|At ISE 2012, Amsterdam, QSC Audio introduces the next generation of Q-Sys products, designed specifically to deliver powerful digital networked audio solutions for a wide range of applications. The Core 500i and Core 250i provide advanced centralized processing, routing and control for contractors and consultants needing a solution for smaller venues such as restaurants, nightclubs, stores, schools and churches.|
These two new Core models are fully integrated solutions, each with eight card slots on-board. The Core500i is capable of up to 128 network channels while the Core 250i provides up to 64 channels. I/O is selectable via the various Q-Sys I/O cards.
Options include Multi-Track Player (MTP) which offer additional storage space and the ability to play back multi-track files "wider" than 16 channels. The user could play back a file of any width from 1 to 64 channels with the MTP-64, and up to 128 channels with the MTP-128 option. User configurable, many or all of those channels could then be routed to the outside, or could be mixed together internally and sent on depending on the need. That said, if a user used the MTP-64 option to play back a 64 channel multi-track file over the Q-LAN network to a series of I/O Frames from a core 250i, it would use all the network capacity of the 250i. This network capacity is in addition to any audio I/O cards that may be installed locally in the 250i.
Like all Q-Sys Cores, these systems run under a customized Linux operating system on Intel microprocessors and motherboards. IT connectivity is easily implemented utilizing Layer 3 Gigabit networking protocols and standard Gigabit Ethernet hardware. The systems are capable of providing simple and failsafe redundancy for mission-critical applications. All system design, configuration, administration and control operate under a simple and straightforward GUI. Additionally, custom user control panels are easily created and can be displayed on any Internet-connected PC, iOS device or QSC's own Touch Screen Controllers (TSC-3, TSC-8). Any incoming signals may be mixed and routed to any output and nearly unlimited DSP is provided, including Acoustic Echo Cancellation.
Also newly announced is the I/O-22 analog I/O box. It is a compact, standalone unit designed for widely distributed audio sources or destinations such as individual rooms in a multi-room venue (judicial chambers, classrooms, VIP suites, and more). It provides two mic/line inputs and two line outputs and connects directly to the Gigabit Ethernet network. It is powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet) or 24 VDC and includes an 8.5 watt mono amplifier and mounting plate for discreet and compact installation.