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InfoComm launch for new QSC DSP platform

test 23 June 2009

UK: Q-Sys provides digital audio signal routing and processing combined with complete system monitoring and control, reports PSN-e. Said to offer "unprecedented" speed, power and versatility, Q-Sys is based around the Q-Sys Core processing engine, 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 – 1RU 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. Like the Q-Sys Core, the I/O Frames are equipped with dual Ethernet ports to support network and system redundancy.

Using premium converters and Gigabit Ethernet, the fundamental Q-Sys architecture is said to produce 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.

Meanwhile, the Q-Sys Designer software – usable on- or offline – enables control of parameters including channel count and frequency bands.

QSC’s Q-Sys product manager Dale Sandberg (pictured) commented: "This platform is incredible. It provides an unrivalled 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."

Q-Sys is available now from authorised QSC dealers and distributors worldwide.

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