Coming out of the NAB Show, Orban has a new member of the Optimod processor family, the 8700i.
The 8700i is designed for analog or digital missions. Its I/O complement includes Dante AES67 plus a 192 kHz AES3 MPX output along with two digital SCA inputs.
Orban says that a new program-adaptive subharmonic synthesizer ensures punchy bass, even with older program material. In addition a phase skew corrector/multipath mitigator ensures crisp reception when receivers blend to mono and minimizes energy in the stereo subchannel without compromising separation. The phase skew corrector uses a proprietary multidimensional processing algorithm that can simultaneously correct multiple phase problems, like a combination of analog tape gap skew and comb filtering caused by multiple-microphone pickup of a single instrument in the original recording session.
The 8700i also has a split architecture, branching after the stereo enhancer and AGC, providing for separate FM and digital processing. There are two equalizers, multiband compressors and peak limiters, allowing the analog FM and digital media processing to be optimized separately.
It contains a set of Optimod 8500 presets, Orban’s Xponential Loudness algorithm along with Bob Orban-designed MX presets that take advantage of the onboard MX peak limiter.
Other features include an RDS/RBDS encoder, dual power supplies, remote control, SNMP alarms and a loop-through connection for insertion of a ratings encoder (such as Arbitron) to be inserted between the output of the audio processing and the input to the stereo encoder.