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Ear Candy #4: Processing with Audio Legends

By Frank Foti on Jan 17, 2019 9:02:40 AM

Great sounding radio in any form (over-the-air, streaming, podcasts, etc) is a culmination of many factors. Believe it or not, you know when you’re hearing a great-sounding station. It has that ‘larger-than-life’ presence. The audio envelopes your ears in an exciting and magical way! There’s something about the signal that locks it in and you rip the knob off. Mix this with incredible content, and amazing things occur!

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Topics: Audio Processing, Omnia

Ear Candy #3: Clippers—Where the Rubber Meets the Road!

By Frank Foti on Oct 25, 2018 9:12:39 AM

In the wild (and sometimes wacky) world of audio processing, there are many variables that contribute to the final result. Many discussions, and debates, have ensued over topics such as wideband or multiband: If multiband – how many bands, analog or digital, use phase rotation or not? EQ – what kind? And the list goes on. While all of these contribute to the final result, there’s one function that actually defines the audio signature more so than all of these, and that is the final section, known as the hard limiter, or clipper.

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Topics: Audio Processing, Omnia VOLT, clipper technology

[Ear Candy #2] Program Director + Chief Engineer = #1 Station

By Frank Foti on Sep 27, 2018 12:35:24 PM

Before starting Omnia, I was very lucky to have worked at a couple of extremely successful radio stations, WMMS-FM, Cleveland, and WHTZ-FM (Z-100), NYC, where we prided ourselves on being the best. Anything other than #1 in the ratings was not an option. The motivation for Omnia growing from ‘worst-to-first’ was highly influenced by Z-100’s historic (and never since duplicated) journey from ‘worst-to-first’ in only one ratings period, in 1983. For Omnia (now a part of The Telos Alliance) it took a little longer to dislodge the long-time leader.

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Topics: Audio Processing, chief engineers, program directors

Ear Candy: What Makes Great Sound? And Why Does It Matter Most?

By Frank Foti on Jul 31, 2018 9:30:43 AM

Frank Foti, founder of Omnia, has a new blog series! This six-part series will cover everything you ever wanted to know about broadcast audio processing from the man who practically invented the category. This month we are kicking it off with Frank's views on great sound, and why it matters more than anything else when it comes to audio attracting and retaining listeners...longer. 

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Topics: Audio Processing, Frank Foti, ear candy

Frank's Magical Mystery Tour of Abbey Road

By Frank Foti on Oct 4, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Have you ever experienced something surreal? Recently, I had reason to visit and work at Abbey Road Studio in London, and it still seems surreal!! My colleague Jayson Tomlin, Gary Katz (producer of Steely Dan), and myself were there to do testing and evaluation of some new technologies we’ve been working on for broadcast and consumer applications.

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Topics: Audio Engineering, Abbey Road, Telos Allilance

It’s All About the Audio Tour 2017!!

By Frank Foti on Jul 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Recently, I had the pleasure to have lunch with a good friend, Gary Katz. If that name sounds familiar - it should - Gary produced just about all of the albums for a little ol’ musical group you may know… Steely Dan! We were comparing notes about audio in the broadcast field, as well as life in the world of recording and music producing. He expressed how it has always been critical and vital for recording engineers, producers, and even the musicians to ‘hear’ the latest and greatest in technology. This is a practice that is still very common today.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, Broadcast Audio Fanatics

Clipper Systems, Distortion Cancelling, and Too Many Bands!

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

All for One, Won For All! Frank Foti Congratulates Cleveland Cavs! (Video & Slideshow)

By Frank Foti on Jun 23, 2016 12:41:20 PM

Just as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” asks Toto if they're still in Kansas, I’ve been wondering if our Cavaliers Championship has been just that—a dream. Well Dorothy…


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Topics: Frank Foti, cavaliers, cleveland

CEO Frank Foti on Disruptive Innovation at NAB 2016

By Frank Foti on Apr 28, 2016 10:42:47 AM

NAB 2016 is now in the books—another in the long list of exciting adventures we've experienced here at the Telos Alliance! Traffic in both of the Telos Alliance locations—Radio in the North Hall, TV in the South—was nonstop, with folks sometimes three-deep trying to get a look at our various offerings. In keeping with our mission of “disruptive innovation," the Telos Alliance radio division introduced µMPX. ( Download the µMPX one-sheeter here.) This is a new technique for transporting the FM-Stereo composite (MPX) signal over an efficient data pipe. In a normal linear application, a connection that is more than 3Mbps would be required for an MPX path. µMPX is able to accomplish this using a 320kbps path! We do this with a newly designed, dedicated codec for the MPX signal. There is zero loss of peak control, and the audio quality is basically transparent. The µMPX display was live, and it incorporated a digital STL link provided by our friends at Moseley, which carried the signal over to the Nautel booth, where it was connected into one of their transmitters. At this time, we are finalizing some aspects of the tech, so our demo at NAB was essentially a preview. Keep your eyes peeled for more to come on this exciting development!
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Topics: NAB Las Vegas

The Birth of a Flamethrower!!

By Frank Foti on Nov 11, 2015 2:15:00 PM

Back when I was in grade school (a time long before electricity), the tallest building in the world was the Empire State Building in New York City. The majesty of that building has always held a special place in my heart; that’s why, in the summer of 1983, it was even more special that I got involved with a project that was to add a twelfth FM radio station to Master FM Antenna System at Empire.

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Topics: Vintage Radio Technology


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