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New Axia iQ console makes AoIP more affordable than ever

New Axia iQ console makes AoIP more affordable than ever

21/03/11

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:

  • Three stereo Program buses and a dedicated Utility bus to use for phones, off-air recording, or as a fourth Program bus.
  • Record Mode one-touch off-air recording.
  • Automatic per-fader mix-minus.
  • Event Timer with auto-start/auto-reset functions.
  • Studio and Control Room monitor controls.
  • 4 Show Profile "snapshots" to save and recall commonly-used configurations.
  • Easy talkback system.
  • Switchable VU/PPM program meters.
  • High-resolution OLED information displays.
  • Premium-quality 100mm. conductive-plastic faders.
  • Long-life rotary controls and aircraft-quality switches with LED lighting
  • Expandable via three iQ expansion frames:
  • Telco expansion - 6 faders plus 6-line Call Controller with Status Symbols™ and DTMF keypad for direct control of the latest Telos broadcast phone systems
  • User Key expansion - 6 faders plus 10 programmable User keys to control external devices, trigger routing salvos, and send contact closures via GPIO
  • 8-Fader expansion - eight additional faders and ancillary controls

Hardened, fanless power supply.

Ultra-reliable embedded console CPU and DSP mixing engine containing:

  • 4 Mic inputs with selectable Phantom power
  • 16 Analog ins and 8 Analog outs with 24-bit, 256x oversampling A/D converters
  • 2 AES/EBU ins and outs
  • 8 GPIO logic ports, each containing 5 inputs and 5 outputs
  • 6 100Base-T Livewire ports for single-cable connections to Telos phone systems, Omnia audio processors and other Axia gear, as well as broadcast equipment from partners like Nautel, ENCO Systems, BSI, 25-Seven, AudioScience and more - see AxiaAudio.com/partners/ for full list.
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports with SFP for copper or fiber network connections.
  • I/O is expandable using Axia audio nodes

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.