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Orban, Burk Partner to Offer Processor Control “Virtually Anywhere”

Hopes to bring a new level of flexibility to AM broadcasters

Burk Technology has partnered with the audio processing company Orban to offer direct control of a processor from a Burk product.  An API offered by Burk for the ARC Plus Touch allows users to monitor an Orban Optimod XPN-AM processor and make selected changes.

Per a joint press release between Burk and Orban, the Optimod XPN-AM maximizes the reach and intelligibility of AM transmissions while lowering distortion and reducing listener fatigue.

“It is designed to work in conjunction with MDCL-equipped transmitters, bringing significant power savings to broadcasters along with ultra-clean audio and loudness,” read the release. “The Optimod XPN-AM also offers Nielsen PPM encoding.”

The ARC Plus Touch from Burk Technology provides distributed management of remote broadcast facilities. Secure web access from remote sites is delivered via Burk’s cloud-based Arcadia system. 

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The new ARC API allows the ARC Plus to interact with API-enabled equipment and retrieve data from readily available web services. Additionally, the Burk API integration, embedded in the Optimod XPN-AM, enables users to make quick changes on presets and other parameters, according to Burk and Orban.

A screengrab of the Burk screen with XPN-AM

David Day, Orban president, said he is pleased to have partnered with Burk on this product.

“The ability to access Orban processing from virtually anywhere using Burk’s ARC Plus Touch brings a new level of flexibility to AM broadcasters, allowing them to change processing at a single touch to accommodate dayparting, power changes and other functions,” he said. “Our customers will find this highly useful.”

Chuck Alexander, executive vice president at Burk, said ARC API expands ARC Plus I/O options beyond traditional parallel wiring and SNMP interfaces.

“Integration with the API on the Optimod XPN-AM is a great demonstration of the flexibility and effectiveness of API control and monitoring,” said Alexander.

Control of the Optimod XPN-AM will be demonstrated at NAB 2022 in the Burk booth, W6014. More information can be found on both the Orban and Burk websites.