Linear Acoustic

Linear Acoustic® continues to lead the industry towards high quality DTV audio that is naturally compliant. The company designs and manufactures the AERO™ range of real-time and file-based loudness managers, UPMAX® upmixing and downmixing solutions, and the LQ™ series of loudness metering products.

Linear Acoustic® Founder and President Tim Carroll grew up in the New York area with a passion for audio and a natural curiosity about broadcasting, in particular, audio processing. As the chief engineer of his high school and college radio stations, Tim utilized what he calls the “disassembly method” of learning –  that is, taking stuff apart and sometimes getting it back together.

In 1995, Tim joined Dolby Laboratories and spent several years on the film stages of New York at a time when the market for digital sound in film was growing.  His time there provided an in-depth experience with the production of matrix and discrete surround audio with the then brand-new DVD format which specified the Dolby Digital (AC-3) codec for multi-channel audio.  Around the same time, the AC-3 codec was also mandated for use in the ATSC digital television standard and soon thereafter in the DVB specification.  Having access to major market TV stations allowed Tim to experiment in the real world with early DTV audio