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Powered by Allen & Heath’s revolutionary XCVI 96kHz FPGA engine, SQ-5 is built for professionals in the most demanding live sound applications. Delivering class-leading high resolution audio with an ultra-low <0.7ms latency, the SQ-5 gives you unrivalled power and audio fidelity. The mixer has 16 onboard preamps and 8 stereo FX engines with dedicated return channels and access to the acclaimed RackExtra FX library. 12 stereo mixes (configurable as groups or auxes) make SQ the perfect companion for in-ear monitoring setups, whilst Automatic Mic Mixing* takes the strain in multi-mic environments. SQ-5 gives you all the tools to meet any requirement, from AV and corporate events to live productions and houses of worship.
SQ is a future-proofed, next-generation console, powered by Allen & Heath’s 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine. XCVI delivers class-leading high resolution audio quality, ultra-low latency of <0.7ms, variable bit depth for ultimate precision and noise performance, mix coherency down to the sample, and the sheer power to handle high channel / mix counts and ample FX / processing.
SQ’s DEEP processing architecture allows owners to hand-pick boutique compressor and preamp emulations to suit their style and needs. DEEP plugins can be embedded directly within the mixer’s inputs and mix channels, all without adding system latency or setup hassles.
With no less than 12 stereo mixes, super-low latency, and both parametric and graphic EQ on every mix, SQ is the perfect companion for in-ear monitoring setups. SQ’s airline-friendly compactness and rugged build quality mean there’s no reason to gamble on house monitor consoles again.
SQ-5 has all the onboard I/O you need for standalone operation. Thanks to its SLink intelligent port, SQ can also be expanded up to a total of 48 mic inputs via a family of 96kHz and 48kHz rack and stage box expanders (e.g. AB168, AR2412, AR84 and DX168), making it a flexible, mix ‘n’ match solution for owners of other Allen & Heath digital systems. You can also link your SQ directly to another SQ or even a dLive system.
SQ is the centrepiece of a growing ecosystem of apps, expanders, audio networking, personal mixers and more, allowing you to connect, adapt and expand to your heart’s content. It’s compatible with leading audio networking standards too – add an audio networking card such as Dante or Waves to SQ’s I/O port and you’re ready to integrate with installed systems, provide a digital FoH / Monitor split and more.
*Dante Card Sold Separately
The integrated SQ-Drive makes it quick and easy to capture a 96kHz multitrack or stereo recording of the show direct to a USB key or drive. No software setup, no soundcard driver issues and no extra laptop to bring to the performance. SQ-Drive is also a smart way to manage walk-in music.
Also provided is a built-in 32×32 96kHz audio interface for multitrack recording, backing tracks or virtual soundcheck applications. The interface is Core Audio and ASIO compliant and comes complete with MIDI and DAW control capabilities.
SQ’s advanced automatic mic mixer (AMM) features make it a natural choice for mixing conferences, panel talks and TV shows. It’s fully integrated in the mixer too, with no extra latency, so you don’t need to route the audio to an internal DSP rack or an external plugin system.
We know that the live environment can be tough on gear – that’s why we devised our most punishing regime of testing and retesting yet for SQ. From its 3-tier, all metal chassis to its extruded aluminium light bar, SQ has tremendous strength and rigidity underlying its good looks.
With each new design, the Allen & Heath team strives to get closer to the ultimate mixing experience. SQ’s dashboard is centred around a high-res 7” capacitive touchscreen, framed by an array of high-grip, illuminating encoders to create an intuitive, integrated blend of clear visual feedback and immediate, hands-on control. Channels and mixes can be dragged and dropped to any strip, with custom naming and colour coding on the colour strip displays, allowing you to build a mixing environment that mirrors your own workflow. Each strip features our patented Chromatic channel metering system, giving you at-a-glance level indication thanks to LEDs with variable brightness and colour.
The SQ MixPad app is available for free on iOS and Android platforms, providing wireless control of the main mixing functions. This enables the engineer to mix from different listening positions, set up monitor mixes from the stage, or just add extra local control.
All you need is an iPad or Android device and a wireless router.
