Irish broadcasters expand Axia network
18 June, 2010, Cleveland Ohio, USA
In 2008, i105-107 (www.i105107.ie), a “super-regional” FM station that serves central and northeastern Ireland, signed on using Axia IP-Audio console and routing equipment. Two years later, they've become repeat customers installing a second round of Axia-powered studios.
Situated in Athlone, Ireland’s “broadcast center”, i105-107’s Axia gear proved popular with talent and engineering. So much so that iRadio decided to expand the Athlone studios to include sister station i102-104 (www.i102104.ie), then operating from studios in Galway.
Andy Linton of Total Broadcast Consultants, Axia’s distributor in Ireland, carried out the consolidation project. “As i105-107 had got on so well with the Axia system in Athlone, it made sense to expand it,” says Linton. “They decided to ditch the Klotz system previously in place in Galway and instead grow their Axia system with another Element console and PowerStation.”
Both iRadio stations (which together have 18 transmitters covering half of Ireland) now have full use of the four Axia equipped studios, any of which can go to air on either or both networks.
iRadio’s Axia routing network now includes four Element modular consoles along with a variety of audio nodes, Studio Engines and PowerStation integrated console engines. The system also makes use of Axia iProFiler automated logging software, PathfinderPRO router automation software, and networked Axia Studio Accessory Panels for headphone and mic control.
The Axia IP-Audio system allows broadcasters to build audio networks of any size using standard 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 over a single CAT-6 cable, eliminating much of the cost normally associated with wiring labor and infrastructure. Additionally, broadcast equipment and playout systems from over two-dozen Axia Partners connect directly to Axia networks using standard Ethernet connections.
Over 1,500 Axia IP-Audio systems are now in use at radio stations around the world. For more information, please visitwww.AxiaAudio.com and contact Clark Novak at Axia Audio by email at cnovak@AxiaAudio.com , or by phone at +1-216-241-7225.
This print-quality photo of the iRadio studios can be downloaded from the Axia Photo Gallery at www.AxiaAudio.com/pix/.