consumer context.
Obviously, for audio professionals, their ears are their most critical tool and being exposed to high SPL levels on a daily basis can build up over time and become a problem one day.
The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) has developed a set of recommendations for a certain dose of sound exposure over various time frames to prevent NIHL.
But how do you monitor and keep track of your daily and weekly dose of audio? The answer is with the built-in dose meter of Clarity X that will keep track of your dose and show you how many percent you have used of your dose so far.
This may not be a meter you want to look at again and again, but you might want to check your status at the end of the day and of you find a pattern of over-exposure, you'll be glad that you have a chance to take action before it's becoming a real problem

Alternative Sweetspots
Surely, the sweetspot is for you when mixing. But sometimes it might come in handy to be able to move the sweetspot.
A typical example would be when the director stops by to listen along or a client if you work in post production, delivering for broadcast. Think of it as making the sound as good as it can possibly be in 'the producer couch' or 'director's chair'.
You can create up to 4 different sweetspots that all create the effect of being right in the middle of everything even though you're not. Setting up sweetspots is incredibly easy with the Calibration Setup Wizard.

MADI, AES, Analog & Optical Connection
Clarity X comes with a wealth of physical I/O connectors as default, but some of the functionality is optional. Analog and optical I/O are included in full, but for AES channel 9-16 is available as a license. MADI compatibility is also available as an optional license.

Metering App for iPad, Mac & PC
With the free Clarity X Metering App for iPad, Mac and PC, you can keep an eye on your meters at all times.
The app connects to Clarity X to expand the monitor controller's powerful metering features, add detailed control to individual speakers and much more.
The app connects to Clarity X to expand the monitor controller's powerful metering features, add detailed control to individual speakers and much more.

For Any Monitor
Clarity X was born to be the centerpiece of any monitoring system. And therefore, you can connect virtually any monitor to Clarity X. Analog, digital, in stereo setups, surround, you name it.
With the AES connection, digital monitors are a great fit, but it also sports 8 analog outputs, so as just mentioned, basically you can hook up any monitor you may have in your studio to Clarity X.

Virtual Speaker Sets
It's not unusual to have both a 5.1 speaker set plus a stereo speaker set installed in the same mixing room in order to be able to cross check the mix in both formats.
With Clarity X you can create virtual speaker sets. For instance, you can use the (front) L and R speakers in your surround setup as a stereo pair for double checking your mix in stereo. All the routing happens within Clarity X, and you could even let it turn your 7.1 setup into a 5.1 system as well as stereo.
Obviously, if you want to hear your 5.1 mix on a totally different pair of speakers - for instance emulating the small speakers in a flatscreen TV, you might prefer to actually connect one or more alternative speaker sets, which is also a breeze with Clarity X as the centerpiece.

Features:

  • Ultra-flexible monitor controller for channel formats up to 7.1 Surround* offers calibrated listening and several advanced meters to help you improve the quality of your mix
  • Calibration wizard, device-matched measurement microphone, and state-of-the-art SPL measurement technology make it easier than ever to have calibrated listening across your speaker setups / headphones and achieve consistent mixes time after time
  • Dedicated meters covering loudness, true-peak, center channel balance, SPL, downmix compatibility, and audio dose usage
  • Center ratio and stereo deviation meters, plus an optional five-band precision EQ on each speaker, supplement your ears and help you achieve mixes with the highest possible speech intelligibility even when translated into stereo
  • Sleek user-programmable remote control enhances your workflow by putting powerful monitor-mastering functions right at your fingertips
  • ICON control software for PC or Mac and the Clarity X dedicated metering app for iPad*, Mac, or PC together provide you with in-depth control and a permanent meter visualization screen
  • Extremely accurate mic-less SPL measurement technology lets you monitor the SPL in four different sweetspots without having to station a measurement mic in them
  • VZD Variable Impedance Drive Technology, with your headphone vendor and model selected, gives you equal SPL levels between calibrated speakers and your headphones so you can truly compare your mix between the two listening mediums
  • Intuitive Sound Exposure Dose Meter helps you keep your hearing in top shape by tracking your SPL exposure over time so you can easily see when you need to take a break
  • Enables up to four different calibrated listening sweetspots for when you want to show your work to its best sonic advantage to others with you in the mixing room
  • Flexible and seamless audio routing with 26 channels of input and output included, plus optional expansion licenses for eight extra AES I/O channels and 64 MADI input channels
  • Compliant with all major broadcast standards, including ITU BS.1770-4, ATSC A/85, EBU R128, TR-B32, and OP-59
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*
  • Designed and engineered in Denmark