Allen & Heath has a well-earned reputation for crafting FX emulations that rival the very best plug-ins, but with none of the associated hassle. SQ is armed with 8 stereo FX engines and features the acclaimed RackExtra library of emulations of legendary classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays, modulators and more. All FX have dedicated stereo returns so you don’t need to waste input channels.
SQ is fully compatible with the ME Personal Mixing System, allowing the performers to take control of their own monitor mixes. Any number of ME-1 and ME-500 personal mixers can be daisy-chained from the mixer’s SLink port, or from a connected remote expander.
|Mic/Line Inputs||Mic/Line Inputs: Balanced XLR, fully recallable
Input Sensitivity: -60 to +0 dBu
Switchable Pad: -20 dB
Analog Gain: 0 to +60 dB, 1 dB steps
Maximum Input Level: +30 dBu
Input Impedance: >5 kOhms
THD+N, Unity Gain (0 dB): 0.002% -92 dBu (20 Hz - 20 kHz, AES direct out, @ 0 dBu 1 kHz)
THD+N, Mid-Gain (+30 dB): 0.003% -91 dBu (20 Hz - 20 kHz, AES direct out, @ -30 dBu input 1 kHz)
Phantom Power +48V (+3V / -2V)
|Stereo Line Inputs||ST1, ST2 Connectors: Balanced, 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS
ST3 Connector: Unbalanced, stereo 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Input Sensitivity (ST1, ST2 / ST3): Nominal +4 dBu ST1, ST2 / 0 dBu ST3
Trim: +/-24 dB
Maximum Input Level (ST1,ST2 / ST3): +22 dBu / +18 dBu
Input Impedance: >7 kOhms
|Analog Outputs||Outputs 1-12: Balanced, XLR
Outputs A and B: Balanced 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS
Output Impedance: <75 Ohms
Nominal Output: +4 dBu = 0 dB meter reading
Maximum Output Level: +22 dBu
Residual Output Noise: -90 dBu (muted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)
|AES Digital Audio Outputs||AES Digital Output: Balanced XLR, 2 channel
96 kHz sampling rate (default with SRC bypassed)
Switchable Output Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2 (96 kHz)
2.5 Vpp balanced terminated 110 Ohms
|Network Connections||Connection Neutrik EtherCON (RJ45)
dsnake mode (48 kHz devices)*: 64 channels assignable, compatible with AR2412, AR84, AB168, ME
dx mode (96 kHz Devices): 32 channels assignable*, compatible with DX168
gigaACE (96 kHz Devices): 128 channels assignable, compatible with dLive, SQ and DXHub*
Inputs: Fully patchable
Outputs: Fully patchable
Sync/SRC: Assignable as master audio sync for all modes
*SRC 64 channel
|I/O Expansion Module||Multi-channel IO option module
Inputs: Fully patchable
Outputs: Fully patchable
Sync/SRC assignable as master audio sync
|Audio Specifications||Measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 0 dB gain, 0 dBu input|
|Dynamic Range||112 dB|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz to 20 kHz (+0/-0.5 dB)|
|Operating Level||Internal Operating Level: 0 dBu|
|THD+N||THD+N, Mic/Line Routed to Main L/R Out: Unity gain faders @ 0 dB, 0.006%, -84 dBu (20 Hz to 20 kHz)|
|dBFS Alignment||+18 dBu = 0 dBFS (+22 dBu at XLR output)|
|Metering Accuracy||Meter Calibration: 0 dB meter = -18 dBFS (+4 dBu at XLR out)|
|Metering||Main Meter Type: 2 x 12 segment, fast (peak) response
Channel Meter Type: Single point metering, fully programmable color/brightness
