Deep Dive: Named Component Update in Q-SYS Designer 9.5

There are several new and exciting features in Q-SYS Designer 9.5. In previous versions of Q-SYS Designer software, a user would type a name on a block to be able to access it via scripting or third-party control via Named Components. Starting in Q-SYS Designer 9.5, we have introduced two new properties for design components … Read More

Overview of LG Commercial Display Q-SYS Plugin

The Q-SYS Partner Ecosystem is a network of companies and organizations that partner with Q-SYS to resell, develop or create solutions, enabling and expanding collaboration that unlocks the power of the Q-SYS Platform to deliver exceptional AV experiences for our mutual customers. Q-SYS is designed with third-party integration in mind, and I am excited to … Read More

Q-SYS Core 110f and Addressing the Supply Chain Challenge

By now we have all experienced the effects of supply chain challenges on a very personal level.  All AV manufacturers have had to make careful decisions to best serve the needs of our customers. Over the last several years, our Q-SYS supply chain and engineering teams have worked to mitigate component shortages, find alternate suppliers, … Read More

The Five Elements of Scalable AV Infrastructure

Disparate bespoke systems. Inefficient processes. Overburdened administrators. Organizations are increasingly realizing the financial toll of these issues, and are introducing initiatives to replace their aging systems with an AV&C infrastructure that can scale alongside their individual requirements. How this is achieved can take many forms, but should always align with the following best practices: Maintain … Read More

Creating Value with Plugins

As many of you know, Q-SYS made a big splash at this year’s InfoComm. I do not think there was a moment I was at the booth when it was not packed with show attendees. What were these attendees there to see? Many were there to view the integration of third-party products within our control … Read More

Dante Latency – A Few Details

A consultant recently asked what the latency of Q-SYS Software-based Dante™ is relative to the Q-SYS CDN64 Dante I/O card.  The simple answer is that the lowest receive latency for Software-based Dante is currently 2 mS. Note that when we talk about “latency”, we are referring to receive latency, since latency is managed in Dante solutions … Read More

My Reflections on the AV Industry

I honestly did not even know what the AV Industry was when I fell into it in 1988. However, like many others, I quickly fell in love with our community and I found myself surrounded by people with a great passion for technology and an equivalent drive to deliver outstanding products and experiences to their … Read More

Why Join the Q-SYS Technology Partner Program?

If you stopped by the Q-SYS booth at InfoComm, you probably heard about the announcement of our Q-SYS Technology Partner Program. We are excited to see this program come to life after a year of planning and coordination. As with any new launch, we have received several questions about how to join the program and … Read More

Why Q-SYS Plugins?

If you are familiar with Q-SYS, you have probably heard the term “plugin” more than a few times. And while we use the word often, there is usually some confusion about what a plugin does and why they are an integral part of the Q-SYS Ecosystem. So let’s dive right in! Q-SYS is built around … Read More

Welcome to the CoLAB at QSC

You may have heard rumors about a new space at QSC. They are all true! About a year ago, QSC identified a need for a versatile physical space to collaborate with partners and allow users both near and far to experience QSC. We needed a new way to exhibit solutions through live broadcasts, webinars, recorded … Read More

For an Immersive Environment, Meet Q-SYS + Google

By: Mark Grady, Head of Channel & Sales – EMEA, Google Meeting Room The Google Meet Hardware portfolio offers a variety of solutions to provide exceptional and consistent user experiences to all sizes of meeting rooms. Today, end customers want consistency whether they are participating in a meeting from home, attending a check-in meeting in … Read More

Best Practices for Building UCIs in Q-SYS

The AV world is constantly breaking new ground on the user interfaces being offered to end-users, who are now conditioned to expect nothing less. Many larger organizations have teams of graphic designers, marketing consultants, and branding champions working full-time on evaluating and enhancing end-to-end experiences, because customers want the intuitive, minimalist user interfaces that they … Read More

Why Git?

