Broadcast audio consortium The Telos Alliance has formally debuted the latest edition of the Axia Quasar AoIP console for U.S. consumers.
The unveiling came at the recent Midwest Broadcast & Multimedia Technology Conference (formerly known as Ohio Broadcast & Multimedia Technology Conference) at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Axia’s new flagship console draws upon the Telos Alliance’s history as the inventor of AoIP for broadcast, with more than 9,700 AoIP consoles and 100,000 connected devices on-air worldwide.
“Quasar features a sleek new look and extremely high-quality components, rugged enough for a lifetime of uninterrupted use,” Telos boasts. “Designed based on extensive global customer feedback and ergonomic studies, Quasar has an easy-to-operate touchscreen user interface (no external display required) that operators can also access remotely via any HTML5 device. The absence of an overbridge makes for easy desk installation, and the console is fanless and modular, with redundant load-sharing power supply units.”
Telos adds that Quasar “makes the operator’s job dramatically easier, including new Source profiles (for source-associated logic automation), automatic mix-minus, and automixing on all channels. Extensive metering is built into the surface right where it needs to be—on every channel display, next to each fader, and on the monitor module. Users can customize their Quasar surface thanks to user-assignable buttons in the master touchscreen module and every channel strip.”
For TV applications, the updated Quasar Engine delivers 64 stereo input channels—all with DSP processing—and loudness metering on all outputs. Four programmable Layers allow the user to control all channels, including DSP, even on smaller surfaces.
“Quasar gives operators confidence with world-renowned Axia audio quality and reliability,” Telos says. “The Quasar Engine’s native AoIP processing, based on a server-class hardware platform, ensures high-performance audio. The console’s 6th-generation technology is mature and sophisticated, offering extreme reliability, with system modularity minimizing single points of failure.”
Quasar connects to the Axia’s Livewire+™ AES67 AoIP network and takes advantage of its powerful distributed I/O architecture. The Livewire+ network allows detection, sharing, and control of audio resources across multiple studios connected to the network, and its technology complies with the latest AES67 standards.