The Ultimate Mixing Machines
Since 2003, Axia Audio has become the name broadcasters think of first when they think of networked broadcast facilities. Thousands of radio and audio professionals have made Axia their first choice for powerful, flexible, easy-to-use mixing consoles.
Axia Quasar™ AoIP consoles are the ultimate AoIP Broadcast Mixing Consoles, putting the power at your fingertips for next-level content creation. Including XR and SR models—the Quasar family offers broadcast engineers and less seasoned board operators alike boundless production possibilities, modularity, scalability, and workflow flexibility.
Tap into the power of AoIP with Axia Quasar, our sixth-generation of AoIP consoles and the industry-standard in mixing excellence. Powered by mature and sophisticated AoIP technology from Telos Alliance—the inventor of AoIP for broadcast—Quasar is designed for steadfast reliability with no single point of failure.
Unlimited Production Possibilities - Quasar XR AoIP Console
With the introduction of the Quasar v2.0 Major System Update, the original flagship Quasar console becomes ‘Quasar XR’. In addition to increased scalability and modularity, v2.0 also introduces Quasar Soft and Quasar Cast remote control and monitoring solutions, delivers full integration with Telos Infinity® IP Intercom products, and numerous other powerful features. This advanced scalability addresses new workflows and gives broadcasters more flexibility when it comes to the number of channels they need in their Quasar Engine, starting at 16 channels and scaling up to 64 channels.
The Power of Simplicity - Quasar SR AoIP Console
If you like Fusion, you’ll love Quasar SR—which is comparable to the Fusion console in both price and feature set but also delivers all the power, ergonomics, industrial design, and star appeal of our flagship Quasar XR console. Quasar SR is not reserved for the most knowledgeable broadcaster but is approachable to any board operator thanks to its streamlined surface design. Quasar SR fader modules are non-motorized, there are fewer, larger, and easier-to-reach buttons on each channel strip, and features confidence class metering.
Quasar Family Components
The Quasar Engine provides bulletproof mixing console signal processing for Quasar surfaces and is a must-have for the operation of your XR or SR surface. Allowing you to pay only for the number of channels you need, the Quasar Engine is modular, starting at 16 channels and scaling up in blocks of 16 channels.
Our customizable remote solution lets you control your Quasar surface from a web browser. Quasar Soft comes standard with Quasar XR consoles and is an optional upgrade for Quasar SR consoles. Included as part of the license, Quasar Cast is a remote monitoring solution that lets you listen to any Livewire stream in the network.
The Quasar Rear Power Supply Unit module fits in the rear panel of your Quasar Console. One PSU is enough to power a 16-fader console. Two PSUs are needed for redundant operation. For larger size consoles, up to 28 faders in a single frame, a minimum of two Power Supply Modules are required with up to four for redundant operation.
Mic / Headphone Control Module
The Mic/Headphone Control Module provides remote control of mic on/off functions where dedicated Mute and Talkback buttons give talent full control of their position. A Volume/Source selection knob allows users to select their headphone monitor source and the display readout confirms their choice.
Motorized Fader Accessory Module
Quasar's Motorized Accessory Module provides all of the functionality of the Mic/Headphone Module with the addition of a high-quality motorized fader that allows control of any of the Quasar Mic channels. With the features included, this module can effectively function as an additional channel strip for your surface, mountable in a remote location.
Mic In / Headphone Out Module
The Quasar Mic in/HP out Module is an optional 1ch-wide module that can be placed anywhere on the surface to add a convenient Talkback Input and headphone Output to your Quasar. It comes with its own headphone amp board that must be plugged into the Quasar Rear I/O module, to let the console receive any line signal and turn it into a high-quality, hi-power headphone output.
Axia Quasar SR AoIP Mixing Console Features
- Super-reliable 6th-generation surface from Axia
- Compact and sleek design, based on extensive ergonomic studies
- Designed for any size radio studios and specialized TV installations
- Built-in, modular fanless PSUs with redundant option
- Reduced fader pitch for higher fader density
- No overbridge for easier installation on work surfaces. No OLEDs
- Table-top frames are convertible to flush-mount
- Color and finishes fit with lighting used in modern TV-camera-equipped studios
- Modules can be installed as standalone outside of frame for modern, nontraditional creative work spaces
- Easy-to-operate touchscreen-based UI. No external display required
- Intuitive Web UI with integrated HTML5 remote control
- Ethernet-connected and self-contained surface modules
- All channel strip pushbuttons are user-assignable
- 4 user-programmable Master buttons with capacitive touch-sense
- All encoders and faders are touch-sensitive
- Quasar Engine Scalable to 64 stereo input channels
- Fully redesigned DSP processing, available on all channels
- Automixer available on all channels
- Additional V-Mixer with 80 stereo inputs (independent from console)
- Highly flexible and automated audio workflows including auto-mixing and auto mix-minus
- Source and show profiles for ultimate customization without user intervention
- Customizable color strip on modules for easy identification of source groups
Axia Quasar SR AoIP Mixing Console In Depth
Sixth-Generation AoIP Console from Axia
Quasar is Axia’s new, state-of-the-art broadcast mixing system. And it is built like a tank. Beautiful and rugged, with durable and scratch-resistant work surfaces, high-resolution color TFT displays and RGB pushbuttons throughout, plus an industrial-grade 12.1-inch TFT IPS touchscreen. With its easy-to-use User Interface, advanced ergonomics, top-quality components, and massive feature set, Axia raises the bar with Quasar, once again setting new quality standards for native AoIP broadcast consoles.
