Consultant Courier: Hover Monitor

Hello everyone, James Beane, QSC Market Development Manager, and it’s my turn with The Consultant Courier.  This week I’m going to take you through the Q-SYS Hover Monitor, and explain how consultants and support staff alike can use this very simple tool to do some extraordinary troubleshooting. Diagnose With Your Own Ears…From Your PC! How … Read More

Consultant Courier: Attero Tech by QSC Axon C1

Back again for another edition of The Consultant Courier, providing you with the latest and greatest for the consultant world! Today we are chatting about one of the most versatile IP wallplate controllers, the Attero Tech by QSC Axon C1. Why was the Axon C1 developed?  There simply wasn’t a small, simple, general purpose IP-based … Read More

Consultant Courier: Intrinsic Correction

WELCOME! I’m Jake Corlett the Director of the US Consultant Liaison team here at QSC Systems. This new blog series is written specifically for our consultant community looking to stay up to speed on QSC technology, market trends, and ways to improve your design experience. Hope you enjoy! Intrinsic Correction The beauty in building an … Read More

Q-SYS Work From Home Webinar Series

Lead by QSC experts, these small, interactive classrooms open up the mic to students to ask live questions over VoIP, share your screen, interact with colleagues and deepen your QSC system building knowledge. On Demand Webinars If you can’t find a desired topic in the live webinar schedule, check out our On Demand page, which … Read More

Welcome to QSC!

With the acquisition of Attero Tech, QSC also acquired its amazing engineering staff from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Over the past few months, we have really enjoyed getting to know them and integrating them into the QSC lifestyle! For this blog series, we’d like to introduce our newest team members. First up is Josh Arnold, new … Read More

Whenever Possible, Go Native!

In recent years, the term “native” has entered the lexicon of the AV industry as the ultimate level of platform integration, and is closely correlated with providing the highest level of customer experience.  Make sense on the surface, right?  Theoretically, if a solution is “native”, all of the pieces fit nicely together like a puzzle, … Read More

The Future is Software-Defined

“Software has two types of value: the value of its behavior and the value of its structure. The second of these is the greater of the two because it is this value that makes software soft.” – Robert Martin, Clean Architecture We live in a software-defined culture. You call a car with an app on … Read More

Deconstructing Network Video Distribution

As network video distribution systems become more commonplace in connected meeting spaces, integrators and end users are presented with new integration challenges. One of the more common concerns is how to ensure that connected video sources display where they need to with the least amount of human intervention. Here are a few things to keep … Read More

Empowering Zoom in Larger Conference Room Scenarios

The global nature of business has spawned the need for flexible, scalable, and cost-effective communication like video conferencing. The benefits are clear (better collaboration and improved decision making), yet most companies do not use a standardized platform that can easily scale across their entire enterprise. For obvious reasons, we gravitate toward solutions that are familiar … Read More

Introducing Q-SYS Designer Asset Manager

We’ve been talking a lot about control these days. Q-SYS Control provides the tools to make the job of the programmer that much easier.  Well, we’ve got a new tool for you – Q-SYS Designer Asset Manager, which was added to the latest firmware release of Q-SYS Designer Software (v7.1 or higher). Since I’ve been at … Read More

The contrasting personalities of BGM and FGM

I often get asked to explain the difference between background music (BGM) and foreground music (FGM). The best way to explain is to introduce my friends – the Geeyem brothers. Growing up Brian Geeyem (B. Gee-yem) is the first-born. (Ok, if you haven’t realized by now, these are not real people. Just go with it!) … Read More

The AV Opportunity

Today we see a consolidation happening within nearly every industry. While it’s clear that mergers and acquisitions offer opportunity, there is also a great deal of change.  With change comes the need for companies to increase collaboration to develop, improve or maintain company culture. This is an opportunity for AV to become a strategic advantage. … Read More

Throw This

The term “throw” is perhaps the biggest misnomer in the pro audio industry.  The reality is sound does not throw, but “propagates” through the air. The distance over which sound propagates and still remains intelligible basically depends on the ratio of acoustic signal-to-noise at the listener’s location. While many audio pedants (myself included) will cringe … Read More

Should Manufacturer Relationships be Part of the Bid Package?

Meeting room technology allows companies to be productive, enhance the experience, and involve others in the middle of the decision-making process. For those that need to support the technology, the goal is to deliver a consistent user experience; however, that can be a challenge. In an effort to reduce variables, these teams often create “AV … Read More

Part 1: The Firmware Struggle is Real

I have spent the last decade on the control programming side of an AV integrator house and worked for another manufacturer. As I step into my new position at QSC, I am using this blog series to share some lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’m here because I have total empathy for your daily … Read More

Best Practices When Creating AV Standards

Most companies and universities have surprisingly small AV teams yet support hundreds and often thousands of meeting, collaboration, and classrooms across campuses and even across time zones. On top of that, the team includes many disciplines – operations, event management, infrastructure and engineering.  Forward thinking AV teams have worked to create a common language and … Read More

5 Ways QSC’s Q-SYS Is Ideal for IT

As the industry evolves, integrators and end users will look more to software-based platforms that are simple, flexible and built on the same techniques, standards and protocols with which IT is familiar. Luckily for enterprises everywhere, the QSC Q-SYS Platform is just what they are looking for – a simple and flexible audio, video and control (AV&C) … Read More

