You already know about Axia Quasar XR and Quasar SR, our top-of-the-line AoIP mixing consoles. We took everything that broadcasters loved about our groundbreaking Fusion console and introduced upgraded audio shaping tools, sophisticated workflow features, and dynamic visual surface cues wrapped in a stunning new design that gives operators all the tools and information they need to produce amazing radio programs. Broadcasters love Quasar so much that it’s received no less than five awards from major trade publications for its stunning design and ergonomics. So when a major software update becomes available for a console like this, you’d best believe there are some very cool new features and functions to be had.
The latest v3.0 surface and engine software update is a game-changer, bringing a host of new features, enhancements, and improvements to elevate user experience. Let’s explore these new tools.
Updated AES67 Functionality
Of course Quasar is a part of the Axia Livewire+ AoIP ecosystem, which means a seamless experience if yours is an all-Axia plant. V.3.0 adds full AES67 compliance across all engine inputs and outputs, including monitoring I/Os, meaning complete interoperability with the wide variety of third-party devices that adhere to this standard. This update also adds PTP synchronization.
Audio Processing and Routing Features
v3.0 introduces a plethora of processing and routing features that empower users with unprecedented control over their audio environment. Key additions include:
■DSP-based Processing. Users can now apply filters, dynamics processing, and True Peak limiting on Program 1-4, Record, and Phone buses – a comprehensive toolkit for audio manipulation. Additionally, every input channel now features a dedicated low-latency peak limiter.
■Variable Position Insert Sends. Operators get greater flexibility with variable position insert sends from every input channel. Use them for pre-fader/post-processing, external effects, post-fader direct sends to codecs, or creating custom mix-minuses.
■Variable Position Insert Returns. Well you can’t have one without the other, can you? Variable position insert returns to every input channel add yet another layer of versatility to audio routing options.
■Phase and Pan Controls. Each of the five inputs on every VMIX instance now includes phase and pan controls for finer control over audio spatialization.
■ VMIX Controller Mode. The introduction of the "VMIX Controller" mode for MF1-ACC and MPC-ACC Accessory Modules enhances user interaction, providing direct VMIX control right from the mixing surface.
■ New Soft Call Controller. Users can now switch between 8 lines and 12 lines with the new soft call controller on the fly, increasing flexibility should requirements change.
■ Support for Backup Control Surfaces. Quasar v3.0 debuts support for backup control surfaces in Quasar Engine, ensuring uninterrupted operation even in critical situations.
Great Tools For Great Radio
If you’ve worked with the gang at the Telos Alliance for any length of time, you know that continuous innovation is our watchword. The new features and capabilities baked into Quasar v3.0 software underscore our commitment to giving you the best tools possible to do what you do best - make great, engaging radio.
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