QSC K and KW Series Loudspeakers Deliver Power and Clarity to TVs Nashville
QSC Loudspeakers on the Set of ABC's Primetime Drama Recreate the Concert Experience While also helping to Ensure Perfect Lip Sync.
Nashville, TN (March 25, 2013) - Over 20,000 watts of QSC K and KW Series Active Loudspeakers are helping to bring an authentic concert experience to the set of "Nashville," ABC's new hit primetime musical drama. The compact, high-powered speakers are being used to deliver pre-recorded music tracks to the actors and an audience of extras on the "Nashville" soundstage with a clarity that not only creates a lifelike concert atmosphere but also helps the show's editors achieve perfect lip sync.
A critical and popular hit, "Nashville" focuses on a country music star, played by Connie Britton, who accepts the opening slot on the "Red Lips White Lies" tour of a new teen sensation, played by Hayden Panettiere, in an attempt to revive her fading career. The show's creator, producer and writer is Callie Khouri (who won a screenwriting Oscar for "Thelma and Louise"); Khouri's husband, T-Bone Burnett, a multiple award-winner in his own right, is executive music producer.
The production has rented a large warehouse in Nashville, constructing a 2D/3D green screen virtual stage set that can be made to look like different cities as the show's fictional concert tour progresses. Tasked with finding a speaker system capable of delivering the requisite power and clarity, the show's sound mixer, Joe Foglia, CAS, of Southeast Audio Services, contacted his longtime friend and vendor, Mike Harris, of Harris Audio in Miami, for a recommendation. "Without hesitation Mike insisted that we consider QSC," reports Foglia, whose background encompasses over three decades of live and studio recording as well as film and television sound, during which he has picked up six Emmy nominations, and one win for NBC's "Scrubs."
In seeking a solution that would meet the sonic requirements of the audio team while also appealing to the show's set designers, Foglia consulted with QSC Director of Marketing Communications Ray van Straten who recommended a combination of K and KW Series loudspeakers for the various stations. Foglia relates, "Two KW181 subwoofers are positioned under the stage while two KSub subwoofers reside under the drum riser. Onstage we use KW122s. We have four down the front, four down the rear, two on the drummer, one on the keyboard, one on the pedal steel, two for the background vocals and two for Connie and Hayden." The production recently also built a replica of Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe music venue, which uses a pair of K8s above the stage for the audience and a pair of K10s for the performers.
"We use Pro Tools for playback. It's got to be loud and it's got to be clean but it can't overpower the stage," says Foglia. Although the actors are performing to pre-recorded music tracks, he records the actors singing. "They need a clean, audible track of the singing to get the lip sync 100 percent, even though we use time code. Even in a big, echoey hall, the QSCs are cutting through."
Furthermore, says Foglia, "The actors can feel it; the stage vibrates because of the subs, so everybody gets in the mood. And they bring in a thousand extras and plant them around the stage, so it needs to be good enough for them to get into it, too. The QSCs kick butt, and they're very clear."
He elaborates, "I wanted a real strong sub under the drum riser. Through Pro Tools we send the drum set to the subs so the drummer can get the feel. Sometimes we just send a click track. We use those subs and cut off the top frequencies as much as we can; it's basically a thumper. The dialog is not affected because it's way above the frequency range of the sub."
The initial episode of "Nashville" included concert footage filmed at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, using production elements from Rascal Flatts' touring set, but not the band's sound system. "I've used QSC amps all my life, so I ended up going with QSC speakers, because they're compact and powerful," says Foglia. When the "Nashville" production relocated to its soundstage, "We had to have the best quality sound-so that's why I stayed with QSC," he adds.
QSC Strengthens its Sales and Marketing Teams with Senior Management Promotions
Costa Mesa, CA (March 19, 2013) - QSC Audio Products, LLC. is pleased to announce the promotions of several senior managers to new leadership roles within its powerful global sales and marketing teams. Gina Bergmann has been promoted to Senior Director, Sales Operations and US Sales; David Fuller has been promoted to Senior Director, International Sales and Technical Marketing, and Ray van Straten has been promoted to Senior Director, Marketing Communications and Training & Education.
