Version 2.0 - What's New?
New Q-Sys Hardware:
Page Stations are PoE powered and available with 4, 8 or 16 capacitive touch buttons. The hand-held mic models are now shipping and the gooseneck mic models should be ready in a couple of months (check back later). Like all other Q-Sys peripherals their functions are set up and controlled by the software. Learn more...
DDI-11 DataPort Adapter
The DDI-11 is a passive adapter that provides line-out functionality from a DataPort card. Its primary use is in systems where the contractor wants to employ unused DataPort outputs to drive equipment with line level analog inputs. Learn more...
The TSC-8 is an 8" in-wall capacitive touch controller for hosting User Control Interfaces.
Q-Sys Designer will generate a template that perfectly accommodates the 800x600 LCD and makes for an elegant user experience. Learn more...
The TSC-3 enables simple and cost-effective control for Q-Sys systems and other devices. The TSC-3 utilizes Q-Sys Designer software to create custom control panels (UCIs) with buttons, faders, custom navigation and other software tools. These UCIs can be utilized to control any aspect of a Q-Sys system and other devices that are put under Q-Sys control. Learn more...
CCN32 CobraNet Audio I/O Card
The new CCN32 CobraNet Audio I/O Card enables system bridging between Q-Sys and a CobraNet legacy platform. The CCN32 provides up to 32 x 32 channels of CobraNet audio in/out of a Q-Sys system. Designed specifically for customers who have a large networked legacy system, the CCN32 provides a cost-effective means for a phased approach to bridge between an existing CobraNet platform and the conversion to the Q-Sys platform.
Q-Sys V2.0 adds new tools including the Design Administrator Interface, Device Configurator Interface, Design Inspector, and UCI Viewer. Additionally Q-Sys will shortly support iOS platform UCI controllers (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch).
Design Administrator Interface
The Design Administrator Interface (DAI) is a new unified control interface that allows the end-user to manage and make adjustments to the Q-Sys system without taking the system off-line or accessing the system design. It has tabs for various functions including:
- Commands - Control Change command (typically used in paging applications), and Snapshot Load command.
- Command Schedule - Schedule commands using internal real time clock.
- Users - Provides access control (security) for multiple users.
- User Control Interfaces - Allows management of the user-designed custom control panels.
- Audio Files - Provides control and management of audio Files stored in the Core.
- Event Log - Logs all system events.
Device Configurator Interface
The Device Configurator Interface (DCI) replaces the functionality of the Web Management Interface with a setup and management application that enables changing network settings, device ID and device security. Like the DAI, the DCI can be run stand-alone so that venue IT staff can control the network parameters of Q-Sys devices without gaining access to the design. The DCI can be found in the Tools menu of the Q-Sys Designer software.
The Design Inspector identifies orphaned controls and un-terminated named signals in the system design. It is found in the left-hand accordion bar.
In previous Q-Sys Designer releases Apple AIR was used to run User Control Interfaces (UCIs) on network PCs. This is no longer supported and a new UCI Viewer application is available to download and run on network PCs.
An iOS (iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch) application has been submitted to the Apple APP store for review. Once it is approved by Apple and released users will be able to download it to their iOS devices and run User Control Interfaces (UCIs) via Wi-Fi. In the User Control Interface properties menu there are templates for building UCIs with the correct aspect ratios for these devices.
Component Additions, Enhancements, and Changes:
AcousticDesign Loudspeakers - Added support for the new AD-C820, AD-C821 and AD-C1200 high-power ceiling loudspeakers.
Audio Player - Added features to the Audio Player (formerly Audio File Player). Enhancements include the File Status window, a sub-directory pull down menu, new back-lit buttons, and the addition of the Play on Startup feature.
Delay Matrix Component - Added a new component that provides up to 128 inputs and outputs with up to 256 channels per Input/Output.
Doppler Shift Component - Added a new effect component that provides the psychoacoustic effect of an audio source that is moving towards then passing the listener.
FIR Filter Component - Added a new component that provides the capability of loading user generated coefficients into an FIR Filter.
High-Pass FIR Filter Component - Added a new component that provides standard High-Pass filters with linear or minimum phase.
Low-Pass FIR Filter Component - Added a new component that provides Low-Pass filters with linear or minimum phase.Parametric EQ Component - Added a Reset button to the Parametric EQ, that when pressed returns all parameters to their default values.
Public Address Router Component - The PA Router is the hub of the Q-Sys Paging System. It performs the following tasks:
- Routes pages.
- Delays, queues and sorts delayed pages based on priority and zone availability.
- Plays and routes prerecorded messages.
- Queues and sorts message playback based on priority and zone availability.
- Routes background music (BGM).
- Mixes pages and messages with BGM, including ducking.
- Controls the Gain and Mute for Pages, Messages, and BGM.
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Tips and Tricks Blog:
We have started a Tips and Tricks Blog with material from our developers, as well as our field application engineers. The Blog, hosted on our website, will be updated from time to time. Like most blogs you can comment on the posts and in this case interact directly with the engineers.
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I hope you have found this first edition of the Q-Sys Newsletter useful. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, an interesting installation you’ve worked on or a tip you would like to share in a future edition, please drop me a line at email@example.com.