HiQnet Audio Architect v1.30.0 (Windows Vista, 7, 8)

Note: this is an old version. The current version is: HiQnet Audio Architect v2.55.1 (Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10).


System requirements:

32 & 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 *1

Minimum Performance Guidelines:

CPU: 32-bit dual core @ 2.0GHz or better

Optimal Performance Guidelines:

CPU: 64-bit dual core @ 2.50 GHz or better 

RAM: 8GB or more *2

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 8

*1 Audio Architect will run on Windows XP, but is not supported

*2 Memory requirements are dependent on the size of the Venue file

Note: Local Administrator user rights are required to install Audio Architect.  If you are having difficulty installing Audio Architect and are aware that you do not have Local Admin rights on your computer, consult your IT department for access. 


The brand new HiQnet Audio Architect™ audio system design and configuration software application retains the revolutionary system design philosophy centered on operational workflow first introduced in HiQnet System Architect™.

In creating Audio Architect, Harman has also incorporated the BSS Audio Soundweb London DSP system backbone within the core functionality of System Architect – combining the power of Harman's proven open-architecture platform with AKG wireless microphones, dbx processors, Crown amplifiers and JBL powered loudspeakers.



New in Audio Architect version 1.30.0

●  Main Application

○  New automatic Locate tool

▪  When enabled, the front panel of connected hardware enters the ‘Locate’ state automatically, as determined by the device selection in the Venue Explorer or Venue

○  Improved user interface and performance for Soundweb London Presets

○  Performance improvements and other fixes

●  BSS Audio Soundweb London

○  Added support for the Soundweb London BLU-101 Conferencing Processor with AEC

○  Added support for the Soundweb London BLU-102 Conferencing Processor with AEC and Telephone Hybrid

○  Added support for AEC and Telephone Hybrid processing objects in the Soundweb London Route Audio mode

●  Crown

○  Assorted user interface improvements 


New in Audio Architect version 1.20.2

●  Third-Party Controller enhancements:

○  Object IDs in the Venue Explorer and Third-Party Controller mode can be displayed in hexadecimal, decimal, numeric or octals

○  Two additional columns have been added to the Third-Party Controller mode .csv export to support hexadecimal and decimal addressing

○  The HiQnet Object ID is now displayed in the Soundweb London Configure Audio mode Properties window for the selected audio Processing Object

○  The HiQnet Object ID is now displayed in the Soundweb London Configure Logic mode Properties window for the selected logic Processing Object


New in Audio Architect version 1.20.1

●  Third-Party Controller enhancements:

○  Object IDs are now visible in grid

○  Object IDs can be viewed in hex or decimal

○  Description of the contents of the string for the selected parameter or preset has been added for easy reference

●  BSS Audio Soundweb London

○  Fixed issue that was causing Soundweb London devices to take longer than expected to synchronize

○  Fixed a rare issue that would cause the application to crash when loading venue files that contained Soundweb London devices


New in Audio Architect version 1.20.0

●  Main Application

○  New Third-party Controller device

▪  Collation of system-wide parameters and presets within a dedicated Third-party Controller device mode

▪  All parameter functions supported:

▪  Subscribe

▪  Unsubscribe

▪  Get

▪  Set

▪  Bump up / down

▪  Preset recall supported:

▪  Soundweb London presets

▪  Device Presets

▪  Any number of Third-Party Controller devices may be added to assist with segregating parameters and presets appropriately

▪  Export to comma-separated value (*.csv) files for import into third-party control system configuration software

▪  Preset formats for AMX and Crestron export with ability to customize for other formats

○  Added customizable auto-save functionality 

○  Venue and Soundweb London design zoom point now derived from current mouse pointer position

○  Improvements to the Venue and Soundweb London design canvases by enabling scrolling beyond the limits of the design in all directions

○  Improved network performance

○  Improved Custom Panel performance

●  AKG HUB 4000 Q

○  Updated firmware

●  BSS Audio Soundweb London

○  Added support for Soundweb London BLU-GPX

○  London Architect ‘Save to Device Network’ functionality added

○  Improved compiler report

●  Crown DriveCore Install Series

○  Added support for DCi 2|1250N, DCi 4|1250N

○  Added Master Crossover Panels

○  Added Speaker Tuning Advanced View 

○  Updated firmware, including support for Pilot Tone Detection and SLM

●  Crown I-Tech HD Series

○  Updated firmware

▪  Firmware update performance improved

●  Crown USBX

○  Updated firmware

▪  Improved stability

▪  Added ability to update amplifier firmware via USBX

▪  NOTE: Amplifier firmware update limited to one device at a time


New in Audio Architect version 1.10.2

●  Bug fixed where the application was over-subscribing to Soundweb London devices

