PowerStation is the name of a new "integrated console engine" from Axia. The first units will be installed by Cumulus in Cincinnati.
The family consists of two products. "PowerStation Main combines audio I/O, console CPU, logic GPIO, mixing engine and Ethernet switch into a single 4RU chassis; PowerStation Aux doubles the Main's audio I/O and GPIO capacity, while adding a redundant power supply with automatic switchover, all via a simple two-cable connection," Axia states.
PowerStation works with Axia Element mixing consoles and supports console sizes of up to 40 faders.
Cumulus Broadcasting ordered several for use in Cincinnati. VP of Engineering and IT Gary Kline said in the Axia announcement that Cumulus chose to standardize on the Axia system using its multi-channel IP-Audio driver so that the company could output audio directly from its new OpX automation platform, in use at 145 of its stations.
"PowerStation combines several separate functions into one complete box with a very small form factor," Kline continues. "In just 4RU we get a console engine, router, network switch, and dynamics processing. Everything you need besides a console surface and automation system is in that box. Given that the OpX automation system can send its audio directly to the Axia network using Ethernet, our studio installs are literally plug-n-play. The decision to purchase Axia's next generation of IP-Audio equipment was a no-brainer."
PowerStation Main connects to Element consoles using one cable. The system can be networked, though Axia says PowerStation also can serve as a standalone.