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Omnia.11 is not just the next step forward from Omnia's prior offerings. Everything from the firmware platform, the GUI, to every algorithm was re-thought, and in most cases re-engineered or re-designed. The signature Omnia sound was kept intact, while the level of perceivable quality has noticeably improved.
The firmware in Omnia.11 takes advantage of software resources never before available for this calibre of product. The results are dynamics algorithms that were once a pipe dream of the processing enthusiast. Instead of making all the cliched claims about how much better it sounds than such-n-such box (we'll leave those for others to make) you will hear how Omnia.11 is more revealing... period.
AGC's, Compressors, and Limiters analyze music in real time and adjust internal parameters for optimum performance across a broad range of material. Listeners will hear the music, not the processor. A major part of this technology, the new Density Detector, enables Omnia.11 to properly handle hypercompressed content. The AGC system cannot be fooled due to heavy density, or older material that contains high peak-to-average levels. One could almost say, there isn't a sweet-spot, as the density-detector keeps Omnia.11 operating on-target, at all times.
Limiters have traditionally carried "that bizzy limiter sound". You know, when drums sound like tin cans and detail gets smashed to smithereens. Our new LoIMD technology coupled with smart gain reduction algorithms resets the bar. The limiters now sound amazingly transparent. All AGC and limiting algorithms employ an auto acceleration/deceleration mechanism, which tunes out perceptible intermodulation distortion. The attack/release functions adjust themselves based upon content density. This breakthrough method literally analyzes the audio content in both the amplitude and frequency domain, then adapts the timing networks - on the fly - to transparently control the signal, without the control being heard. The result is revealed in added detail, clarity, and quality, yet maintaining the desired competitive loudness level. Needless to say, the improved performance of the AGC and limiter functions generate live voice quality that is truly second to none. We'll say no more.
Boom-Boom, out go the lights! The bass enhancement algorithm is audio processing's testosterone. We took our Phat Bass effect and sent it to a health club, resulting in low end physique with no body fat. Full punch, power, and girth, with no nasty side-effects whatsoever. New material, old material, hip-hop, urban, rap, rock, country... you name it, this is HGH (human growth hormone) for processing! All kidding aside, our new bass-management method is a mixture of innovation, as well as a rearrangement of the system topology. Achieving great sounding bass requires the most effort, partly due to the fact that the bass spectrum has the most number of harmonics, and all of these must be kept properly accounted for in the time domain. Also, any additional spectra created (enhancement) must have its harmonic content managed, or the bass region begins to sound distorted, unnatural, or like someone is suffering from an intestinal disorder! This process requires much more than just fancy EQ, bass clipping/filtering, or any of the prior attempts at bass enhancement. Even the location where the function is inserted matters, as well as how it maintains its frequency range along with the rest of the system. An entire dissertation could be done on the bass enhancement/management system alone. Our classic dynamically flat & time aligned crossover system has been further refined to produce smooth, rich, and full tonality. The AGC and limiter sections cannot be fooled into false gain control due to spectral density (or lack thereof) from the crossover network.
Audio processing for conventional broadcast (FM and AM) has reached extreme levels. Various methods are available today capable of creating LOUD competitive signals, but at the expense of perceptible quality. What causes this, and what can be done - again - to raise the bar? Through critical listening, extensive research, and evaluation of processing methods, it has been determined the single most annoying quotient is due to intermodulation distortion (IMD) induced by aggressive functions within the processing system. The algorithms are pushed to the limits, and beyond. One of the most crucial, aggressively used algorithms in the FM processor is the pre-emphasized final limiter/clipper. We have developed the new Ultra LoIMD Distortion controlled clipper system specifically to reduce IMD in this critical stage of the processing. See the next page for a full explanation of the new Ultra LoIMD clipper system.
For those who feel the need to use it, there's also a composite clipper embedded in the stereo generator, but thus far, all of our testing has been done without any composite clipping. Pilot protection is on the order of magnitude close to 90 dB, considerably more protection provided than the best FM receiver can recognize! Integrated laboratory-grade stereo generator with dual MPX outputs, 19 kHz reference output for external RDS/RBDS systems and pilot protection that provides >80 dB pilot protection - with or without composite clipping. MPX spectral low-pass filter to protect RDS/RBDS and SCA signals if composite clipping is employed. Adjustability Multiple ways to adjust the system to achieve the exact sound you're looking for. An installation wizard will guide anyone through a simple step-by-step setup to on-air operation. Using the answers to a series of simple questions, Omnia.11 adapts itself, based upon the answers, to craft a preset which delivers the desired end result quickly for an advanced out of the box experience.
A front panel touch screen GUI, on a 10.5" diagonal screen,provides ease of use and enhanced metering and diagnostics. Remote access is via any web browser, as well as a local onboard WI-FI connection. Laptops to iPads have access! Livewire, AES/EBU digital and analog I/O is standard. Headphone soft "patch points" are available for listening through the processing chain. Fanless cooling design built into a rugged 4 RU chassis.
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