QSC has announced the launch of a software-based Dante for the Q-SYS Ecosystem.
As part of its technology partnership with Audinate, Q-SYS feature licenses will enable native Dante networked audio integration without the need for additional hardware I/O or external configuration software.
Integrators can add Dante audio natively as an extension of the Q-SYS integrated audio, video and control workflow. They can also utilise its many features, such as device discovery, synchronisation, control and management for Dante – directly within the Q-SYS Designer Software environment (or within an external instance of Dante Controller if desired).
As Q-SYS operates over standard IT network infrastructure, Dante audio data works with Q-SYS AV&C data, eliminating the need for challenging bridging or combining schemes to manage both Q-SYS and Dante connected peripherals.
Following the release of software-based Dante feature licenses, all new Q-SYS Core processors will ship with a small set of Dante audio channels enabled at no additional cost. Additionally, QSC will offer tiered feature licenses to enable Q-SYS system users to scale Dante integration capabilities based on their specific installation needs and Q-SYS Core processor capabilities.
“The Q-SYS Ecosystem has always taken an open and agnostic approach to audio, and our partnership with Audinate is an extension of this philosophy as we offer a truly unique, software-based implementation of Dante to our customers,” said Trent Wagner, product manager, Q-SYS Audio, QSC. “By offering a highly scalable approach to integrating Dante audio with the Q-SYS Ecosystem, QSC meets the I/O integration needs of more installations.”
“The AV industry is shifting from bespoke, purpose-built AV equipment to software-based solutions running on standard computing platforms,” commented Joshua Rush, SVP, marketing and products at Audinate. “It was natural to partner with QSC, one of the leaders of this software-based strategy, to jointly develop the first software-based Dante solution. We are excited about the new, flexible ways that Dante can be deployed as software that weren’t previously possible.”
The software-based Dante for the Q-SYS Ecosystem is targeted for release in early 2020.