Upgrades and Updates For Two Broadcast Audio Processors


Get ready for a fresh new take on two popular broadcast audio processors from a brand under The Telos Alliance.

Fresh from IBC2018 in Amsterdam, new updates and upgrades are now available for the Omnia.11 and Omnia.9.

The two updates, says Telos Alliance, is tied to a company initiative that focuses on the quality and performance of broadcast audio as the best way for broadcasters to obtain listeners and retain audiences longer.

The Omnia.11 broadcast audio processor has a free upgrade with software v3.5. Omnia.11 v3.5 “brings significant new updates to the Omnia.11 platform,” including the new “Pepino” clipper—the latest FM final clipper design from Omnia Founder and Telos Alliance Executive Chairman Frank Foti. With Pepino, Foti redesigned the clipper section to perfectly compliment Omnia.11’s G-Force dynamics engine.

Through advanced research into the peak limiting mechanism and how distortion is created, Omnia.11 v3.5’s Pepino clipper system suppresses both harmonic and intermodulation distortion as the clipping function is realized. This is applied over the entire audio spectrum, and the result is cleaner audio overall, yet without any compromise to the desired competitive loudness level.

In turn, G-Force processing improvements now take advantage of the newly designed clipper. For full v3.5 functionality, users need to be running the Omnia.11 G-Force platform.

V3.5 includes several other improvements, including better high-frequency handling and more consistent bass response; seamless transitions when switching between presets; improved audio consistency for better blending between FM and HD channels, including a unified FM/HD Bass Clipper; a new “Phat Bass” update for richer, stronger bass presence; improved sound in the low-latency DJ section; an improved HD look-ahead limiter in HD-enabled units; and warmer and cleaner live/dry voice performance. A Transient Detail Enhancer in the dynamics section offers smarter, more powerful RMS control in the AGCs, producing a solid increase in loudness to match the performance of the Pepino clipper.

New Omnia.9 units are now shipping with a major update to the audio engine. This update is also available as a software download (v3.18.99) for existing Omnia.9 users at no charge. New features include a major system rewrite to the audio engine, introducing a new lower-latency clipper for both FM and AM; a new, fully rewritten streaming engine that now supports Shoutcast 2, FLAC and lossless streaming; an integrated internal stream server; phase correction with mono bass that reduces multipath distortion; expanded SNMP features; shared processing path for AM+HD units; improved BS.412 MPX power limiter; and seamless preset switching, even between presets with major structural differences. This new update also enables optional µMPX™ encoding, making the Omnia.9 the first hardware processor to support this revolutionary codec, which offers full composite MPX over a 320kbps pipe.