Q-Sys Designer v3.1 adds VoIP and more
QSC Audio has upgraded Q-Sys Designer to v3.1. The upgrade adds Voice-over-IP capabilities and interfacing support for IP PBXs and analogue telephone systems via third-party FXO gateways. With the update installed, telephone calls may now be routed into Q-Sys, or Q-Sys audio may be connected to external phone lines.
Another notable feature allows users to record paging notifications by dialling in from their phones with suitable user PIN and paging access codes, allowing them to initiate the playback of the messages across the Q-Sys-controlled network or system.
Designers can also determine a hierarchy of codecs for use with connected VoIP systems – as the system will always try to connect using the highest-quality codec – and users can now determine the order in which successive lower-quality codecs will be attempted when a higher-quality codec is not supported.
The update also boasts improved graphical support for buttons and controls, allowing the use of status graphics as well as text, and offers finer control over individual UCIs, including QSC touch-screen controllers, iPads and iPhones or Windows laptops.
Finally, improvements have been made to the stability and capabilities of the URL stream receiver, which is now known as the Media Stream Receiver. QSC guidelines now state that integrated Q-Sys Cores (250i, 500i) can handle up 16 simultaneous channels of audio from a video media player, while the larger Cores (from the Core 1000 up) will be capable of managing a maximum of 32 simultaneous channels.