Orban announced the immediate availability of Opticodec-PC,
the first MPEG-4 aacPlus encoding software providing high
quality streaming audio.
The software lets streaming providers supply content encoded
with the Coding Technologies aacPlus codec. Broadcast
streams encoded with Opticodec-PC can be experienced through
the new RealPlayer 10 and can automatically list themselves
on www.opticodec.net, an upcoming new directory service for
“Streaming has just become profitable,” said Rusty Hodge of
SomaFM after first hearing the aacPlus codec at 32 kbps.
For the last 30 years, Orban’s patented Optimod technology
has helped radio and television broadcasters everywhere shape
their sound to grab and hold their listening audiences.
Orban’s Optimod-PC 1100, a professional PCI sound card
designed for streaming media, provides audio
processing for Internet broadcasters. With three onboard
DSP's providing equalization, AGC, multi-band compression,
and look-ahead limiting, Optimod-PC 1100, especially when
combined with aacPlus encoding technology, delivers a
polished and produced stream that rivals the loudness,
consistency, and punch of satellite and majormarket
Opticodec-PC is available for Microsoft Windows 2000/XP and
supplies streams compatible with the free Darwin Streaming
Server, which is available for multiple platforms including
Linux, Windows, and Macintosh.
Opticodec-PC is available in two versions, LE and PE.
Opticodec-PC LE is compatible with all quality sound cards
and encodes a single stream at bit rates between 8 and 32
kbps. Opticodec-PC PE is offered solely in a premium package
coupled with an Optimod-PC and can encode multiple
simultaneous streams at bit rates from 8 to 320 kbps. Both
products are available immediately to beta customers.
Opticodec-PC LE retails for $99.The Opticodec-PC PE has a
suggested retail price of $495 orwith an Optimod-PC sound
card, for $1995.
Compared to MP3, Opticodec-PC provides a better than 60%
improvement in audio quality versus bit rate, reducing
network streaming bandwidth requirements and costs
accordingly. At 32 kbps, Opticodec-PC streams offer close to
FM quality, without the phasey, watery character of older
codecs operating at this bit rate. Many listeners will prefer
a 48 kbps stream to FM radio.