From web developers to application developers, Git is useful to anyone who writes code or tracks changes to files. So, what is Git all about and why should you start using it for creating plugins or maintaining files for QSC Communities? What is Git?  Git is the most used version control system. It tracks any changes … Read More

Projector Control (and more) with Q-SYS

Great news! With the addition of the NEC S2 Digital Cinema Projector plugin, QSC now offers Q-SYS control plugins for all three major digital cinema projector brands! The new NEC Cinema Projector plugin offers comprehensive control and monitoring of several popular NEC Digital Cinema projectors, including xenon lamp, dual NSH lamp, and laser light source … Read More

Delivering Better through Software: Improved USB Video Bridging & Camera Streaming

The success of the Q-SYS Platform has always been rooted in delivering new value at the software layer. That tradition continues in a major way with the release of Q-SYS Designer Software v9.3. Among the many new features being introduced, I’m particularly excited to share a new enabling technology that will bring improvements to how … Read More

Purpose-Built Collaboration in High-Impact Spaces

For employees transitioning to hybrid and in-person work schedules, the need for compelling meeting spaces to return to is evident. QSC and Logitech recently partnered to provide a dynamic range of audio, video and control solutions to meet the increasing demand for enhanced room features and capabilities that enable meeting equity for remote, hybrid, and … Read More

Configuring Q-SYS with Security in Mind

The modernization of the AV industry is critical, and QSC has been innovating toward that end for decades. But now that we’re seeing wide acceptance of networked AV – and mass realization of its many benefits – education toward how to configure a system with a security-centric mindset becomes increasingly urgent. QSC is committed to … Read More

The Benefits of Working Remotely

Before I joined QSC, I worked for a successful integrator as a programmer and application engineer. I joined the industry at a pivotal time, where network-based systems and cloud integration are no longer a future goal, but very much a present need. While many people became very familiar with the benefits of working remotely over … Read More

ePTZ or PTZ? Educate your choice.

The new Q-SYS NC Series collaboration cameras, like the Q-SYS PTZ-IP Series before, solves the traditional limitation of USB video conferencing solutions by putting IP streams from the camera onto the network, and decoding, scaling and bridging them to the host PC with a device on the edge. However, the NC Series extend the native … Read More

A Deeper Dive into Loudspeaker Directivity (Consultant Courier)

There’s a saying in our industry – “Flat frequency response on-axis is necessary, but not sufficient, to make a good sounding loudspeaker.”  OK, maybe you don’t hear this idea tossed around all the time, but it’s true nonetheless. This edition of the Consultant Courier will explore off-axis frequency response, directivity, and the various ways this … Read More

Designing Experiences

The accelerating convergence of technology and marketing in today’s global marketplace means brands are no longer built through the pillars of traditional marketing, but through rich experiences. Through these experiences, we connect deep human and business insights with the possibilities of technology defining and delivering new realities. Experiences that make life healthier, safer, more productive, … Read More

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

Citizen Spotlight: Design and Plugin Development

Today we are highlighting the work of Daniel Wright, another inspiring Citizen who joined “QSC Communities for Developers” and is willing to show how he produces beautiful designs and experiences for customers, many of which he has shared in the “Show your Q-SYS” group. Additionally, Daniel shares his experience in building, contributing, and maintaining code/Plugins that integrate with the Q-SYS Ecosystem.  Daniel and his colleagues at Solo Works have been maintaining a neat collection of plugins on GitHub  for Q-SYS, all for free and ready … Read More

The Tool Shed: Sharing Files on the Exchange with Bitbucket

Today we’re going to walk step by step through how you can upload Q-SYS Designer files, User Components, and any other binary file type into a BitBucket repository to post on the QSC Communities Code Exchange. Using Bitbucket repositories may seem tedious at first, but the benefits outweigh the effort by far. It offers great … Read More

Make the Switch… Automatically

There’s always been pressure on higher education institutions to deliver quality experiences to their students, and this priority has recently extended to remote learners. After all, tuition paid comes with an expectation of results, no matter the location! To tackle this, some schools are thinking outside of the box – literally. Distance learners often view … 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

What About Long-Term Amplifier Power Output? (Consultant Courier)

Like most audio equipment, power amplifiers have a lot of specs associated with them, all of which can help us understand the performance and reliability of an amplifier. No single specification ever tells the whole story, which is why it’s important to dig deeper to determine an amplifier’s “fit” for the job. Max Power Most … Read More

