Axia Introduces New Livewire+ AES67 IP-Audio Driver

April 26 2017, 03:00
The Telos Alliance, parent company to Telos, Omnia, Axia, 25-Seven, Linear Acoustic, and Minnetonka, announced the first AES67-compliant IP driver in the world. Demonstrated at NAB 2017 (April 22–27), the Axia Livewire+ AES67 IP-Audio Driver is available now as a free download. The Axia Livewire+ AES67 IP-Audio Driver lets send and record single or multiple channels of stereo PC audio directly to and from Axia networks via Ethernet — no sound cards needed.

"Axia is leading the way with AES67 education and by implementing AES67 compliance across our product line, a process we started when the standard was ratified," says Marty Sacks, VP of Sales, Support, and Marketing at the Telos Alliance. "The IP-Audio Driver, the first driver to feature AES67 compliance, reinforces our commitment to ongoing innovation and to offering broadcasters more options for interoperability with their preferred gear."

The Axia Livewire+ AES67 IP-Audio Driver is the software interface between a computer's audio applications and the Livewire+ network. It sends audio “sources” to the Livewire+ network from PC/Windows audio applications such as multichannel delivery systems and other audio players; It receives audio from the Livewire+ network to “destinations” on the PC/Windows system such as audio recording applications. Versions of the IP-Audio driver appear to Windows as standard audio input/out devices. There are a wide variety of applications where Axia Livewire+ hardware and the Windows software are used together, and the Driver provides all software components needed to record and play Livewire+ AES67 streams using standard recording software for Windows. The Axia IP driver package also contains a GPIO module that allows controlling many Windows audio applications from Axia consoles, commonly used for “device start” commands.

Any computer with the Axia Livewire+ AES67 IP-Audio Driver will be able to send up to 24 channels of stereo audio simultaneously over a single CAT-5 Ethernet connection, depending on the version of the Driver. The Axia Livewire+ AES67 IP-Audio Driver single-stream version emulates a standard sound card, with one stereo audio output device and one stereo audio input device - suitable for typical two-channel (stereo) playback or recording applications. The Axia Livewire+ AES67 IP-Audio Multichannel OEM versions emulate 4, 8 or 24 stereo channel sound cards (depending upon installed version), with one stereo audio output device and one stereo audio input device per “sound card.” These versions are intended for more complex professional applications. It supports 5.1 surround audio streams as well as stereo, configurable on a per-stream basis. Windows version includes WDM and ASIO versions for maximum system flexibility.

The v2.10 software update for the existing Axia IP-Audio Driver software, makes it AES67-compliant, adding also the ability to sync to PTP, support to define multicast addresses outside of the Livewire range, and SIP/Unicast support for RTP streaming. Users simply need to visit the Axia Livewire+ AES67 IP-Audio Driver Product Page to download the software for Windows 7 to 10 (32- and 64-bit editions).

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