Peak Indication: -3 dBFS (+19 dBu at XLR out), multi-point sensing
|Sampling Rate||96 kHz|
|Bit Depth||Uses XCVI core custom bit widths in algorithms, up to 96-bit|
|Latency||<0.7 ms, local mic input routed to main L/R. (direct, no EQ/ effects)|
|Faders||3.9" / 100.0 mm|
|Touch Screen||7.0" / 177.8 mm, capacitive, 800 x 480 resolution, 24-bit RGB|
|Groups||Mute Groups: 8
DCA Groups: 8
|Network||TCP/IP Ethernet for MIDI and control|
|MIDI||TCP/IP and USB Type-B|
|Footswitch||Single or dual, momentary or latching|
|Source||Channels 1-48: Fully patchable
Global Source: SQ-Drive or USB Type-B streaming
|Trim||-24 to +24 dB|
|High Pass Filter||12 dB/octave 20 Hz to 2 kHz|
|Insert||Insert (Pre EQ/Comp): Fully patchable|
|Delay||Up to 341 ms|
|Gate||Gate: Patchable sidechain
Sidechain Filter: Hi-pass (20 to 5 kHz), Band-pass (120 Hz to 10 kHz), Lo-pass (120 Hz to 20 kHz)
Threshold / Depth: -72 dBu to +18 dBu / 0 to 60 dB
Attack / Hold / Release: 50 μs to 300 ms / 10 ms to 5 seconds / 10 ms to 1 second
|Parametric Equalizer||PEQ: 4-band fully parametric, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±15 dB
Band 1, Band 4: Selectable shelving (Baxandall), bell
Band 2, Band 3: Bell
Bell Width: Variable Q, 1.5 to 1/9th octave
|Compressor||Compressor: Patchable sidechain
Sidechain Filter: Hi-pass (20 to 5 kHz), Band-pass (120 Hz to 10 kHz), Lo-pass (120 Hz to 20 kHz), Q=1
Threshold / Ratio: -46 dBu to 18 dBu / 1:1 to infinity
Attack / Release: 30 μs to 300 ms / 50 ms to 2 seconds
Detector Response: Peak/RMS switchable
Parallel Path Compression: Dry/wet -infin to 0 dB
|Channel Direct Out||Follow fader, mute, mute group, DCA (global all channels)|
|Source Selection||Post-Preamp, Post-HPF, Post Gate, Insert Return, M Post PEQ, Post Comp, Post Delay
Trim: -∞ to 10 dB per channel
|Insert||Insert (Pre EQ/Comp): Fully patchable|
|Delay||Up to 682 ms|
|Graphic Equalizer||28 bands 31 Hz to 16 kHz, ±12 dB gain, constant 1/3 octave|
|FX||Internal FX: 8 x RackFX engine, Send>Return or Inserted (4 dedicated fx bus)
Types: SMR Reverb, StereoTap Delay, Gated Reverb, ADT, BlueChorus, Symphonic Chorus, Flanger, Phaser
8 x Dedicated Stereo FX Returns: Fader, Pan, Mute, Routing to Mix/LR, 4-Band PEQ
|PAFL||PFL or stereo in-place AFL, 0 to -24 dB trim, PAFL
Delay up to 682 ms
|Talkback||Dedicated input, assignable to any mix, Gain, Pad, 48 V, 12 dB/oct HPF|
|Signal Generator||Assignable to any mix, (sine/white/pink/bandpass noise)|
|RTA Real Time Analyzer||31-bands, 1/3 octave 20 Hz to 20 kHz, follows PAFL source|
|Recorder||SQ-Drive: USB Type-A
Stereo Record: 2-channel, WAV, 96 kHz, 24-bit, source fully patchable
Stereo Playback: 1/2-channel, WAV, 44.1, 48, 96 kHz, 16-/24-bit, source fully patchable
Multitrack Record: 16-channel, WAV, 96 kHz, 24-bit, track sources fully patchable
Multitrack Playback: 16-channel, WAV, 96 kHz, 24-bit fully patchable
|USB Audio||USB Audio Streaming: USB Type-B, Core Audio compliant, ASIO/WDM for Windows
Send (Upstream): 32-channel, 96 kHz, 24-bit
Return (Downstream): 32-channel, 96 kHz, 24-bit
|Power||100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Maximum Power Consumption:
|Operating Temperature||32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C|
|Dimensions (W × H × D)||17.3 x 20.3 x 7.8" / 440.0 x 514.9 x 198.0 mm|