Our Accolades from InfoComm 2017

QSC is still on a high from such a successfully InfoComm show. Thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth and demo room! Our goal for the show was to re-calibrate the market on the Q-SYS Platform, its capabilities and innovative characteristics that will help push our industry into a more software-based mindset. Not … Read More

Integrated Audio, Video and Control Has Arrived

InfoComm 2016 was a milestone for our industry. It was a monster show where we saw control solutions driven from ‘the cloud’, control companies introducing audio DSP products, audio companies showing video products, and every panelist, blogger and manufacturer could not stop talking about AV/IT convergence! QSC launched the Q-SYS AV-to-USB Bridging solution at that … Read More

Update on Media Networking Alliance: NAB!

    WELCOME! Welcome to the Media Networking Alliance’s newsletter! Here you’ll find all the latest MNA and MNA member news, views, AES67 education, events, and more. We’re dedicated to actively promoting the adoption of the AES67 audio networking interoperability standard, and that’s what this new forum is all about. If you have questions about … Read More

Why Doesn’t it Work? A CIO’s Lament

Why does our meeting room tech not work? Maybe standards is the answer. I recently met with a CIO for a large tech company and he expressed great frustration regarding the company’s meeting room technology. He wanted relief from his pain and frustration – nearly every time a meeting starts,  someone from his team has … Read More

wInTer is Coming

I’ll admit it… I’m a bit late to the “Game of Thrones” (GoT) party. I hadn’t seen a single episode before my trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia this year. During that trip, I learned that Dubrovnik was a key filming location for GoT and on a whim, decided to download the first few seasons to occupy … Read More

Minimize Variables and AV Standardization

In my current role, I am tasked to spend time working with global end user clients. It’s been great to connect and talk with them in an effort to better understand their AV challenges. Many of these global clients have learned that removing as many technology variables as possible gets them closer to delivering a … Read More

New Technology Resources Online for Sept 2016

Our Application Engineering Team (AET) works hard to update and create new technical marketing documentation to make selling, designing and working with QSC technology even easier. These past few months they have been busy drafting and updating the following resources. Tech Notes – Q-SYS™ Platform Retrieving Media Files from Q-SYS Core Processors – At times … Read More

FAST (Flexible Amplifier Summing Technology)

Every so often a new technology paradigm comes along that causes you to forget everything you know, and eventually changes the way you specify or design systems. A few years ago, QSC introduced a new platform of four-channel DSP power amplifiers, available in three flavors – PLD Series for live sound, CXD Series for install … Read More

Soft Codec Conferencing with Q-SYS

Just in case you missed it, here’s a breakdown of our live demonstration of the new Q-SYS™ AV-to-USB Bridging solution at Infocomm 2016. To set the stage, we had two practical conference rooms positioned on either side of the booth. Both fit six to seven people and connected via Skype for Business™. We started by … Read More

Collaborating with AV/IT Manufacturers When Creating Your Global Equipment Standards

With possible offices around the globe, it is vital for today’s thriving global companies to develop a set of equipment standards for room types.  In doing so, CIOs and IT managers may want to consider engaging with the manufacturers of the AV/IT technology you’re considering. Manufacturers understand the “why” behind the need for standardization.  Ease … Read More

Avoid the Dangers of Ladder Rage!

If you are unfamiliar with the term “ladder rage”, let’s discuss what this phenomenon is and how QSC AcousticDesign (AD) loudspeakers can eliminate that repetitive trudge up and down the ladder. Have you ever been on the top of a ladder struggling with torsion grills or struggling to line up speaker logos with the other installed … Read More

There’s a Time and a Place for USB

AV Integrators typically respond negatively to USB for a variety of reasons, but should that perception change? We think so. Let’s start by outlining the pros and cons of USB. Cons to USB: Cable length restrictions Cannot make custom length cables and terminate onsite Impossible to share multiple devices to multiple locations at once, as … Read More

Better Loudspeaker Design Is Pure Physics

Whether you like it or not, sound waves will always radiate spherically from a sound source (such as a loudspeaker). Don’t believe me? Try throwing a rectangular brick into a pond. Do you think the larger ripples will resolve into rectangles or circles? Audiovisual professionals have long used rectangular shaped horns as the go-to option … Read More

Lessons from the Fathers of Configurable DSP

Follow a Vision The Wright Brothers are known for inventing the airplane. But before they transformed human transportation, they were known for designing and building bicycles. Fortunately for us frequent fliers, they had visions of a more effective—and exciting—technology not yet created. Similarly, when Rich Zwiebel created a proposal to design an audio system for … Read More

Traditional AV Designs and Networked AV Designs

”AV/IT Convergence” is a popular phrase right now. There is no question that it’s happening, but it’s important to know where we are in the process. Sometimes it feels as though IT folks view those of us in the AV industry as the newly born, already annoying baby brother. We were excited to be born … Read More

Is Your Company Smart About Smart Devices?

Hello, is this thing on? It should be easy to have a seamless, intuitive, high-quality AV experience with your own laptop. After all, if we can beam up-close photos from Mars down from the sky, we should certainly be able to connect our device to the meeting’s audio, right? There’s no going back Laptop and … Read More