University of Sunderland outfits Spark FM with Axia

16 June 2011, Cleveland Ohio, USA

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The University of Sunderland, one of the UK’s most respected technical universities, is outfitting their popular youth-oriented radio outlet with Axia consoles and an Axia Livewire routing network.

Sunderland’s 107 Spark FM ( serves North East England with programming tailored to teens and young adults; Fred Marden, formerly of The Eagle and BBC Surrey, plays a lead role in the station's operation.

The University of Sunderland's Axia purchase, made through Broadcast Bionics (based in West Sussex, England), includes eight- and 20-position Element 2.0 mixing consoles, PowerStation integrated console engines, a variety of Axia Audio Nodes for routing and audio I/O, and the Axia IP-Audio Driver, Windows®-based software that allows an audio delivery PC to output and record multiple simultaneous channels of broadcast-quality audio via direct Ethernet connection.

Axia allows broadcasters to quickly and easily build audio networks using switched Ethernet to connect a few rooms, or an entire facility. Axia networks have a total system capacity of more than 10,000 audio streams, and can carry hundreds of digital stereo channels (plus machine logic and PAD) over a single CAT-6 cable, eliminating much of the cost normally associated with wiring labor and infrastructure. Axia radio consoles are a hit, with installations in over 2,000 studios worldwide.

For more information, visit or contact Clark Novak at Axia Audio by email, or by phone at +1-216-241-7225.


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Axia, a Telos company, builds Ethernet-based professional IP-Audio products for broadcast, sound-reinforcement and commercial audio applications. Along with the popular Element 2.0 modular console for on-air, commercial production, audio workstations and personal studios, Axia products include the PowerStation integrated console engine, intercom systems, digital audio routers, DSP mixers and processors, and software for configuring, managing and interfacing networked audio systems.