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Axia Quasar XR Impresses at EMF

Visual and touch cues help make for a “no-mistake show”

Radio World’s Buyer’s Guide section this month focuses on consoles and mixers.

Axia Quasar XR consoles are in use at the new studio headquarters of Educational Media Foundationparent company of the K-Love and Air1 radio networks — in historic Franklin, Tenn. 

Principal Studio Engineer Bill Jackson said the DJs can feel the substance of these surfaces. 

“Our staff of hosts, co-hosts, board operators, call screeners and show producers are hands-on with these Quasar consoles every day. The response we get is actually ‘positive and encouraging,’ just like our K-LOVE slogan.”

Lauree Austin works the Axia Quasar XR.

To Jackson, the issue of “feel” for the air talent is crucial. 

“They may not realize it, but all the visual and touch cues from the console help make for a ‘no-mistakes’ show, without them worrying about how or where their next audio source is.”

[Related: “EMF Breaks Ground on New Tennessee HQ”]

He said EMF’s Axia consoles in Rocklin, Calif., and Indianapolis “always delivered in terms of reliable and intuitive operation. When we tested the Quasar console we knew we had to install them in our new studio facility. 

“We’ve also put Quasar XR consoles in our off-site backup facility. The K-Love and Air1 audio program goes nationwide to over 1,000 transmitter sites. The audio and the program execution are consistently top-shelf.” 

Skip Mahaffey, who is half of the popular duo Skip and Amy, described the Quasar XR console as “clean, concise and responsive, one of the best I’ve worked with in the past 40 years. Brilliant machine.”