Throw your budget a curve. Meet Radius.
Everybody knows you get what you pay for. And sometimes, quite a bit less. Ever notice how “affordable” radio consoles are usually missing stuff? Important stuff. Trying to do a radio show with a board like that is like trying to open a can with a spoon: you might succeed eventually, but you sure won’t enjoy it.
At Axia, we believe that having a reasonable equipment budget shouldn’t mean having to settle for a stripped-down, poorly built, featureless plastic excuse of a console. We’ve decided you should get more than you pay for — much more.
You can have it all.
Radius is the IP console that proves you can have your cake and eat it, too. Radius is the easiest AoIP console ever. Just connect the 8-fader mixing surface to the Radius Core (a sophisticated, integrated console engine), plug in sources and power, and you’re ready to make great radio!
Radius features three stereo Program buses and a stereo utility bus that can be used for recording phone calls and off-air bits, or as a fourth Program bus. Radius generates automatic mix-minus for phone callers and remote talent, helping ensure seamless, error-free shows. Bright multi-segment LED meters are switchable between VU and PPM styles, and high-resolution OLED displays for each fader show source assignments, audio options and more. Show Profiles can be saved and recalled to instantly load frequently-used console configurations.
Because it’s so compact, Radius is the perfect standalone console, but those Gigabit ports can connect to other studios too. Radius’ network gateway lets you load up to 12 audio sources from anywhere in your Livewire network, while sending up to 4 local streams back out to the net.
Like all Axia consoles, Radius is built for long-lasting reliability, ready to stand up to anything your operators throw at it, with an EM-tight machined aluminum frame, silky-smooth conductive-plastic faders, aircraft-quality switches and rotary controls, and OLED high-rez displays on every fader.
With all these features, you’d think that Radius would cost twice or even three times as much — but it doesn't!
Big inside, where it counts.
Audio I/O, GPIO, console CPU, super-duty power supply, even a network switch, are all built into the Radius Core. Just plug in your mics, CD players, codecs, profanity delays, whatever. There are 16 audio I/O ports:
Two Mic inputs with switchable Phantom power,
Eight Analog inputs,
Four Analog outputs
One AES/EBU input and output,
Four GPIO logic ports for machine control of studio peripherals,
Six 100Base-T ports for Livewire devices,
Two Gigabit ports with SFP for connection to the outside world.
Need more I/O? Add it instantly by plugging in Axia Audio Nodes. Or plug into existing IP-Audio networks by connecting one of the Gigabit ports to the network switch. If you even need a switch - you can use those Gigabit ports to daisy-chain up to 4 Radius console without the need for an external switch.
Radius has Organic LED (OLED) displays on each fader strip. OLEDs are bright, high-resolution displays that are sharp as a tack and highly legible. They'll never wash out, even in direct lighting. The OLEDs found in Radius usually show source assignments, but they can also work with the Soft Keys just below to trigger GPIO, step automation events, etc. They have built-in confidence meters to assure you that, yes, your remote host is actually on the line before you to to him live. And when you press an Options knob at the top of any fader strip, that channel's OLED display changes to give you a plethora of options — pan, balance, EQ when available, source selection and more. Because there's no such thing as "too much" information.
What's your favorite flavor?
Radius has three big, bright LED bargraph meters to keep jocks' attention on the job at hand - namely, riding gain! Choose VU or PPM metering styles by clicking the appropriate option in the Setup page (any Web browser will do). Radius has two dedicated meters for Program 1 and Program 2; the third is a "soft" meter that you can switches between Program 3, Program 4 / Phone / Record and Monitor at the touch of a button. Why meter the Monitor? In addition to speed keys that select direct monitoring of all four Program buses, Radius has two EXT monitor keys. You can assign any source to these keys, on-the-fly or pre-loaded in a Show Profile. So when you need to check the level of an incoming remote line, phone interview, or that iPod the morning guy brought in -- you can just assign it to an EXT Monitor key, make it active and meter the results.
Radius is the AoIP console you've been waiting for. Small enough to fit any desktop - it's just 20 inches square, with no cutout required. Easy to install? It couldn't be easier: there's just one cable for power, logic and control that connects to the Radius Core. Plug it in, turn it on, perform some fast Web-based config with your laptop's browser, and you're ready to rock. And by the way: there's a hardened, industrial-quality power supply inside the Core. Because wall warts may be great for charging cell phones, but they've got no business powering your console! Aircraft-quality switches and rotary encoders are used throughout. An anodized, machined-aluminum surface and extruded aluminum frame to trap RF. Dimmable LED lighting in all keys. Hi-rez OLED displays on every fader. Automatic mix-minus on every fader. One-touch Record Mode for instant off-air recording. Four Show Profile "snapshots" for instant settings recall. And the list goes on, and on, and on...