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Orban Shows Optimod Upgrades

FM 8600 and 8600s packs clean sound, decreased distortion

At IBC2013, Orban will show the Optimod-FM 8600, which features improved MX peak limiter technology, decreased distortion while increasing transient punch and high-frequency power handling capacity.

According to the company, the MX peak limiter typically provides 2.5 to 3 dB more power at high frequencies, which minimizes audible HF loss caused by pre-emphasis limiting; permits drums and percussion cut through the mix; allows highs are airy; and “problem material” to be handled cleanly.

The main goal of the FM-8600 is to make FM analog broadcasts more competitive with the cleanliness, punch and open high frequencies of the digital media against which FM analog transmissions now battle. Thanks to its fresh, crisp sound, says Orban, the 8600 helped level the playing field between analog FM and digital-only competitors.

Orban now also offers the Optimod-FM 8600S, a compact version of the 8600. The 8600S features efficient switching power supply, ensuring the unit keeps cool, even in a crowded rack.

The 8600S, which is available in two versions: an FM-only version (8600S-FM) and a version (8600S-HD) that includes simultaneous processing for FM and for digital transmissions like webcasts and HD Radio, provides stereo enhancement, equalization, AGC, multiband compression, low-IM peak limiting, stereo encoding and composite limiting.

Via a purchased upgrade kit, it is possible to upgrade the FM version to the HD version without removing the unit from the rack or disconnecting any wiring. Both versions offer up to 16 seconds of delay in the FM processing chain, which is useful for HD Radio diversity delay for example.

IBC stand: 8.D93