“I am very excited about these management changes and the opportunities they represent for our company's future,” states Joe Pham, QSC President and CEO. “David, Gina and Ray each have proven track records of success, building teams from the ground up and being advocates for approaching our business differently. In addition, they all have a strong background in sales which gives them a unique perspective on how they approach the non-sales aspect of their roles.”
Gina Bergmann will be leading both the Sales Operations and US Sales Teams at QSC. Gina originally joined QSC Sales Operations 12 years ago and has worked in both the Retail and Concert divisions, moving on to manage QSC Strategic Accounts, and most recently managing both Sales Operations and Strategic Accounts. Gina will also maintain responsibility for Channel Management Strategy.
“When I first joined QSC, I couldn't imagine having a role informing the direction of the company,” says Bergmann. “Today, I could not be more excited about the opportunity to work alongside such an incredible group of people in shaping the direction of the Sales and Marketing teams of the future, and propelling our next phase of growth.”
David Fuller will be leading both the Technical Marketing & International Sales Teams at QSC. David came to QSC three years ago, first managing the Asia Pacific region, then relocating to the headquarters in Costa Mesa facility to head up the Technical Marketing team. In this role, David built an extraordinarily high caliber of talent and tools for the benefit of QSC customers. “Becoming a global organization is a critical component of QSC's mission statement, and I'm very excited at the prospect of playing a part in that. Furthermore, the International Sales Team at QSC has never been stronger, and it is my privilege to lead such a talented group of industry professionals.”
Ray van Straten will be leading both Marketing Communications and the Training & Education Team at QSC. Throughout his ten years with QSC, Ray has served as Retail Market Manager, Director of Entertainer Solutions, and most recently managing the company's Marketing Communications Team. In addition to assuming the new Training & Education responsibilities, Ray will also continue to oversee Worldwide Artist Relations and Public Relations.
“Being asked to serve the needs of our growing company in this way is both an honor and a privilege,” expresses Ray van Straten. “The caliber of talent at QSC is second to none in the industry and our brand's success is a reflection of that. I truly look forward to what lies ahead.”
QSC Spreads The Word At Shore Church, New Zealand
Albany, Auckland, New Zealand (March 15, 2013) -Every Sunday the Shore Community Church congregates in the Albany Junior High School's sports hall. This requires them to set up and pack down their own audio equipment before and after each service. In the past they had used an ageing, very large and heavy audio system. The challenge assigned to local installer Halogen Audio was to find a system that met the church's high audio expectations whilst also meeting their requirements for portability and ease of set up. They tried out various options, but were only satisfied when Halogen Audio supplied a QSC KLA ActiveLine Array System, consisting of four KLA12 elements and two KW181 subwoofers.
The church required an audio system that was suitable for both speech and the church band. It needed to provide high quality, even sound coverage across the large hall space, and the allowance to grow with the church into a larger venue. The KLA speakers are very versatile in terms of mounting options, so they can easily be used as part of an installed system when the church moves into a permanent venue. The QSC system also won favours from the congregation for the ease with which it could be set up and packed away each Sunday - with its simple lift, click and play approach, the fixed arcuate, active line array system can be deployed in a fraction of the time required by comparable line array products.
The Shore Community Church was so happy with the KLA system that they decided to add a full QSC K Series monitor system to their order with Halogen Audio, consisting of four K12 Active Loudspeakers and a K8 dedicated to monitoring a drum kit. The 1000W amplification and six-year warranty on the K Series, in particular, helped to swing the deal.
Dave Simpson, leader of the Shore Community Church, explains: "The level of support we received from Halogen Audio, coupled with the high quality and suitability of the QSC equipment for our application, meant we were very comfortable placing an order for the equipment."
QSC Presents Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Sandy Hook School Support Fund
Costa Mesa, CA (March 12, 2013) - In the wake of the tragic elementary school shootings this past December, QSC Audio Products, LLC, will present a golf tournament on May 4, 2013 at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club in Tustin, CA to benefit the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
There are a variety of ways for both companies and individuals to partner with QSC to benefit this worthwhile cause, from corporate sponsorships, banner displays, gift bags, foursomes, contest sponsorships, meal sponsorships, and individual golfer registration and lunch tickets.
“We welcome golf enthusiasts from across the industry in aiding this very worthwhile cause,” states Joe Pham, QSC President and CEO. “Now is the time for those that can to lend their support, whether as sponsor, player, or simply by offering a charitable donation. We are very grateful for participation at any level.”
