COSTA MESA, CA, June 23, 2009—Comprehensive and intuitive, QSC's new Q-Sys technology takes an evolutionary step forward within the realm of DSP and integration, providing digital audio signal routing and processing combined with complete system monitoring and control. Possessing unprecedented power, speed, and versatility, Q-Sys can easily meet the needs of applications ranging from the largest imaginable to those much smaller in scope and allotted budget.
“From concept to finished product, Q-Sys was developed every step of the way by some of the brightest minds in professional audio,” said QSC Director of Marketing Evan McKenzie. “Known for their development of CobraNetâ„¢ and other groundbreaking products and technologies, the team of engineers from Peak Audio in Boulder, Colorado joined QSC in 2006, and have been working since that time alongside engineers from QSC's System Development Group in Costa Mesa, California to re-architect system integration and bring Q-Sys to life.”
“This platform is incredible,” says QSC's Q-Sys Product Manager Dale Sandberg. “It provides an unrivaled amount of integration capability and processing power. A system of almost any size can be designed from microphone, line-level, or digital input all the way to amplifier or loudspeaker output without requiring any sub-segmentation due to processor constraints. While it supports the use of third party control products, it is designed to enable whole system control and monitoring without additional products or applications. At the same time, it's simpler and easier to use than any other audio package I've ever seen.”
Using premium converters and Gigabit Ethernet, the fundamental Q-Sys architecture produces a total system latency of less than 2.5 milliseconds between any input and output, with up to ten network switch hops and audiophile quality processing throughout.
Central to the system's inner strength is the Q-Sys Core, a processing engine so powerful it's unlikely that any application will unleash its full potential. Available in three sizes ranging from 64 inputs x 64 outputs to 256 inputs x 256 outputs, the Q-Sys Core works in tandem with Q-Sys I/O Frames: 1 RU modules that accommodate up to 16 channels of audio using factory-configured, four-channel Q-Sys cards supplying a variety of input and output options. The use of AES cards can permit up to 32 channels of audio in a single Q-Sys Node. Just like the Q-Sys Core, I/O Frames are equipped with dual Ethernet ports to support network and system redundancy.
Select the appropriate output cards, and Q-Sys is compatible with any analog-input power amplifier or powered loudspeaker. However, the full power and potential of a Q-Sys system is best realized when QSC Dataport amplifiers and loudspeakers are inherent within the design. To use a QSC line array, for example, simply use the Q-Sys design GUI to virtually connect it to QSC amplifiers, and Q-Sys automatically provides the proper Intrinsic Correctionâ„¢ tuning.
Since Q-Sys revolves around a centralized processing architecture, having all processing taking place in a single unit provides audio designers with greater flexibility. Any input can be routed to any output without the need for creating convoluted signal paths. The need for system segmentation due to processor constraint is completely eliminated as well, thereby letting the designer create a "natural" signal flow based on the job not the product.
From its inception, ease-of-use was an overriding Q-Sys design goal. With the aid of Q-Sys Designer--intuitive software that can be used online or offline--virtually any audio component or function is made available. Parameters including channel count, frequency bands, and much more can be easily scaled on the fly, while control panels can be built simply by dragging the controls and indicators from processing objects to a control panel editor. When completed, the Q-Sys Core will publish the control panels to any browser-capable device such as the 10-inch and 6-inch color touchscreens from QSC. Q-Sys also supports the use of third-party control devices like those from AMX® or Crestron® using a TCP/IP-based control protocol.
As the industry has come to expect from everything in the QSC catalog, rugged reliability is a steadfast ingredient of the Q-Sys platform design. An audio system falling under Q-Sys guidance and monitoring additionally gains the benefit of a host of onboard test and measurement functions, and is quicker to setup and commission as well. In contrast to other patience-trying systems that load new configurations at a snail's pace, Q-Sys configurations can be compiled within seconds. Freed from these constraints of the past, audio designers can now readily optimize their systems in little to no time instead of the 10 to 30 minutes they used to know as the norm.
As of this date, Q-Sys is available from authorized QSC dealers and distributors around the globe. For more information please visit www.qscaudio.com.
QSC Audio Products, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, signal processing, digital signal transport, and computer control systems for professional audio markets worldwide. For more information, contact QSC Audio Products, Inc., 1675 MacArthur Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 USA. Phone: 800-854-4079 (USA only) or 714-754-6175. Fax: 714-754-6174. E-mail: [email protected], or visit www.qscaudio.com.
Gregory A. DeTogne
Gregory A. DeTogne Public Relations