Columbia College radio students raise iQ

7 new Axia AoIP consoles update Chicago’s student-run WCRX-FM

10 October 2011, Cleveland Ohio, USA

wcrxSince the mid-‘80s, WCRX-FM (, the student-run radio station of Chicago’s Columbia College, has been the recipient of dozens of awards for programming and achievement, including the prestigious Gold World Medal for Best College Radio Station (2009) from the New York Festivals. Soon, students in Columbia’s Radio department will reap the benefits of Axia Audio’s new iQ networked IP-Audio console.

WCRX has received 7 new iQ consoles with 7 matching QOR.32 integrated console engines, upgrading their facilities to the latest in networked radio mixers. The equipment was purchased through Broadcasters General Store.

The Axia iQ console is a stereo, four-bus mixer available in sizes from eight to 24 faders, with accessory frames which feature built-in multi-line telephone controls and user-programmable buttons that can control audio peripherals via GPIO. The QOR.32 integrated console engine features 4 Mic inputs, 16 analog ins and 8 analog outs, 2 AES/EBU ins and outs, and 8 GPIO logic ports.

Axia is the only AoIP console manufacturer to build the network switch into the console itself; iQ’s QOR.32 engine includes a zero-configuration, built-for-broadcast Ethernet switch with 6 100Base-T Livewire ports for single-cable connection of networked audio devices, and 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports for connection to other studios. Up to 4 iQ consoles may be daisy-chained using Simple Networking without the need for an external Ethernet switch.

iQ features premium components such as ultra-smooth conductive plastic faders, aircraft-quality switches with LED lighting, and high-resolution OLED displays for metering and other information. Anodized, machined-aluminum surfaces have laser-etched markings that can’t ever fade or rub off, and iQ frames are built of rugged extruded-aluminum components for RF immunity. A 16-fader iQ with QOR.32 engine carries a suggested retail price of only $10,585.

Axia radio consoles are a hit, with installations in over 2,000 studios worldwide. 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.

For more information about iQ, please visit For media information, contact Clark Novak at Axia Audio by email at, or by phone at +1-216-241-7225.


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.

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