Quasar SR is the direct replacement for Axia’s best-selling Fusion console. If you like Fusion, you’ll love Quasar SR—which is comparable to the Fusion console in both price and feature set but also delivers all the power, ergonomics, industrial design, and star appeal of our flagship Quasar XR console.
Quasar SR is not reserved for the most knowledgeable broadcaster but is approachable to any board operator thanks to its streamlined surface design. Quasar SR uses the same frame, power supply, and master module as Quasar XR, but the fader modules are non-motorized, and there are fewer, larger, and easier-to-reach buttons on each channel strip. If the LED meters next to each fader on the Quasar XR console are a bit too much functionality for your surface, then Quasar SR might be the solution for you, featuring Confidence Class Metering only.
Mature, Reliable AoIP Technology
Tap into the power of AoIP with Axia Quasar™, our sixth-generation of AoIP consoles and the industry-standard in mixing excellence. Powered by mature and sophisticated AoIP technology from Telos Alliance—the inventor of AoIP for broadcast—Quasar is designed for steadfast reliability with no single point of failure.
Quasar is part of the vast Livewire+™ AES67 ecosystem, making communication with other devices on the network easy by allowing detection, sharing, and control of audio resources across multiple studios connected to the network. With Quasar, AoIP’s promises of built-in redundancy, cost-efficiency, ease of use and setup, and system scalability are fully realized.
The Pinnacle of Console Design
Designed based on extensive global customer feedback and ergonomic studies, Quasar consoles deliver pride of ownership with their exquisite appearance and high-quality architecture, including scratch-resistant work surfaces and components rugged enough for a lifetime of use. All parts subject to wear are industrial, automotive, or even avionics grade.
The absence of an overbridge makes for easy desk installation, and the console is fanless for quiet operation, with redundant load-sharing power supply units. High-resolution color TFT displays and RGB pushbuttons are used throughout.
Reinforcing its innovative design, Quasar received the RedTech Award for Ergonomics and the IBC Best of Show Award.
Touch Control and Touch Sensors Built-In
Quasar consoles have a sleek, easy-to-operate industrial-grade 12.1-inch touchscreen user interface that is so familiar, you’ll be acquainted with the operation of the console within minutes. Two types of UIs are available—Expert and Simplified—to cover all user workflow requirements. Quasar does not require an external display to function thanks to its touchscreen, although you can connect an external monitor via the rear HDMI port to show a duplicate of the touchscreen interface. In addition, all Quasar consoles offer Touch-sensitive Encoders, Faders, and User Buttons, offering responsive user interaction and bringing Quasar’s dynamic UI closer to your fingertips.
Customizable and Easy to Use
Expert Source Profile controls allow power users a granular definition of custom logic associated with each source. Users can program GPIO control, mix-minus routing, talkback, and other functions based upon console channel state. Flexible Record Mode gives complete control of monitors, meters, headphone feeds, program bus assignments, and more. Additionally, Show Profiles allow up to 4,000 console “snapshots” with different settings, layouts, and defaults loaded instantly, customizing the board to each show requirement or talent preference, if desired. Finally, automatic mix-minus and auto-mixing are available on all channels.
Axia Quasar SR AoIP Mixing Console Features
Super-reliable 6th-generation surface from Axia
Compact and sleek design, based on extensive ergonomic studies
Designed for any size radio studios and specialized TV installations
Built-in, modular fanless PSUs with redundant option
Reduced fader pitch for higher fader density
No overbridge for easier installation on work surfaces. No OLEDs
Table-top frames are convertible to flush-mount
Color and finishes fit with lighting used in modern TV-camera-equipped studios
Modules can be installed as standalone outside of frame for modern, nontraditional creative work spaces
Easy-to-operate touchscreen-based UI. No external display required
Intuitive Web UI with integrated HTML5 remote control
Ethernet-connected and self-contained surface modules
All channel strip pushbuttons are user-assignable
4 user-programmable Master buttons with capacitive touch-sense
All encoders and faders are touch-sensitive
Quasar Engine Scalable to 64 stereo input channels
Fully redesigned DSP processing, available on all channels
Automixer available on all channels
Additional V-Mixer with 80 stereo inputs (independent from console)
New soft Call Controller switchable from 8-lines to 12-lines
Support for backup control surfaces in Quasar Engine
Highly flexible and automated audio workflows including auto-mixing and auto mix-minus
Source and show profiles for ultimate customization without user intervention
Customizable color strip on modules for easy identification of source groups
Axia Quasar SR AoIP Mixing Console In Depth
Sixth-Generation AoIP Console from Axia
Quasar is Axia’s new, state-of-the-art broadcast mixing system. And it is built like a tank.
Beautiful and rugged, with durable and scratch-resistant work surfaces, high-resolution color TFT displays and RGB pushbuttons throughout, plus an industrial-grade 12.1-inch TFT IPS touchscreen. With its easy-to-use User Interface, advanced ergonomics, top-quality components, and massive feature set, Axia raises the bar with Quasar, once again setting new quality standards for native AoIP broadcast consoles.
Available in sizes from 4 to 24 faders per frame, with support for up to 32 faders in multiple linked frames, the console offers a reduced footprint and directly connects to an Axia network with a single or dual redundant Ethernet cable. Frames are available in both tabletop or flush-mount versions and can be converted from one type to the other with a special kit.
