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xNodes, Expansion Panels, Software & Accessories

xNodes, Expansion Panels, Software & Accessories

The Axia Livewire digital system can be expanded with a range of hardware interfaces called xNodes. These allow you to input or output audio and I/O to Axia AoIP network from anywhere in your station. In addition, there are number of expansion console panels, software options and accessories that complete your Axia installation. 

xNodes

xNodes are a range of expansion devices that can be used in your Axia enabled radio station where ever you need to either input audio (or I/O) to your Axia network or output audio (or I/O) from your Axia network.

Typical uses might be using an output xNode in your racks are to extract the main studio output to feed your air switch. xNodes allow you to inject or extract audio from anywhere on your network.

Analogue xNode

Analogue xNode

The Analogue xNode provides the analogue audio input and outputs for your Axia network

  • 8 x Mono or 4 stereo balanced line inputs (switch-able between +4dB and -10dB)
  • 8 x Mono or 4 stereo balanced line outputs (switch-able between +4dB and -10dB)
  • Rack kit included
Part Number: 2001-00298
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AES/EBU xNode

AES/EBU xNode

The AES/EBU xNode provides the digital audio input and outputs for your Axia network

  • 4 x AES/EBU digital line inputs 
  • 4 x AES/EBU digital line outputs
  • Rack kit included
Part Number: 2001-00299
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Microphone xNode

Microphone xNode

The Microphone xNode provides additional microphone inputs and monitor outputs for your Axia network

  • 4 x Microphone inputs (switched phantom power)
  • 4 x Stereo balanced line outputs (ideal for headphones or monitors)
  • Rack kit included
Part Number: 2001-00297
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Mixed xNode

Mixed xNode

The Mixed xNode is a jack of all trades providing both audio I/O and GPIO.

  • 1 x selectable Mic/Line input
  • 2 x dedicated analogue inputs
  • 3 x analogue line outputs
  • 1 x AES/EBU input
  • 1 x AES EBU output
  • 2 x GPIO's
  • Rack kit included
Part Number: 2001-00300
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GPIO xNode

GPIO xNode

The GPIO xNode provides additional hardware inputs or outputs exactly where you need them.

  • 6 x General purpose I/O's (each with 5 opto isolated input and outputs)
  • Rack kit included
Part Number: 2001-00301
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Expansion Consoles & Mix Engines

If you wish to expand your Axia system to include additional fader in a studio (and you have a QOR.32) or to put a simple mixer in a racks, production or news area, this range of expansion options is for you.

8 Channel expansion frame

8 Channel iQ Expansion Frame

The iQ 8 Channel Expansion Frame is designed to work in tandem with a standard iQ system to expand the number of physical faders available to the presenter. The console can be physically attached to standard unit making a single large mixer or be left separate to create a split desk configuration. Up to two 8 Channel Expansion Frames can be added to a standard iQ system taking the total potential channels to 24.

Please note you will need a QOR.32 mix engine to use this expansion frame.

Part Number: 2001-00283
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6 Channel iQ Expansion Frame With User Buttons

6 Channel iQ Expansion Frame With User Buttons

The iQ 6 Channel Expansion Frame is designed to work in tandem with a standard iQ system to expand the number of physical faders available to the presenter. The console can be physically attached to standard unit making a single large mixer or be left separate to create a split desk configuration. In addition to the six fader channels, there is also 10 user configurable buttons that can be used to trigger GPIO events etc.

You can fit up to two of these units (or a mixture of this and an 8 channel frame) to a standard iQ system.

Please note you will need a QOR.32 mix engine to use this expansion frame.

Part Number: 2001-00285
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Axia DESQ

Axia DESQ IP Console

The DESQ is a compact six channel, dual bus mixer ideals for small studios, outside broadcast vehicles or newsroom applications. As with all the Axia consoles, the DESQ is mated with a QOR.16 or QOR.32 mix engine and sources available on the Axia network can be assigned to channels using the rotary selector knobs.

Please note you will need a QOR.16 or QOR.32 mix engine to use this unit.

