Six-fader, two-bus Axia DESQ console is a cost-effective, small-footprint console option perfect for small production studios, remote vehicles, content ingest stations, etc. DESQ has two stereo mixing buses and a Preview (cue) bus, six high-quality 100mm conductive-plastic faders for silky-smooth operation and long life, razor-sharp OLED channel options displays, an OLED meter display with switchable VU / PPM ballistics, and monitor / headphone controls for auditioning of Program buses or two assignable External monitor source selections.
There’s also an OLED time-of-day clock + timer display, with auto / manual reset option. As with all Axia consoles, aircraft-quality switches feature all-LED lighting; the anodized work surface has rub- proof etched markings that can’t rub off. Additional features include automatic mix-minus for phone callers and codec sources, EQ for voice sources, and Show Profile instant recall of up to four pre-defined console “snapshots”.
DESQ requires no countertop cutout and takes only 16” square of desk space; it connects to the QOR.16 integrated console engine with a single power/control cable. DESQ is ideal for standalone installation, but works with larger Axia networks too. A DESQ control surface and a QOR.16 integrated console engine constitute a complete RAQ system, but two DESQ consoles, or one RAQ and one DESQ console, may be paired with a single QOR.16 for cost-effective multi-console deployment.
DESQ Mixing Console Features
6 faders, each with instant access to any source. Assign any type of source to any channel with a simple twist of the Options knob.
Proven surface-and-core architecture separates control from mixing processes. No audio passes directly through DESQ; all mixing and processing is performed in the QOR.16 Integrated Console Engine – so studio “accidents” don’t turn into off-air events.
Software upgrade for QOR.16 integrated console makes DESQ AoIP console AES67-compliant.
Two stereo mix buses and a Preview (cue) bus.
Alpha-numeric OLED displays below each fader always show the current audio source with audio confidence meter, and, when the Options knob is pressed, offer fast adjustment of fader gain trim, EQ, pan and balance and other features without panel clutter or intimidating controls.
Channel-input confidence meters assure talent of audio presence before taking sources to air.
Built-in three-band per-source EQ.
Each fader’s context-sensitive Soft key can be used to activate talkback, start delivery system events, or perform other special functions.
Every channel strip has a stereo Preview (“cue”) function, with a unique interlock system for fast cuing of multiple sources.
Reconfigurable CR monitor section with direct-selection of Program buses and reassignable buttons that allow instant monitoring of external sources.
Four custom Show Profile “snapshots” can be saved to instantly recall frequently-used console setups – useful to quickly prepare for interview segments, music-intensive programming, call-in talk shows, etc.
Automatic mix-minuses for phones, remote talent, etc.
Bright OLED meter display provides responsive, readable VU or PPM metering styles. Switchable display allows metering either Program bus.
All functions can be accessed remotely for configuration, management and diagnostic purposes using any standard Web browser.
Separate OLED clock/timer display features NTP-capable time-of-day clock and event timer that can be manually or automatically reset via source activation.
Network gateway enables loading networked sources while simultaneously exporting outputs back to the network.
Easy-to-deploy QOR.16 integrated console engine includes console CPU and power supply, DSP mixing engine, custom Ethernet switch with 6 Livewire ports and 2 Gigabit ports for studio networking, 8 analog inputs and 4 analog outputs, 1 AES input and 1 AES output, 2 Mic inputs with switchable Phantom power, and 4 GPIO ports for machine control. I/O can be expanded using Axia xNodes.
QOR.16’s integrated zero-configuration network switch is custom-designed for broadcasting — no switch setup required. Supports Simple Networking, allowing up to 4 QOR engines to be daisy-chained without the need for a separate core switch.
Each QOR.16 can support two connected RAQ or DESQ consoles, or one of each.
Fan-free, convection-cooled power supply for noiseless in-studio operation.
Automixer available on all channels.
DESQ Mixing Console In Depth
A big console for small spaces.
Not every studio requires a full-size mixing console. Not every studio is full-size, itself! But you still want the advantages of IP-Audio networking: the ability to send program audio to other studios, the ability to consume audio from satellite downlinks, remote codecs and phone hybrids, or to trigger routing scene changes from a user-mapped control panel. And you don’t want a toylike plastic pro-audio mixer — you want a real broadcast console that fits into a rack or turret, or on a small desktop space. A console with a small footprint, but big capabilities.
DESQ is a compact, special-purpose IP console from Axia. It may be compact in stature, but it’s big on features and performance. DESQ has “big board” capabilities you won’t find in other consoles of this size — automatic per-fader mix-minus, built-in EQ for voice and codec sources, and the ability to instantly load new local or networked sources to any fader with just the turn of a knob. Which means DESQ easily out-classes mixers with similar form factors — and even ones that take up much more room.
DESQ is a six-fader console in a form-factor that lets it fit just about anywhere there’s a few inches of spare space: DESQ is only 16 inches (39.9 cm) square. It’s built Axia-tough, with a machined-aluminum work surface that takes the rough stuff jocks can dish out. Our familiar 100 mm. conductive-plastic faders feel like silk under the fingertips, and you’ll also find the avionics-grade switches with LED lighting that have become an Axia hallmark.
Other features include OLED channel and meter displays, four-source monitor section with two external locations that can be reassigned “on the fly”, and an OLED time-of-day clock and event timer. Like its rackmount cousin, RAQ, DESQ also has four Show Profile console snapshot locations, and push-and- turn Options knobs at the top of each fader that give instant access to fader source assignments, pan/ balance, and input gain trim.
