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Omnia at 20: Innovate. Disrupt. Repeat.

Posted by Tom Vernon on Apr 11, 2017 4:42:05 PM

“Nothing changes but the changes.” That expression is a good summary of the first 20 years of Omnia Audio. Rather than the linear evolution of a single product line, the history of Omnia is more about bringing new concepts, leading tech, and fresh ideas to the party. Hence, our current slogan – Innovate. Disrupt. Repeat.

The story of Omnia begins in two places at about the same time, one being New York City; the other, Cleveland, Ohio. The year was 1985.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, Frank Foti

Telos Alliance Thought Leadership on Display at NAB 2017

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Mar 29, 2017 11:55:00 AM

For more than three decades, the Telos Alliance has led the way for the broadcast industry with an array of groundbreaking products. As an example of how this leadership continues today, Telos Alliance personnel will lead five important sessions on broadcast technology at NAB 2017 next month in Las Vegas.

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Topics: Audio Processing, AES67, aoip

Can I Use You as a Reference?

Posted by Jim Kuzman on Mar 22, 2017 1:40:00 PM

Everyone knows a bad reference can cost you a promotion or a job opportunity, but it can also be the source of frustrating intermittent television audio problems.

The widespread use of embedded SDI signals in lieu of discrete AES I/O makes dealing with clock reference a bit easier since the reference is an inherent part of the SDI bundle, but it doesn’t eliminate clock-related issues altogether.

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Topics: Audio Processing, Linear Acoustic, Television Audio

The Seaworthy Streamin’ Sound of Omnia.9

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Feb 1, 2017 1:25:00 PM

Lunare Project is a collective group of DJs who produce music for a variety of special events. And in the luxurious world of yachting, it’s one special event after another. Enter Lunare Project’s Radio Yacht, an online radio station built around the yachting lifestyle in southern Italy and other exotic locales. Based in the premier international yachting community of Naples, Radio Yacht targets the yachting crowd with an emphasis on the yachter’s lifestyle. It has provided music for trendy upscale events, including an Andy Warhol art exhibit in Naples, the UIM Awards for Powerboating in Monaco, the Winter Music Conference in Miami, sunset at Café del Mar - Ibiza, and Capri Palace Hotel & Spa on the Isle of Capri. In fact, it’s more than just an online radio station. It’s a way of life. It’s music and conversation that reflects the lifestyle of a demanding audience accustomed to the very best in life.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, Omnia.9

Omnia.7AM is the Answer for WHK

Posted by Tom Vernon on Nov 16, 2016 12:30:00 PM

We go to the far reaches of the globe to bring you stories about happy users of Telos Alliance equipment, along with the innovative ways they put it to use. But sometimes, a great story is right in our own back yard. This time, we'll take a short drive from our Cleveland headquarters and travel to legacy station WHK 1420 AM The Answer. It's now part of the Salem Media Group. The Cleveland cluster also includes WHKW 1220 The Word, WHKZ 1440 The Word, and WFHM 95.5 FM The Fish. When we get there, we'll meet up with Chief Engineer Brett Patram. He'll tell us about his experiences with Telos, and how the stations came to be a test site for Omnia processors, most recently the Omnia.7AM.

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

Audio Processing as a Weapon

Posted by Dave Sarkies on May 18, 2016 11:33:49 AM

One of the newest members of the Telos Alliance family is Brian Kerkan, who came on board in March as North American Manager for Radio Processing Sales. Brian brings with him a background in broadcast engineering in both radio and television, including as Director of Engineering for Saga Communications, and a strategic approach to audio processing, his primary area of expertise. In his new role he will provide guidance to clients looking to get the most out of their Omnia Audio processors.

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Topics: Audio Processing

Ted Alexander on AM Processing

Posted by Denny Sanders on Apr 7, 2016 12:30:00 PM

I had the pleasure of interviewing old friend Ted Alexander to tap into his vast experience as a Chief Engineer for various AM stations over the years. Ted began looking after AM stations in the 1960s and wrapped up his 50-year career not long ago, as some of you know, working in the Telos Alliance Technical Support Department. Be a fly on the wall during our interview and learn about AM processing from the man himself. 

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Topics: Audio Processing, AM Processing, AM Processors

Catching Up with Andrew Jeffries, SVP of Programming for iHeart Radio

Posted by Denny Sanders on Mar 30, 2016 2:34:13 PM

Recently, I had a few minutes to catch up with Andrew Jeffries, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeart Radio, on all things programming, including how processing fits into his efforts to make his many stations sound their absolute best. Without further ado, here's what the radio exec had to say.

Denny: As Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeart, you are in charge of programming for several major stations. Do you feel that the processing of each station is an integral part of your programming approach?

Andrew: All facets of our audio are important to me—from source quality through to the reception quality in the market. Quality processing is critical to the best audible experience in all environments for our consumers. Even though they will never know why a station sounds better or clearer, we do. Setting a sound design that fits your format station and target is part of your brand crafting, just like choosing the music you play or the talent you hire.

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Topics: Audio Processing

Get the Sound YOU Want: A Programmer's Guide to Processing

Posted by Denny Sanders on Oct 14, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Denny SandersBefore I joined The Telos Alliance fulltime in 2001, I was involved in the programming and management of some pretty successful American radio stations for almost 35 years.

Quite early on, I realized that the audio signature of a station is the final stop in the presentation process and is, in some ways, the most critical piece of the programming puzzle. This is not simply a question of aesthetics. Time and time again, TSL reduction can be traced to improper audio processing, where listener fatigue robs you of your most important listeners: The P1 long termers.

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Topics: Audio Processing

Omnia.9 Undo - A Cease Fire in Radio's Loudness Wars

Posted by Leif Claesson on Mar 11, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Omnia 9We've all heard about loudness wars on the airwaves, but you may not be aware of the loudness war in the music industry, or at least not how far it has progressed.

Nobody wants to release a song quieter than other contemporary releases. Few want to just match the loudness, most seem to want to release their music louder than other contemporary releases. The reasons are not clearly known. Perhaps there is a misconception that a loud release will cut through better on the radio. Perhaps it's human nature. Perhaps some people think their music will be a bigger hit if it's louder.

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Topics: Audio Processing