Axia Shows new Element colors, control panels at IBC

13 August 2007, Cleveland Ohio, USA

Not only are Axia Element modular consoles the fastest-growing console brand in the industry, they’re also the most colorful! Visitors to IBC 2007 in Amsterdam will get their first glimpse of three new Element color schemes designed to blend harmoniously with modern studio decor.

“Axia clients love choices,” says marketing manager Clark Novak. “So they appreciate the flexibility Axia provides. Having a choice of console colors is just one more option broadcasters have to truly customize their studios when they use Axia.”

Element consoles can now be ordered in three color combinations: new Silver on Charcoal and Bronze on Charcoal colors, and the original Gray on Silver combo.

Element control surfaces are packed with powerful features to meet the most demanding air and production applications. Consoles feature four Program buses, four Aux Send buses, mix-minus and dedicated talk and preview functions on each channel, one-touch record and monitor sections and more. Element is also the first radio console that can mix audio in stereo or in discrete 5.1; its flexible internal architecture can be configured for either stereo or surround operation with a button-press.

One of Element’s most popular features is onboard three-band digital parametric EQ that can be applied to any source; engineers can predefine source-specific EQ that loads whenever a source is activated. And talent can have their own personalized mic compressor settings, thanks to onboard voice dynamics processing — compression, de-essing and expansion tools designed by Omnia Audio.

Axia will also showcase new Element Studio Control panels at IBC. These operator controls interface with Element consoles to give on-air hosts, guests and producers remote control of headphone selection, mic channels and more, and three new flexible button panels can be programmed to trigger router salvos, load profiles, switch studios, control audio gear, provide intercom functions and more.

New Element accessory controllers include:

  • A family of 5-, 10- and 15-button Film-Legendable Button Controllers in 1RU rackmount form-factors. These buttons can be custom-programmed with Axia PathfinderPC software for use as “macro” keys for frequently-used switching applications, or to provide recording device controls. These can be placed anywhere fast access to switching operations is needed – control rooms, talent studios, production rooms, TOCs, etc.
  • Programmable SmartSwitch 4-button Studio Accessory Panels. These backlit, dynamic-LCD displays are also programmed using PathfinderPC software and are designed for convenient placement adjacent to host or guest mic positions. Panels can be custom-programmed to provide controls for recording devices or used as one-button “macro” keys to perform simple switching applications or complex scene changes such as transferring program chains from studio to studio.
  • Programmable FilmCap 5-button Studio Accessory Panels. Like their rackmount cousins, these controller provide on-board switching capabilities for applications not requiring the dynamic function changes found in SmartSwitch modules, and can be mounted anywhere.
  • A Mic Control/Headphone Selector Panel for Element consoles. Talent can easily select their own headphone feed source and control its volume, as well as control mic channel on/off/mute functions. These functions are also available separately in stand-alone Mic Control Panel and Headphone Selector Panels.
  • A Producer’s Mic Control Panel for Element consoles. This unique Accessory Panel can be placed at dedicated Producer’s positions to give talkshow or morning show producers control of their mic channel’s remote on/off/mute operations, as well as dedicated Talkback keys for easy communication with studio guests, hosts and remote talent via the console's backfeeds.

The Axia IP-Audio system allows broadcasters to build audio networks of any size using standard Switched Ethernet to connect a few rooms — or an entire facility. Axia IP-Audio networks can carry hundreds of digital stereo (or nearly a hundred surround) audio channels over a standard CAT-6 cable, eliminating much of the cost normally associated with wiring labor and infrastructure. Axia products include a family of “audio nodes” that allow easy mixing and matching of digital, analog and microphone audio, and eliminate PC sound cards. Visit Axia at the IBC 2007 in Amsterdam, Stand #8.239, for a complete demonstration of IP-Audio networking. For more information, contact Clark Novak at Axia, +1-216-241-7225, or


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These press-ready photos of Element and Element accessory panels can be downloaded from the Axia Photo Gallery


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