What is it?An IP-Audio Radio broadcast console from Axia. DetailsA new IP-Audio console from Axia called Radius launched at this year’s NAB Convention in Las Vegas. Radius is a compact networked mixing desk with four stereo buses, eight faders, 16 audio I/O ports and an Ethernet switch with Gigabit. Other features include Automatic mix-minus for every fader, talkback capabilities, networking, built-in Ethernet switch with six 100Base-T and two Gigabit ports, four GPIO machine-control ports, four instant-recall Show Profile snapshots, Record Mode one-touch recording and monitor controls for an adjacent studio. Additionally, Radius has switchable VU/PPM LED bargraph meters, 100mm. conductive plastic faders, aircraft-quality switches with LED lighting, onboard NTP-capable clock, event timer, and high-resolution OLED readouts on each fader strip. Simple Networking allows up to four consoles to be daisy-chained before an external Ethernet switch is needed. www.axiaaudio.com
The end for analogue broadcast consoles?
Sometimes the world changes without people realising - until the fact is pointed out to them. The announcement by Calrec Audio that it is discontinuing production of analogue consoles confirms what has been happening over the past five years, that digital has overcome all the technical and operational objections to become the mixing technology of choice. Kevin Hilton reports.