Axia iQs Virtual Mixing Console FAQs


What, exactly, is iQs?

iQs is an audio mixer that you purchase as software. The iQs software can be pre-installed at Telos Alliance on a 1RU compute platform called the “AE-1000.” Axia iQs can also be run on your own server hardware. It runs as Docker-compatible “containerized software” and is typically installed on a PC or server running Linux. Multiple iQs software consoles may be installed and operate simultaneously on appropriate computer hardware. If you’re familiar with any of the Axia mixing consoles in the iQ console line, such as the iQ, Radius, DESQ, RAQ, or iQx, then you already know something about iQs. Think of the iQs as the software iteration of these audio consoles. But with iQs, we added an elegant web server, allowing a beautiful graphical console surface on any modern browser connected to the iQs software. This is designed to give great flexibility in how the product is used day to day. /p>

I see laptops, tablets, and phones in the ads; are we mixing audio on these devices?

Well, “yes” and “no.” The Axia iQs software audio console is actually running on our AE-1000 hardware, or as a container on your own appropriate server. That’s where the actual audio mixing and routing are taking place. You’ll use the browser on your HTML-5 compatible PC, laptop, tablet, or phone to connect to the iQs software over Ethernet—locally or even over Public Internet. You’ll control the mix, the buss assignments, ON/OFF for each fader, and all the usual functions available in the Axia iQ console line—and you’ll do all that from your favorite browser. We designed iQs to be easily controlled with a mouse, trackpad, or touchscreen. And, we designed iQs to work with any modern HTML-5 browser. Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge—they all control your iQs mix perfectly.

Does iQs work with my existing Axia console with a QOR.16 or QOR.32 Integrated Engine?

Axia iQs is a software mixing console unto itself. It is not an add-on to any of our hardware consoles based on the QOR.16 or QOR.32 Integrated Mix Engines. The Axia iQs would be a new or replacement AoIP-connected mixing console for your facility. Thanks to architecture similarities with the Axia iQx (hardware) console, we now offer the same HTML-5 browser interface for the iQx console as comes with the iQs software console. It’s available optionally for the iQx as Telos Alliance part number 3002-00084-000: iQx AES67 Console - Remote HTML-5 Option.

You say that iQs is a software audio console, yet I see a hardware option—the AE-1000. Would you please clarify?

Axia iQs is, indeed, a software audio mixing console. As software, it’s delivered to you as a Docker-compatible software container. Containerized software is new to most broadcast engineers, though many IT organizations have been installing and using Docker containers for several years. Indeed, some larger broadcasters with IT departments have also been implementing various functionalities via containerized software. We realize that most broadcast engineers are not yet familiar with deployment of software containers, and there is a bit of a learning curve. Also, some broadcasters just need what the iQs software console can do, and they don’t want to deploy it themselves on their own PC or server hardware. For these reasons Telos Alliance offers the AE-1000 application engine. This is a small, 1RU compute platform that can easily run the iQs software container with up to 24 faders. To make it easy for broadcasters, the iQs software is pre-installed onto the AE-1000 appliance at Telos Alliance. There are no complications with attaching a keyboard or monitor; just plug the AE-1000 into power and your AoIP network and follow the Quick Start Guide.

How do I get audio into and out of an Axia iQs?

Some, but not all Axia audio consoles offer built-in audio inputs and outputs. Mic level, analog line level, AES/EBU, and even GPIO are available on some Axia platforms. The iQs software audio console is similar to our Quasar and iQx consoles with complete flexibility for broadcasters to provide the right mix of networked I/O. As more and more audio sources and destinations are natively Livewire or AES67, the Axia iQs simply connects via Ethernet to your AoIP network, able to subscribe to any AES67 stream on your network, up to 30 simultaneously. Similarly, Axia iQs outputs are all on the AoIP network, too. PGM outputs, mix-minus, headphones, monitor speakers—everything—becomes available on your AoIP network. If an Axia iQs is your first AoIP console, you’ll need a qualified Ethernet switch and at least one Axia xNode to provide either Livewire clock and PTPv2 clock to synchronize any other devices. Telos Alliance xNodes are available, ready to connect with microphones, analog audio devices, and/or AES/EBU digital devices.

I know about Virtual Machines (VMs), but I have not heard of Docker or containers. Can you explain containers to me?

Containers are a method for delivering software and have gained major traction in recent years. Docker is a set of utilities that facilitates running containers. Introduced in 2013, Docker has been rapidly adopted due to providing nearly equivalent functionality with much less overhead than VMs. Much as Telos Alliance saw Audio over IP (AoIP) for broadcast years ago, we believe containerized software is the future of virtualization in broadcast environments due to its flexibility to allow software to exist in various environments in a very controllable and scalable way.

Why should I buy a virtual console?
  • Non-Proprietary Hardware - You have more options when it comes to designing your system, including commercial off the shelf (COTS) options from the IT world
  • Scalable - You can run multiple instances of software concurrently, allowing you to scale up for demanding production requirements and scale back down accordingly, only paying for what you need
  • Reliable - Virtual software and cloud computing are tested, tried, and true. Broadcasters need not worry about reliability over hardware options Cost Efficient - Requires less maintenance, hardware, real estate, conditioned power, HVAC and associated costs
  • Easier Upgrades - Easier to update software remotely over the Internet or en masse in a centralized data center, eliminating site visits
What is the difference between containers (i.e. Docker) and the AE-1000 version?

The Docker version of iQs is software that is deployable in the datacenter of your choice. iQs running on an AE-1000 application engine is a preconfigured ready-to-use installation of iQs, saving you setup time.

If my iQs is not installed where it is being operated, how do I monitor the mix?

It still requires you to route the program output to a codec or streaming device. We would be happy to help you think through a specific configuration for your application.

How many faders do I get with iQs?

The base installation comes with four faders, but can be expanded optionally up to 24 total, in groups of four-fader increments.

What is the difference between iQx and iQs?

For now, the only difference is that the iQs is the virtualized version of the iQx. It’s iQx without the hardware surface or engine running inside.

Does my iQs work in the Livewire+™ AES67 ecosystem like Axia’s other consoles?

Yes, iQs supports Livewire+ AES67 natively.

If I buy iQs running on the AE-1000 server, can I migrate that license to the docker version?

Yes, included in TelosCare PLUS Customer Care Program is license portability where Telos Alliance will allow the current and valid licenses for one platform to be moved to another platform (subject to any pricing differences between the two platforms).

If the console is HTML-5, how many users can access the console at once? How is user access managed?

Currently in the iQs,16 users can have simultaneous HTML-5 GUI connections into the console. That’s likely many more users with hands on the console than you’d ever need!

How many instances of iQs can run on an AE-1000?

One

Can I run other software on the AE-1000?

Axia iQs is the first software offering from Telos Alliance that runs on the AE-1000. We designed the AE-1000 and its operating environment to be extremely reliable for broadcast operations. Therefore only Telos Alliance products designed for the AE-1000 can be run on it.

Can I use my iQx console as a surface for iQs? What about other consoles?

iQx already has the equivalent of an iQs inside it. So, if you have an iQx you effectively already have iQs, at least in terms of console mixing functionality. We are now offering a software upgrade for the iQx console to enable remote control via HTML-5 browser. This is exactly like the Axia iQs HTML-5 interface.



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