Audioarts AIR-5

An Analog Mixer That's All Business

The AIR-5 audio console is a 16-fader console with all the essentials for smaller studios or for newsrooms.

Air5 front

AIR-5 builds on the AIR series by Audioarts with USB input/output connectivity.

Play audio directly from the PC or output audio to PC recording software as well as play cuts from MP3 players.

The AIR-5 has four microphone preamps built in, which allows the use of a host microphone and three guest microphones without the use of any external mic preamps. It gives you 16 input faders, plus auto mix-minus for call-ins, two program busses, built-in CUE speaker and CR, and headphone and studio monitoring control.

With basic features like cue, talkback, and mix-minus included, it’s perfect for smaller stations looking to upgrade as well as for larger facilities in need of an auxiliary studio or newsroom console. Add USB connectivity for PC news, production workstations or streaming audio, and the AIR-5 is perfect for news and internet broadcasts.

Rear Panel
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Features   

  • 16-channel frame

  • 16th phone caller fader with talkback and auto mix-minus to caller

  • USB input/output connectivity

  • Switched VU meters

  • Two program busses with balanced outputs (switchable stereo or mono mode)

  • Four high performance mic preamps with variable gain trims to precisely match your microphones
  • Electronic switching

  • LED illumination

  • Tabletop mount; compact frame

  • Built-in cue speaker can automatically interrupt your main stereo monitors

  • Split cue

  • Headphone jack with built-in amplifier
  • External input feeds the monitor section (for live air or pre-delay air monitoring)

  • USB connection for extra versatility

  • RJ-45 connectors for low-cost wiring

  • Balanced or unbalanced inputs/outputs for consumer or professional grade equipment

 

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Input section

PGM 1 & PGM 2 Assigns the selected channel's audio to any combination of the console's two stereo PGM outputs

Cue Button (Channels 2-16) Places the channel’s signal on the console’s cue bus.

TB Button (Channel 1/Mic only)  Momentary button interrupts the studio signal to allow the DJ to talk to talent and guests.

ON Button  Turns the channel on and off by means of electronic switching and can simultaneously start external source machines.

Fader  Sets the channel’s level.

USB (Channel 15 only)  Selects signal from USB port and brings it into console as a stereo analog signal.

Simple Phone (Channel 16 only)  Used for telephone call-in segments and controls the audio for the caller. The signal enters the console from your station hybrid.

AIR5 INPUT MODULE

Control Room Section

PGM 1/PGM 2 Pressing either of the two program switches allows the operator to listen to the selected output bus.

EXT Switch Pressing the EXT switch allows the operator to pick up the external input (useful for such items as tape recorders or air returns) to listen.

CUE Level Control Determines the overall loudness of the cue signal as it appears in the console’s cue speaker.

METERS EXT Button Selects the source for the switched meter pair

TB TO CALLER Button Lets the operator’s microphone signal interrupt the normal feed to the studio speakers, allowing the operator to talk to the performers in the Studio. 

CONTROL ROOM Level Control Determines the overall loudness of the signal being monitored as it appears in the Control Room speakers.

HEADPHONE Level Control Determines the overall loudness of the headphone output signal.

 

AIR5 CONTROL ROOM MODULE

Specifications

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AUDIO INPUT

Mic
Direct wire plug terminals, balanced
Electronic differential, >2KΩ bridging
Adjustable sensitivity, max. input -6dBu

Line (Caller, External)
RJ-45 balanced, >10KΩ bridging
+4dBu = 0VU, max. input +24dBu

AUDIO OUTPUT 

Program & Caller
RJ-45 connectors, balanced
Electronic differential, 100Ω source
Impedance to drive >600Ω
0VU = +4dBu, max. output +24dBu

CR & Studio Monitor 
RJ-45 connectors, unbalanced

Headphone
Stereo 1/4” TRS connector to directly drive typical broadcast style headphones >200Ω

Cue
Cue speaker in meterbridge
DB-25 female connector output to drive external power amp

 

PERFORMANCE

Frequency response  ±0.1dB 20Hz-20kHz (mic & line)

Dynamic Range 
Line (unity gain) 113dB
Mic (54dB gain) 100dB

Headroom
24dB above -4dB

Noise 
Mic -128dB EIN
Line -87dB ref 0VU

THD+N
Mic <0.02% @-50dBu in, +4dBu out
Line <0.003% @+4dBu in, +4dBu out

Bus Crosstalk -111dB @1kHz

Stereo Separation -78dB @1kHz

Off Isolation -120dB @1kHz

LOGIC

On-air 
Low current closure to drive external on-air light relay

Channel Start Out 
Opto-isolated output closure to remote start external devices

PHYSICAL

Dimensions 
28.5” / 72.39cm wide
14.37” / 36.5cm deep
4.06” / 10.31cm height (rear)
1.06” / 2.69cm height (front)

Weight 18.5 lbs / 8.39kg

Shipping weight 24 lbs / 10.9kg

Power 100-240VAC / 50-60Hz / 50W




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