A New Approach: Solving High-Impact Spaces with Software

Due to changing workforce trends such as an increasing hybrid workforce, there is a growing need to define and create meeting spaces by desired collaboration experience and business purpose, not just room size. Employees expect more automation, features, and functionality in all the physical and virtual spaces where they need to collaborate. They don’t just … Read More

Employees Head Back to the Office and Bring Their Own Meeting

With many companies offering more flexibility in where their employees work, hybrid meetings, mixing in-room and remote attendees, are going to be the norm. Flexible hybrid meetings Employees have high expectations of what the hybrid workplace should look like. First and foremost, they want flexibility. They want to choose when they are working from home … Read More

Rethinking Meeting Equity

The pandemic quickly launched us all into a distributed working environment. Remote and “work from anywhere” trends are here to stay, encouraging companies to look for new ways to enable meeting equity for both in-room and remote meeting attendees. With that, we are seeing an interest in high-value spaces, which differ from traditional video conferencing … 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

HID Conference Component Video

You made it! This video is a great step-by-step lesson of how to set up those HID features and functionally (Call Accept, Call Decline, On-hook, Mute) that Kevin detailed in his blog. Plus learn best practices on how to integrate that onto your touch screen controller. And we even have a Q-SYS Design file for … 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

Evolution of the Virtual Courtroom

At the onset of the pandemic, courtrooms across the globe needed to quickly find solutions that would enable virtual court proceedings, focusing their search on software conferencing platforms that could deliver this result. With many counties beginning to open back up and allow for in-person interactions, many courtrooms will remain committed to using network AV … 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

Putting Down New Roots

I will be honest and admit that there have been a few times where I have needed a quick sanity check – a “peer review”, if you will, just to make sure I got everything right. These are the moments when you need it most, during the eleventh hour of programming on site and something … 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

Keep Meetings in Frame

Have you ever joined a meeting virtually where you couldn’t see the speaker’s face clearly? Where the speaker moved out of camera view and pointed to the screen or a whiteboard referring to something nobody outside of the room can see? It can be hard to follow conversational nuances or feel included if you can’t … Read More

Consultant Courier: This Isn’t Your Regular Bluetooth!

Bluetooth audio technology has long been a standard feature on laptops, mobile devices, loudspeakers, and many other common consumer products.  The same user-friendly characteristics of consumer Bluetooth implementations can make its use in public fixed installations problematic.  (Not so) user-friendly name: Consumer Bluetooth devices come with a factory-preset, and usually an unchangeable Bluetooth name that … 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

Designing AV for IT

As the leader of IT Enterprise Services at Avanade, I’m keenly aware of the challenges IT professionals face in trying to manage office based infrastructure, particularly when it comes to AV to support modern collaboration spaces based on Microsoft Teams. The characteristics of modern IT involve robust operations, flexibility in implementation options, and the ability … Read More

Consultant Courier: The Value of Redundant Systems

From the Department of Redundant Systems …. With the move to more IT-centric designs, we often find Q-SYS being implemented in a “centralized” configuration, which a single Q-SYS Core processor serves multiple rooms. The obvious upside to this design philosophy is a decrease in total cost of ownership (TCO) to your users. Reduced hardware in … Read More

Success Founded on Partnerships

In today’s world, there are a variety of challenges facing the AV industry including integrating legacy products in a modern and increasingly software-based environment. Manufacturers like Global Caché seek to alleviate network infrastructure difficulties by creating a pathway for legacy protocols in modern AV systems and expanding control I/O into remote locations. Our organization’s philosophy … Read More

QSC brings Microsoft Teams Room systems to previously underserved high-impact spaces in partnership with Dell and Logitech

Currently there is a multitude of Microsoft Teams Room solutions for small, medium and large rooms, but what about high-value spaces like all-hands rooms, divisible rooms, training rooms, and board rooms? It has been a challenge to find scalable solutions to deliver the quality and performance demanded by Teams in these spaces.  These spaces are some of the most critical for organizations to provide a quality and reliable user experience for Teams. We discussed … Read More

