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Best of Show: Orban Labs Optimod XPN-Enterprise

A processor for today’s centralizing radio industry

We are featuring the products that won the Radio World Best of Show Award at the recent NAB Show. Winners were chosen by a panel of radio engineers and RW editorial staff for their innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. 

Here’s a Linux-based, customizable processing platform for control of multiple signals from a single point. It provides OptiCloud processing for up to eight FM and eight HD/DAB+ radio channels, plus eight internet stream channels, for a total of 24 output channels in a 1 RU package and using appropriate XPN-Enterprise Nodes for connection to the server processing platform.  

Orban notes that virtualization and centralized operating environments are rapidly gaining interest in radio and internet broadcasting. Content to be processed is brought to one location using AES3, AES-67, SMPTE 2110-30, Dante or Livewire+, and the necessary outputs — analog, AES3, FM Composite, DMPX and Orban uMPX — use the appropriate XPN-Enterprise Nodes for distribution to each transmitter site or stream. 

AoIP audio processing allows individual processing for each input; factory presets give users a quick start for each format in the group or cluster. “Less-More” controls make it easy for users to fine-tune processing. Nielsen or Kantar watermarking for each broadcast output is provided using the appropriate node.

Orban also offers a line of “last-mile” solutions including low bandwidth (<500 kbps for FM and HD-1, HD-2 and HD-3) solutions for virtually any requirement. This service will be useful to stations whose transmitter sites are in areas with challenging internet access. 

Whooping it up with Paul were Peter Lee and Mike Pappas.

(Photo credit: Jim Peck)

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