The event will begin at 7:00 a.m. with onsite registration, and highlights of the day will include a helicopter ball drop, an awards ceremony for the top golf foursomes, breakfast and lunch buffets, prize drawings, and several contests including a closest-to-the-pin contest, hole-in-one contest, and longest drive contest. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, or to sign-up for the golf event, please visit QSC Golf Tournament page. Registration and sponsorship deadline is April 15, 2013.
QSC Releases EASE.GLL Data Files for its Entire Loudspeaker Line
Costa Mesa, CA (March 4, 2013) -QSC has further strengthened its position as a leader in the systems integration market with the release of complete EASE .GLL data files for its entire loudspeaker line, including AcousticDesign, AcousticPerformance, K Series, KW Series, KLA Series, WideLine and others.
"Unlike legacy file formats such as .efo, .spk, and .dll, these new .GLL files can work across all three popular platforms; EASE Address, EASE Focus 2, and the full 3D modeling version of EASE 4.3," states David Fuller, QSC Director of Technical Marketing. "This has been a great effort from our engineering team, not only in the file creation, but also in the hours spent collecting & validating the mechanical and acoustical data."
QSC Director of Marketing Communications Ray van Straten adds, "By offering consultants and contractors this enhanced ability to integrate our loudspeaker products into their EASE-based design proposals, we are now able to deliver these channel partners a more compelling business solution that fully compliments our products' sonic performance."
Click here to visit the QSC EASE library
QSC Speakers & Amps Score With Style At The Reborn Hotel Victoria
Donetsk, Ukraine, Europe (February, 2013) - The Victoria Hotel & Conference Center is the finest venue in Donetsk, capital of the Donets Basin region of the Ukraine. It is also situated very close to the Donbass Arena, home of local soccer heroes (and 2009 UEFA Cup winners) FC Shakhtar Donetsk (FCSD), and one of the venues for last year's Euro 2012 tournament.
In preparation for Euro 2012, which saw a sizeable portion of the UEFA delegation staying at the Victoria, the hotel was thoroughly refurbished and all of its audio systems were renewed throughout. Odessa-based installer Real Music, who are also the QSC distributor for Ukraine, were responsible for installing all of the PA/VA speakers and systems. A QSC ILA line array comprising 16 WL2082-i elements (eight left, eight right) and four WL118-sw subwoofers was used in the main conference hall at the Victoria, where all of the pre- and post-match press conferences were held during the tournament. The array was driven by a combination of four PLX3102 amps, plus a PLX1104 and an RMX5050, and managed by an SC28 system controller.
A slightly smaller version of the same system was used in the main hotel restaurant, with eight WL2082-i elements, six WL118-sw subs, and a pair of PLX3102 amps, together with RMX 4050HD, RMX 850, and PL380 amps and another SC28 system controller. Music in the hotel's second, smaller restaurant was provided by six KW Series Active KW153 three-way speakers and a pair each of KW122 two-way units and KW181 subs. Finally, a system comprising a pair of multi-purpose AD-S82 speakers and eight further compact AD-S52Ts, driven respectively by ISA-500Ti and ISA-300Ti amplifiers, was used in the hotel lobby, ensuring good coverage in all of the hotel's public spaces.
Vladimir Golovan, brand manager at Real Music's pro audio department, explained the choice of QSC amps and speakers at the Hotel Victoria. "We believed that this was the best equipment on the market to fulfil the hotel's requirements given their budget, and after we had demonstrated it to the owners, they believed us. The management were delighted and said they had never before heard better."
QSC Audio Products Appoints Mark Mayfield as Cinema Marketing Manager
Costa Mesa, CA (February 20, 2013) - QSC Audio Products is pleased to announce that Mark Mayfield has joined the company as Cinema Marketing Manager. In his new role, Mayfield will be responsible for developing and executing marketing programs as well as providing sales and technical support for the acclaimed QSC Cinema line of products.
Mark has had a rich career working in the audio industry, working as a recording/live sound engineer, as well as extensive experience in cinema product marketing for firms including Bose Corporation, Harman International (JBL Professional), and Eastern Acoustics Works. Prior to joining QSC, Mayfield has held several editorial positions, launching several major industry trade publications, and has authored dozens of articles and reports on cinema sound and AV technology and their various applications. Mark has presented cinema sound seminars in Europe, Asia, and North America, and is an adjunct faculty member of the InfoComm Academy. Mayfield holds a BS from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from Boston College.