Flexibility Beyond Hardware

Collaborating from the inside out Sometimes a collaboration isn’t simply a new product, but an entirely new set of capabilities that change how customers can use the things we make. When QSC asked Audinate to work with them to add Dante to their incredibly popular line of processors, the result was something new for both … Read More

The Biggest and (still) the Best

QSC’s SC-444 Screen Channel Loudspeaker System Ever since it was first introduced over 14 years ago, no other screen channel loudspeaker has come close to matching the performance and utility of QSC’s SC-444 Screen Channel Loudspeaker system.  It was, and is still, simply the best large room cinema system available.  From top to bottom, here … Read More

Finding a Balance

We find ourselves in the midst of a workplace transformation, fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s growing fatigue in an exclusively work from home approach and businesses are trying to find a new balance between the home office and the workplace. So how can we, as manufacturers, help companies find a productive balance between working … Read More

Cinema Support At-A-Glance

Ever struggle to find answers on a company’s website? Even simple questions like, “How do I cancel this gym membership?” can lead to a potential aneurism. Vague menus, confusing navigation, chat-bots named Zayden. Ughh! So what about QSC? Is it any easier to find answers to your questions or get support here? Well, any time … Read More

Forming a Partnership

QSC has worked closely with Sennheiser over the past several months to align on a few key strategic initiatives. We wanted to share a few things we’ve learned with a broader audience. So here we go! Aligning on Priorities At QSC, we know that alliances are more than just checking off boxes for a necessary … Read More

Good to Great

The Cinema industry has been hit hard by the COVID 19 shutdown. While we are optimistic about an eventual recovery, the industry will be changed by all that has occurred. Studio release patterns and theatrical windows are changing. Cinemas need other income streams that don’t rely so completely on major studio releases. Cinemas also need … Read More

Q-SYS Quandaries

Five Common Errors in Q-SYS Training Have you experienced our Q-SYS Level One for Cinema training course? If you aced it with the greatest of ease, you are among the few. Less than 5% submit a flawless design for their exit exam. Having graded hundreds of these you can imagine I have a feel for … Read More

Microsoft Teams Device Certification Explained

In a recent meeting, a partner commented on our Microsoft Teams Device Certification. As we chatted, it was clear that there was quite a bit of excitement around the certification but our conversation quickly shifted to the certification process itself. What exactly does it mean to be “certified”? How does it work? What does it … Read More

Cinema Audiovisual Solutions

Technology Convergence Brings New Opportunities Q: When is a movie theatre not a movie theatre? A: When the content appears to be feature film or custom created content, but you don’t smell popcorn as you walk in, and you didn’t have to buy a ticket. The venue might be a high school or college auditorium, … Read More

Returning to Work

Welcome back to the Partnership Blog! I’m Gary Evans and I work as the Technical Manager for the Strategic Alliances team. Today we have a very timely topic, returning to work amid the COVID-19 era. We will take a look at how software-based, touchless AV can help you get back to work.  The workplace is … Read More

How Loudspeakers Work

How the Beatles influenced my line of work Did you ever wonder how a loudspeaker works? So did I, at a very young age – but I was more interested in understanding the electric guitar after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. It turns out the two operate on very similar (yet opposite) … Read More

10 Ways to a Safer Q-SYS System

Some people on the internet just stink (not just the trolls on your Instagram feed hating on your quarantine haircut). October is CyberSecurity Awarness Month, so we thought we might give you 10 easy tips for better securing your Q-SYS system. #1 – Choose Your LANs Wisely Ever wondered why there are so many network … Read More

Consultant Courier: CX-Q Amplifier Capability

You have to consider everything from the AC power outlet (and its circuit breaker) that powers the amplifier all the way through to the load.  Each “link” in the chain has maximum limits that determine output power limits under various conditions. The AC Wall Outlet Selecting the AC supply for amplifiers is very simple – … Read More

Creative with Plugins

Five more ways Q-SYS makes cinema life easier Let’s talk about some potential use cases for the recently released Christie plugin. This discussion won’t cover the entire spectrum of possibilities for the plugin but hopefully it can lay a foundation and maybe inspire some new creative uses. Feel free to utilize the comment section of … Read More