●  Bug fxed where the application would crash when configuring Windows location to Norway


New in Audio Architect version 1.10.1

●  Bug fixed where a file saved in version 1.0 with custom-named Soundweb London processing objects could cause the application to crash when opened and the configuration edited in version 1.1


New in Audio Architect version 1.1

●  Main Application

○  Soundweb London Parameter presets and Device Presets are visible in the Venue Explorer and can be dragged directly onto controls in the Custom Panel designer

○  Full Screen Mode

●  BSS Audio Soundweb London

○  Support for Audinate Dante-enabled devices Soundweb London BLU-806 and BLU-326

○  Signal naming / following in the Route Audio Mode

○  96kHz support

○  Integrated Link and Parameter Preset creation for the Matrix Mixer / Router processing objects

○  FIR filter Processing Object

○  Support for the latest revision Soundweb London Analog Output Card

●  Crown DriveCore Install Series

○  Support for the DCi 8|600N device

○  New Bump and AutoBump Control Port functionality

●  Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD

○  Fixed Advanced Crossover configuration bug

○  Firmware updates

▪  Fixed display watchdog timeout bug

▪  Improved screen load time in Display UI

▪  Removed many confirmation dialogs in Display UI

●  Crown CDi, DSi, and XTi / XTi 2.0 Series

○  Firmware updates

▪  Modified the fan turn on threshold level for the power supply temperature – the fan may now switch on during idle operation


New in Audio Architect version 1.00.1

●  New DriveCore Install Series Network firmware version

●  Issue resolved: if the host computer has an invalid gateway the application would crash

●  Issue resolved: online Crown DriveCore Install Series Network amplifiers would not populate in racks correctly

Note: if after installing Audio Architect a strange font appears on some control panels, reboot the computer to resolve.  We are looking into this issue and soon hope to have a fix which doesn't require a reboot.



Please read the FAQ below before downloading:


How does it differ from System Architect and London Architect?

The interface is a derivation of System Architect, although with an optimized underlying codebase to improve performance for larger systems, with Soundweb London included in a ‘Soundweb London world’ to retain as much familiarity with London Architect as possible.

There have been some enhancements made over the London Architect interface:

  ●  A new matrix control with significant operational enhancements
  ●  A more intuitive mechanism of configuring GPIO ports
  ●  An improved Soundweb London preset configuration interface



Which Soundweb London devices are included in the latest version of Audio Architect?

As of version 1.3, the following Soundweb London devices are supported:

  ●  BLU-806 (Dante / BLU link)
  ●  BLU-326 (Dante / BLU link)
  ●  BLU-800
  ●  BLU-320
  ●  BLU-160
  ●  BLU-120
  ●  BLU-102
  ●  BLU-101
  ●  BLU-100
  ●  BLU-GPX

The following devices will be added in a subsequent release:

  ●  BLU-805 (AVB / BLU link)
  ●  BLU-325 (AVB / BLU link)
  ●  BLU-8 v2



What new devices are included in Audio Architect?

As of version 1.2, the following models of the new Crown DriveCore Install Series of amplifiers:

  ●  DCi 2|300N
  ●  DCi 2|600N
  ●  DCi 2|1250N
  ●  DCi 4|300N
  ●  DCi 4|600N
  ●  DCi 4|1250N
  ●  DCi 8|300N
  ●  DCi 8|300N

As of version 1.2, the new Crown USBX Ethernet to USB server, which enables Ethernet control of the following USB amplifiers:

  ●  CDi Series
  ●  DSi Series
  ●  XTi Series
  ●  XTi 2 Series



Which London Architect features are included in the latest version of Audio Architect?

The majority of the London Architect / Soundweb London feature set is already included, but the following will also be added in a subsequent release:

  ●  Macros
  ●  Room combining

Existing London Architect files cannot be imported into Audio Architect at this time.

If any of the above features are required for a system, we suggest continuing to use London Architect in the meantime, while they are added to Audio Architect.



What's changed from System Architect?

There are a few differences, but really only improvements.

  ●  Simplified networking
  ●  Matching devices by dragging and dropping devices on the network to devices in the Venue design
  ●  A new Synchronize Venue mechanism enables connecting  to the network with far more flexibility
  ●  Improved workflow

Note that due to the Audio Architect enhancements, System Architect and Audio Architect should not be run alongside each other.

Due to the underlying changes in the software, at this time existing System Architect files cannot be opened in Audio Architect.  Device files and Custom Panel files can be imported however.