New Axia iQx AoIP Radio Console Offers Surface and Mixing Engine All-in-One

December 7 2018, 00:35
It's good to see radio technology evolving consistently in the audio-over-IP age and companies offering ever more affordable and complete solutions. AoIP pioneers Axia, part of the Telos group of companies, launched its new iQx AoIP console, and it's a beauty with all the right tools. It looks like a traditional console, but it’s actually a surface and mix engine rolled into one. And Axia dove deep with the AES67 interoperability standard, giving users access to every source, anywhere on the network with nearly limitless connection possibilities.

Traditionally, mixing console surfaces need to be connected to a separate mix engine, the so-called “brains” of the AoIP system. Changing that paradigm, Axia iQx combines the mix engine and surface into one unit. That‘s one less component and connection users need to worry about when building their studios, allowing them to get up and running quickly and easily.

Built from the ground up as an AoIP console, iQx is AES67-compliant and stands fully capable of supporting emerging standards including SMPTE 2110-30. There’s no limit to the number of sources and connections users can access on the network.

For installations that already have an existing AoIP network, it's not even necessary to add additional I/O, meaning no paying for extra I/O interfaces that are not need. The iQx can simply be connect and access any audio source, anywhere on the existing network, from anywhere in the world. And radio operations that already have Axia iQ consoles on their network, the new iQx can simply be dropped in as an expansion and share existing resources without having to add additional equipment.

New or existing installations can quickly create a new studio by adding a Telos Alliance xNode to support local microphones, headphones, and any other sources needed, and the new operation will be up and running fast. Adding additional xNodes or an xSwitch allows expanding I/O and network switching capabilities as needed.

While iQx is sophisticated inside, it remains a familiar surface on the outside so there’s no steep learning curve. Configuration is also a no-brainer thanks to a built-in web GUI — no proprietary application required. And while some locations where consoles are installed can be tight on rack space, iQx doesn’t require any thanks to the integrated engine. The console can be placed tabletop, without the need to modify furniture. All while offering network and power redundancy expected by world-class broadcast facilities.

The new Axis iQx is also great for nontraditional studio setups too, such as a temporary studio for a special event or a podcast. Broadcasters can add or move a studio quickly with iQx or mix sports, remote talent, or audio that isn’t located in the studio, bringing in sources from all over the world. Control is not just a local thing either; an iQx can be controlled from the remote site, so no in-studio operator is required. With iQx, radio stations have access to all their existing resources, everywhere. 

In addition to its own unique advantages, iQx is an AoIP console at its heart, giving broadcasters all the benefits that come with an AoIP network. More flexibility, easier and faster installs, cost efficiency, a decentralized system without a single point of failure, and the ability to upgrade from analog one studio at a time are all upsides of AoIP. Once a source is on an AoIP audio network, it can be made available to any device on that same network. In the analog days, this could only be accomplished with costly routing switchers or stacks of distribution amps. Now, any station with an AoIP network has this capability built in. Finally, with no analog audio physically inside an AoIP console, operations reduce or even eliminate interference that can compromise sound. With AoIP, stations enjoy much cleaner audio throughout the studio facility.

The Telos Alliance is made up of six brands: Telos Systems, Omnia Audio, Axia Audio, Linear Acoustic, 25-Seven Systems, and Minnetonka Audio, covering all audio needs in the radio and television industries. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, with additional offices and dealers around the world, the Telos Alliance offers an industry-leading warranty and backs users' critical on-air needs with worldwide 24/7 round-the-clock support.
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