Axia iQx combines the mix engine and surface into one unit, requiring less external components and fewer points of failure.
Axia Audio, part of The Telos Alliance, has unveiled a new Audio over IP (AoIP) mixing console, a surface and mix engine in one chassis, called iQx that simplifies setup while providing virtually endless connectivity options.
The company said that traditionally, surfaces need to be connected to a separate mix engine, which represents the so-called “brains” of the system. Axia iQx combines the mix engine and surface into one unit, requiring less external components and fewer points of failure.
With AoIP, stations can enjoy much cleaner audio throughout the studio facility. Axia said the new iQx was built from the ground up as an AoIP console, making it fully complaint with the AES67 protocol and will support other emerging standards including SMPTE 2110-30. Due to its unique architecture, there’s no limit to the number of sources and connections users can access on the network.
If a user has an existing AoIP network, they may not even need to add additional I/O, meaning they don’t have to pay for I/O interfaces they don’t need. Adding an iQx to the network allows unlimited access to any audio source, anywhere on the network, from anywhere in the world. If there are other iQ consoles on the network, users can simply drop in an this mixer and share resources without having to add additional equipment.
iQx is also ideal for nontraditional studio setups, such as a temporary studio for a special event. Broadcasters can add or move a studio quickly or mix sports, remote talent, or audio that isn’t located in the studio, bringing in sources from all over the world. The console can be controlled from the remote site, so no in-studio operator is required.
The company said that 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.
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