Specifications:

  • General
    • Frame Configuration: Clarity X AES3, Analog, Optical and MADI Ready.With 5.1/7.1 remote control and 3600A Reference Microphone
    • Front Indicators/Control: Status LED: Runnnig, Net, Remote and Sync. IP address reset button.
    • Finish: Black anodized aluminum face plate. Plated steel chassis
    • Dimensions: 19 x 1.75 x 13.2 inches (483 x 44 x 334 mm), 1 RU
    • Weight: 9.0 lbs. (4.7 kg)
    • Mains Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz auto-select
    • Fan: High quality fan
    • Power Consumption: 20 W typ
  • EMC
    • Complies with: EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15 class B, CISPR 22 class B
  • Safety
    • Certified to: IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL 6500 and CSA E65
  • Environment
    • Operating Temperature: 32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)
    • Storage Temperature: -22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)
    • Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing
  • Control interface
    • Ethernet and TC Icon Remote Control: 2 ports, RJ45, 10/100 Mbits/s, Base-T, SNMP-enabled
    • Clarity X 5.1/7.1 Remote Control: RJ45 connector
  • Clarity X 5.1/7.1 Remote Control
    • Controls: 12 buttons with LEDs, 1 "Valid" LED, 1 high-end potentiometer
    • Finish: Black anodized aluminum face plate. Glass blasted anodized chassis
    • Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.0 x 1.9 inches (122 x 77 x 48 mm)
    • Weight: 0.7 lbs. (0.3 kg)
    • Max cable length: 100 m
  • General Processing (some features depend on licenses installed and sample rate)
    • Number of Meters: 2 x LM8 Loudness Radar Meters, 2 x True-peak Meters, SPL Meter, Dose Meter, Stereo Deviation Meter, Center Ratio Meter
    • Input Audio Format: 2.0, 5.1, 7.1
    • Output Speakerset Configuration 44.1-48: 7 ch Surround + 0 or 1 Subs (software license required), 5 ch Surround + 0 or 1 Sub, Stereo + 0 to 2 Subs
    • Output Speakerset Configuration 44.1-96: 5 ch Surround + 0 to 2 Subs, Stereo + 0 Subs, Stereo + 0 Subs
    • Number of Audio Channels Processed: 8 in, 8 out
    • Audio Processing Delay: 100 samples, 2.08 ms @ 48 kHz (digital in to digital out)
    • Adjustable On-line Delay: 0 - 1000 msec. Unit: ms, frames 24, 25, 30, 50, 50. Resolution: 1 ms or 0.1 frames
    • Adjustable Per-Speaker Delay: 0 - 100 msec. Resolution: 10 usec
    • Speaker Calibration Standard: EBU R128, SMPTE RP200, ATSC A85
    • Total Speaker Calibration Precision: +/- 0.5 dB
    • Inter-speaker-channel Calibration Precision: +/- 0.05 dB
    • SPL measurement: 48 to 130 dB(A) SPL
    • Frequency Response DIO: DC to 23.9 kHz +/- 0.01 dB
    • Audio Processing Resolution: 40 bit precision, bit transparent
    • Internal Sample Rates: 44.1, 48 kHz & 96 kHz
    • Internal Clock Precision: +/- 30 PPM
    • External Sample Rates: Same as internal +/-1.5 %
    • Interface Function: Synchronous, bit transparent
    • Digital IO Engine: TC developed DICE™ core
    • Jitter Rejection Engine: Upgraded JET™ technology. Based on System 6000
    • Jitter Tolerance (input): > AES3-2009 (master and slave input)
    • Jitter Rejection Low-Pass Filter: < -3 dB @ 10 Hz, < -100 dB @ 600 Hz, 4th order
    • Jitter Gain (in-to-out): < 1 dB
    • Output Jitter (@ clean source): < 1 ns peak, BW : 700 Hz to 100 kHz
  • AES Input / Output
    • Connectors: D-SUB-25 incl. cable for XLR, 110 Ohm, Yamaha pinout, M2.6mm thread
    • Number of Channels: 16 in, 16 out (for AES channel 9-16, a software license is required)
    • Formats Supported: AES/EBU (24 bit), AES3
    • Status Bits: In: Accepts all, Out: Pro-status bits
    • Complies with Standards: AES3-2009
    • Digital Output Phase: < 0.5 % of sample period
    • Input Variation Before Sample Slip: ±49.9 % of sample period
    • Input Signal Tolerance: 0.2 to 7 Vpp
