Touch right into your DAW
QSC has introduced a new software for TouchMix users that enables two-way migration of digital audio wave files between TouchMix and DAW software on either Windows or Apple Mac computers. According to the manufacturer, Version 2.0 offers this capability to users of all three models of TouchMix digital mixers, including the flagship TouchMix-30 Pro. The TouchMix-30 Pro already offers users direct-to-DAW interface capability with computers running Apple Mac DAW applications, but with audio file migration between TouchMix and DAW software is now also possible.
In addition to the new DAW Utility software, Firmware v 1.1 can now be downloaded for the TouchMix-30 Pro 32-channel (24 Mic/Line, 6 Line, Stereo USB) digital mixer. Version 1.1 firmware adds a variety of significant product enhancements including Direct Download for Upgrades and improvements to the Parametric EQ. A Channel Safe function prevents an individual channel’s settings from being changed by a scene recall by setting the “can’t change” channel to Safe that can still operate normally but will be unchanged by any scene recall. The "Omit levels” function on the Preset page now also omits group assignments, for which presets can now be recalled without effecting mute group, sub group and DCA group assignments. In addition to increasing the maximum LCD brightness, the monitor pop-up now includes delay settings and source selection buttons in addition to a vertical fader for level control.
Away from mixers, The Core 510i integrated core processor has joined the Q-SYS portfolio, and is reportedly the first able to be configured in two different software modes, as a full Q-SYS audio, video and control processer or as an I/O peripheral that can accommodate any combination of Q-SYS analogue, digital and networked audio I/O cards.
The Q-SYS Core mode handles all AVC processing including resources for built-in acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) that can be deployed with the Q-SYS AV-to-USB Bridging solution for soft codec conferencing applications.
The I/O Frame mode offers support for up to 128x128 audio channels as an I/O peripheral into the system for processing on a separate Core processor. It can accommodate any combination of Q-SYS Type-II I/O cards including Dante, CobraNet, AVB or Q-SYS analogue and AES/EBU cards.
With the recent release of Q-SYS Designer Software v5.3, all Q-SYS Core processors shipped to date, including the Core 510i, offer native AES67 capability without requiring additional hardware or license costs. The Core 510i processor also offers multiple levels of system redundancy allowing the designer to choose the most appropriate scheme for the project at hand.
Finally, a new Q-SYS I/O-8 Flex channel expander has been unveiled featuring eight flexible audio I/O channels. The device allows users to configure each channel via Q-SYS Designer Software as either a fully balanced mic/line input with phantom power or a line level output. It also offers PoE+ support for single-cable deployments plus an auxiliary DC power input that can be used for redundancy. With the same chassis and mounting solution as the QSC SPA Series power amplifiers, the I/O-8 Flex can be mounted under the table in a conference room, on the wall or in a rack.