Axia Audio, the IP-Audio networking division of Telos, will debut the new Element Modular Studio Control Surface at NAB 2005 (Booth #N3616) this week. Element will be available in configurations supporting 4 to 32 faders, allowing users to customize Element to their specific needs and studio size.
Element offers 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 reportedly 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 Axia president Michael "Catfish" Dosch. "Element's flexible internal architecture can be configured for either stereo or surround operation with a few mouse clicks."
A variety of fader modules are available for Element, all with 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, for example.
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 sound cards.
Visit Axia at the 2005 NAB Convention to see the new Element Modular Studio Control Surface and receive a complete demonstration of IP-Audio networking.
Visit www.axiaaudio.com for more information.