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QSC Introduces Software-based Dante for the Q-SYS Ecosystem

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• Created: June 5, 2019

Co-developed with Audinate, scalable software licenses provide native Dante integration for Q-SYS without the need for additional hardware

COSTA MESA, CA and PORTLAND, OR – QSC announced that Software-based Dante for the Q-SYS Ecosystem is now available.

More details from QSC (www.qsc.com):

As part of its strategic technology partnership with Audinate, Q-SYS feature licenses will enable native Dante networked audio integration without the need for additional hardware I/O or external configuration software.

Integrators can easily add Dante audio natively as an extension of the Q-SYS integrated audio, video & control workflow. They can also take full advantage of robust functionality—such as device discovery, synchronization, control and management for Dante—directly within Q-SYS Designer Software environment (or within an external instance of Dante Controller if desired).

Because Q-SYS operates over standard IT network infrastructure, Dante audio data works seamlessly with Q-SYS AV&C data, eliminating the need for challenging bridging or combining schemes to manage both Q-SYS and Dante connected peripherals.

Following the release of Software-based Dante feature licenses, all new Q-SYS Core processors will ship with a small set of Dante audio channels enabled at no additional cost. Additionally, QSC will offer tiered feature licenses to enable Q-SYS system users to scale Dante integration capabilities based on their specific installation needs and Q-SYS Core processor capabilities.

“The Q-SYS Ecosystem has always taken an open and agnostic approach to audio, and our partnership with Audinate is an extension of this philosophy as we offer a truly unique, software-based implementation of Dante to our customers,” says Trent Wagner, Product Manager, Q-SYS Audio, QSC. “By offering a highly scalable approach to integrating Dante audio with the Q-SYS Ecosystem, QSC meets the I/O integration needs of more installations.”

“The AV industry is shifting from bespoke, purpose-built AV equipment to software-based solutions running on standard computing platforms,” says Joshua Rush, SVP, Marketing & Products at Audinate. “It was natural to partner with QSC, one of the leaders of this software-based strategy, to jointly develop the first software-based Dante solution. We are excited about the new, flexible ways that Dante can be deployed as software that weren’t previously possible.”

The Software-based Dante for the Q-SYS Ecosystem is targeted for release in early 2020.

For more information on Software-based Dante for Q-SYS, please visit: www.qsc.com/dante or visit the QSC (booth 3811) and Audinate (booth 6845) at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, Fl. for a live demo. For more QSC events at InfoComm, please visit: www.qsc.com/infocomm19.

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