Axia Quasar XR AoIP Mixing Console Overview
With the introduction of the Quasar v2.0 Major System Update, the original flagship 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, along with numerous other powerful features. 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, starting at 16 channels and scaling up in blocks of 16 channels up to 64 channels.
Quasar XR is designed to be the top-of-the-line mixer, with four key differences from the step-down Quasar SR model. For one, XR has extensive metering built into the surface right where it needs to be—on every channel display and next to each fader, as well as on the monitor module. These LED meters allow users to live mix rather than merely confidence monitor, giving users active control over their environments for the best possible outcome.
Secondly, Quasar XR has motorized faders as standard—a must for addressing complex workflows that require the use of Layers or for use with a sophisticated remote solution. These motorized faders greatly increase console operation speed when recalling entire console configurations that contain preset fader positions.
Quasar XR also features dynamic assignment of fader modules, which allows the user to freely assign Fader modules to a Master Module. Dynamic fader assignment makes it possible to connect a fader module installed in a physical frame chassis to a different surface installed in another studio and make it part of that surface.
Mature, Reliable AoIP Technology
Tap into the power of AoIP with Axia Quasar™, our sixth-generation of AoIP consoles and the industry-standard in mixing excellence. Powered by mature and sophisticated AoIP technology from Telos Alliance—the inventor of AoIP for broadcast—Quasar is designed for steadfast reliability with no single point of failure.
Quasar is part of the vast Livewire+™ AES67 ecosystem, making communication with other devices on the network easy by allowing detection, sharing, and control of audio resources across multiple studios connected to the network. With Quasar, AoIP’s promises of built-in redundancy, cost-efficiency, ease of use and setup, and system scalability are fully realized.
The Pinnacle of Console Design
Designed based on extensive global customer feedback and ergonomic studies, Quasar consoles deliver pride of ownership with their exquisite appearance and high-quality architecture, including scratch-resistant work surfaces and components rugged enough for a lifetime of use. All parts subject to wear are industrial, automotive, or even avionics grade.
The absence of an overbridge makes for easy desk installation, and the console is fanless for quiet operation, with redundant load-sharing power supply units. High-resolution color TFT displays and RGB pushbuttons are used throughout.
Reinforcing its innovative design, Quasar received the RedTech Award for Ergonomics and the IBC Best of Show Award.
Touch Control and Touch Sensors Built-In
Quasar consoles have a sleek, easy-to-operate industrial-grade 12.1-inch touchscreen user interface that is so familiar, you’ll be acquainted with the operation of the console within minutes. Two types of UIs are available—Expert and Simplified—to cover all user workflow requirements. Quasar does not require an external display to function thanks to its touchscreen, although you can connect an external monitor via the rear HDMI port to show a duplicate of the touchscreen interface. In addition, all Quasar consoles offer Touch-sensitive Encoders, Faders, and User Buttons, offering responsive user interaction and bringing Quasar’s dynamic UI closer to your fingertips.
Customizable and Easy to Use
Expert Source Profile controls allow power users a granular definition of custom logic associated with each source. Users 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, customizing the board to each show requirement or talent preference, if desired. Finally, automatic mix-minus and auto-mixing are available on all channels.