There's an empty space in your studio. Problem is, it's a small one. But you need a mixing console that isn't a stripped-down, featureless toy; a console that will work as hard as you do to get the job done. If this describes you, then we've got a console engineered just for you: DESQ, the desktop IP-Audio console. Use it as a self-contained, standalone console anywhere, or as part of your Axia studio network — DESQ is happy either way.
DESQ is the perfect console for interview studios, live performance spaces for on-air broadcast, news and feature product — whatever. Take it on those road trip remotes, or to sporting events where multiple mics are required. Put it in mobile units or ENG kits. Great for home studios as well — or even on the Production Director's desk: DESQ is only 16" square, so you can put it in places a big console just can't fit. But DESQ is built to stand up to heavy workloads, with a machined-aluminum work surface
DESQ is equipped, not stripped. There are two stereo Program buses, for simultaneous on-air and production work, and a Preview (cue) bus. Talent can choose to monitor Preview using your external speaker, or have cue audio automatically routed to the Headphone feed. There are six fader strips, each with a smooth-to-the-touch 100mm. premium-qualityfader. Like all Axia consoles, channel ON buttons, bus assignment keys and the push-and-turn rotary encoders used for source selection and options control are super-heavy-duty avionics-grade parts. LED button lighting, of course.
Mix-minus for phones and codecs? Yep, just like its bigger cousins; DESQ automatically sends any Phone or Codec source its own backfeed. Three-band EQ is available for any mic, phone or codec source.A sharp, high-resolution OLED display provides Program metering. You can choose between VU or PPM meter ballistics. Easy-to-read bargraphs with attention-getting Overload indicators help make sure your talent keeps the gain where it ought to be. Another OLED displays the time-of-day clock (which you can slave to your house NTP clock) and an event timer with manual or automatic reset.
Speaking of OLEDs, there's one on each channel strip as well. Each one tells your talent precisely what source is assigned, and provides a confidence meter for source audio. If you happen to have a Phone or Codec source loaded, you'll also see a confidence meter for the mix-minus output. When you press the Options knob, the channel OLED lets you scroll through available options, including source selection, Pan, Balance, Phase Adjustment, EQ and more.
A glance at the work surface shows off a full-featured Monitor section with headphone and Preview volume controls. The Monitor selector lets you choose from Program 1, Program 2, or two External sources for listing to air, other studios, or incoming sources like satellite downlinks or field remote locations. You can pre-assign Monitor sources to these external keys, but a push-and-hold light up a list of other sources you can assign on the fly. You'll also notice the Show Profiles control, with four memory slots to recall console settings "snapshots" with a touch. Last-minute call-in? A drop-by guest to interview? No worries, just call up your pre-saved Show Profile and your console is ready to go.
Power at the QOR: DESQ connects to our QOR.16 integrated console engine using an included cable. QOR.16 is an integrated console engine with a mixing engine, audio I/O, machine-control logic and custom, built-for-broadcast, zero-configuration Ethernet switch all rolled into an easy-to-deploy package. Is it the easiest IP-Audio console ever? Could be: just connect your audio inputs to the convenient RJ-45 connectors on QOR.16's rear panel, open up your PC's Web browser for some quick source naming, and you're ready to make radio.
What else is inside the QOR.16 engine? Plenty. Check out this list of goodies:
- Two Mic inputs with switchable Phantom power,
- Eight Analog inputs,
- Four Analog outputs,
- One AES/EBU input and output,
- 3-band EQ for voice and codec sources with presets that are saved and automatically applied when each source loads,
- Automatic mix-minus for codecs and phones, available on every channel,
- Four GPIO logic ports for machine control of studio peripherals, each with 5 opto-isolated inputs and 5 opto-isolated outputs,
- Six 100Base-T ports for Livewire devices,
- Two Gigabit ports with SFP for copper or fiber connection to other studios.
- A configurable gateway that lets you import up to 8 Livewire streams from the network and and export 8 back out. Or, import 12 and export 4, depending upon your needs.
If you need more I/O, that's no problem. QOR.16 is part of the Axia family, so it works with all other Axia gear. You can instantly add IO just by plugging in Axia Audio Nodes. Or plug into existing IP-Audio networks just by connecting it to the network switch.
And it networks, too! A while back, our Marketing guys coined a phrase: "The standalone console that networks." Hokey? Sure - they're marketers! But it's also very apt. Every DESQ console is self-contained. But if you want your DESQ to be a part of your studio's IP-Audio network, it's happy to oblige. Just use one of the Gigabit ports on the QOR.16 connection panel. You can daisy-chain up to 4 QOR engines in this manner. If you have an even larger network, use one of same Gig ports to connect to your network's core switch. It really is that simple.Overengineered for your protection. Like all Axia consoles, DESQ is built to take whatever abuse your talent dishes out. LED lighting, sealed extreme-duty rotary faders, a machined-aluminum faceplate and switches that have been tested - by Axia - to give more than 2 million operations, all guarantee that when you're ready to go to work — DESQ is, too.
OLED us see. We love OLED displays. Why is that? Well, Organic LED displays are bright, high-resolution displays that are sharp as a tack and highly legible. They won't wash out, even in direct lighting. They're legible even from across the room (even if you've misplaced your glasses... ask us how we know). OLED channel displays just below each fader show you the source that's assigned to each channel strip, and if the Soft Key just below is set to trigger GPIO events, step automation events, or activate talkback to an assigned source, it'll let you know that, too. What, there's more? Yep: our Obsessive Console Designers (OCD for short) put confidence meters in there too. The one on the bottom shows you incoming audio level, and if the assigned source also has an associated backfeed – like a mix-minus, for instance, or an IFB – the one on the top makes sure you know that there's audio going out.
Meet the Meter. You can meter both Program buses at once, or quickly switch to meter whatever's assigned to your Monitor channel. Remember, you can assign any source to the two External Monitor keys, either on-the-fly or pre-loaded in a Show Profile. So when you need to check the level of an incoming remote line, satellite feed, or the output levels on your field recorder, you can just assign it to an EXT Monitor key and meter the results. You get your choice of metering scales, too: VU if you operate North American style, PPM if you're more Continental.
Timing is everything. We'd never accuse anyone of being a clock-watcher, but accurate timekeeping is critical when you're going live. DESQ has another OLED display with an easy-to-read time of day clock. Use the highly-accurate internal clock built into in the QOR.16 engine, or specify an NTP server to synchronize your clock to the rest of your facility. There's also a timer with manual and auto-reset activation; a press of the Meter Options key toggles between the two modes.
"So, how does this all go together?"
Glad you asked. Setting up a DESQ and QOR.16 engine is simple: one cable between the console and engine, and you're ready to go. Plug your audio sources into the QOR – analog, AES/EBU or Livewire, all using convenient RJ-45 connectors – and then open your Web browser. A few keystrokes to give your sources names (to display on those pretty OLEDs) and you're ready to go. Here's an idea of what a typical system might look like (click the diagram for a bigger view):
Notice that there are two DESQ consoles attached to the same QOR.16? That's not a mistake: each QOR integrated console engine has the muscle for two RAQ or DESQ consoles. Or one of each, if you like. Great for news bullpens, dubbing stations and other applications where you need lots of consoles in a small space.