It’s Time for ATOT!

We’re only beginning to come to terms with the fundamental changes in many industries in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. While no one can accurately predict the future, one thing is for certain: the cinema exhibition industry will be anything BUT a return to “business as usual”. The pandemic is not the only … Read More

Dynamic Pairing in Cinema

Dynamic Pairing is a special feature in Q-SYS Designer software that allows you to link a virtual peripheral device in your design to a new physical hardware device on your network, like an I/O-8 Flex or the new NV-32-H. This means you can build your Q-SYS design to include an I/O device that perhaps you … Read More

Born to Fly

Most conventional cinema “screen channel” loudspeakers are designed to sit on a platform behind the cinema screen. The low frequency (LF) enclosure is made of heavy MDF panels to offer the best low frequency performance for the lowest cost. The horn section is supported by metal brackets and is mounted to the top of the LF … Read More

The Power of Multiple Woofers

In a previous blog about loudspeaker sensitivity, we looked at two readily available woofers to see how different specifications and construction techniques resulted in different amounts of low frequency output capability.  For this discussion, we will take a single woofer design and see how using 1, 2 or 4 woofers affects total output capability.  Doubling … Read More

Easy Access Touchless Control

In this time of COVID-19, it’s wise to avoid touching any surface that others are also likely to be touching without first sanitizing it.  Better still, avoid touching that surface at all; but this would seem to present a problem for touchscreen control devices, like the TSC Series controllers in our Q-SYS Ecosystem.  But wait! … Read More

Cinema Sound at Home

Cinema dealers and customers often ask us which QSC speakers they could use to make a home cinema sound amazing. Many home cinema systems include an Audio Video Receiver (AVR). The AVR is the control center and power amplifier for typical 5.1 or 7.1 home theater sound systems with surround sound. The AVR contains 5 … Read More

EASE Into Your Cinema

Honestly, it is likely that you already know this, but if you don’t, EASE is software that provides sound system designers a set of tools to help simulate, or model, the acoustics of a venue. Basically, it helps determine the best locations to install your loudspeakers to get the best sound coverage for your space. … Read More

Series versus Parallel Surround Wiring

Have you ever wondered which is a better method for wiring your surround speakers, and why?Some installers use Series-Parallel wiring schemes to conserve amp channels and raise load impedance on inferior amps. But at QSC, we have always recommended parallel wiring for all surround speakers when multiple speakers are combined on an amp channel. Parallel … Read More

Sensitivity Sensationalism (Part 2)

In our previous blog post, Sensitivity Sensationalism, we looked at some incorrect assumptions often made around loudspeaker sensitivity and power ratings. We discussed the dangerous practice of publishing inflated specifications, including frequency range, power handling, impedance, and unspecified boundary loading conditions. And we promised a deep dive into the design of a Screen Channel Low … Read More

Q-SYS and Cinemas with Balconies

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Core Auditoriums with balconies can provide a significant challenge to the proper design and deployment of a cinema audio system. Generally, a 7.1 cinema auditorium is considered a single seating zone which is covered by multiple audio channels. When a balcony is introduced to an auditorium … Read More