Historic broadcaster makes move to IP consoles, routing
09 June 2011, Cleveland Ohio, USA
Gaylord Entertainment’s legendary WSM, home of the Grand Ole Opry, has purchased Axia Audio consoles and IP-Audio networking gear to outfit its Nashville, Tennessee studios.
On the air since 1925, the WSM call letters are among America’s best-known, and the station is the source of the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts, heard by millions on terrestrial and satellite radio. WSM was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. WSM’s Axia gear will be used in the production and broadcast of Opry radio shows.
The purchase, made through Broadcasters General Store of Ocala, Florida, includes 20- and 28-position Element 2.0 mixing consoles with PowerStation integrated console engines, plus multiple Axia Audio Nodes (networked interfaces for analog, AES/EBU and microphone-level audio sources). 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. Axia radio consoles are a hit, with installations in over 2,000 studios worldwide.
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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.