09 April 2005, Cleveland Ohio, USA
Axia Audio, the IP-Audio networking division of Telos, will
debut the new Element Modular Studio Control Surface at the 2005 NAB
Convention in Las Vegas. Element will be available in configurations
supporting 4 to 32 faders, allowing users to customize Element to their
specific needs and studio size.
“Clients raved about the intuitive features in
SmartSurface, our first control surface,” remarked Axia President Michael
“Catfish” Dosch. “But some folks need only 4 faders, while others need a
couple dozen. So we developed Element, a low-profile modular design with
all the features you’d expect in an Axia surface, like automatic multiple
mix-minuses, transparent phone and codec control, one-touch record mode
and customizable show options. It’s pretty easy on the eyes, too.”
Despite its compact and uncluttered layout, Element is
packed with powerful features to meet the most demanding air and
production applications, such as four Program buses, four Aux Send buses,
dedicated talk and preview functions on each channel, one-touch record and
monitor sections, up to 32 mix-minus outputs and more. Element works in conjunction with the Axia Studio Mix
Engine, an Intel-based mixing platform running real-time Linux for
bulletproof 24/7 reliability. A standard sVGA LCD monitor displays all
metering, clock timer, status and options info.
Element is the first radio
console that can be configured to run either stereo audio or discrete 5.1 surround
programming. “HD Radio makes it possible for FM stations to broadcast 5.1
programming,” says Dosch. “Element's flexible internal architecture can be
configured for either stereo or surround operation with a few mouse
A variety of fader modules are available for Element, all
with long-life 100mm conductive-plastic faders and heavy-duty switches
with finger-friendly integral button-guards. The basic four-fader module
is available to control typical sources, the four-fader Phone module
adds special functions for control of telephone hybrids, and the
two-fader Phone module with built-in Call Controller features exclusive
Telos Status Symbols™ which provide intuitive feedback during fast-paced talkshows.
Optional 5 or 10-button programmable Switch Modules are
useful for user-programmable functions such as instant routing changes,
remote control of external equipment or other non-standard features. Two
types are available: Standard Switch Modules may be programmed to control
one permanent function, while SmartSwitch modules’ key functions may be
programmed to perform a unique set of actions custom-tailored to specific
users, which are shown on their in-button LCD displays.
Finally, Element’s Monitor/Navigation Module contains
dedicated monitor and headphone selection and volume controls, a DTMF
keypad that can control certain hybrids and codecs, built-in hotkeys for
an external profanity delay unit, and a navigation pad to adjust user
preferences and other console options.
Enhanced, integrated features for phones and codecs include
auto-assigned mix-minus on each channel, easy talkback for remote talent
cueing, a unique one-button off-air phone record mode, and optional
integrated Telco line switching. Each user can save unique profiles
allowing different preferences, layouts and defaults for a variety of
shows and talent.
Element users will appreciate the onboard three-band
digital parametric EQ that can be applied to any source. Talent can adjust
EQ “on-the-fly” or take advantage of source-specific predefined EQ that
loads whenever a source is activated. And talent will be thrilled to find
that everyone can have their own personalized mic compressor settings,
thanks to onboard voice dynamics processing – compression, de-essing and
expansion tools designed by Omnia Audio.
Element works with the Axia IP-Audio system, which allows
broadcasters to build audio networks of any size using standard Switched
Ethernet to connect a few rooms — or an entire facility. Because an Axia
audio network can carry hundreds of digital stereo (or nearly a hundred
surround) audio channels over a standard CAT-6 cable, much of the cost
normally associated with wiring labor and infrastructure is eliminated.
The Axia system includes a family of “audio nodes” that allow easy mixing
and matching of digital, analog and microphone audio and eliminate PC
Visit Axia at the 2005 NAB Convention, booth N3616 to see
the new Element Modular Studio Control Surface and receive a complete
demonstration of IP-Audio networking. For more information, contact Clark
Novak at Axia, +1-216-241-7225, or e-mail cnovak@AxiaAudio.com .
Element Modular Studio Control Surface —
from Axia Audio
(Download a print-quality version of this
Axia, a Telos company, builds network-based professional
audio products for broadcast, production, sound-reinforcement and
commercial audio applications. Products include digital audio routers, DSP
mixers and processors and software for configuring, managing, and
interfacing networked audio systems.
This page: http://www.AxiaAudio.com/news/pr/2005_element_intro.htm