Linear Acoustic was founded in 2001 with the introduction of the OCTiMAX 5.1 audio processor. With the onset of digital television came myriad problems involving loudness and digital audio control. Linear Acoustic turned their attentions to solving these problems at every stage of the digital audio chain and soon developed a product range that made digital broadcast sound and work as it should.

Audio over IP (AoIP) has been embraced by the radio side of broadcasting for many years where the myriad advantages of networked audio via the Livewire+ AES67 standard is well known. Now, AoIP is available for television audio thanks to Linear Acoustic AERO.soft™.  The Linear Acoustic SDI xNode de-embeds two separate HD/SD-SDI inputs, converts it to up to 16 channels of Livewire+ AES67 audio, makes it available for processing, upmixing, and encoding in the brand-new AERO.soft Processing Engine, and then re-embeds the audio into two independent SDI outputs. This provides unmatched flexibility, scalability and channel density. 

In 2010, Linear received a Technical Emmy® for "The Pioneering Development of an Audio/Metadata Processor for Conforming Audio to the ATSC Standard," and has provided upmixing, loudness metering, encoding products, and technical support for NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Bejing Summer Games, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, the London 2012 Summer Games, the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, and most recently, the 2016 Summer games in Rio.

Minnetonka Audio and Linear Acoustic are both part of the foundation of the TV Solutions Group of the Telos Alliance. More information on the TV Solutions Group is available here. For general sales inquiries, contact For television technical support, please e-mail or call +1-717-735-3611. To locate a dealer for Linear Acoustic or other Telos Alliance brands, visit the Telos Alliance Dealer Directory.

AoIP for Video

Telos Alliance SDI xNode

The SDI xNode brings HD/SD-SDI signals into the Axia Livewire AoIP (audio over IP) domain for use in audio processing or other applications.

TV Loudness Control

AERO.2000 - Audio/Loudness Manager

A 2RU loudness management platform with front panel controls and color display for hosting Linear Acoustic® AEROMAX® processing, UPMAX®-II upmixing/downmixing, Dolby® coding, and Nielsen® watermark encoding.

AERO.100 - DTV Audio Processor

A compact and space-efficient 1RU loudness management platform for hosting Linear Acoustic® AEROMAX® processing, UPMAX®-II upmixing/downmixing, Dolby® coding, and Nielsen® watermark encoding.

AERO.10 - DTV Audio Processor

Renowned Linear Acoustic loudness control and upmixing for compliance and viewer-pleasing quality, but with incredible cost-savings for PCM-only applications.


Enterprise-wide audio and loudness management deployed on a dedicated AERO.8000 processing engine, featuring the same algorithms as AERO.100/1000/2000.

Metering & Monitoring

AMS Authoring & Monitoring System

Linear Acoustic AMS Authoring and Monitoring System is a comprehensive solution for real-time authoring, rendering, and monitoring of advanced audio programs for the ATSC 3.0 Digital Television System.


UPMAX v4-D - Surroundfield Controller

Drawing upon the success of its predecessors, UPMAX v4-D produces engaging 5.1-channel audio from two- and three-channel sources with ease and seamlessly transitions between discrete and upmixed audio.

Metadata & Tools

MT2000 - Multichannel Bitstream Analyzer

A portable, handheld diagnostic tool that can monitor and generate Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby E, and PCM bitstreams anytime, anywhere.

Legacy Products