We begin in the main lobby, where all three rooms can be seen and accessible. Background music plays on the high-fidelity Genelec speakers, while guests can see event information on the Christie displays at the front of each room. Each display has content being sent to it using a digital signage system that allows the facility administrator to schedule content according to the daily events—all being streamed by using a single network cable (Visionary DuetE-5).
The facility can rent out each of the three rooms and have the ones on the far ends sport both a single large-room Christie projector and screen, as well as two Sony displays to mirror the source that is playing on the main projector. Whereas the middle room only needs a very large main display and a secondary display for slightly smaller conventions.
At the entrance, the presenter is immediately greeted by the Q-SYS touchscreen for each respective room. At the push of a button, the projector and displays turn-on and the motorized projector screen is lowered. With everything in place, the presenter decides whether to choose to hook up the presentation source physically to a network-enabled Visionary DuetE-5 HDMI wall plate, or to send it wirelessly using the AMF41W from Blustream. Either way, the presenter’s source will display the content in the room and the sound will automatically be sent to the in-room network-enabled Q-SYS amplifier, so the sound can be heard throughout. The Q-SYS Core processor can not only mix the sound from the presenter’s source, but it can also do so from the presenter’s lavalier or Shure wireless headset microphone.
Where Q-SYS shines in this scenario, and truly creates a seamless experience for the guests and facility administrators, is when rooms need to be opened to create larger spaces. Leveraging the Q-SYS Core processor, and some skillful programming by using sensors on the divisible doors when opening a single room divider, the system automatically knows when it should combine two or more rooms together. Should all three divisible rooms be connected and opened, any of the Input devices can now be projected to all projectors and displays in all the rooms. Sound will also follow and will be heard on all speakers in all three rooms. Because each source and display are all utilizing network-based transmitter and receivers, any of those sources can be shared to one or all displays within the rooms. The Q-SYS Core can manage the video/audio switching and broadcasting in the rooms, as well as control the music in the lobby—all from one platform.