From 1967 to 2001
First Orban product sold to
customer: a stereo synthesizer sold to WOR-FM, New York.
Bob Orban graduated from
Stanford University with Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and founded Orban
Bob Orban teams up with Paul
Beaver and Bernie Krause of Parasound, Inc. to market Orban products under the
Orban/Parasound trade name.
Bob Orban's first of 24
patents issues (U.S. #3,670,106, "Stereo Synthesizer").
First popularly priced
parametric EQ introduced: the Orban/Parasound 621.
studio-oriented de-esser introduced: Orban/Parasound 516EC.
OPTIMOD 8000 audio processor
introduced for the new FM format. Bob Orban and partner, John Delantoni, set up Orban
Associates as privately held company.
OPTIMOD-AM 9000A offers AM
stations a more "FM-like" sound quality and reduced interference. In modified
form, the receiver equalizer and low-pass filter ideas form the basis for the NRSC-1
standard issued in 1987.
The multiband OPTIMOD-FM 8100A
was introduced, later to become the most popular FM audio processor/stereo generator ever
made. The 8100A is the first Orban FM product to use the patented distortion-cancelling
OPTIMOD-TV 8180A brings
smooth, natural-sounding processing to television audio.
OPTIMOD-AM Model 9100A
OPTIMOD-TV Model 8182A
introduced. Adds Hilbert-Transform clippers and a CBS Loudness Controller to the original
The 8100A/XT 6-Band Accessory
Chassis allowed 8100 owners to upgrade to 6-band processing with a multiband
distortion-canceling clipper. Underwent several updates and improvements over the years,
eventually becoming the popular 8100A/XT2.
Orban BTSC Stereo Television
system introduced. 8182A/SG stereo generator mates optimally with the 8182A OPTIMOD-TV
275A Automatic Stereo
Synthesizer introduced with automatic detection and recognition of stereo and mono
programs, and automatic stereo synthesis.
Second-generation 8185A BTSC
Stereo Generator introduced to significantly improve separation over first-generation
Orban's first product using
microprocessor technology is introduced. The 787A Programmable Mic Processor incorporates
equalization, compression, and de-essing in a digitally-controlled analog signal path.
222A Stereo Spatial Enhancer
introduced. Designed for use in FM stereo transmission, it widens the stereo image while
enhancing detail and transient impact.
OPTIMOD-HF 9105 introduced to
meet the needs of international shortwave broadcasters around the globe. A highly-modified
9100 OPTIMOD-AM, the 9105 adds Hilbert-Transform clipping, two processing presets, eight
high-frequency transmitter equalizer settings, and modified "tuning."
Orban Associates purchased by
Orban leads the transition to
digital with the first successful DSP-based FM audio processor, OPTIMOD-FM 8200. Thousands
on air around the world.
Bob Orban shares Scientific
and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Dolby
The first all digital audio
processor for television introduced, OPTIMOD-TV 8282.
Orban becomes a Harman
DSE 7000 digital audio work
station, the only DAW designed specifically for radio, is re-branded an Orban product.
US-based product engineering lead by Orban creates the most productive tool for radio
Bob Orban awarded NAB's Radio
Engineering Achievement Award.
First low-priced, all digital
processor for FM introduced, OPTIMOD-FM 2200.
The DSE 7000FX introduced with
new DSP engine offering on-board effects like reverb, equalization and compression.
Orban introduces the digital
Audicy is launched as the
second-generation digital audio workstation.
Audicy networking launched
with multiple workstations linked to a central server set up at Jacor, San Diego (KGB,
KKLQ, KIOZ) and Radio Free Asia.
OPTIMOD-DAB 6200 ships, the
first digital processor designed exclusively for digital transmission including DTV, DAB
OPTIMOD-FM 8400 is introduced
at NAB, Las Vegas.
Orban introduces OPTICODEC
line of Codec processors at NAB, Las Vegas.