Axia introduces new RAQ compact AoIP console

3 April 2012, Cleveland Ohio, USA

Axia‘s family of AoIP consoles expands even further at the 2012 NAB Convention, with the introduction of RAQ, a rackmount six-channel IP mixer designed to meet the rigorous demands of newscasts or news assembly. RAQ is well-suited to any application for which a rack- or turret-mounted mixer is needed.

Paired with the fanless Axia QOR.16 console engine, RAQ is perfect for standalone operation, but can also connect to Axia LivewireTM networks to share audio with other studios. Setup is easy: RAQ connects to the QOR.16 with a single cable. QOR.16 is an "integrated console engine" which contains analog, AES/EBU and Livewire I/O, GPIO logic ports, console power supply and CPU, and a zero-configuration network switch with Gigabit.

Not only that, a single QOR.16 engine can be used with two Axia RAQ consoles (or with the new DESQ desktop mixer), making a very cost-effective solution for multi-console installations. A RAQ with QOR.16 carries a suggested list price of just $4,690 USD; adding a second RAQ costs only $1,695 more.

RAQ features include:

  • 2 stereo Program buses, plus Preview (cue) bus
  • Six silky-smooth, premium-quality rotary faders
  • Automatic mix-minus for every channel
  • Rugged machined-aluminum work surface
  • Sharp, high-resolution OLED audio meter can be switched between VU and PPM ballistics
  • OLED Channel Information display on every channel - no more handwritten labels!
  • Options knob and Channel Information display make quick work of selecting new sources, adjusting pan/balance, EQ, gain trim and other options.
  • Avionics-quality switches with LED lighting
  • 4 instant-recall Show Profile snapshots for one-touch recall of frequently-used configurations
  • 4-position Monitor selector with two External selections, assignable on-the-fly
  • Single-cable connection to QOR.16 console engine

Each Axia QOR.16 integrated console engine (which can support two RAQ or DESQ mixers) is self- contained, with a zero-configuration Ethernet switch — an Axia exclusive. The QOR.16 has six Livewire 100Base-T ports with PoE, along with two Gigabit ports for studio interconnection, 4 GPIO logic ports, two microphone inputs with switchable Phantom power, 8 analog inputs and 4 analog outputs, 1 AES/EBU input and 1 AES/EBU output. It‘s perfect for deploying consoles in standalone studios, but easily networks with other studios via copper or optical Gigabit connections.

Axia radio consoles are a hit, with installations in over 2,500 studios worldwide. Models include Element 2.0 consoles available in sizes up to 40 faders, the iQ console that‘s expandable up to 24 faders, and the 8-fader Radius.Axia allows broadcasters to quickly and easily build audio networks using switched Ethernet to connect a few rooms, or an entire facility. Axia networks have a total system capacity of more than 10,000 audio streams, and can carry hundreds of digital stereo channels (plus machine logic and PAD) over a single CAT-6 cable, eliminating much of the cost normally associated with wiring labor and infrastructure. Over 30 partner companies now make broadcast equipment that connects using the Livewire standard.

Axia RAQ consoles will be available during Q2, 2012. Visitors to NAB 2012 in Las Vegas can see new RAQ and DESQ mixers along with the entire family of Axia IP-Audio consoles at the Axia Audio/Telos Alliance exhibit, Booth C3113 in the Central Hall. For more information about Axia,, and for media information, contact Clark Novak at, or call +1 216-241-7225.


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Axia, a Telos company, builds Ethernet-based professional IP-Audio products for broadcast, sound-reinforcement and commercial audio applications. Along with the popular Element 2.0 modular console for on-air, commercial production, audio workstations and personal studios, Axia products include the PowerStation integrated console engine, intercom systems, digital audio routers, DSP mixers and processors, and software for configuring, managing and interfacing networked audio systems.