Linear Acoustic to Provide Audio Support for ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Two Linear Acoustic UPMAX 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.

“I can 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. “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 run simultaneously beginning the second week of the season. He is also using a Linear Acoustic LQ-1000 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.