Omnia Omnia.7

Up to now, there have been two choices when it comes to audio
processing:  all the features and advanced audio-shaping tools (with a
five-figure price tag), or gear that fit your budget — but made you
compromise on performance and capabilities.


No more compromises: meet Omnia.7, the premium, feature-rich FM audio
processor that’s surprisingly affordable. But low price doesn’t mean
low performance: Omnia.7 delivers the powerful, clear and precise Omnia
signature sound that’s the first choice of top stations worldwide.

Videos

Omnia.7 Product Introduction

Omnia.7 Product Demonstration



Omnia.7 comes with a host of standard features:

  • “Undo”, exclusive Omnia technology that removes distortion and
    mathematically re-creates the peaks sliced from today’s poorly mastered
    contemporary music. Undo restores life, brilliance and dynamic range to
    any type of music.
  • An exclusive Psychoacoustic Controlled Distortion Masking Clipper
    analyzes and masks distortion perceptible to the human ear, leaving only
    clean, clear audio.
  • A complete toolbox of sophisticated Omnia sound-shaping technology
    gives you the power to analyze and refine your signature sound using a
    variety of sonic tools ranging from Real-Time Analyzers to
    Oscilloscopes, FFT’s and more.

Optional simultaneous HD, Internet streaming / encoding and RDS
options are also available, putting Omnia.7 head-and-shoulders above any
other comparably priced audio processor in features, performance and
value.

FEATURES

 

  • Selectable FM or Digital (HD/DAB/Streaming) Standard, Optional upgrade to simultaneous FM+Digital+Streaming.
  • Omnia-exclusive “Undo” Audio Restoration Technology.
  • Psychoacoustically Controlled Distortion Masking FM Clipper.
  • Two-band final look-ahead limiter for HD Radio and Streaming.
  • Full Omnia Toolbox, with a digital oscilloscope, an FFT spectrum analyzer, and Real Time Analyzer (RTA).
  • Remote client software allows full remote control of processor and
    all metering tools from any Windows-based PC or tablet on the local
    network — including touch-screen devices.
  • Dry Voice Detector detects speech and applies appropriate processing for clearest possible voice quality.
  • Built-in Speaker Calibration tool.
  • Multiband downward expansion (source noise reduction).
  • Three-stage wideband AGC with adjustable sidechain equalization.
  • Program-dependent two-to-five-band multiband AGCs and limiters.
  • 4.3” / 10.9 cm. front panel screen.
  • Full remote control with audio monitoring.
  • HTTP push support for automation such as dynamic RDS and streaming song titles, with preset recall.
  • Dual, independent power supplies.
  • Composite pass-through (relay bypass) for backup processor.

Optional Features

Simultaneous streaming processing / encoding.

Simultaneous processing for HD Radio / DAB.
RDS encoding.

IN DEPTH

“Undo”
An FM processor, by its very nature, compresses dynamic range and
employs some form of clipping to deliver a “signature sound” and a
competitively loud signal. Clean, well-recorded audio has always been
able to withstand greater degrees of processing; this was true decades
ago and it’s more relevant than ever today. Unfortunately, recordings
made in the past two decades have declined in terms of quality, as
mastering engineers wage their very own “loudness wars”. (Rip a track
from the modern CD of your choice and look at the waveform in your
favorite editor if you need proof!)

The result is source material that is hyper-compressed from the
studio, with only a dB or two of dynamic range at most. As if that
weren’t bad enough, the music is run through unsophisticated,
brute-force clippers to make them louder still. Before it even gets
touched by the compressors, limiters, and clippers in the processor
itself, it has been damaged.

By repairing the damaged audio before processing, “Undo” gives
Omnia.7 cleaner and more dynamic audio to work with. The first step of
Undo is the de-clipper, which examines and mathematically re-creates
audio peaks that were flattened during mastering. The second step, a
multi-band expander, increases dynamic range. The result: clean,
dynamic, enjoyable sound. In fact, audio processed by Omnia.7 for FM
often sounds far better than the original CD! 


Psychoacoustically Controlled Distortion-Masking Clipper


Clipping is typically the final stage of an FM processing chain,
usually done in the final L/R audio, with additional clipping optionally
available in the composite signal. The final clipper is also where the
classic (and oft dreaded) “loud versus clean” tradeoff is made.
When more clipping is used to gain loudness on the dial, clipper
distortion becomes more and more pronounced. The clipped peaks fall back
into the audio and manifest themselves as audible distortion.

How to solve this problem? You could back down the clipper drive to
clean up the sound — but you lose loudness. You could dial up the
compressors and limiters that precede the clipper — but that results in
busy, dense sound that leads to listener fatigue.

Omnia.7 eliminates clipper distortion with a sophisticated,
proprietary psychoacoustic-controlled algorithm in the composite signal.
This masks the distortion, effectively eliminating it from the
listener’s perception. This process is so effective that it imparts an
additional 3dB of high-frequency headroom, and is capable of 140% L/R
modulation within 100% total modulation.

To put it plainly: Omnia.7 sounds significantly cleaner than other
processors at a given loudness level — and substantially louder at any
given level of quality. It comes closer to eliminating the “loud /
clean” compromise than any other processor on the market today.

