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FEBC Korea Opts for Axia

Religious broadcaster adds Livewire digital network

The Far East Broadcasting Co. facilities in Seoul has selected an Axia Element for the heart of its broadcast studio.

As part of a major, two-year building renovation, which began in March, FEBC Korea station management decided to take advantage of the opportunity to update its older consoles, which had served the station for years.

As the initial centerpiece for planned expansion, FEBC Korea’s first Axia mixer features a 16-fader mainframe, complete with accommodations for legacy analog as well as AES/EBU audio mixing. U.S.-based systems integrator ZiemerTronics supplied the console through its local Korean partner, Jeail Elec-Trading Co., Ltd.

The console will interface with other equipment via the Axia Livewire standard, a modular Ethernet-based digital audio network. Up to 10,000 audio streams may be handled via a single Cat-6 cable.

The station’s Engineering Assistant Manager, Beom-Yong Lee installed the Axia system. He explained that the installation went smoothly, and for any questions that arose — since the technology was new to them — Jeail and ZiemerTronics were very responsive with immediate answers.

“Not only did the Axia Element comply with strict demands of our budget, but at this point, we envision it as a modern tool we can use to help our organization in our important mission, said Station Establishment Director, Dr. Ihn-Kiel Chang, Ph.D.

FEBC Korea has also recently converted its analog studio to transmitter link to a new Moseley Starlink 1.7 GHz hot-standby system and added Belar modulation monitoring gear.