Ramar Hails the Audemat Digiplexer
LUBBOCK, Texas — Ramar Communications is a locally owned
broadcaster operating several Fox-affiliated FM and TV stations about an hour
and a half east of the New Mexico border and an hour and a half south of
Amarillo. We operate with an attitude of excellence. As chief engineer, that means
finding and using the best quality equipment at the best price for the job.
experience with the Audemat Digiplexer happened just over a year ago, when we
were embarking on a new station build. For a brand-new build we needed
everything new, so the fact that the Digiplexer could also offer transmitter
site remote control and RDS, in addition to audio processing, definitely
sparked my interest.
There is an understandable tendency with audio
processors to opt for the big name brands, but I believe it is important when
purchasing new equipment to define the goals of the system and then research
the best fit for this job, all the while keeping an open mind.
In practice, this means we have a diversity of systems
While the functionality that the Digiplexer was a
bonus, I was still looking for the highest quality possible and made sure I
demoed the system before even thinking of purchasing. Not only did the sound
quality match up to the level we expected, but I believe that it was better
than other processors on the market; this was our main reason for selecting the
there are only a few things that control the sound of an audio processor:
Bit depth, IO quality and algorithmic performance. The Digiplexer’s
24-bit/192 kHz audio and a studio-like quality for a broadcast station is
not available in any other processor.
It really is not important how many bands of
processing are made available. Often, the more there are, the worse the
performance. I believe that the true determining factor is whether the
processor samples at a rate high enough to construct the waveform properly on
air without artifacts that fatigue the audience.
In side-by-side comparison tests with other
equipment, the output of the Digiplexer is more constant, fuller and more
accurate to the source material.
The main differential
is in the bottom and highs. Mids are relatively easy, but many multiband
processors move things around in the mix in the hope of obtaining loudness.
However, when you turn on the station processed by the Digiplexer, the ability
of the processor to maintain loudness in excess of 7 dB and maintain the proper
mix quality is amazing.
terms of installation and configuration of the Digiplexer, the ability to achieve the sound I desire is easy. While I
do have experience in recording studio work, I don’t think this is necessary as
the presets supplied are perfectly adequate for use and in many ways superior
to other processors. However, if you want to spend the time, you can tailor
your station’s sound to achieve exactly what you want.
I mentioned, the Digiplexer also offers us extra functionality in addition to
the audio processing capabilities. These include audio back-up via hard drive
or Shoutcast/Icecast server, the same full RDS encoding power as Audemat’s
FMB80 and extensive remote control and monitoring of the transmitter site with
digital input and relay output boards and Audemat’s Scripteasy software. While
this functionality is optional and therefore adds cost, the Digiplexer with
these options is still significantly less expensive than purchasing these units
separately. It also occupies less rack space and makes for much easier
the Audemat Digiplexer working great for us for just under a year, we had no
hesitation in ordering another one recently when one of our big brand
processors started failing. Overall,
the Digiplexer is the best-sounding, most accurate audio processor available
that I have found. The ability to have graphical, Web-based remote control is a
major plus and the cost makes it affordable.
For information, contact Tony Peterle at
Audemat/WorldCast Systems in Florida at (305) 249-3110 or visit www.audemat.com.