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 ELKHART, Indiana - May 2002 -- Crown International announces that IQ for Windows software version 5.1 is now currently available for free download at www.iqaudiosystems.com. The new application is an upgrade from version 5.0 released last fall and offers two key improvements over its predecessor.

First and foremost, IQ for Windows v5.1 fully supports Crown's six new CTs Series amplifiers, including the four-channel CTs 4200 and eight-channel CTs 8200, all of which debuted at the NSCA Expo in Denver.

Secondly, and very importantly, the new software now implements a drag-and-drop methodology for the creation of custom user control panels. For example, by simply clicking on a desired control, such as a fader, on the standard control panel and dragging it onto the control surface, v5.1 automatically links the component into the signal chain. To group faders together, all one needs to do is take another fader from a different control panel and drop it on top of the first fader and the program will link them together as a master control.

"With previous versions of IQ for Windows, linking controls required many more mouse clicks and consumed a greater amount of time, especially in large installations," says Jim Stembel, Crown International marketing director for IQ and networking. "However, our new drag-and-drop approach vastly reduces both programming time and labor making it much faster and easier for contractors to set up and implement IQ Systems."

IQ for Windows v5.1 is a powerful 32-bit software application designed for configuring, controlling and monitoring Crown IQ Systems and is compatible with Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000/Professional and NT 4.+. Like its recent predecessor (v5.0), v5.1 also continues to feature numerous enhancements over the fourth generation of IQ for Windows that make it even easier to use, including:

  • More user-definable options - easier to customize
  • Now able to re-address units and user controls - no longer do new controls have to be created for every unit
  • New error reporting window - new logging style window
  • Added password protection on every user control panel now available
  • MIDI Time Code Scheduler - enables users to trigger Dataframes and scenes from MIDI time code (external generator required)
  • New USP2 listen bus manager
  • Additional user control panel features allow even more attractive user control pages to be generated
  • Includes control and monitoring capabilities for the new IQ-PIP-USP2/CN CobraNetT-compatible amplifier DSP module

For more details on IQ for Windows software version 5.1, please visit www.iqaudiosystems.com or contact the Crown Technical Support Group at (800) 342-6939 or (574) 294-8200.

Crown International, a Harman International company, manufactures amplifiers, microphones and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana.

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May 2002