“I have spent much of my career focusing on cinema, and I'm thrilled at the opportunity to make a difference in the quality of sound in the cinema marketplace, especially working with a prestigious brand like QSC,” says Mayfield. “The team of experienced cinema sound professionals here is unmatched anywhere in the industry, and it's truly an honor to be part of that.”
QSC Systems Grace International Award-winning Danish Hotel
Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe (February 13, 2013) - The award-winning Bella Sky Comwell hotel in the Danish capital Copenhagen chose the Q-Sys(tm) integrated platform from QSC to route and manage much of its extensive audio infrastructure, from background music to conference audio.
The instantly recognisable hotel, with its dual 'leaning towers' design, was built in late 2011 as part of the Bella Center Conference venue on Amager, the island off Copenhagen where the city's main airport and the Danish access to the international bridge and tunnel across the resund (Gravel Sound) to Sweden are situated. Since opening it has won several accolades, including an International Hotel Award for Best Architecture in Europe for its unique 'twisted pair' of towers, which are designed to ensure more guests obtain an uninterrupted view of of the capital in one direction, or the impressive resund Bridge in the other.
Local audio-visual integrator AV-Huset a/s were responsible for the audio infrastructure at the hotel, and chose Q-Sys as the management platform, installing a comprehensive system supplied by Danish QSC distributor EM Nordic. Run from a control room in the hotel basement, the Bella Sky Q-Sys comprises a Core 1000 linked to 10 I/O Frames around the building, 21 ISA amplifiers, a total of 10 compact two-way QSC AD-S 52 and 82 loudspeakers distributed amongst the hotel's four bars and two restaurants, together with no less than 144 QSC AD-CI52ST discreet ceiling-mount speakers in the reception and other communal areas.Q-Sys is mainly responsible for background music facilities at Bella Sky, althoughmic- and line-in options are provided in some of the hotel's 28 meeting rooms and three conference halls, so audio can be networked for projections and corporate presentations.
In the conference halls, Q-Sys also interfaces with a third-party environmental control system, as Ashley Cooke of EM Nordic explains:"It was my first installation with Q-Sys, and we had to ensure it would integrate with the third-party control system. I was concerned it would take a while, but it was literally a question of sitting down with the installers for 15 minutes, and then Q-Sys was all hooked up. I thought I might get some calls from them asking for support, but everything just worked - the next thing I knew, the hotel was open and winning awards!
“One of the advantages of Q-Sys is that is doesn't need dedicated custom cabling. So at Bella Sky, the system runs via the hotel's existing IT infrastructure, which made for huge savings on installation costs, considering that the same audio channels often need to be routed simultaneously to the ground floor in one tower and the 23rd floor in the other! "The hotel management werealso pleased about the expandability of the system. We originally installed a fixed-architecture system running the then-current version 2.0 software and firmware, with 24 inputs and 68 outputs. You can imagine the smile on the faces of the installers and the customers when they were informed that future channel expansion would just require the latest firmware update -so they could make use of the new Flex Channels, which can be either inputs or outputs - and not the purchase of a bigger core as they had expected. Partly because of that, plans are now being drawn up to extend the Q-Sys network across the whole of the Bella Center conferencing facility."
QSC Audio Announces the New Obsessed Contest
Costa Mesa, CA (February 14, 2013) - QSC Audio Products LLC announces the launch today of their new “Obsessed” Contest, inviting their most loyal customers and devotees to demonstrate their affinity for their products, and tell the story of their Obsession with QSC for a chance to win $5,000 in free gear.
QSC already knows that their customers are very special and share loyalty to the brand and products - and often, they are compelled to share their story with others. Each of them has reasons why they chose QSC products for the first time. Some speak about the company's great service and support. Some boast that their QSC products have been in continuous use for 20 years or more. Others talk about QSC products performing to perfection under extremely harsh environmental conditions. Over the years, QSC has been told stories of their products surviving ridiculous calamities only to continue to function flawlessly. While no two Obsessed customers are exactly alike, they do share one common trait - They love QSC!