Omnia Toolbox


While audio processing is largely a “hearing” process, there is still
much to be learned by seeing what your adjustments are doing to your
sound as well. Some stations still have an oscilloscope on the test
bench or a spectrum analyzer at the transmitter, but it’s not always
convenient (or possible) to hook up a processor to them while it’s on
the air.

With Omnia.7, there’s no extra test equipment to buy (‘scopes and
analyzers aren’t cheap) and no cables to hook up. You also have the
built-in capability to visually monitor the signal at the input, the
output, and dozens of in-between points throughout the processing path
so you can tell what’s happening to your audio every step of the way.

Speaker Calibration


If you make decisions about your processing on uncalibrated monitors,
your choices are colored by the audio characteristics of the speaker
itself — not to mention those of your listening room.

The pink noise generator and RTA built into Omnia.7, used with an
inexpensive calibrated microphone, makes it possible to calibrate any
speaker system to deliver as flat a response as the speakers will allow.
(Small speakers still won’t reproduce low frequencies well; the laws of
physics still apply!) With speaker and room influences removed from the
equation, you are free to adjust your audio based only upon “the
facts.”

“But,” you say, “listeners aren’t hearing my station on calibrated
speakers! They’re listening in their cars, at their computer, and
through cheap ear buds, so I should too.” It’s true - that’s exactly how
your listeners hear your station, and why listening on a variety of
radios, in many different environments, is a good idea. But adjusting
your processing this way invariably results in frustration and lousy
audio.

Here’s why: You listen first in a compact car with typical factory
stereo. You don’t hear much bass, so you adjust your processing to
deliver more low end. Then, you move to a luxury car with 10 speakers
and a subwoofer, and the bass is muddy, boomy, and overwhelming. Why?
Because you adjusted the processing to make up for its perceived
deficiencies, when the real deficiency was in your speakers!

Having at least one pair of high quality, calibrated speakers as your
reference will dramatically improve your on-air sound, save you
valuable time — and help preserve your sanity, too!

Dry Voice Detector


The human voice can present a real challenge to FM processors. Even
Omnia.7’s psychoacoustically-controlled distortion-masking clipper,
which dramatically minimizes the dreaded “clean / loud” tradeoff, can
reveal some distortion on voices when overall loudness is the goal.

To ensure clean voice quality in these situations, the Dry Voice
Detector listens for speech, then automatically and inaudibly adjusts
the compressor and limiter sections, reducing the amount of overall
clipping needed to maintain the same level of loudness.

Remote Client


Remote control is a must — especially when your processor is miles
(and often mountains) away from the studio. Omnia.7 takes remote control
to a new high, with a high-performance Web interface that eliminates
interface lag. And, if you have multiple Omnia.7 processors, its single
connection window enables you to manage multiple remotes simultaneously.

Provided your network has sufficient bandwidth, you can even stream
audio from various patch points within the processing chain back to your
computer, so you can hear the effect of your adjustments in the quiet
of your office — not inside a noisy transmitter building.

SPECIFICATIONS 

Frequency Response

  • +/-0.5dB 20Hz to 15kHz, 16.5kHz in extended mode

Signal to Noise Ratio

  • Greater than -80dBu de-emphasized, 20Hz to 15kHz

System Distortion

  • Less than 0.01% THD below pre-emphasis, inaudible above

Stereo Separation

  • 65dB minimum, 20Hz to 15kHz, 70dB typical

Digital Output Level

  • Adjustable from -24.0dBFS to 0.0dBFS in 0.1dB increments

Stereo Baseband Output

  • Adjustable from -2dBU to +22dBU (0.1dB increments) into 600-Ohms, 20-Ohm output impedance

A/D Conversion

  • Crystal Semiconductor CS5361, 24 bit 128x over-sampled delta sigma converter with linear-phase anti-aliasing filter.
  • Pre-ADC anti-alias filter, with high-pass filter at <10 Hz

D/A Conversion

  • Crystal Semiconductor CS4391, 24-bit, 128x oversampled

Analog I/O

  • Two balanced, EMI filtered XLR connectors

Stereo Generator Connections

  • Four 75-Ohm BNC female, two inputs (accepting RDS only), two outputs

Digital I/O

  • AES/EBU In & Out via XLR connectors,Supports stereo digital audio and Omnia Direct™

  • Ethernet
  • Shared RJ45 supporting 100 and 1000 BASE-T Ethernet connections
  • Input accepts 32000 – 96000 Hz. Output is 44100 or 48000 depending on
    the rate selected in software. AES Reference Input via BNC connector.
    Accepts 44100 or 48000 Hz only, and the correct rate must first be
    selected in the software.

Power Requirements


  • 100-264 VAC, 47-63Hz autosensing, 100W maximum

Power Connector


  • IEC male, detachable 3-wire power cords supplied

Power Supply


  • Internal dual redundant

Environmental

  • Operating: 0 to 50 degrees C
  • Non-operating: –20 to 70 degrees C.

Regulatory

  • North America: Tested to comply with the limits for a class A digital
    device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules (CFR). Designed for U.S.
    and Canadian listing with UL.
  • Europe: Tested for CE and RoHS compliance.

Physical Specifications

  • Unit weight:  11 pounds
  • Total shipping weight:  15 pounds.
  • Dimensions:  2RU at  3.5" H x 19" W x 12.5" D

For a Quote or to place an order, please contact us as follow;

E: sales@bionics.co.uk
P: +44 (0)1444 473999