Axia Introduces AES/EBU Node

Axia Introduces AES/EBU Node 
Digital audio to Ethernet adapter enables networking in pro-audio applications.

1 July 2004, Cleveland Ohio, USA

Axia audio introduces a new product—the AES/EBU Node—into its growing range of networked professional audio products.

The AES/EBU node packs eight stereo AES3 inputs and eight stereo AES3 outputs into a single RU device with a built-in auto sensing power supply (no wall-warts or line-lumps).

The Livewire™ enabled Ethernet port connects the AES/EBU node to a high-capacity media network based on standard Ethernet switching technology. A built-in web server enables remote configuration and control via a standard web browser. The node also contains a user-friendly dot matrix front panel display that simplifies device identification during installation and provides audio confidence metering.

“This adapter node allows clients to connect their digital equipment directly to the network, eliminating A/D/A conversions,” says Axia president Michael Dosch. “Analog and digital nodes can be mixed as needed so that every device in the facility is available on the network. And because wiring infrastructure is significantly decreased, so is the cost associated with labor, maintenance and materials. With Axia Audio Nodes, you can construct a very large audio network and save about half of the cost of a traditional hard-wired routing switcher.”

The AES/EBU Node is flexible and easy to use, according to Axia marketing director Clark Novak. “Connect one to an Analog Audio Node and you have 16 A-to-D and 16 D-to-A 24-bit Delta-Sigma converters. Connect a few of these to an Ethernet switch and you have a 32x32 stereo digital routing switcher. And it all runs on easy-to-install CAT-6 cables.”

“Here’s another unique feature: use an AES/EBU Node with the Axia IP-Audio Driver for Windows and you can send digital audio from your PC workstations directly into your audio network, without any kind of sound card or D-to-A conversion. How’s that for convenience?”

For more information on the AES/EBU Audio Node, or on any of Axia Audio’s growing line of products, contact Clark Novak at, or visit


Axia, a Telos company, builds network-based professional audio products for broadcast, production, sound-reinforcement and commercial audio applications. Products include digital audio routers, DSP mixers and processors and software for configuring, managing, and interfacing networked audio systems.