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When AM Audio Can Run the Gamut, Omnia.7AM is the Answer

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Aug 16, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Recently we’ve heard from a number of AM broadcasters raving about the Omnia.7AM. One of them, legendary broadcast Saul Levine, even went so far as to hail the 7AM as a key to AM revitalization.

Another fan of the Omnia.7AM is Dave Kolesar, Program Director of freeform music station WWFD The Gamut in Frederick, Maryland. The Gamut originates as an HD subchannel of WTOP in Washington, where Dave is also a Broadcast Engineer, and is rebroadcast over 820 AM. As an engineer, Dave has a wealth of experience on the technical side of things. But whether he’s working from a programmer’s perspective or an engineer’s, Omnia has long been his choice when it comes to processing.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, Omnia.7AM

It’s Time for AoIP in Broadcast Television

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Aug 14, 2017 3:21:16 PM

Over the years, TV technology has continually progressed and so has the way in which audio is distributed within the television broadcast facility. Analog gave way to AES which in turn was replaced by embedded SDI. No transition came without its challenge but the most recent evolution to Audio over IP is one that actually makes things easier for broadcasters.

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Topics: AoIP for Television

The Bisset Brief: Label those Cables!

Posted by John Bisset on Aug 9, 2017 11:15:00 AM

As I travel throughout the US, I've seen a number of great Axia Livewire+ AES67 AoIP installations, and enjoy sharing some of these concepts with readers.

IP Audio Networking and clearing out analog wiring has been a key theme of late. Clearing unneeded cabling is an essential concern when converting to Livewire+ AES67, and it's crucial to label your Axia Livewire+ AES67 CAT5/6 cabling. Over time, networks grow, and labeling your Ethernet cables ensures the wiring won’t get out of hand.

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Topics: IP Audio Network Routing & Control, Broadcast Engineering

A Chat with Dave Collins as the Omnia Tour Rolls on

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Aug 9, 2017 10:30:00 AM

You’ve heard about the Omnia ‘All about the Audio Tour’ and seen the pics, but what’s the inside story on bringing the Telos Alliance van out of mothballs and taking it out on the road to radio stations all across the country? We sat down with our tour guide and driver of the van, U.S. Omnia Sales Director Dave Collins.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, Omnia Tour

TWiRT 359 - Help Us Help You

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Do you dread contacting Tech Support? Or do you look forward to getting the help you need quickly? There are ways to get the most from Tech Support at almost any company. Jamey Miller, Jake Alderman, and Bryan Jones are Support Engineers. They join Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for some real-life advice on getting what you need to solve your radio tech problem.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

Meet Rob Dye, the Unsung Omnia Hero

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Aug 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Anytime a new Omnia processor is announced, friends across the industry think of Frank Foti. And that's natural, since Frank is not only Telos Alliance CEO, but the founder of Omnia Audio and still very active in the development of Omnia Audio products—most notably the powerhouse Omnia.11. You might also hear the names Cornelius Gould and Leif Claesson. As Senior Algorithm Developer for Omnia, Cornelius gets applause for devising how to tweak Omnia processors to get just the right sound, while Leif receives accolades as the developer of the Omnia.7 and Omnia.9. But there's another key member of the Omnia brain trust who sometimes doesn't get the attention he deserves—Chief Engineer Rob Dye.

We sat down with Rob recently to get his thoughts on Omnia processors and the Telos Alliance, and to learn a little more about this unsung hero.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, Omnia VOLT

New World of AoIP a Welcome Change at KCPR

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Aug 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Having spent a majority of his career on the TV side of the broadcast industry, when Thomas Morales moved into the role of Broadcast Engineer for KCPR radio and Cal Poly TV (CPTV), a non-FCC licensed cable TV station at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 2012, he hadn’t worked in an AoIP facility. But as a part-time emergency hire brought on to maintain both stations while filling in for a staffer on sabbatical, Thomas quickly learned the benefits of AoIP. Once he did—and the job became full time—he was grateful to be in an all-Axia facility.

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Topics: Audio over IP, aoip, AoIP networking

TWiRT 358 - Dangerous Towers with Tom Ray

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jul 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Tom Ray visits a lot of radio stations.  He’s a full-time broadcast engineering consultant, and an inspector for New York State’s Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program. One troubling trend that Tom sees is the deterioration of broadcast towers. Tom joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack to warn us and bring us some good advice.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

Axia User Offers a Free Utility to Aid Simple Livewire Routing

Posted by Kirk Harnack on Jul 26, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Anthony Eden is a broadcast engineer and systems integrator in Australia. And, he's a big fan of Audio over IP technology, particularly Livewire+.

PathfinderPC and Pathfinder Core PRO provide powerful and flexible scheduling, routing, monitoring, and alerting for Livewire+ AoIP networks. However, Anthony Eden needed a bit less horsepower for a particular application. His client simply needed to select which studio would feed the station's air chain. So, Anthony wrote a Windows application in Python to do just that - and only that.

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Topics: IP Audio Network Routing & Control, Livewire, STLs

Major Telos VX Install Saves Big Money at WGN

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jul 26, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Bill Murdoch is Chief Engineer at WGN Chicago, a major News / Talk station in the Windy City. With a significant amount of talk programming it’s always been essential for WGN (720 on your AM dial) to have lots of phone lines coming into your facility, and quality audio so callers are heard loud and clear. But all those phone lines can create quite an expense.

Enter the Telos VX system.

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Topics: Broadcast Telephone Systems, IP Telephony, Telos VX