Industry's first direct digital audio processor to transmitter path
Nautel and Omnia jointly creates system which digitally transfers the composite output of an audio processor directly to an FM broadcast transmitter.
6 August 2013, Cleveland, OH USA
The long sought after goal of a fully digital transmission chain which doesn't sacrifice loudness has now been realized due to collaboration between two of the industry's leading organizations, Omnia and Nautel. The first result of that collaboration, the Omnia Direct fully digital composite interface, was introduced at the 2013 NAB and received two major awards for excellence and innovation.
Omnia Direct will be making its European debut at IBC, RAI Center, Amsterdam fromSeptember 13-17, 2013. The entire Omnia line can be viewed at The Telos Alliance booth, Hall 8, D-30. You can experience a full demonstration of Omnia Direct technology at theNautel booth, Hall 8, C-61.
Omnia Direct is initially available in the Omnia.11 and Nautel NV series transmitters.
"Nautel and Omnia continually strive to maximize the performance of their respective products," said Peter Conlon, Nautel President and CEO. "As a result, both companies are recognized as bold innovators, constantly pushing the boundaries, even during these tough economic times. This exciting cooperation between our companies will benefit our customers by delivering the finest in sound quality to help them dominate the dial".
In the past, stations concerned about maximum modulation needed to use an analog composite signal. This was primarily due to the required high sample rate of A/D converters used to create discrete left/right inputs to the digital exciter. With the Omnia Direct interface, a single AES-EBU cable between the Omnia 11 and the Nautel NV Series transmitter carries the baseband signal in digital form. This 100% digital path eliminates the noise and distortion of A/D converters and reduces potential overshoots, while ensuring full FCC mask compliance.
"With Omnia Direct, we finally have the digital equivalent of the analog BNC-to-BNC composite (mpx) connection, where we can take the output of the audio processor's stereo generator and couple it directly to the modulator of the exciter. This enables the exciter to modulate, with precision, whatever the processor delivers," said Frank Foti, Telos Alliance CEO and Omnia Audio founder.
Initially, the Omnia Direct functionality is available on Nautel NV series transmitters from 3.5kW to 44kW. New transmitters are shipping with the feature as standard, and older NV series transmitters may be upgraded with the NV software release 4.0 which will soon be made available.
Recently, a webinar was conducted by Omnia's Frank Foti and Nautel's Chuck Kelly. You can view the archive version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwDhtxFWtBs
About Omnia Audio:
Omnia products represent the state-of-the-art in audio processing for virtually any application.
The top of the line Omnia.11 and the versatile Omnia.9, feature Single Sideband Suppressed Carrier capability for the potential reduction of multipath. Also available is the lower-priced Omnia ONE, which will process FM, AM, Internet, Studio applications or act as a Signal Generator on demand by simply changing software. Omnia 8x features eight, discrete Omnia processors in a single, networked appliance for multiple coded audio applications. On the software side, there is the Omnia A/XE for standalone encoding and processing of live internet streams as well as the Omnia F/XE for file-based encoding and processing. Omnia Audio offers 24/7 technical support.
Nautel has emerged as one of the world's largest manufacturers of AM and FM radio broadcast transmitters. With more than 12,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries since 1970, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for digital radio broadcasting and other applications.
For media inquiries contact: Denny Sanders, Omnia Marketing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.