Software-based Dante™ for the Q-SYS Ecosystem


The Q-SYS Ecosystem now provides software-based Dante™ network audio integration without the need for additional hardware. As part of a strategic co-development effort with Audinate, QSC leveraged the open architecture and Intel processing headroom of Q-SYS to extend its audio integration capabilities to include Dante.  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.


Features:

Simple Integration into the Q-SYS Ecosystem: Add Dante™ network audio to your Q-SYS system without network I/O cards or additional hardware. Dante integrates into the Q-SYS AV&C Ecosystem workflow, offering device discovery, synchronization, control and management for Dante audio within the Q-SYS network, alongside native Q-LAN and AES67 and other edge networks like AVB and CobraNet.

Software-based Upgrades and Scalability: The Q-SYS Ecosystem will enable networked Dante integration with a simple software update. All new Q-SYS Core 110f processors will include 8 x 8 Dante network audio channels at no extra cost, with additional tiered licensing options for higher Dante channel counts. This will reduce the need for I/O hardware customization and allow integrators to keep costs down, particularly when upgrading or expanding existing systems.

 


Software-based Dante is now supported on the Q-SYS Core 110f

Feature Tiers (Core 110f):
8x8 | 16x16 | 32x32

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: In order to deploy Software-based Dante, your Q-SYS designs must be installed with Q-SYS Designer Software v8.3.1 or higher.

Availability on other Q-SYS Core models will come in the future


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)

FAQ

Q.  What Q-SYS Core processor models support Software-based Dante feature licenses?
A. 
Software-based Dante is currently supported on the Q-SYS Core 110f, with availability coming to other Q-SYS Core processors (current 510i and 5200 models) in the future.

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.  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.  However, each Q-SYS Core must have its own unique Software-based Dante license installed.

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?
A. 
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 many Dante flows does each Software-based Dante channel tier support (on the Q-SYS Core 110f) and how does that affect the channel stream usage of my Q-SYS design?
 

Channel Count Property Dante Flows Consumed
Channels
Consumed Streams
8 4 8 of 128 12 of 64 (non-redundant)
24 of 64 (redundant)
16 8 16 of 128 24 of 64 (non-redundant)
48 of 64 (redundant)
32 8 32 of 128 24 of 64 (non-redundant)
48 of 64 (redundant)


Q.  How do I add Software-based Dante to my Q-SYS design?
A. 
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.