Despite all these features, DESQ is so cost-effective, broadcasters are coming up with creative, new uses for them. Its big features and small footprint make DESQ the perfect console for interview studios, live performance spaces for on-air broadcast, news and feature production — whatever. Take it on road trip remotes, or to sporting events where multiple mics are required. Or put it in mobile units or ENG kits. Perfect for personal production studios, too.
Audio I/O, GPIO, console CPU, super-duty power supply, and even a network switch are all built into the QOR.16. Just plug in your mics, CD players, codecs, profanity delays, whatever. There are 16 audio I/O ports: two Mic inputs with switchable Phantom power, eight analog inputs and four analog outputs, and one AES/EBU input and output. QOR.16 also has four GPIO logic ports for machine control of studio peripherals, six 100Base-T ports for Livewire devices, and two Gigabit ports with SFP for connection to the outside world. For more I/O, just add Axia xNode interfaces. And you can daisy chain as many as four QOR engines without the need for an external Ethernet switch, making installation even more economical. And here’s the kicker: one QOR.16 can power two DESQ mixers — or a DESQ and a RAQ (DESQ’s six-fader, rackmount cousin)!
DESQ Mixing Console Specifications
Microphone Inputs: 2x balanced XLR-F, with selectable Phantom power
Analog Inputs: 8x RJ-45, StudioHub+ standard.
Analog Outputs: 4x RJ-45, StudioHub+ standard.
AES/EBU Inputs: 1x RJ-45, StudioHub+ standard.
AES/EBU Outputs: 1x RJ-45, StudioHub+ standard.
GPIO: 4x DB-15
4x 100Base-T with PoE, RJ-45
2x 100Base-T, RJ-45
2x 1000Base-T, RJ-45
2x Gigabit, SFP (Small Form Pluggable)
Console Frame Connections: 1x, 6-pin “latch and lock” style
Accessory Connections: 1x, 6-pin “latch and lock” style
Source Impedance: 150 ohms
Input Impedance: 4 k ohms minimum, balanced
Nominal Level Range: Adjustable, -75 dBu to -20 dBu
Input Headroom: >20 dB above nominal input
Output Level: +4 dBu, nominal
Analog Line Inputs
Input Impedance: 20 k Ohms
Nominal Level Range: Selectable, +4 dBu or -10dBv
Input Headroom: 20 dB above nominal input
Analog Line Outputs
Output Source Impedance: <50 ohms balanced
Output Load Impedance: 600 ohms, minimum
Nominal Output Level: +4 dBu
Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu
Digital Audio Inputs And Outputs
Reference Level: +4 dBu (-20 dB FSD)
Impedance: 110 Ohm, balanced (XLR)
Signal Format: AES-3 (AES/EBU)
AES-3 Input Compliance: 24-bit with selectable sample rate conversion, 20 kHz to 216kHz input sample rate capable.
AES-3 Output Compliance: 24-bit
Digital Reference: Internal (network timebase) or external reference 48 kHz, +/- 2 ppm
Mic Pre Input to Analog Line Output: <0.005%, 1 kHz, -38 dBu input, +18 dBu output
Analog Input to Analog Output: <0.008%, 1 kHz, +18 dBu input, +18 dBu output
Digital Input to Digital Output: <0.0003%, 1 kHz, -20 dBFS
Digital Input to Analog Output: <0.005%, 1 kHz, -6 dBFS input, +18 dBu output
Crosstalk Isolation, Stereo Separation And CMRR
Analog Line channel to channel isolation: 90 dB isolation minimum, 20 Hz to 20 kH
Microphone channel to channel isolation: 80 dB isolation minimum, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Analog Line Stereo separation: 85 dB isolation minimum, 20Hz to 20 kHz
Analog Line Input CMRR: >50 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Microphone Input CMRR: >50 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Mic Equalizer (applicable to up to 6 faders)
Frequency Bands: 20Hz to 320Hz, 125Hz to 2KHz, 1.25KHz to 20KHz.
Cut/Boost range on each band: -25dB to +15dB.
Q-factor: Automatic - bandwidth varies based on amount of cut or boost.
Power Supply AC Input, QOR.16 with DESQ Console
Auto-sensing supply, 90VAC to 240VAC, 50 Hz to 60 Hz, IEC receptacle, internal fuse
Power consumption: 100 Watts
-10 degrees C to +40 degrees C, <90% humidity, no condensation
W 15.31in (38.9 cm), H 15.30 in (38.87 cm), D 2.79 in (7.1 cm)
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What is the length of the CANBus cable for iQ and Radius?
The supplied CANBus cable is 20 feet (6.1 meters). This is the maximum recommended length.
If I use an Axia audio node to add more mic inputs than the QOR has, can I EQ those as well?
Yes, up to eight voice audio sources can be EQ'd, whether they're attached to the QOR or another Node.
I understand that the QOR engine has a "gateway" to the rest of the Livewire network. If I connect an iQ6 telephone hybrid to it, do I "consume" two of those inputs and outputs?
Yes. There are two operating modes for the QOR's gateway: 12 inputs / 4 outputs, and 8 inputs / 8 outputs. Connecting an iQ6 to your console will consume two inputs and outputs. (See elsewhere in the FAQ section for more about the QOR's Livewire gateway.)
Can my console apply equalization to voice channels?
Yes, you can EQ up to eight audio sources for mics, codecs, or other "voice-type" inputs.