The “Obsessed” contest is an opportunity for these loyal and enthusiastic customers to express their enthusiasm for the QSC brand, and in the process be eligible to win $5,000 in QSC gear. Entries can include written testimony, videos and photographs whereby contestants can show that they are the most “Obsessed” with QSC.
To enter the contest, please visit the QSC “Obsessed” contest page at www.passionforaudio.com/obsessed or the company's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/QSCAudioProducts.
The contest begins on February 14th and will continue through April 30th.
QSC Announces Q-Sys Designer 3.1, Including Telephony/VoIP Options
Costa Mesa, CA (February 10, 2013) - QSC Audio Products, LLC announces the latest upgrade to Q-Sys Designer, Version 3.1. The v3.1 upgrade to the design and control software for the company's Q-Sys(tm) Integrated Platform, Q-Sys Designer, adds Voice-over-IP capabilities and interfacing support for IP PBXs and analogue telephone systems via third-party FXO Gateways. With the update installed, telephone calls may now be routed into Q-Sys, or Q-Sys audio may be connected to external phone lines, further enhancing the existing fully-featured conferencing capabilities of the Q-Sys platform.
"Q-Sys was born of the idea that we could provide an integrated system management platform based on standard, affordable Intel(R) architecture at a fraction of the price of systems using custom-designed processors and chipsets - and this upgrade continues that philosophy," comments Joe Peavey, Q-Sys Product Manager at QSC. "Sure, you can buy dedicated interfaces to interface analogue phone lines with digital conferencing systems, but they're expensive, especially the ones that allow many lines to be active simultaneously, which quickly run to thousands of US dollars.
"In contrast, the Q-Sys Designer 3.1 update allows you interface IP PBXs with Q-Sys quickly and simply, and if users want to route analogue phone lines in too, all that is required to do it is an FXO Gateway. There are multi-channel, Rolls-Royce solutions in that field too, but prices in the United States start at under 50 dollars for a single-channel box, and even the multi-channel devices are much more affordable. Also, because VoIP technology is an international standard, there's no need to have to buy certified analogue equipment to deal with the national telephone networks in different countries. Best of all, the Q-Sys update itself is of course completely free."
Other notable features included in the v3.1 software upgrade include:
- Options for users to record paging notifications by dialling in from their phones with suitable user PIN and paging access codes, then initiate the playback of the messages across the Q-Sys-controlled network or system;
- The ability for designers to determine a hierarchy of codecs for use with connected VoIP systems. The system will always try to connect using the highest-quality codec, and users can now determine the order in which successive lower-quality codecs will be attempted when a higher-quality codec is not supported in the connected system;
- Improved graphical support for buttons and controls, allowing the use of status graphics as well as text, including colours, smilies, ticks and crosses, and so on;
- Finer control over individual UCIs (User Control Interfaces, including QSC touch-screen controllers, iPads and iPhones, or Windows laptops). This includes the Administrator option of locking down individual UCIs, which could be useful, for example, once a live event has begun and no further alterations should be made from local UCIs in a venue;
- Improvements to the stability and capabilities of the URL Stream Receiver, which is now known as the Media Stream Receiver. QSC guidelines now state that integrated Q-Sys Cores (250i, 500i) can handle up 16 simultaneous channels of audio from a video media player, while the larger Cores (from the Core 1000 up) will be capable of managing a maximum of 32 simultaneous channels.
Combined with the Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) algorithm provided in the last major update, the new v3.1 software makes Q-Sys an even more powerful and affordable solution for boardrooms and other conferencing applications. "Our users loved the AEC," laughs Joe Peavey, "but about the first thing they all said last year when they heard about that was 'So when am I going to be able to connect a phone to this thing?'. The answer to that is: when you've got v3.1."
Q-Sys, the complete integrated system platform that encompasses everything from the audio input to loudspeakers, provides all the audio routing, processing, control and monitoring necessary for any facility while maintaining the audio quality and reliability QSC has come to be known for. Designed for the rigorous requirements of both small and large-scale venues, the power of Q-Sys has been demonstrated worldwide in a variety of applications, including stadiums and arenas, theme parks, performing arts venues, transportation hubs, corporate boardrooms, convention halls, government facilities, hotels and casinos and houses of worship.