PreSonus has announced QMix, offering Monitor Mix Control via iPhone/iPod touch.
Up to 10 musicians can simultaneously control their StudioLive monitor mixes using an iPhone or iPod touch and PreSonus’ free QMix app. QMix builds on PreSonus’ original Virtual StudioLive (VSL), which provides bidirectional computer control of PreSonus StudioLive -series mixers via FireWire. Next came StudioLive Remote for iPad, which provides wireless control of StudioLive mixers.
QMix works a lot like SL Remote: One or more iPhones network wirelessly with a Mac or PC, enabling QMix to remote-control Virtual StudioLive, which in turn controls one or more FireWire-connected StudioLive mixers. When each iPhone connects to the new network, its copy of QMix will discover all StudioLive mixers on the network. In this way, each musician can quickly and easily create an aux mix that includes all mixer channels.
Of course, you don’t want band mates messing with each other’s monitors — and the engineer doesn’t want to referee a band fight. So QMix lets the engineer set permissions so that each iPhone on the network only controls a specified mix. It’s our way of encouraging peace on-stage and goodwill to band mates.
Portrait view presents the Wheel of Me, which lets you select multiple “Me” channels and turn them all up in your monitor at the same time, while controlling the relative balance between you and the rest of the band. Landscape view provides control of the aux-mix send level and pan position (for linked auxes) for each channel and aux. This is where you set up your monitor mix.
- Provides wireless control over aux mixes in Virtual StudioLive and hence, over aux mixes in any StudioLive-series digital mixer.
- Portrait view shows Wheel of Me, where you can select multiple “Me” channels and control their levels simultaneously.
- Landscape view provides control of all aux-send levels and panning (for linked auxes).
- Aux mixes can be named (up to 10 characters).
- Tap tempo for delay effects.
- Control the auxes on any StudioLive mixer on the wireless network from one iPhone or iPod touch.
- Multiple iPhones and iPod touches can control the same StudioLive.
- Set permissions in VSL so each iPhone and iPod touch can control only one specific aux mix.
QMix will be a free download from the Apple App Store and is expected to be available in January 2012.