Q-Sys gains AES67 support
QSC has confirmed that the Q-Sys Designer v5.3 firmware update will bring AES67 support to the Q-Sys platform. This will enable distribution of the AoIP interoperability standard between Q-Sys and other systems that support AES67 without the need for additional hardware.
AES67 brings a bridging compliance mode to Q-Sys for any IP networked audio system operating with standard Layer 3 Ethernet connections. This allows the system to interchange between different AoIP platforms and communication with systems running alternative network technologies, such as Ravenna and Dante.
In other Q-Sys Designer v5.3 software updates, QSC has partnered with Shure to increase the level of integration between the platform and Shure’s Microflex Advance and Microflex Wireless microphones. This includes new control plugins for the Shure MXA910 ceiling array mics and Microflex Wireless systems and the addition of a detailed quick start guide to keep setup and integration simple.
The addition of the Shure MXA910 Control plugin provides Q-Sys peripherals and touch screen controllers with a variety of audio control, preset recall and monitoring functions for MXA910. The plugin is ‘de-coupled’ from the Q-Sys platform’s own audio integration method, allowing users to control and select alternative audio transport methods, such as with analogue audio using Shure’s ANI series, the Q-Sys Dante bridging card or via AES67 software support on the Q-Sys Core processor series. When using AES67 as the audio integration method, users can integrate all Q-Sys Core processors in the platform with the MXA910 without the need for extra hardware or software licenses.
QSC has also been busy on the hardware side, releasing the K Cardioid Subwoofer which joins the K Family of loudspeakers. Containing the manufacturer’s DSP technology and 1,000W Class-D amplification, the subwoofer is constructed as a compact unit designed for portable applications, as well as being suitable for installations.
Stating that the K Cardioid Subwoofer ‘provides all the benefits of a cardioid subwoofer array but in a single enclosure’, QSC has included dual 12-inch excursion drivers arranged in a sixth order bandpass chamber, combining to reportedly produce 15dB more output at the front of the cabinet than at the rear. The cabinet features aluminum handles and four rear-mounted casters, with a pair of M20 sockets that accept a 35mm speaker pole in either vertical or horizontal deployment.
The E Series has also gained a pair of new models in the forms of the E218SW dual 18-inch subwoofer and E215 dual 15-inch full-range cabinet.
The E218SW features a pair of 18-inch die-cast frame woofers with 4-inch voice coils and power handling of 1,800W continuous (6,400W peak) to deliver a maximum SPL of 132dB and LF extension down to 32Hz at -10dB. Conveniently located handles and a captive-skid system facilitate simple ground stacking ability.
The E215, meanwhile is built with dual 15-inch LF drivers and 3.5-inch voice coil. It makes use of a frequency-shading topology to minimise vertical lobing through the HF crossover transition. Transparent high frequency reproduction is offered by a large format 1.4-inch device with 2.8-inch voice coil and 1,200W continuous power handling (4,800W peak) is reportedly achieved, while the manufacturer’s Directivity Matched Transition (DMT) technology is included for frequency response uniformity across a 75-degree coverage area, with enhanced LF extension down to 40Hz.