Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy, Upgrades to Axia

Syndicated Technology Journalist Installs IP-Audio Console, Network

28 October 2009, Cleveland Ohio, USA

Leo Laporte, host of Premiere Radio Networks’ nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Tech Guy”, has installed an Axia IP-Audio network and Element 2.0 broadcast console at his Petaluma, California studio.

“The Axia IP-Audio network solves a big problem for us,” Laporte said. “Before, we were getting digital audio, running it through an analog mixer, then saving it out as digital again. Now we just stay digital end-to-end. Another great feature is that each of the Element console’s 18 faders can be assigned to its own profile. And each show can have its own profile on top of that.”

Show Profiles that allow talent to save and instantly recall favorite console settings are just one of the powerful features that have made Element 2.0 audio consoles a best-seller — more than 1,500 Axia consoles have been installed in just six short years. Other Element benefits include customizable voice and headphone processing by Omnia, fully-automatic mix-minus generation for each fader, automatic split-channel Record mode, individual source EQ presets, and an intuitive, fully-integrated Talkback/IFB system.

“The Axia IP-Audio network hides so much complexity, and yet there's so much going on,” said Laporte.

“Nearly every broadcast engineer in the US has heard Leo’s radio show or seen his shows on the TWiT netcast network,” says Axia marketing director Clark Novak. “He’s completely plugged in to the latest in computer and consumer technology. Having Axia gear powering Leo’s show feels like winning the World Series.”

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.

Leo Laporte shows off his Axia Element 2.0 mixing console.


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 digital audio routers, DSP mixers and processors, and software for configuring, managing and interfacing networked audio systems.

About Leo Laporte: Leo Laporte is ChiefTWiT of the TWiT netcast network, host of "This Week in Tech" (the world's most popular technology podcast) and the nationally-syndicated "Tech Guy" radio show. Laporte is the former host of "Call For Help" and "The Screensavers" on TechTV. Laporte and other hosts on his network create more than 40 hours of live technology programming each week, streamed live at http://live.twit.tv. Laporte himself usually broadcasts without interruption from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific, five days a week.