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Omnia Audio – Frank Foti

Thoughts from Omnia Audio President Frank Foti about the upcoming NAB2007 convention.

(click thumbnail)Frank FotiQ. What kind of products or services does your company offer for radio broadcasters?

A. Omnia Audio is world-renowned for its digital audio signal processing expertise. Omnia signal processors are used for FM, AM, TV, HD Radio and DAB, Internet and audio production. They are setting new standards for professional audio quality. This year Omnia celebrates 10 years of making the world’s most popular and best sounding audio processors — the choice of major-market broadcasters around the globe.

Q. What do your processing tools give a radio engineer that he or she can’t already do?

A. Our processors offer sound that is stunningly clear, clean and loud. Additionally, flexibility and ease of use enhance the products feature set.

Q. What’s new that you will show at NAB2007 and that radio broadcasters should look for there?

A. We are now shipping Omnia.One for Multicast. We will show the FM-Stereo version of Omnia.One as well.

Omnia.8X is a new product and concept — eight independent stereo audio processors operating in a single frame. This topology can help dramatically improve the sound of streams with the power, punch and purity of Omnia audio processing. But Omnia.8X doesn’t process just one audio stream — instead you’ll find the power of eight discrete three-band stereo Omnia audio processors in a single, networked box.

HD Radio multicasts, streaming Internet audio — there are more audio channels generated in today’s radio facility than ever before. And all of them need audio processing to maintain the high quality of your audio in bit-reduced environments.

Q. Where are you based, and how many employees do you have? Anything else we should know about your company?

A. We are headquartered in Cleveland Ohio, with offices in Munich, Germany and Riga, Latvia. Staff size is 50-plus. Omnia is celebrating 10 years of providing brand-leading audio processors to the world market. We are also a strong proponent of the MPEG Surround method that is offered for HD Radio. This is the only method that enables discrete 5.1 surround sound for FM.