Axia Audio announced the release of its Router Selector Node, a new router control device built specifically for the Axia IP-Audio networking system. Like traditional router control panels, the Router Selector Node allows operators to quickly scroll through available audio streams, or use one of eight instant radio-style buttons to select audio sources. But unlike most controllers, the Router Selector node adds built-in audio inputs and outputs for convenient connection of local audio equipment.
"Many of our clients have news, edit, voiceover or production rooms in which they need instant access to networked audio streams," explains Axia president Michael Dosch. "And sometimes these rooms will need to send their work to another destination in real-time. The Axia Router Selector node makes this easy."
Broadcasters can now 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 audio channels over standard CAT-6 cables, much of the cost normally associated with wiring labor and infrastructure is eliminated. The Router Selector Node is a part of a family of Axia audio nodes that also eliminates PC sound cards and allows easy mixing and matching of digital, analog and microphone audio.
The Router Selector node allows user access to any source on the Axia network. Using the front-panel scroll wheel, users can scroll through an on-screen list of available feeds; frequently used streams can be mapped to any of the eight radio buttons for immediate access. The scroll wheel also doubles as a volume control for the front-panel headphone jack, allowing users to preview and audition available audio streams. Back panel features include XLR and RJ45 jacks for analog and digital audio I/O, a sync port for connecting to a house master clock and an auto-switching fanless power supply for silent in-studio use.
For more information on the Router Selector Node, or any of Axia Audio's line of products, visit www.AxiaAudio.com.