Orban's race for quality on
Fm & Tv media


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 Associates.


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.


First recording 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 clipper.


OPTIMOD-TV 8180A brings smooth, natural-sounding processing to television audio.


OPTIMOD-AM Model 9100A introduced.


OPTIMOD-TV Model 8182A introduced. Adds Hilbert-Transform clippers and a CBS Loudness Controller to the original 8180A.


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 audio processor.


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 8182A/SG unit.


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 AKG Acoustics.


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 engineering team.

The first all digital audio processor for television introduced, OPTIMOD-TV 8282.

Orban becomes a Harman International Company.


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 production.


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 OPTIMOD-AM 9200.

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 and webcasting.


OPTIMOD-FM 8400 is introduced at NAB, Las Vegas.


Orban introduces OPTICODEC line of Codec processors at NAB, Las Vegas.