Axia's Shay Examines Implementation of Studio Networking Standards

20 March 2013, Cleveland Ohio, USA

Greg Shay, Chief Science Officer of The Telos Alliance and Axia Audio, will look at competing standards for IP-Audio studio networks at NAB 2013 in a white paper entitled "Taking the Sting Out of the Evolving Digital Audio Networks."

As a co-inventor and a member of the R&D team instrumental in the development of LivewireTM, the IP-Audio networking technology introduced by Axia in 2003, Shay is well-qualified for discussions about the future of networked studio systems. He is also a member of the AES Task Group on Audio-over-IP Interoperability, a part of the X192 Project initiated by the AES Standards Committee to develop a high-performance streaming audio-over-IP interoperability standard. Axia Audio is both a charter member, and a sponsor of the X192 project.

"Digital audio networking is here to stay," says Shay, adding that "It's both the state of the art, and the future. But, with an AES standard for IP-Audio in the works right now, there's a bit of uncertainty about what the future will hold. My presentation will look at both the differences and similarities of today's systems, as well as equipment design issues such as network synchronization, stability and design of local clocking hardware, stream formats, computing requirements and more, with an eye toward helping broadcasters – and vendors – navigate these choppy waters and plan for the future."

Greg will present his paper at the Broadcast Engineering Conference of NAB 2013 on Sunday, April 7, at 4:30 PM in Room S227 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Axia Audio's Livewire IP-Audio protocol is the world's most popular studio networking technology, used in more than 4,500 broadcast studios worldwide. Livewire allows broadcasters to quickly and easily build audio networks to connect a few rooms, or an entire facility, and has a total system capacity of more than 10,000 audio streams. Over 45 partner companies make broadcast equipment that connects directly via Ethernet to Axia networks. Axia also supports the high-performance RAVENNA IP-Audio standard.

Visitors to NAB in Las Vegas, 8 - 11 April 2013, can see the entire family of Axia AoIP consoles and networking equipment at the Telos Alliance display in the LVCC Central Hall, Booth C3007.


Axia Audio, a Telos Alliance company, builds Ethernet-based professional IP-Audio products for broadcast, sound-reinforcement and commercial audio applications. Along with the Element 2.0, iQ, Radius, DESQ and RAQ AoIP consoles for on-air, commercial production, audio workstations and personal studios, Axia products include intercom systems, digital audio routers, DSP mixers and processors, and software for configuring, managing and interfacing networked audio systems.