The Power of Partnership

Welcome! I’m Cory Schaeffer, Director of Alliances & Market Development at QSC. This new blog series is written to highlight the power of partnership and amplify the messages and innovations of our valued partners. I’d like to introduce you to the newly formed Alliances & Market Development team at QSC. Every good team introduction starts … Read More

Getting Started with Q-SYS

In this blog I’d like to share some of the things that were, at first, confusing to me about Q-SYS. It is specifically for those who are just starting their journey with this incredible, yet intricate and ever-expanding program. Disclaimer: If you are a Q-SYS Super User you might want to skip this blog. It … Read More

Consultant Courier: Feature Licenses (what’s & why’s?)

Back again for another exciting edition of “The Consultant Courier”, giving you the low-down on the latest and greatest for the consultant world! This blog will describe the various licensed features available for Q-SYS Core Processors, and how to specify the right license(s) based on your system requirements. Why Do QSC Have Licensed Features?  Let’s … Read More

Q-SYS Keeps Expanding

It’s been a busy few weeks at QSC, with the announcement of two major new developments that further solidify the expanding role of Q-SYS in movie theatres. You may remember that early on in the journey of Q-SYS for Cinema, we were saying “If it can be controlled, it can be controlled by Q-SYS.” There … Read More

Consultant Courier: Native AV&C on a Single Network

In today’s AV world, we hear the term ‘native solutions’ quite a bit, but why is it important? There are seemingly endless ways to design a robust AV solution for your customers, but when it comes to choosing between a ‘native solution’ or a ‘non-native’ solution, I am an advocate for always going native. Here’s … Read More

New Cores for Cinema

If you haven’t noticed, QSC has been slowly changing the paradigm of cinema sound.  This past week, another milestone was reached with the introduction of two new Q-SYS Core processors, expanding the Q-SYS Ecosystem both as a product line and as a practical application scenario throughout the modern cinema complex – and beyond. Over 20 … Read More

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

Consultant Courier: Dynamic Pairing is Awesome!

Applications: Higher Ed, Corporate, Hospitality In today’s built environments, it’s common to find spaces that serve multiple types of functions. In any given day of the week, the room could be arranged in a “U shape” for a large board meeting, then rearranged in a classroom style for training, and by week’s end, it’s been … 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

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

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

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

Cinema Sound for Small Rooms (Part 3)

In this third and final installment of our look at small rooms, we’ll focus on Q-SYS and how it can be used for multi-room systems, especially “cinema on demand” rooms in commercial multiplex sites. As before, let’s look at room sizes of about 10m, or 33 ft. in length. We’ll also assume the use of … Read More

Sensitivity Sensationalism

Loudspeaker sensitivity and power ratings have become the primary specifications used to design sound systems in cinema. This practice and these specifications are accepted at face value and not often questioned. They make designing sound systems fairly easy and straightforward. However, they rely on many assumptions and some of them are simply not valid, at least … 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

The New Networked Normal of Cinema

No one knows exactly what the “new normal” of cinema exhibition will look like. First, let’s get this out of the way: Coronavirus will not kill the global cinema exhibition industry. Changes are for certain, but cinema is here to stay. As has already been said by many industry observers – cinema has survived the … Read More

Cinema Sound for Small Rooms (Part 2)

In Part 1 of our discussion on small rooms, we focused on premium solutions using our Reference Monitor System. In Part 2, we will look at some systems using the economical DCS SC 1120 and SC 1150 screen channels and a variety of amplifier and processor options for small rooms, including private screening rooms, high-end … Read More

Hows and Whys of Baffle Walls

In some ways, sound waves are like light waves. They radiate into space, reflect off objects, and lose energy upon contact with absorptive surfaces, walls, and with distance from their source. Sound waves can be more challenging to control, primarily because we can’t see them.  Low frequencies are especially difficult because their long wavelengths (up … Read More

Cinema Sound for Small Rooms (Part 1)

In addition to our larger audio solutions for mainstream multiplexes, QSC has several options for small rooms. These could be private screening rooms, high-end home cinemas, or even “cinema on demand” rooms in multiplex sites that are rented to small groups. While QSC can support all room sizes, let’s focus on rooms of less than … Read More

