21 March 2011, Cleveland Ohio, USA
Axia Audio will show its new iQ radio consoles (AxiaAudio.com/iq/) at the 2011 NAB Convention in Las Vegas. Engineered as "the standalone console that networks," iQ is a full-featured IP console with manufacturer's suggested retail price of under $10,000 USD: a 16-fader iQ carries a list price of just $9,985, while an 8-fader iQ lists for only $7,990.
iQ consoles can be ordered in sizes from 8 to 24 faders. Users start with the 8-fader iQ Main Frame, adding frames with more faders, phone controls, and programmable user keys to create a console tailored to their needs. Frames plug into the iQ Core, a fanless, convection-cooled console engine with audio I/O, console CPU, logic, mix engine, power supply and Ethernet switch. Backup power with auto-switching is also available.
Thanks to its "everything's-included" nature, iQ is ideal for standalone studios, but its built-in Ethernet switch with Gigabit ports allows networked operation too. Up to 4 iQ consoles may be daisy-chained without the need for an external Ethernet switch.
"Some companies seem to think that 'affordable' means 'featureless.' They build 'budget' consoles by removing features until they hit a price point. We have a different philosophy," says Axia marketing manager Clark Novak. "We don't think that you should have settle for something stripped-down just because you have a modest budget! We designed iQ by packing in as many features and capabilities as possible. It's very affordable and very feature-packed."
Those features include 3 dedicated stereo Program buses plus a stereo Utility bus that can be used for phone calls, off-air recording, or as a fourth Program bus, automatic mix-minus on every fader, Show Profiles that instantly recall talent's favorite settings, Record Mode one-touch recording, and talkback functions for off-air communication with phone callers, remote hosts or studio guests. iQ features premium components such as ultra-smooth conductive plastic faders, aircraft-quality switches with LED lighting, and high-resolution OLED displays for metering and other information. Anodized, machined-aluminum surfaces have laser-etched markings that can't ever fade or rub off, and iQ frames are built of beefy extruded aluminum components for RF immunity.
iQ was designed for easy no-cutout desktop mounting, but iQ Main can also be rack-mounted, as well as joined to expansion console frames, using included mounting hardware.
Here's a full list of iQ features:
Hardened, fanless power supply.
Ultra-reliable embedded console CPU and DSP mixing engine containing:
Optional iQ Backup Power Supply provides failsafe secondary power with automatic switching.
Optional Telos iQ6 phone system connects 6 POTS or ISDN BRI phone lines via single CAT-5 cable.
Axia radio consoles are a hit, with installations in over 2,000 studios worldwide. 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.