Joined: 31 Mar 2008
Location: Praha, Czech Republic
I just discover in April edition of Radio World magazine new advertisement from Axia announcing a brand new box - Axia Power Station. It is all-in-one solution like having Element Power supply, GPIO node, Mic Node, Analog Node and even Ethernet swith in one box size 4U!! How cool!!!
- 2 mic inputs
- 4 analog inputs
- 2 AES/EBU inputs
- 6 analog outputs
- 2 AES/UBU outputs
- no extra Cisco switch needed
Joined: 22 Oct 2007
Location: Germany, Regensburg
Yes, this sounds and LOOKS really cool. Hopefully the price for this ALLinONE box will be acceptable as well.
This is exactly done for a news booth; just to make some telephone interviews or preproductions. A good addition will be a Console includes 3-4 faders with Master Section. Normally 2 faders (Monitor+2 Fader Module) is not enough for a news booth. Announcer needs fader for telephone, microphone and computer player the same time. To use a 4-fader and Master-Module is sometimes too big for a news booth because you need space for a 8 frame console.
But, I like to see this box soon. What a pity not to visit the NAB show in Las Vegas this year.
Joined: 11 Oct 2009
Location: Nashville, TN
We just installed a Powerstation with an analog node here in Nashville. Pictures of it are in the studio pix section. Needless to say, having all the main parts in one unit AND the unit is shaped like a massive heat sink, we love it so far! Much easier to install and configure and the price isn't that bad. So far it is a good unit. The only part that seems to frustrate me every day is the built in clock. The clock in stand alone mode is horrible, looses about 2-4 seconds an hour. I might be missing something as to why that is happening, but its not a huge deal anyways for what we are doing. Tech support 24/7 is a great help and over all we are very pleased with our choice. It should also be noted that the element surface and the Powerstation are separated by 40ft between the control room and the rack room (that stretch was pretty impressive).
Best features: Heat sink design, ease of install, livewire!
Worst features: Clock, only DVI mon out (no VGA), and no Off switch
Joined: 25 May 2007
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
The Powerstation does not include an atomic clock stable time piece. It is similar to what you would find in most electronics today. To have accurate time, it is best to sync the clock from an NTP server. This is the best way to keep time.
Worst case scenario - if you have a workstation running on the same network with access to the internet. Gateway on one NIC & Axia on a separate NIC is usually the simplest solution to avoid headaches.
You can configure a WinXP box to run as an NTP server & sync to internet, but a simpler solution is to install Tardis on the station & sync it to an internet to a reliable internet clock (like time.nrc.ca) on a 10 minute cycle then point your NTP on the powerstation to the local IP of the workstation.
If you are running a firewall on the station, be sure to modify it for the port you are broadcasting the NTP on.
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