New studios in Seoul feature Element consoles, Axia IP-Audio routing network
27 June 2012, Cleveland Ohio, USA
Far East Broadcasting Company, or FEBC for short (www.febc.org), an international radio network broadcasting Christian programming in 130 languages, has chosen Axia Audio consoles and routing systems to power new studios for their flagship station, HLKX-FM 106.9, Seoul, South Korea.
HLKX has been a part of Seoul’s broadcast landscape since 1956, when it signed-on with broadcasts to North Korea, China, Russia and Mongolia. Since then, FEBC has expanded its Korean network to include stations in several South Korean cities, including Daejon, Changwon, Jeju, Mokpo, Yeongdong, Pohang, Ulsan, Busan, Daegu and Gwangju.
Studio integration services for FEBC Seoul’s studio upgrade were provided by US system integration firm, ZiemerTronics, through its local Korean partner, Jeail Elec-Trading Co., Ltd. Axia equipment for the project includes a 16-position Axia Element broadcast console with StudioEngine mixing engine, Axia Audio Node AoIP interfaces, and other IP-Audio routing equipment.
Joe Ziemer, President of ZiemerTronics, says “We’ve been supplying broadcast equipment to stations in South Korea since 1983. The FEBC organization is a valued customer, and we have been honored to serve them for several years.”
“Like many worldwide stations,” Ziemer continues, “FEBC Seoul has been converting its old-world analog gear to state of the art digital equipment. So, when the time came to update the studio mixer, they contacted us. At first, and understandably, FEBC was hesitant about becoming the very first user of Axia in Korea, but we demonstrated to FEBC management that the Axia Element is a superb balance of modern IP technology with a reasonable price. Our customer totally understands that the Axia Element is quite affordable today, and has capabilities that will serve them well into the future.”
HLKX’s Station Establishment Director, Dr. (Ph. D) Ihn-Kiel Chang, says “Not only did the Axia Element comply with strict demands of our budget, but at this point, we envision it as a modern tool we can use to help our organization in our important mission.”
FEBC’s Engineering Director, Jong-Bo Lee, adds “As we have been using the Axia mixer for one month, the mixer is very quiet and flexible. Through this period of familiarization with Axia, we are quite happy.”
Axia Audio is the world’s most popular IP-Audio networking system for broadcast. Over 3,000 studios are on-air using Axia Livewire technology; more than 25,000 connected devices, such as codecs, audio processors, phone systems, and digital delivery systems, are in the field.
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 Axia partners, including companies such as Nautel, AudioScience, International Datacasting, BSI, 25-Seven Systems, and Studer, now make broadcast equipment that connects using Livewire. For a complete list of Axia Partners, visit AxiaAudio.com/partners/. Axia also supports the high-performance RAVENNA IP-Audio standard, which is backed by companies like Genelec, Neumann, Sonifex, Merging Technologies and Lawo. For further information please visitravenna.alcnetworx.com .
FEBC Seoul’s Axia system was installed entirely by Engineering Assistant Manager, Beom-Yong Lee, pictured here with Element console.
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Axia, 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.