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NAB Show Sneak Peek: Orban Introduces New Optimods

Loudness measurement and control is a highlight

Processor maker Orban is bringing several new products, including new Optimods, to the NAB Show.

The new Orban Optimod-FM 5700 (shown) provides stereo enhancement, equalization, AGC, multiband compression, low-IM peak limiting, stereo encoding and composite limiting. Ethernet connectivity is standard, as is a PC remote control application that runs on Windows XP and higher and that can control many 5700 units on a TCP/IP network.

Additionally, programmable contact-closure (GPI) control plus ACSII terminal control via the 5700’s RS-232 serial and Ethernet ports together give users freedom to interface the 5700 with a facility’s remote control infrastructure, whatever it might be. SNMP support offers yet another way to control and monitor the 5700’s operation. The 5700 is available in two versions: an FM-only version (5700FM) and a version (5700HD) that includes simultaneous processing for FM and for digital transmissions like netcasts and HD Radio.

The Optimod 1552 is a new multistream audio processor and codec aimed at multiple applications — AM/FM, TV and Internet. Orban says that the 1552 incorporates a new generation of Optimod processing.

It includes MX peak limiter technology and its Intel Xeon processor can handle up to 16 streams of audio without MX limiting and eight streams with it engaged. The onboard codec is an Opticodec-PC software codec. The 1552 uses Ravenna as an Ethernet networking interface scheme.

Also onboard are BS.1770-3 and CBS loudness metering and controlling.

Orban is also bringing along to Las Vegas a new Orban Loudness Meter. Version 2.7 adds support for 7.1 surround sound the ability to analyze audio files offline under ITU-R BS.1770-3 integrated loudness and loudness range.

Finally, Orban has announced a digital composite output package for the Optimod-FM 8600 and will be showing upgraded V2 models at the show.

NAB Booth: N5006