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New QSC software-based Dante ‘delivers on commitment to innovation’

The new software-based Dante for the Q-SYS ecosystem reduces installation time and increase interoperability, with no additional hardware required

QSC has confirmed the availability of software-based Dante for the Q-SYS ecosystem.

As part of its strategic partnership with Audinate, these feature licenses allows integrators to enable Dante networked audio integration on Q-SYS Core 110f processors running Q-SYS Designer Software v8.3.1 or higher.

This software implementation is designed to eliminate the need for additional hardware I/O to integrate Dante into the Q-SYS audio, video and control workflow and significantly increases platform interoperability between Q-SYS and Dante-enabled devices.

“We were thrilled to work with Audinate to deliver the industry’s first software-based Dante implementation on a DSP processor,” said Trent Wagner, audio product manager, QSC. “This launch delivers on our steadfast commitment to software innovation within the Q-SYS Ecosystem. Software-based Dante expands the capabilities of the Q-SYS Core 110f processor, and allows integration of Dante devices into those smaller Q-SYS systems that might have been cost prohibitive with our larger Core processors.”

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“The goal of offering Dante-as-Software is to bring new, flexible ways for Dante to be deployed,” added Joshua Rush, SVP, marketing and products at Audinate. “QSC is a natural partner in this space as they are an industry leader in software-based strategy. The introduction of Software-based Dante in the Q-SYS Core 110f will allow the AV industry to more effectively utilize software-based solutions operating on standard computing platforms.”

Q-SYS Core 110f processors sold after March 30, 2020 will include 8×8 Dante network audio channel license (while Core 110f processors sold prior to that date can purchase the 8×8 channel license). Furthermore, all Core 110f processors are capable of licensing higher Dante channel counts options (16×16 or 32×32). Software-Based Dante for the Q-SYS Ecosystem will be available on the remaining current models of Q-SYS processors (Core 510i and Core 5200) later in 2020.