Costa Mesa, Calif. and Portland, Ore. (June 5, 2019) – [De] – QSC today announces Software-based Dante® for the Q-SYS™ Ecosystem. As part of its strategic 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 easily add Dante audio natively as an extension of the Q-SYS integrated audio, video & control workflow. They can also take full advantage of robust functionality—such as device discovery, synchronization, control and management for Dante—directly within Q-SYS Designer Software environment (or within an external instance of Dante Controller if desired).
Because Q-SYS operates over standard IT network infrastructure, Dante audio data works seamlessly 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,” says 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,” says Joshua Rush, SVP, Marketing & 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.
For more information on Software-based Dante for Q-SYS, please visit: www.qsc.com/dante or visit the QSC (booth 3811) and Audinate (booth 6845) at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, Fl. for a live demo. For more QSC events at InfoComm, please visit: www.qsc.com/infocomm19.
Founded over five decades ago, QSC is a globally-recognized leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of award-winning high-performance loudspeakers, digital mixers, power amplifiers, audio processors, digital cinema solutions, and the Q-SYS™ software-based audio, video and control platform. Offering reliable, scalable and flexible solutions for professional installed, portable, production, corporate and cinema applications, QSC puts customers first with its highly-acclaimed sales, service, and support networks worldwide.
Audinate Group Ltd (ASX:AD8) has a vision to pioneer the future of AV. Audinate’s award winning Dante AV over IP networking solution is the worldwide leader and used extensively in the professional live sound, commercial installation, broadcast, public address, and recording industries. Dante replaces traditional analogue cables by transmitting perfectly synchronized audio and video signals across large distances, to multiple locations at once, using nothing more than an Ethernet cable. Dante technology powers products available from hundreds of leading AV manufacturers around the world. Audinate is headquartered in Australia and has regional offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The company’s ordinary shares are traded on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the ticker code AD8. Dante and Audinate are registered trademarks of Audinate Group Ltd.