Quasar SR-4Fader modules offer touch-sensitive controls and non-motorized faders as standard features, confidence-class metering, source-drive color-coding, and customizable hardware buttons on the entire surface. A variety of source profile types provide control of mic/line inputs, telephones, codecs, and other devices. Enhanced, integrated features for phones and codecs include auto-assigned mix-minus on each channel, easy talkback for remote talent cueing, one-button off-air phone record mode, and integrated, touchscreen-based Telco line switching that can interface with Telos phone hybrids and VoIP/SIP talk-show systems.
Quasar sports a Master Touchscreen module that presents a simple and intuitive GUI (Graphical User Interface) that is so familiar, you’ll be acquainted with the operation of the console within minutes. Thanks to its touchscreen, Quasar does not require an external display to function, although an external monitor could be connected via the rear HDMI port to show a duplicate of the touchscreen interface.
Expert Source Profile controls allow power users a granular definition of custom logic associated with each source. Users can program GPIO control, mix-minus routing, talkback, and other functions based upon console channel state. Flexible Record Mode gives complete control of monitors, meters, headphone feeds, program bus assignments and more. Show Profiles allow up to 4,000 console “snapshots” with different settings, layouts, and defaults loaded instantly, customizing the board to each show requirement or talent preference, if desired. An HTML5 remote GUI is built into the Web UI to allow remote control and operation of the console from any browser-enabled device.
Cooling & Power Supply
The Quasar control surface is completely fanless, with built-in industrial-grade Power Supply Units available in either single or redundant configuration. Up to four PSUs can be included in a single console frame, depending on frame size and configuration desired.
The Quasar system is designed and built to last a lifetime. All its components were carefully selected with very strict lifetime requirements. All parts subject to wear are industrial, automotive, or even avionics grade.
Leveraging the Power of Axia’s AoIP Infrastructure
The Quasar connects to Axia’s Livewire+™ AES67 AoIP network, and takes advantage of its powerful distributed I/O architecture. The Livewire+ network allows detection, sharing and control of audio resources across multiple studios connected to the network, and its technology complies with the latest AES67 standards.
Infinity IP Intercom Integration
When coupled with an Infinity IP Intercom System, Quasar users have direct access to, and control of, their intercom system’s audio. Quasar / Infinity workflows are enhanced with a number of features including direct integration of Control Room Monitor GPIO functions, interruption of console backfeeds, and the power to remotely control Infinity hardware or virtual panel’s keys via the console’s central touchscreen.
Control Surface Dimensions
Width: from 428mm / 16.85” (4 faders+Master) to 1360mm / 53.54” (28 faders+Master)
Quasar SR is powered by the Quasar Engine, a native AoIP powerhouse with 16 stereo channels, expandable to 64 channels. It offers 4-band fully parametric EQ and powerful dynamics processing including talent headphone processing, True Peak limiting on Program, Record, and Phone buses, a dedicated low-latency peak limiter on every input channel, variable position insert sends and returns, and automixer on every channel. Quasar Engine includes four program buses and eight auxiliary buses, four Surface Layers, and a Virtual Mixer (VMix) with 16 independent 5-channel VMixers to extend the mixing capacity of your Quasar console far beyond the physical fader count. Extended AES67 functionality brings full compliance to all engine inputs, outputs, and monitoring sections, and adds PTP synchronization. Redundant power is standard with this mix-engine platform. The Quasar Engine is fan-cooled, while the Quasar console is completely fanless.
Based on the proven Quasar Engine, Quasar Engine RPS brings many of the features and functions normally managed in the control surface to the engine itself. This makes it possible to create a standalone mixer without the need for an actual XR or SR surface, instead using the browser-based Quasar Soft user interface.
Unlock your XR or SR's remote capabilities with the optional Quasar Soft Software Upgrade. This customizable remote control solution lets you control your Quasar surface from a browser. You can generate up to eight HTML-5 pages and configure them to display any of the 64 input channels, plus a small monitor section, or even the entire master section of the console.
Included as part of the Quasar Soft license, Quasar Cast is a remote monitoring solution that lets you listen to any Livewire stream in the network through the same web browser. Quasar Cast generates a compressed OPUS stream from a source in the Livewire network and can serve up to eight clients (including Quasar Soft instances). With Quasar Cast, you can listen to what is happening in the studio, and on the air, while you operate the console remotely using Quasar Soft.
For use in studios with either Quasar XR or SR consoles, these modules include the Microphone In/Headphone Out Console Module, Microphone/Headphone Control Accessory Module, the Motorized Fader Accessory Modules.
Quasar SmartKey Module is a 2-channel wide surface module for Quasar XR and SR surfaces which adds up to four blocks of six programmable user keys. Each key can be programmed to display user-defined text using Axia Pathfinder Core PRO.
Mic/Headphone Control Accessory Module provides remote control of mic on/off functions where dedicated Mute and Talkback buttons give talent full control of their position. A Volume/Source selection knob allows users to select their headphone monitor source and the display readout confirms their choice.
Quasar's Motorized Fader Accessory Module provides all of the functionality of the Mic/Headphone Module with the addition of a high-quality motorized fader that allows control of any of the Quasar Mic channels. With the features included, this module can effectively function as an additional channel strip for your surface, mountable in a remote location.
Quasar Mic in/HP out Console Module is an optional 1ch-wide module that can be placed anywhere on the surface to add a convenient Talkback Input and Headphone Output to your Quasar. It comes with its own headphone amp board that must be plugged into the Quasar Rear I/O module, to let the console receive any line signal and turn it into a high-quality, hi-power headphone output.