Perfecting Sound Forever

Milner’s book highlights the beginning of Foti’s rise to the top
October 29, 2009, Cleveland Ohio, USA
Recounting the highs and lows in the art and science of audio reproduction, Greg Milner’s recently published “Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music” takes an in-depth look at the FM radio “loudness wars” of the Eighties and recounts the beginning of Omnia Audio’s rise to the leadership position in broadcast audio processing.

Milner's history includes the roots of Omnia, tracing back to the time when Omnia founder Frank Foti joined Scott Shannon at New York’s Z-100 to, as Shannon puts it,
"bring to life what I heard in my head."

"Our concept was we wanted a station that sounded like the Who," the book quotes Shannon as saying. "That was the vision, the one sound we both had in our heads. I wanted it raw, powerful, and immediately identifiable. When somebody hit that place on the dial, I wanted them to say ‘holy crap, what is that?’" Foti rose to the occasion and created a dramatic new approach to audio processing.

Following Z-100's record-breaking rise to the #1 station in New York – the catalyst of the notorious “loudness wars” – Foti went on to revolutionize the recording and broadcast industry by developing highly-sophisticated multi-band processors. “My understanding is that’s when the mastering world started to experiment with multi-band compression and multi-band limiting,” Foti says. “And that changed everything.”

Omnia Audio hasn’t slowed down since then. Frank Foti and his top team of talent are continually on the cutting-edge of audio processing. An overwhelming recent success is the Omnia ONE, a low-cost, high-performance processor that’s become the most successful broadcast audio processor ever introduced. What’s next? Stay tuned.

Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music is published by Faber and Faber, Inc. Look for it at your local bookstore. More information can be found at

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