QSC, Shure Partnership Pumps up Microflex Line

QSC and Shure announce integration between Shure Microflex networked mics and the entire Q-SYS Platform.

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During Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016, Shure unveiled its Microflex Advance series of networked ceiling and table array microphones, audio interfaces and control software for enhanced AV conferencing.

Leading up to ISE 2017, Shure has more news about its Microflex Advance and Microflex Wireless lines — an expanded level of integration between those Shure products and the entire QSC Q-SYS Platform.

The partnership includes the release of new control plug-ins for the Shure MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone and Microflex Wireless microphone systems, according to a Shure press release.

It adds that the latest Q-SYS Designer Software v5.3 update enables a multitude of audio connectivity options including audio integration via Dante, analog audio as well as AES67. Simple setup and configuration is assured with the addition of a detailed quick start guide to integrate audio and control between the Shure and QSC systems.

The Shure MXA Control Plug-in and setup guide will be available with the release of Q-SYS Designer Software v5.3 in early January 2017, according to the press release.

More from the press release:

The Shure MXA910 Control plug-in, co-developed by QSC and Shure, allows a myriad of different audio control, preset recall, and monitoring functions on the MXA910 from the Q-SYS platform using Q-SYS peripherals and touch screen controllers. Because the MXA910 control plug-in is decoupled from the audio integration method in Q-SYS, it lets the integrator use the plug-in for control while being able to choose between different audio transport methods, whether that be via analog audio using the Shure ANI series, the Q-SYS Dante Bridging card, or the newly-introduced AES67 software support on the Q-SYS Core processor series.

By using AES67 as the audio integration method, every Q-SYS Core processor in the platform can be easily integrated with the MXA910 without any additional hardware bridging devices or software licenses. This includes the class-leading Q-SYS Core 110f, offering the industry’s most cost effective pairing of DSP, AV Bridging, and Control with its 16 channels of AEC, which can accommodate up to two MXA910s in a single rack space over a single network connection.

The setup guide, also co-developed by QSC and Shure, provides step-by-step instructions on how to integrate the MXA910 with Q-SYS using AES67 for networked audio streaming and the built-in plug-in for control and monitoring of the MXA910 from Q-SYS.

“Integration at the software layer between Q-SYS and the Shure Microflex networked microphones provides integrators with the ability to offer truly unified, AV solutions to their end users for projects of any scale, including those leveraging the new Q-SYS AV-to-USB Bridging solution for conference room camera connectivity to soft-codec applications,” explained Martin Barbour, Product Manager for Installed Systems at QSC.

“By decoupling control integration from the audio transport mechanism, we offer the integrator the ability to choose the most appropriate audio transport method for their application while ensuring best-in-class performance from microphone through to loudspeaker, including all processing and amplification in between.”

“We are tremendously excited to expand our partnership with QSC and to continue improving the overall experience for our shared customers,” proclaimed Chad Wiggins, Senior Category Director of Networked Systems Products at Shure.

“Offering control plug-ins in Q-SYS Designer Software for the Shure MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone is a natural extension to the tools already available for Microflex Wireless Microphone Systems. In addition, the setup guide we co-developed provides a valuable resource for system designers considering the technical details of integrating the MXA910 with the Q-SYS platform using AES67. These are great examples of the commitment to improving user workflow and interoperability our two companies share.”

Furthermore, because Q-SYS is the only software-based audio, video, and control Linux realtime operating system (RTOS) platform, it will enable QSC and Shure developers to expand the library of control plug-ins to other Shure products and allow integrators to incorporate them into future designs with a simple software update.

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