I/O CardsQ-SYS Level 1 Training : Hardware Overview
Below you will find the different input/output cards available to populate the card slots for Q-SYS Cores and I/O Frames. One important thing to note: due to the chassis architecture of the Core and I/O Frame, you must fill all available card slots in the Core and I/O Frame. If you do not have the need to fill all of the slots with functioning cards, QSC offers BLANK non-functional cards to be used as placeholders.
Analog I/O Cards:
Mic/Line Analog Input Cards (CIML4 & CIML4-HP)
CIML4 - This is a four-channel card with industry-standard Mic/Line Analog Inputs. Its dynamic range matches the specs of almost every DSP box, so it's perfect for most medium to high-level analog inputs. 48-volt phantom power is available on each channel, selectable by the Q-SYS Designer software.
CIML4-HP – This is a High Performance Mic/Line Analog Input Card, with broadcast quality microphone preamps. Much like the CIML4, this card also provides four channels of microphone and line-level analog audio input. However, the HP version gives you a lot more dynamic range and higher performance A/D converters and pre-amplifiers than the CIML4. It also has 48-volt phantom power available on any channel selectable by the software.
Analog Line Output Card (COL4)
COL4 – The Analog Line Output Card gives you four channels of balanced connectors. It's primarily used for line-level output to non-DataPort amplifiers, recording devices, and teleconference systems.
DataPort™ Output Card (CODP4)
CODP4 – By using DataPort-enabled QSC amps, you can take advantage of the features provided by the DataPort™ Output Card. This card allows for four channels of audio line-level output (two channels per port), and in addition it sends control data while simultaneously receiving amplifier monitoring and status data. The DataPort card also provides DSP for loudspeaker processing and peak voltage protection as well as monitoring each loudspeaker line for open or short circuits.
Network Bridge Cards:
CobraNet™ Digital Input/Output Card (CCN32)
CCN32 – The CobraNet™ Digital Input/Output Card can be set up in four different channel configurations: 4x4, 8x8, 16x16, and 32x32. In an I/O Frame, the CobraNet card can be used in 4x4, 8x8, and 16x16 mode, whereas inserting it into a Core allows all of these as well as the additional 32x32 mode. (Note: If you plan to use a CCN32 CobraNet Card, QSC recommends installing it directly into the Core in order to utilize all 32 x 32 channels.)
AVB Audio Video Bridge Card (CAN32)
CAN32 – The AVB Audio Video Bridge Card provides a digital bridge between any 100mb AVB 1722.1 compliant edge network and the Q-SYS Eco system. The CAN32 will support 32 total channels at 48 kHz in three available operating modes: 0/32, 32/0 or 16x16.
Dante™ Audio Bridge Card (CDN64)
CDN64 – The Dante™ Audio Bridge Card provides a link for up to 64x64 channels at 48 kHz from any Dante™ edge network, such as wireless microphones and digital mixers, directly into the Q-SYS ecosystem for advanced processing and redistribution over Q-Lan for larger LAN and WAN IT infrastructures. The CDN64 Dante™ Bridge Card is ideal for use in performance venues such as theaters, auditoriums, convention centers, and houses of worship.
Digital AES Cards:
AES-3 Digital Input/Output Card (CAES4)
CAES4 - The AES-3 Digital Input/Output Card allows four channels of input and four channels of output simultaneously. So if you filled your I/O Frame with four of these cards, you'd be able to achieve sixteen channels of input as well as sixteen channels of output from a single I/O Frame.
AES/EBU Input Card (CIAES-16)
CIAES-16 – The AES/EBU Input Card is a 16-channel AES/EBU (AES3) 24-bit digital input Q-SYS peripheral card that can be used in any Q-SYS Core or I/O Frame. Utilizing IT industry standard RJ45 connectors, it provides a simple and cost-effective way to interface Q-SYS into an existing or new installation.