Software-based Dante™ for the Q-SYS Ecosystem

(Coming Soon)

The Q-SYS Ecosystem now features native Dante™ network audio integration without the need for additional hardware I/O, external control devices or management software. As part of a strategic co-development effort with Audinate, QSC leveraged the Q-SYS open architecture and Intel processing headroom to expand its native audio integration capabilities to include Dante in order to meet the I/O peripheral needs of more installations.  In keeping with the QSC commitment to software-based platform expansion, these optional software licenses will allow integrators to right-size and scale the appropriate Dante channel count into new and existing Q-SYS installations.


Native Integration for the Q-SYS Ecosystem: Dante becomes a native extension of the Q-SYS integrated AV&C workflow, offering device discovery, synchronization, control and management for Dante audio within the Q-SYS network, alongside native Q-LAN and AES67 audio and other edge networks like AVB and CobraNet. All Dante subscriptions and configurations take place within Q-SYS Designer Software, eliminating the need for an external instance of Dante Controller.

Software-based Upgrade and Scalability: The Q-SYS Ecosystem will enable networked Dante integration without additional hardware. After its initial release, a small set of Software-based Dante channels will be included on all new Q-SYS Core processors with additional tiered licensing options for higher Dante channel count.  This will reduce the need for I/O hardware customization and allow integrators to keep costs down, particularly when upgrading existing systems.

Single Network Infrastructure: Unlike many other Dante solutions, Q-SYS integrates both Dante audio and control data on a single switch port. Furthermore, because Q-SYS operates over standard network infrastructure, Dante data can converge with Q-SYS AV&C data, eliminating the need for complicated network bridging or combining to manage your Q-SYS and Dante connected peripherals.

Simplified License Activation: Intuitive activation methods, including online activation for connected Q-SYS Cores, allow for fast integration (offline activation method also available).


Q. How do I purchase a Software-based Dante feature license? How much do they cost?
A. The process is similar to purchasing our “UCI Deployment License” or “Q-SYS Scripting Engine License.” Contact your local QSC sales representative to purchase Q-SYS software licenses.

Q.  Where is the Software-based Dante feature license installed?
A.  Software-based Dante is a perpetual license that is node locked to the Q-SYS Core processor itself.

Q.  What Q-SYS Core processor models support Software-based Dante feature licenses?
 Initially, Software-based Dante will be supported on the Q-SYS Core 110f, with future plans for availability on other Q-SYS Core processors (current 510i and 5200 models). 

Q.  How do I install the Software-based Dante feature license?
A.  For a step-by-step walkthrough, read How to Activate a QSC Feature License.

Q.  Is Software-based Dante compatible with Dante Domain Manager?
A.  Yes, Software-based Dante is compatible with Dante Domain Manager. It behaves no differently than other hardware Dante-based devices.

Q.  Can Software-based Dante be managed with Dante Controller?
A.  Yes.  Software-based Dante offers an External Configuration mode, configurable in Q-SYS Designer, which allows for management with Dante Controller, if desired.

Q.  Does Software-based Dante provide network redundancy?
A.  Yes.  All supported Q-SYS Cores feature a LAN A and LAN B port, which Software-based Dante can be utilized in a similar fashion to the Primary and Secondary ports of other hardware Dante-based devices.

Q.  Does Software-based Dante provide device redundancy?
A.  Yes.  Two supported, identical Q-SYS Core processors may be configured as a redundant pair. However, each Q-SYS Core must its own unique Software-based Dante license installed.

Q.  Can a Core use Software-based Dante simultaneously with Q-LAN, AES67, WAN and Media streams?
Yes.  All network audio technologies, including Dante, may co-exist on a Q-SYS Core processor in the same design so long as the total network I/O capacity of the Q-SYS Core is not exceeded.

Q.  How do I add Software-based Dante to my Q-SYS design?
Like other network audio protocols, a Dante RX / TX component pair is added to the Inventory and dragged into a Schematic page within Q-SYS Designer. From there, the components appear nearly identical to previously available hardware equivalents, including audio and control I/O pins.