20 October 2011, Cleveland Ohio, USA
Wexford, Ireland’s South East Radio (southeastradio.ie) has just commissioned new on-air studios using Axia Audio mixing consoles and AoIP routing equipment.
South East Radio has served Ireland since 1989, and the new Axia gear replaces analog studios placed in service in 1996. The sale, which includes an Axia Element 2.0 console and PowerStation integrated console engine along with multiple Axia audio nodes, was made by Total Broadcast Ltd., Axia’s distributor for Ireland.
Andy Linton, Director of Total Broadcast, says that, thanks to Axia’s ease of deployment, the rebuild was completed in a very short time. “The old studio was decommissioned over two days, the room refurbished, new furniture fitted and the Axia equipment installed in 3 days,” Andy relates. “The studio came on air 21st Sept at 16:00 in a seamless transition, as an Axia node had been previously installed in the racks area to feed the transmission chain.”
One reason for the fast setup is an Axia exclusive: the zero-configuration Ethernet switch built into the PowerStation mixing engine. Axia is the only AoIP console manufacturer to build the network switch into the console itself; all of Axia’s “integrated console engines” include a preconfigured, built-for-broadcast Ethernet switch with 100Base-T Livewire ports for single-cable connection of networked audio devices, and Gigabit Ethernet ports for connection to other studios. 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.
Axia, a Telos company, builds Ethernet-based professional IP-Audio products for broadcast, sound-reinforcement and commercial audio applications. Along with the Element 2.0. iQ and Radius AoIP consoles for on-air, commercial production, audio workstations and personal studios, Axia products include intercom systems, digital audio routers, DSP mixers and processors, and software for configuring, managing and interfacing networked audio systems.