Cool new remote control / virtual mixer debuts at NAB
Visitors to NAB 2011 in Las Vegas can see Axia's new "virtual console" program, SoftSurface, in action at the Axia display in booth C3113 in the Central Hall.
SoftSurface runs on Windows computers and controls Axia Element mixing consoles (AxiaAudio.com/element/). "Element is a huge hit, with installations in over 2,000 studios," relates Axia Marketing Manager Clark Novak. "SoftSurface was developed in response to clients' requests for remote control of their mixers. SoftSurface gives them that power, and goes one better: team it with an Axia DSP mixing engine and you have a completely 'soft' console - no physical mixer required."
SoftSurface runs on PCs with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems, and controls any StudioEngine-based Element console. The intuitive graphical interface uses familiar mixing controls, so there's virtually no learning curve. The software has two modes:
Axia allows broadcasters to quickly and easily build audio networks using switched Ethernet to connect a few rooms, or an entire facility. Axia networks have a total system capacity of more than 10,000 audio streams, and can carry hundreds of digital stereo channels (plus machine logic and PAD) over a single CAT-6 cable, eliminating much of the cost normally associated with wiring labor and infrastructure.