User Report: Orban Streams for Rogers
Shirazi is associate general manager, Radio Division, Rogers Digital
Media. Rick Dal Farra is director, Engineering
Toronto Radio, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
— Rogers Media Inc. was in the market for a best-in-class audio
processing and encoding product for our 55 stations spanning news,
music and sports genres.
pair of easily identified Orban OptiEXP expansion chassis at the
Rogers Broadcasting Toronto facility.
surveying vendors and competitive analysis we needed a product that
was reliable, worked with our CDN and our networking requirements and
was above all highly reliable, especially in our PPM markets. After a
short proof of concept, we selected products from Orban.
Media Inc. selected the Orban Opticodec 1211e package, a combination
of the Optimod-PC 1101e DSP soundcard and Opticodec 1010PE software
encoder. Where practical, the audio cards were installed directly
into generic 3RU Intel rackmount computers. Markets requiring more
streams than the motherboards accommodated received Orban’s OptiEXP
PCIe expansion option, a separate 3RU chassis with capacity for an
additional eight audio cards. Smaller markets with limited rackspace
and minimal requirements use the 1RU, all-in-one Opticodec-PC 1511e
implementations proved solidly reliable. In our largest market we
trust the main and primary streamers to automatically update Windows
and reboot on alternate days unattended. We’ve yet to see an alarm.
straightforward thanks to Orban’s comprehensive documentation,
simple wiring and excellent processor presets. The system’s
architecture offloads audio processing to the card’s DSP and stream
encoding is handled by a separate software service. Our existing
Windows 7 Core i5-760 machines were powerful enough to generate 10
streams from five sources with under 15 percent CPU utilization.
Unlike many of its competitors, the encoder supports automatic
authentication for distributors who require it.
overall engineering experience was excellent. Replacing a mix of
audio processors and devices with a single, powerful platform across
the chain greatly enhanced the listener experience. All streams now
have consistently high quality with uniform and competitive levels.
Minor processor tweaks were enough to satisfy our toughest program
director, and the engineering department greatly appreciates losing
the overnight encoder alarms. Orban’s engineering and sales
departments were excellent to work with over the course of this
project, always accommodating and focused on getting the best from
their product. They’re clearly an engineering-driven organization.
delighted with Orban’s streaming products and have no hesitancy
considering more in the future.
information, contact David Rusch at Orban in Arizona at (480)
403-8300 or visit www.orban.com.