San Leandro, CA (April 30, 2004)–Orban made several new product announcements at NAB 2004. The broadcast and Internet audio processing specialist introduced the OPTIMOD-TV 8382 digital transmission processor for analog television, value-priced OPTIMOD-FM 2300 for FM radio broadcasters, and the Opticodec-PC Encoder, an integrated audio processing and MPEG-4 AAC/aacPlus streaming audio encoder hardware package for netcasters.
The programmable OPTIMOD-TV 8382 replaces Orban’s current processors for analog TV audio and meets all requirements of the various mono, stereo and dual-language analog television transmission systems in use around the world. The 8382 controls program dynamics to maintain a comfortable range for the typical home viewer, and, using its built-in CBS Loudness Controller, it tames subjective loudness to prevent commercials from becoming overly obtrusive.
Key features of the all-new OPTIMOD-FM 2300 include stereo enhancement, built-in Ethernet and RS232 serial connectivity, full-featured remote control through any Windows 2000 or XP PC, standard AES/EBU digital input/output, Orban’s patented “Half-Cosine Interpolation” composite limiter, and a multiplex power controller for countries required to meet the ITU-R BS412 standard. The 2300 is targeted to small and medium market broadcasters as well as non-commercial and educational broadcasters.
The new Opticodec-PC Encoder allows netcasters to improve sound quality while reducing bandwidth requirements up to 75 percent. Bandwidth cost has been a major impediment to profitable netcasting. The base Optimod-PC Encoder contains one Optimod-PC card and can create multiple streams at multiple bit rates if all streams contain the same audio content. Customers may specify installation of up to two Optimod-PC cards locally or up to 12 Optimod-PC cards by using the available PCI expansion chassis. The maximum number of streams is determined by the speed of the Pentium 4 processor the customer specifies for the system.