Telos Alliance introduces Axia Quasar SR AoIP mixing console
Telos Alliance has introduced the Axia Quasar SR AoIP mixing console, a streamlined version of the flagship Quasar console.
Driven by AoIP technology from Telos Alliance, Quasar SR is part of the company’s Livewire+ AES67 ecosystem, making communication with other devices on the network easy, allowing detection, sharing and control of audio resources across multiple studios connected to the network.
It uses the same frame, power supply and master module as the original Quasar console, but the fader modules are non-motorised and there are fewer, larger and easier-to-reach buttons on each channel strip. These refinements are said to make it easy for any operator to use the SR console, while also introducing cost efficiencies.
“We are thrilled to make the power and boundless production possibilities of our flagship Quasar console available to more broadcasters with this streamlined SR design,” said Marty Sacks, EVP of sales, support and marketing for Telos Alliance. “Quasar SR refines the Quasar surface design, making it easy for anyone from the seasoned broadcast engineer to a guest operator to create content with a minimal learning curve. SR is comparable to the Fusion console that it replaces, adding features not found on other consoles in its class.”
SR also features the same sleek design and high-quality architecture of the original Quasar, including scratch-resistant work surfaces and rugged avionics-grade components. A built-in industrial-grade 12.1in touchscreen user interface eliminates the need for an external monitor. (Users can still add a monitor using the external video output available if required by the application.)
Expert Source Profile controls allow power users a granular definition of custom logic associated with each source. The user can program GPIO control, mix-minus routing, talkback and other functions based upon console channel state. Flexible Record Mode gives complete control of monitors, meters, headphone feeds, program bus assignments and more. Additionally, Show Profiles allow up to 4,000 console ‘snapshots’ with different settings, layouts and defaults loaded instantly, customising the board to each show requirement or talent preference.
Automatic mix-minus and automixing are available on all channels. Touch-sensitive encoders, faders and user buttons complement the control features offered with Quasar surfaces.
With Axia Quasar SR, Telos also introduces an optional new remote control solution called Quasar Soft. This lets broadcasters control the surface from any HTML-5 browser. Included as part of the Quasar Soft licence, Quasar Cast is a remote monitoring solution that lets users listen to what is happening in the studio and on the air while they operate the console remotely using Quasar Soft.
With Quasar SR comes new functionality that Telos Alliance is also making available to original Quasar console owners. With the introduction of the Quasar v2.0 major system update, the original Quasar console becomes Quasar XR. Existing Quasar users can upgrade their console to XR by installing this free system-wide update, which adds scalability and modularity to the original console. V2.0 also introduces Quasar Soft and Quasar Cast remote control and monitoring solutions, delivers full integration with Telos Infinity IP Intercom products, and adds support for new Quasar Accessory Modules (coming soon). This advanced scalability addresses new workflows, like Work from Home, and gives broadcasters more flexibility when it comes to the number of channels they need in their Quasar Engine.