Part Number: 2001-00313
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Axia RAQ IP Console

Axia RAQ IP Console

The RAQ is a small format, rack mounted IP console ideal for monitoring in a racks room or for outside broadcast applications. As with all the consoles in the Axia range, the RAQ must be linked to a QOR.16 or QOR.32 mix engine and all sources available on the Axia network can be assigned to the rotary faders.

Please note you will need a QOR.16 or QOR.32 mix engine to use this expansion frame.

Part Number: 2001-00290
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AQOR.16 Mix Engine

QOR.16 Mix Engine

The QOR.16 console engine is a powerful DSP powered mix engine which is used in conjunction with the console frames from the Axia Radius and iQ ranges. The QOR.16 features fan-less, silent operation, a built in Ethernet switch and the following connectivity:

2 mic inputs with selectable Phantom power

8 stereo analog inputs

4 stereo analog outputs

1 AES/EBU inputs

1 AES/EBU outputs

4 GPIO machine-control logic ports (each with 5 opto-isolated inputs and 5 outputs).

Part Number: 2001-00274
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QOR.32 Mix Engine

QOR.32 Mix Engine

The QOR.32 console engine is a powerful DSP powered mix engine which is used in conjunction with the console frames from the Axia Radius and iQ ranges. The QOR.32 features fan-less, silent operation, a built in Ethernet switch and the following connectivity:

4 mic inputs with selectable Phantom power

16 stereo analog inputs

8 stereo analog outputs

2 AES/EBU inputs

2 AES/EBU outputs

8 GPIO machine-control logic ports (each with 5 opto-isolated inputs and 5 outputs).

Part Number: 2001-00276
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Axia Livewire Software Drivers

In addition to their hardware range, Axia also Livewire AoIP software drivers to allow software to interact with the Axia network. In effect, the Axia software drivers appear as standard sound cards so the majority of software applications will be able to use the Axia drivers instead of a regular soundcard.

Some software is designed to work more deeply with the Axia drivers incorporating features such as remote start and GPIO triggers. A good example of this is Myriad Playout which not only substitutes the Axia drivers for physical sound cards but can also work with the GPIO capabilities within the Axia platform.

The principle advantage of this is that you don't have to buy an expensive muilti-channel soundcard and you don't use any physical inputs to your QOR.16 or QOR.32 meaning that in many cases you can get away with the cheaper mix engine because although it has less physical inputs, you wont use any for your playout system!

Axia offers their Livewire Driver in a range of output configuratons:

Single In/out Audio Driver

1 Input / 1 Output Windows Driver

This option provides a single Axia Livewire driver input and output. It is ideal for Myriad 4 Playout systems being used as an automated playout box as Myriad will be able to do the Cart Player mixing and the mixed output is injected onto the Axia network.

Part Number: 3001-00017
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Four In/Out Audio Driver

4 Input / 4 Output Windows Driver

This option provides a four Axia Livewire driver inputs and  four outputs. It is ideal for Myriad 4 Playout systems being connected to a studio console for live use as each Cart Player will appear as a separate Livewire source to be assigned to channels as you wish.

Part Number: 3001-00057
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Accessories

To complete your Axia installation, we offer a range of cables and accessories that will make your job quicker and simpler. Principle among these are our range of RJ45 To Audio converters that provide a quick and simple solution for plugging standard audio cables and equipment into the non-standard RJ45 sockets used on the Axia equipment for most audio connections.

XLR to RJ45 Example

 

200mm Converter Options

Part Number: 2091-00129 Adapter, dual XLR Female to RJ-45 Female
Part Number: 2091-00130 Adapter, dual XLR Male to RJ-45 Female
Part Number: 2091-00131 Adapter, dual ¼" TRS to RJ-45 Female
Part Number: 2091-00132 Adapter, dual RCA phono dual plugs to RJ-45 Female
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2m Cable Options

Part Number: 2091-00123 Adapter, dual XLR Female to RJ-45 MaleH
Part Number: 2091-00124 Adapter, dual XLR Male to RJ-45 Male
Part Number: 2091-00125 Adapter, dual ¼" TRS to RJ-45 Male
Part Number: 2091-00126 Adapter, dual RCA phono plugs to RJ-45 Male
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Bespoke Axia System Design

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