Q-SYS Cores

The World’s Most Powerful Software Based DSP Solution for Audio, Video & Control

Core 510i, 1130, 100f, 1200 image

Q-SYS™, QSC’s software based DSP platform, gives the systems integrator and end user a unified software design tool and feature set suitable for projects of any scale. With the bandwidth to handle even the most complex configurations, Q-SYS is ready for any job, from boardrooms and clubs to airports and stadiums.

Built from the ground up, the Q-SYS Core is at the heart of the Q-SYS system and runs QSC-developed DSP algorithms under a customized Linux operating system running on Intel® microprocessors and motherboards. This Intel hardware already meets industry-best reliability standards and is used in many of the world’s most mission-critical projects on a powerful, open, IT-friendly foundation, the Q-SYS Platform transcends the limitations in scope, performance, and usability that keep other network audio control systems from reaching their full potential.

  • Layer 3 networking: Ensures Q-SYS can run on the backbone of existing IT infrastructure eliminating the need for a dedicated audio network.
  • Industry leading hardware design: Future-proof investment in standards based software and computer technology running on Intel processors.
  • Suite of software based conferencing technology applications: Including third-generation AEC, multiple-instance SIP Softphones, Gain Sharing and Gating Automixers.
  • Unified software platform: Single training investment in one software design tool for small to large systems of all applications types.

Unified Core

The Q-SYS™ Core 110f processor provides a solution for small, single room projects up to the largest Enterprise scale deployments. The continuity of the Q-SYS software based DSP platform the Q-SYS Core 110f to leverage all the features that are available across the entire Q-SYS Platform. This smaller Core is ideal for:

  • acoustic echo canceling and sound reinforcement in small to large meeting or multipurpose rooms
  • sound reinforcement in performance venues such as house of worship and theater
  • background music systems
  • wide area paging in airports, convention centers and hospitals

Integrated Cores

Q-SYS™ Core 510i processor offers the most flexible audio I/O of any Core in the Q-SYS platform, perfect for applications that require a diversity of analog, digital and networked audio connectivity. It features eight onboard I/O card slots that can be populated with any combination of Q-SYS Type-II I/O card allowing diverse connectivity options. The Core 510i processor also offers two modes of operation whereby it can be deployed as a processor in “Q-SYS Core mode” with full processing capabilities, or configured as an I/O only device in “I/O Frame mode”.

Enterprise Cores

There are two Q-SYS™ Enterprise Core models, both tailored to meet the demanding needs of large scale installations. Core 1100 (256x256 network channels), and Core 3100 (512x512 network channels) are designed to work with numerous I/O Frames, page stations and CXD-Q network amplifiers,  with each of these multiple peripherals located remotely throughout the  venue.


    Local I/O Channels Network Audio Channels AEC Channels Multitrack Audio Players Local I/O Card Capacity VoIP Instances
Unified Core
(small scale)
Core 110f 24 (8 analog in, 8 analog out, 8 analog flex in/out), 16x16 USB audio 128 x 128 16 16 (upgradable to 32) N/A (Built-in I/O on this model) 4
Integrated Cores
(medium scale)
Core 500i Up to 32 analog, up to 128x128 AES/CobraNet/Dante/AVB 128 flex in/out 32 16 (upgradable to 128) 8 64
Core 510i
Up to 32 analog, up to 128x128 AES/CobraNet/Dante/AVB 256 x 256
64 16 (upgradable to 128) 8 64
Enterprise Cores
(large scale)
Core 1100
Up to 4 analog, up to 16 AES, up to 64x64 CobraNet/Dante/AVB 256 x 256
96 16 (upgradable to 128) 1 64
Core 3100 Up to 4 analog, up to 16 AES, up to 64x64 CobraNet/Dante/AVB 512 x 512 192 16 (upgradable to 128) 1 64

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Training and Education

Q-SYS Training Level 1 - Online

Learn Anywhere, Anytime: Rather than take you away from your work, QSC gives you the flexibility to learn Q-SYS™ on your own time, from any internet-enabled computer or mobile device.

Real-time, Dynamic Demonstrations: No boring videos here. Our fast-paced demonstrations are highly visual and hosted by seasoned QSC educators, and presented in real-time.

Multiple Languages Available: Q-SYS Training is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, German and French.

Q-SYS Training Level 2 - Classroom

Experienced Trainers: One-on-one instruction from advanced application engineers and trainers who specialize in a wide variety on installations.

Hands-on Experience: Each student works on a full Q-SYS™ workstation with the latest Q-SYS hardware and software.

Advanced Application-based Curriculum: Topics include Public Address, Conferencing Suite (AEC, Softphone, proper gain staging,  Automixers), Networking Troubleshooting, Introduction to Third Party Control, Core-to-Core Streaming/Paging, GPIO integration, Advanced User Control Interface and more.

Q-SYS Training has been approved by
Infocomm for RU credits.
Level 1: 4 RU Level 2: 8 RU