    • Output Signal Level: 3.3 Vpp ±20 %, terminated
  • TOS Input
    • Format : AES/EBU (24 bit), S/PDIF (24 bit), EIAJ CP-340, IEC 60958
    • Type: Optical (Tos-link)
  • Number of Channels
    • Input Variation Before Sample Slip: ±49.9 % of sample period
  • Analog Outputs
    • Connectors: D-SUB-25, Yamaha/Tascam pinout, M2.6mm thread
    • Number of Channels: 8 out
    • Format: Ground sensing design
    • Ouput Impedance: 20 Ohm
    • Full Scale Output Level @ 0 dBFS: +12 dBu max, with analog -18 dB DIM
    • Dynamic Range: > 121 dB (incl. -18 dB DIM), unweighted, BW 20-20kHz
    • THD+N: < -99 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS (@ +12dBu), < -96 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS (@ -18 dB DIM)
    • Freq Responce: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.2 dB
    • Crosstalk: < -102 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    • D to A Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x Oversampling Bitstream
    • D to A Delay: 21 samples, 0.44 ms @ 48 kHz
  • Headphones Output
    • Connectors: 1/4" Phone Jack (stereo)
    • Format: High drive, Impedance Compensating, Short circuit protected
    • Output Impedance: 3.4 Ohm
    • Headphones Impedance: 8 to 600 Ohm
    • Full Scale Output Level @ 0 dBFS: +21.5, +17.5, +12.5, +6.5 dBu (different headphones impedance settings)
    • THD+N: < -93 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS, 275 Ohm load (">275 Ohm" headphones impedance setting), < -86 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS, 50 Ohm load ("50 to 300 Ohm" headphones impedance setting), < -75 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS, 8 Ohm load ("8 to 50 Ohm" headphones impedance setting)
    • Dynamic Range: > 109 dB, unweighted, BW 20 to 20kHz (all headphones impedance settings)
    • Freq. Response: +0/-0.2 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    • Crosstalk: < -102 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    • Power: 112 mW @ 600 Ohm load (">275 Ohm" headphones impedance setting), 263 mW @ 32 Ohm load ("25 to 100 Ohm" headphones impedance setting)
    • D to A Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x Oversampling Bitstream
    • D to A Delay: 21 samples, 0.44 ms @ 48 kHz
  • aux Input
    • Connectors: 1/8" Phone Jack (unbalanced, stereo)
    • Input Impedance: 500 Ohm
    • Full Scale Input Level @ 0 dBFS: +5 dBu
    • THD+N: < -98 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS
    • Dynamic Range: > 105 dB, unweighted, BW 20 to 20kHz
    • Freq. Response: +0/-0.1 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    • Crosstalk: < -75 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    • A to D Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x Oversampling Bitstream
    • A to D Delay: 29 samples, 0.60 ms @ 48 kHz
  • Calibrated Microphone (Included) and Microphone Input
    • Model Number: TC Electronic, 3600A Reference Microphone. Microphone holder included (5/8" and 3/8")
    • Characteristic: Omni, Random Incident optimized in DSP
    • System Complies with Standard: IEC 61672 (where applicable)
    • Cable length: 100 m
  • MADI Ready (MADI operation requires software license)
    • Connectors: 1 BNC In, 1 BNC Through. 75 Ohm
    • Function: Audio input and MADI through
    • Number of channels: 28, 32, 56, 64 in
    • Samples Rates: 44.1, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, no varispeed supported, 96 kHz legacy mode not supported
    • Complies with Standards: AES10-2008 r2014
    • Digital Output Phase: < 0.5 % of sample period
    • Input Variation Before Sample Slip: ± 25 % of sample period
    • Input Signal Tolerance: Complies to AES10-2008 r2014
    • Output Signal Level: Complies to AES10-2008 r2014
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