Audio Snakes

You've got a little logistical problem: you have a bunch of stereo signals that have to be sent from one building to another...or from a concert stage to the mixing console... or from a network operations center to a satellite distribution center.

Any way you look at it, that's a large, awkward bundle of cables you have to route and find space for, not to mention the hours you'll spend installing connectors on both ends. Shouldn't there be a faster, easier way to do this?

In fact, there is. Axia technology lets you put your snake on a diet. Instead of a 100-conductor cable, Axia uses a single Ethernet cable to connect multiple audio channels, eliminating unwieldy cable snakes and their space requirements.


Axia in Action

WREO-FM installed an Axia snake with great success and you can read more here


How it works:

With Axia, A single Ethernet cable connects multiple audio channels. Put a switch at each end of your signal channel, and connect your audio sources to Axia 8-in/8-out Audio Nodes. Thanks to our huge capacity advantage, you can have as many Nodes as you want.

If you need even more capacity, use gigabit Ethernet and you can have hundreds of channels. Add fiber optic media converters and cable to increase channel capacity, and extend distance between units to many kilometers, with absolutely none of the line loss inherent in analog methods.

The flexibility of the Axia system is amazing. For instance, you can mix and match nodes for more flexibility. let's say you put a Microphone Node at one end and an Analog Audio Node at the other. Not only does it move the signals from one room to the other, it automagically turns mic levels into line levels! Or, how about analog line on one end and AES/EBU on the other? No conversion required - the Axia nodes take care of it for you.


What you'll need:

Axia xNode AES/EBU Digital Audio Node: Provides I/O for digital audio sources. Provides 4 stereo AES-3 inputs and 4 stereo AES-3 outputs. Sample-rate conversion available on all inputs, or sync to house clock.

Axia xNode Analog Line Node: Provides I/O for analog audio sources. 4 balanced stereo /8 balanaced mono inputs, and 4 balanced stereo / 8 balanced mono outputs. Inputs selectable for -10 dBv or +4 dBu. Outputs provide up to +24 dBm output level.

Axia xNode Mixed-Signal Node: Jack-of-all-trades xNode has 1 selectable Mic/Line analog input, 2 dedicated analog line inputs, 3 analog line outputs, 1 digital AES3 input and 1 AES3 output, and 2 GPIO ports.

Axia xSwitch AoIP Ethernet Switch: Built-for-broadcast Ethernet switch has 8 100BT Livewire Ethernet ports (4 with PoE), plus 2 copper Gigabit ports and 2 SFP module ports. 


Ethernet-to-Fiber Media Converter: A pair of Transition Networks' 10/100/1000 SX Media Converters can be used to connect two copper-port switches with fiber for long-distance snake runs.

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