Axia iProfiler Logger Handles Big Jobs
Texas — Axia iProfiler is a simple but powerful system for automatically
KOOP(FM) installed the Axia iProfiler
system a few years ago because we wanted to be able to retain archives of the
many live radio shows that we produce every week. The recordings that we make
are used for many purposes including personal archives, copies of shows that we
can give to guests and preparing shows for life on the Internet.
Sean Mason configured the Axia iProfiler for KOOP(FM).
When we began researching options to
archive our shows we determined that what we wanted was a system that would run
in the background and make sure that recordings were made, day in and day out. We
found that Axia Audio’s iProfiler fit our needs. As a bonus, it offers tight integration
with our existing Axia studio network.
IProfiler consists of a server program
and a client program.
The server program records and encodes
the audio and manages the archived audio files. The client program lets users
extract audio from the archives.
We use a computer tucked away in our
rack room to host the server application. The client application is installed
on studio and public computers. The client/server architecture makes it easy
for programmers and guests to access the archives but also protects the server
component from unintentional changes. User names and passwords can be created
to control access to individual archives.
In our setup we have 84 individual
archives that record each show into its own dedicated archive. We also have a
general archive that records continuously while we are on the air, and a
handful of archives that we have set up for other special purposes.
Any source on the Axia network can be
defined as an audio source for archiving, and the IP audio driver can support up
to 24 audio sources simultaneously.
Each archive can be configured to
record to an MP3 at bit rates up to 320 kbps. Options for each archive allow
you to determine how long each segment will be before breaking into a new file.
We typically record in 15-minute increments. Scheduling options allow you to
schedule recurring dates and times for each archive to record. You can also use
Axia GPIO inputs to trigger one of several types of skimming behavior within an
archive. We use GPIO to trigger a special purpose archive to record EAS events
and have used them in the past for other random troubleshooting applications.
Housekeeping options can be set for
each archive. In our setup we limit each archive to about four weeks of data,
after which older files are deleted and replaced with newer recordings. These
limits can be set by amount of disk space or number of days or turned off
entirely. Backup options allow you to automatically copy archives to other
drives or FTP destinations.
IProfiler has worked well for us and
requires minimal maintenance after the initial setup.
Setting up a large number of archives
can be a time-consuming process. We would like an option to duplicate existing
archive setups so that each one does not need to be created from scratch.
Reviewing the setup of a large number of archives can also be tedious. It would
be nice if iProfiler could provide a view which showed all scheduled events or
let you quickly compare settings between all of your archives. An option to
record linear files without MP3 compression would be handy as well.
IProfiler has met our needs and is a
good balance between simplicity and providing useful functionality.
Dickens is an engineer with KOOP(FM).
For information, contact Axia Audio in
Ohio at (216) 241-7225 or visit axiaaudio.com.