Available in sizes from 4 to 28 faders per frame, with support for up to 32 faders in multiple linked frames, the console offers a reduced footprint and directly connects to an Axia network with a single or dual redundant Ethernet cable. Frames are available in both tabletop or flush-mount versions and can be converted from one type to the other with a special kit.
Quasar SR-4Fader modules offer touch-sensitive controls and non-motorized faders as standard features, confidence-class metering, source-drive color-coding, and customizable hardware buttons on the entire surface. A variety of source profile types provide control of mic/line inputs, telephones, codecs, and other devices. Enhanced, integrated features for phones and codecs include auto-assigned mix-minus on each channel, easy talkback for remote talent cueing, one-button off-air phone record mode, and integrated, touchscreen-based Telco line switching that can interface with Telos phone hybrids and VoIP/SIP talk-show systems
Quasar sports a Master Touchscreen module that presents a simple and intuitive GUI (Graphical User Interface) that is so familiar, you’ll be acquainted with the operation of the console within minutes. Thanks to its touchscreen, Quasar does not require an external display to function, although an external monitor could be connected via the rear HDMI port to show a duplicate of the touchscreen interface.
Expert Source Profile controls allow power users a granular definition of custom logic associated with each source. Users can program GPIO control, mix-minus routing, talkback, and other functions based upon console channel state. Flexible Record Mode gives complete control of monitors, meters, headphone feeds, program bus assignments and more. Show Profiles allow up to 4,000 console “snapshots” with different settings, layouts, and defaults loaded instantly, customizing the board to each show requirement or talent preference, if desired. An HTML5 remote GUI is built into the Web UI to allow remote control and operation of the console from any browser-enabled device.
Cooling & Power Supply
The Quasar control surface is completely fanless, with built-in industrial-grade Power Supply Units available in either single or redundant configuration. Up to four PSUs can be included in a single console frame, depending on frame size and configuration desired.
The Quasar system is designed and built to last a lifetime. All its components were carefully selected with very strict lifetime requirements. All parts subject to wear are industrial, automotive, or even avionics grade.
Leveraging the Power of Axia’s AoIP Infrastructure
The Quasar connects to 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.
Infinity IP Intercom Integration
When coupled with an Infinity IP Intercom System, Quasar users have direct access to, and control of, their intercom system’s audio. Quasar / Infinity workflows are enhanced with a number of features including direct integration of Control Room Monitor GPIO functions, interruption of console backfeeds, and the power to remotely control Infinity hardware or virtual panel’s keys via the console’s central touchscreen.
Control Surface Dimensions
Axia Quasar SR Components
Axia Quasar Engine
Quasar SR is powered by the Quasar Engine, a native AoIP powerhouse with 16, expandable to 64, stereo channels, 4-band fully parametric EQ, powerful dynamics processing, automixer on every channel, four program buses, and eight auxiliary buses.
Four Surface Layers and a Virtual Mixer (VMix) with 16 independent 5-channel V-Mixers extend the mixing capacity of your Quasar console far beyond physical fader count. Support for AES67 is included, as well as Talent headphone processing and many other advanced features that make operation simpler and more intuitive.
Redundant power is standard with this mix-engine platform. The Quasar Engine has forced fan cooling, while the Quasar console is completely fanless
Axia Quasar SOFT
An optional upgrade for Quasar SR consoles, Quasar Soft is a customizable remote control solution that lets you control the Quasar surface from your browser.
You can generate up to eight HTML-5 pages and configure them to display any of the 64 input channels, plus a small monitor section, or even the entire master section of the console. Included as part of the Quasar Soft license, Quasar Cast is a remote monitoring solution that lets you listen to any Livewire stream in the network through the same web browser. Quasar Cast generates a compressed OPUS stream from a source in the Livewire network and can serve up to eight clients (including Quasar Soft instances). With Quasar Cast, you can listen to what is happening in the studio, and on the air, while you operate the console remotely using Quasar Soft
QUASAR 4-fader SR Module
Naturally, the 4-Fader module is where you start to build your QUASAR. Use it for any source: line, mic, hybrid, phone or codec source. Comes in standard (SR) and motorized-fader (only at XR) versions for use with automation systems or other moving-fader applications.
QUASAR Monitor Module - MTS
The other basic module you’ll need is a Monitor module.
The Monitor/Navigation module shown here has extended monitor, headphone and preview controls, a numeric entry/dialpad that can be used with phone modules, plus a number of programmable User Keys that can trigger GPIO commands like profanity delay controls or recording devices, or used with Axia PathfinderPC software to issue routing salvos, initiate scene changes, etc.
Pair your QUASAR with StudioEngine, an extremely powerful mixing and processing device based on a blazingly-fast Intel processor. Each StudioEngine has dual-redundant field-replaceable modular power supplies, and has so much CPU power it can outperform the very largest digital or router-based consoles. StudioEngine has multiple simultaneous inputs, outputs, mix-minus feeds, monitor signals, EQ and voice processing; it’s the power behind state-of-the-art broadcast studios from New York to Tokyo.