I learned about QLab during a trip to New York. QLab is used all over Broadway for audio playback on lots of shows. It’s pretty simple to use and set up but at the same time is fairly sophisticated.
Set up is pretty straightforward. You drag and drop placeholders for audio tracks, fade cues, whatever you need. You number the cues to however you want. Cues can be grouped and set up to trigger in a sequence or at the same time, just about anything you need.
We’ve used it for several shows now and it’s great. No more burning CD’s for music and FX just to make a change and burn another disc. Unlike just playing back from iTunes Qlab gives you a ton of control. You get lots of track editing options so you can do all your playback and editing in one program. The only thing it can’t do with audio is EQ, which is a little bit of a bummer but it’s not the end of the world.
It can also do all kinds of other stuff like video playback, live camera feeds, MIDI playback, MIDI show control, timecode, and more. Crazy part is that it’s actually free if you just want basic audio playback. Then you have the option to purchase it for more features or even rent it by the day. Really cool.
Go ahead and download it and play around!