PreSonus have released their new free QMix app last week (January 17th) which will allow users to control their StudioLive monitor mixes using an iPhone or iPod Touch.
QMix, which allows up to 10 musicians to simultaneously control the monitor mixes, builds upon the Louisiana-based company’s original mix controllers. This includes their Virtual StudioLive (VSL) which provided bi-directional computer control of PreSonus StudioLive series mixers using FireWire. This was followed by their StudioLive Remote for iPad which offered wireless control of StudioLive mixers.
QMix will provide more users with access to some of the functionality handy for performers, in particular.
“SL Remote is very useful for the front-of-house engineer but it’s overkill for onstage performers,” explained PreSonus Chief Technology Officer, Bob Tudor, “and the cost of iPads can add up. That's why we created QMix. The iPhone and iPod Touch offer enough screen real estate to comfortably manage an aux mix, yet are relatively inexpensive and ultra-portable. QMix is designed for musicians and can be used in parallel with an engineer running StudioLive Remote from an iPad.”
In essence, QMix operates in much the same way as StudioLive Remote. The iPhones connect wirelessly with a PC or Mac. This allows the iPhone to control Virtual StudioLive remotely. In turn, Virtual StudioLive controls the one or more StudioLive mixers which are connected via FireWire.
When each iPhone connects to the network its copy of QMix discovers all the StudioLive mixers on the network. By this means, each musician is then able to quickly and easily create an aux mix that includes all mixer channels.
What is more, band ‘monitor wars’ can be easily prevented when using the app. QMix allows engineers to set permissions so that each iPhone on the network is only allowed to control a specified mix.
In addition, by turning the iPhone to portrait mode the user is presented with the Wheel of Me. This allows the user to selected multiple “Me” channels. This means the user can turn them all up in your monitor at the same time. This also controls the relative balance between the user and the rest of the band
Furthermore, turning the iPhone to landscape mode provides the user with control of the aux-mix send levels and pan position (for linked auxes) for each channel and aux. It is using this mode that you set up your monitor mix itself.
All aux mixes and individaul channels can be uniquely named by the users.