Orban Processors OPTIMOD-FM 5500i puts competitive five- and two-band OPTIMOD processing into a single rack unit package and brings it to you at the most affordable price ever. Quality sound is what 5500i is all about – sound that attracts audiences by providing a polished, professional presentation regardless of format and source material
Exceptional versatility allows you to adjust the processor’s audio texture to brand your audio, knowing that the resulting signature sound will remain consistent, cut-to-cut and source-to-source. Branding builds businesses and no other processors have the consistency to brand your sound like OPTIMODs.
The Orban Processors OPTIMOD-FM 5500i can also be used as a superb stand-alone stereo encoder with latency as low as 2 ms and full overshoot limiting in both the left/right and composite baseband domains. When used in this mode, the 5500i must be driven (usually via an STL) by a full-featured FM audio processor (like Orban’s 8700i) that incorporates pre-emphasis-aware HF limiting and peak control. In both modes, the 5500i’s stereo encoder helps deliver a transmitted signal that’s always immaculately clean and perfectly peak limited, with full spectral protection of subcarriers and RDS/RBDS regardless of the amount of composite limiting.
The 5500i is the ideal choice for network broadcasters who process with Orban’s flagship OPTIMOD-FM 8700i at the network origination point and who need a processor at every transmitter to eliminate STL overshoots (using the 5500i’s stand-alone stereo encoder mode) and/or to process local insertions while also eliminating network STL overshoots (using the 5500i’s audio processor / stereo encoder mode).
Versatility doesn’t stop with sound.
The 5500i includes a full-featured RBS/RBDS generator at no additional charge. The generator supports dynamic PS. It can be controlled via the 5500i presets and an ASCII terminal server that can be connected to automation to support displaying title and artist. The 5500i has a 10 MHz frequency reference input allows the stereo pilot tone frequency to be locked to GPS or another high-accuracy frequency standard. This improves the performance of single-frequency networks in areas where coverage of the transmitters overlaps.
With the Orban Processors OPTIMOD-FM 5500i, your signature sound is just a preset away. An easy, one-knob Less/More adjustment allows you to customize any factory preset, trading cleanliness against processing artifacts according to the requirements of your market and competitive environment. Full Control gives you the versatility to customize your audio further. And, if you’re a hard-core processing expert, you can explore Advanced Control to tweak presets at the same level as Orban’s factory programmers.
The stereo encoder’s stereo sub-channel modulator can operate in normal double sideband mode and in an experimental compatible single sideband mode (SSB/VSB) that is offered to enable users to compare and assess the two modes.
If you want to locate the 5500i away from the studio, you’ll be pleased by its three separate remote control ports – GPI contact closures, RS232 serial and built-in Ethernet for TCP/IP networks. The serial and Ethernet ports are supported by the supplied 5500i PC Remote Control application. This Windows® application allows you to do even more with the 5500i than you can do through its front panel, making remote control a pleasure.
Orban Processors OPTIMOD-FM 5500i PC Remote software allows you to access all 5500i features and allows you to archive and restore presets, automation lists, and system setups (containing I/O levels, digital word lengths, GPI functional assignments, etc.)
Built-in clock-based automation lets you automatically day-part the processing. You can control many other 5500i operating parameters too. The 5500i’s feature set fully exploits the processor’s DSP and computer-based control architecture. To ensure absolute accuracy, you can automatically synchronize the clock to an Internet timeserver. It has a cool-running, energy-efficient switching power supply and uses the latest dual-core DSP chip technology from Freescale Semiconductor.