- How can I convert my original Omnia.11 to include Omnia Direct (MPX over AES)?
Contact Omnia Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1.216.622.0247 to arrange a conversion at no charge.
- How can I reset the touchscreen calibration on the Omnia.11?
You can reset the touchscreen calibration using the following procedure. Note: This is only needed if the calibration is far enough off that you cannot enter the Setup menu. You will need to ssh into the unit with the free utility "Putty" found at http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html ssh to unit and login as "user" (password: "omnia") type the command "DISPLAY=:0 hlincal" this will give you a menu to select calibration select "calibration" (3) and then "9 point" (3 again), then "Begin GUI Calibration" (6). This will bring the calibration screen up on the fp. Follow the instructions on-screen.
- How many IP addresses does the Omnia.11 use?
Two: the IP address that you enter into the unit's Network Setup menu, and the next higher address. For example, if you enter 192.168.1.1 in the Network Setup menu, Omnia.11 uses 192.168.1.2 as well. So, make certain that both addresses are available on your network. Use the first address (that you entered) to access the unit for remote control or Livewire. The second address is not directly accessible.
- How much time delay does my Omnia.11 have? (not counting the Diversity Delay)
The short answer for the Omnia.11 is "Too much for your DJ's to monitor directly from the FM or HD channel outputs". About 35ms. BUT...The DJ's can use the special low-delay DJ output instead (depending on your system). This can be routed to any of the Omnia.11's outputs in the appropriate submenu of the Output menu.
- I can't seem to find a remote control software download for the Omnia.11. Why?
None is needed. Remote control for the Omnia.11 is performed over an Ethernet network connection using any standard web browser that can run the Java plug-in.
- I have noticed on my Omnia.11 that the WB AGC is freezing (gating) a lot, and lowering the threshold even to -50 doesn't make much difference. This happens even with input levels up to -10. Is this normal?
Yes, this is normal. The gate in the Omnia.11's WB AGC is not a "normal" or "conventional" gate. Don't worry, if the average level drops, it will recover to bring those up quite nicely!
- I understand that the Omnia.11 contains something called Chameleon Technology: What is this exactly?
Chameleon technology pertains to getting the levels right and lowering IMD in the Dynamics area of Omnia.11. The AGC system uses true RMS control, which means that each of the individual AGC processors in the Omnia.11 "hears" the audio the way the human ear does. Historically, some processors have used weighted "peak" detectors which, responds to the electrical "peak" value of the audio. This peak value is then smoothed over and used to control the audio levels. This method definitely provides level control, but the "action" of these processors was typically unnatural. This wasn't much of an issue ten to fifteen years ago when CD mastering was much more relaxed. In today's world, it isn't unusual to have CD's that are just as processed (if not more) than a typical radio station. When an audio processor that used weighted peak control is used on this material, it will add more processing on top of what is already on the CD. This results in a very unpleasant sound on the air, and it is not at all what our ears are expecting from this audio material. If a processor were designed to "hear" audio the way we do, the reaction would be completely different. To accomplish this task, the level control could not be based on peak electrical levels, but rather on the average power level of the program material. This is the key to the Chameleon technology as used in the AGC section of the Omnia.11.
- Other processors use essentially a separate processing structure to process the HD-1 transmission, and Omnia.11 does not. Why?
The Omnia.11 is so clean, that we don’t need to! The limiters use a combination of chameleon technology for overall smooth sound and use our proprietary SENSUS technology to reduce limiter induced IM distortion. The end result is very clean audio which will not be adversely affected when applied to a codec. Other processors can’t do this, because their multi-band; limiters cannot be clean and loud at the same time, so the analog transmission’s loudness factor would suffer or the HD would distort.
- So does this mean that I can’t sculpt the HD audio independently?
No. Just because we are not forced to utilize a separate processing structure, this does not mean that the HD transmission is not independently controllable and able to be sculpted for the characteristics of HD transmission.
- What is the factory default password for front panel or webpage remote access to my Omnia.11?
"omnia" (all lower case)
- What is unique about Omnia.11’s bass management which is different than traditional approaches?
What was lacking in the traditional approach was that, up until recently, bass management was a very simple process since source material did not contain the intense low end of today's music. All you needed to do back then was to run the bass through a simple clipper and filter out the high frequency harmonics with the low pass filter. To this day, this is how virtually every other processor is designed. Omnia.11 incorporates sophisticated bass management employing many of the techniques that were previously used only to clean up the high end. So both sides of the spectrum now have equally powerful, dedicated management systems.
- Why is Low-IMD clipping so important?
Some audio processors employ bass processing techniques to reduce, and in some cases remove, this annoyance. On account of this, IMD components are amplified in level and spectra. Even modern distortion cancelling clippers - or whatever other marketing name given to them – generate IMD. Up until now, it has been an accepted notion that clipper induced IMD was a by-product of deep bass and enhanced midrange/presence/treble content. Exclusive SENSUS™ technology utilizes minimal IMD clipping and codec friendly algorithms to keep distortion to an absolute minimum.