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Meet Warrick Marais: Audio Processing Expert

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jun 21, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Warrick Marais is the new in-house Broadcast Engineer specializing in audio processing with our friends at New Zealand-based AVC Group, a major Telos Alliance dealer across the South Pacific, India, the Middle East, and beyond. Warrick’s background runs the gamut of audio, from audio production in the pro audio arena and film, to audio processing for radio and television, to live performance audio. So when AVC was looking for someone with a high level of expertise in the realm of audio, the range of experience Warrick brings to the table–not to mention his familiarity with AVC from past work–made him the ideal choice.

We sat down with Warrick recently for some insight into his wide-ranging career, and his thoughts on the different aspects of working in the audio industry.

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Topics: Audio Engineering, Audio Processing, Audio Production

Omnia VOLT Hits the Airwaves in Scranton

Posted by Denny Sanders on Jun 14, 2017 12:30:00 PM

By now you've surely heard about VOLT, the new processor from Omnia Audio that shares lineage with the Omnia.11, features Frank Foti's latest clipper, and includes a plethora of features to help your station get amazing sound, all with a slick new one rack unit box. So what do broadcasters have to say about this impressive new processing package? Since becoming one of the first to take VOLT to the airwaves, Entercom Scranton Chief Engineer Ted Alexander, Jr. gave Denny Sanders his personal review.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, Broadcast

Clipper Systems, Distortion Cancelling, and Too Many Bands!

Posted by Frank Foti on May 31, 2017 2:26:16 PM

Present-day audio clipping systems all employ methods to control distortion. Of interest is that each of these use a static method to mask harmonic distortion when clipping is active. Intermodulation (IMD), due to added presence and high frequency spectra, has overtaken the problem that once was dominated by harmonic distortion. Suffice it to say, all clipping methods must employ some form of harmonic distortion control, or they will not operate sufficiently enough to generate competitive sounding on-air audio. Modern content now requires additional processing means to reduce induced IMD.

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Topics: Audio Processing, audio clipping, intermodulation

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