Four Myths that Cause Bad Sound

In 1992, Syn-Aud-Con co-founder and audio industry legend Don Davis wrote an article (which later became a book) titled, “If Bad Sound Were Fatal, Audio Would Be the Leading Cause of Death.” While it hasn’t killed me yet, I’ve certainly been hurt more than once in public spaces, where it was evident that proper attention … Read More

Aim to Please

The best speakers in the world are not going to sound great if they are not located in the proper position and aimed correctly at the audience. The goal of a cinema sound system is to provide the best possible sound to a large number of people.  Each seating location should have a similar audio … Read More

An Inside Look at DPA-Q

Discover the power and flexibility of the new DPA-Q amplifier series Q-SYS – our ecosystem for audio, video, and control – combined with our new DPA-Q amps, has become increasingly popular for powering immersive audio systems in Premium Large Format cinemas. In this post, we’ll show you how you can use our new 8-channel DPA-Q … Read More

QSC’s Reference Monitor System: The Sum of the Whole

One of the hallmarks of QSC products is the concept of the total system design.  Simply put, a system of a prescribed set of components that were designed to work together will always outperform a disparate set of components.  This is the idea behind QSC’s “SystemSynergy,” any QSC powered loudspeaker, and any system configuration recommendation … 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

Rethink Your NonSync

Alternative Methods for Distributing Pre-Show Audio It’s not uncommon to insert some pre-show music into the auditorium to kill the awkward silence before the trailers roll. Classic methods for delivering music to the audience as pre-show filler have been to put a local CD/MP3 player at each auditorium or to have a centralized player and … Read More

DCA Amps Done Right!

Setting up DCA amps with QSC DataPort processors and DCS Series Loudspeakers is fast and easy because a single HD-15 cable carries all connections between the amplifiers and processor.  Dual channel audio input, control of AC standby mode, amplifier output monitoring and even impedance measurement of loudspeaker loads are all accomplished via a single DataPort cable … Read More

9 Reasons Your Subs May Be Failing

Subwoofer failures have several causes.  Repeated failures indicate that there is something wrong with the application or the installation. Simply replacing woofers will not fix the underlying problem.  Well-designed, high quality subwoofers should not fail.  Check the following things to find the real issue. 1. The room is too big. Another way of saying this … 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

12 Ways that Q-SYS is More than Just a Cinema Processor

The Q-SYS network audio, video and control Ecosystem from QSC has capabilities that are so extensive that it can be hard to comprehend all of the things that it can do. Yes, it can serve as your cinema loudspeaker signal processor with crossovers, equalization, delay, and channel routing. But to think of Q-SYS with this … Read More

Free Loading

Take advantage of free acoustical power: always place subwoofers on the floor behind the screen – NOT on a platform with the screen loudspeakers. Floor-positioned subwoofers take advantage of “half-space” loading, which increases radiated power by about 3 dB, WITHOUT adding any extra amplifier power. Even better: place the subwoofers on the floor AND push … Read More

Looks Can Be Deceiving

It may look like any old VGA video connector, but it’s not. DCA and ISA Series amplifiers and DCP, DCM, and DXP processors use a special QSC connection interface called DataPort, which enables DSP crossovers, speaker-specific EQ, and monitoring and control of amplifier and loudspeaker functions on a single cable. Although many off-the-shelf VGA cables … Read More

No Tilt Required

The mid-high frequency section of most 3- and 4-way QSC screen channel loudspeakers has a pre-set downward tilt. When it is properly elevated to approximately 5/8 image height behind the screen and aimed to the last row in a typical stadium-style cinema, there is no need for additional downward tilt. This allows you to minimize … Read More

What does “Axisymmetric” really mean?

All QSC SR Series surround loudspeakers feature Axisymmetric coverage.  That means that sound is distributed evenly on all axes within the loudspeaker’s defined coverage angle. Unlike many conventional loudspeakers, there is no vertical and horizontal coverage pattern, so aiming is made much simpler.  Up/down tilt and side-to-side “pan” aiming is all that is needed to … 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