Seven “Cins” of Cinema

So much time and energy is spent educating cinema professionals how to properly design cinemas, including installed sound and projection systems. We forget the best lessons typically come from our mistakes. In the 30+ years I’ve been in the cinema industry, I’ve learned a ton from THX, Dolby, the Hollywood post-production community, and the brilliant engineers … Read More

Train Now for Cinema’s Comeback

TIME magazine recently shared that “the post-pandemic return to the theaters could turn out to be one of the most significant events in the history of watching movies.” It is quite likely the cinema industry is looking at massive re-openings around the world, enormous revenues, new and improved cinemas, and …a skyrocketing need for trained … Read More

Help is Here

Service forms the bedrock of QSC values. We always strive to meet the real needs of our customers, and guide you to find the right solution.   In addition to our support team, we have created hundreds of resources to help solve some of the most popular issues in just a few simple steps.  And … Read More

Cinema and Pro Audio: A Comparison of Loudspeakers

One thing that sets cinema sound apart from almost all other types of professional audio is that the goal for cinema playback is to be heard as much like the original recording as possible. This is significant, and not trivial. Filmmakers quite literally want you to experience their work as they saw it and heard … Read More

DPM=Three in One

Before sound is heard through the loudspeakers, a cinema sound system must accomplish three primary functions – all which are typically performed by one, two or three individual components.  A cinema processor takes digital content from the server and handles format selection, volume control, EQ, and typically outputs analog signals to drive amplifiers directly, or … Read More

Introducing Cinema 101

One of the subjects that we often grapple with in meetings of the International Cinema Technology Association is “how do we shape the cinema system designers, technicians, and installers of tomorrow?” It’s a tricky question! Changes in the industry have eliminated a lot of the traditional paths toward this type of work. Well, our new Cinema … Read More

All Subwoofers Are Not Created Equal

How are cinema subwoofers different from professional audio subwoofers? Superficially, subwoofers for cinema and for professional audio applications may seem quite similar. While both are often big black boxes with dual 18” subwoofers, there are many differences due to the specific needs of each application. Let’s look at some of the differences between a cinema subwoofers, like … Read More

Four Quick Tips for Cinema Applications

Since QSC has been a major player in the cinema audio industry for over 35 years, you can imagine we’ve curated a healthy dose of technical tips worth sharing. Let’s take a quick look at a few topics we get asked about frequently. What is “Free Loading”? To take advantage of free acoustical power: always … Read More

Control Your Barco Cinema Projector with Q-SYS

If you’re looking for more ways to get Creative with Plugins, look no further than the Asset Manager feature in Q-SYS Designer Software. The Q-SYS for Cinema universe is expanding once again with a new control plugin for Barco Series 1 and 2 Digital Cinema Projectors.  Now, two of the leading digital cinema projector manufacturers are … Read More

Six Steps to Great Cinema Sound

We are often asked to design “the best sound system” by a cinema owner. While we appreciate the opportunity to provide audio gear with outstanding performance, great sound requires more than just great equipment. Getting it right requires that you pay attention to each of these Six Steps. Skipping even ONE, will not get you … Read More