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SQ-7 is the 33-fader flagship console in the SQ series, powered by Allen & Heath’s revolutionary 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine. Created to excel in demanding scenarios such as AV, corporate events, live productions and houses of worship, SQ-7 offers pristine high-resolution audio quality and an ultra-low latency of <0.7ms. The console features 32 exceptional onboard mic preamps, plus 8 stereo FX engines with dedicated stereo return channels and access to the renowned RackExtra FX library. SQ is a natural choice for in-ear monitor setups, providing 12 stereo mixes (configurable as groups or auxes), whilst Automatic Mic Mixing makes it an excellent choice for conferences, panel talks and more.
96kHz XCVI Core
SQ is driven by Allen & Heath’s 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine, delivering exceptional high-resolution audio quality, ultra-low latency of <0.7ms and variable bit depths for optimised dynamic range. XCVI is the next-generation foundation that allows SQ to handle high channel counts at 96kHz, with massive mix headroom thanks to a 96bit accumulator, and the sheer power to embed our acclaimed DEEP plugins into all 48 input channels and all mixes.
DEEP processing ready
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.
The Ultimate IEM Mixer
With no less than 12 stereo mixes and super-low latency, and both parametric and graphic EQ on every mix, SQ-7 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.
Packed with I/O
As the largest model in the SQ series, SQ-7 also packs the highest number of onboard preamps and built-in output sockets, and being SQ, everything is freely and individually patchable. There are 32 pristine XLR mic or line inputs, along with a talkback input that can serve as an extra input when needed. There are also 3 stereo line inputs that can be used as mono inputs, two using ¼” TRS jacks, and one on a 3.5mm mini jack for convenience. Any combination of direct outs, FX or Mix outputs can then be routed at will to the SQ-7’s 16 XLR, 2 TRS jack and stereo AES digital outputs.
Expandable up to 48 mics
Thanks to its SLink intelligent port, SQ-7 can 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 solution for owners of other Allen & Heath digital systems. You can even connect to another SQ, Qu or dLive system for two way audio patching.
Dante, Waves and more
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.
Flexible multitrack recording
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-7’s advanced automatic mic mixers (AMM’s) make it a natural choice for mixing conferences, panel talks and TV shows. They’re 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. Two fully independent 24 channel AMM’s can be utilised for two separate zones or combined into a single 48 channel AMM for larger events.
Designed for the pro
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.
The Mixing Experience
We think that you should decide how the mixer operates, not the other way around. That’s why we’ve packed SQ with options that let you design your own workflows. Channels and mixes can be individually dragged and dropped to any strip, with custom naming and colour coding on the displays, so you’re in full control of the layout. SQ-7 features assignable 16 SoftKeys and 8 Soft Rotaries with LCD displays, so you get to choose which functions you always want at your fingertips. Each strip features our patented Chromatic Channel Metering system, giving at-a-glance level indication using variable brightness and colour. A ‘channel to all’ mix button instantly accesses all send levels and assignments for the selected channel.
There are two essential apps for SQ – SQ MixPad for engineers and SQ4You for performers.
SQ MixPad app is available 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.
SQ4You is a personal mixing app to accompany SQ series mixers, allowing up to 8 performers to control their own monitor mixes from their Android or iOS devices and freeing the audio engineer to focus on the front-of-house sound.
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.
ME Personal Mixing System
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||Balanced XLR, fully recallable|
|Input Sensitivity||-60 to +0dBu|
|Analogue Gain||0dB to +60dB, 1dB steps|
|Maximum Input Level||+30dBu|
|THD+N, Unity gain||0dB 0.002% -92dBu (20Hz-20kHz, AES Direct Out, @0dBu 1kHz)|
|THD+N, Mid gain||+30dB 0.003% -91dBu (20Hz-20kHz, AES Direct Out, @-30dBu INPUT 1kHz)|
|Phantom Power||+48V (+3V / -2V)|
|Stereo Line Inputs|
|ST1, ST2 connectors||Balanced, 1/4" TRS jack|
|ST3 connector||Unbalanced, stereo 3.5mm Mini Jack|
|Input Sensitivity (ST1, ST2 / ST3)||Nominal +4dBu ST1, ST2 / 0dBu ST3|
|Maximum Input Level (ST1,ST2 / ST3)||+22dBu / +18dBu Trim -24 to +24dB|
|XLR Outputs||Balanced, XLR|
|Outputs A and B||Balanced 1/4" TRS Jack|
|Nominal Output||+4dBu = 0dB meter reading|
|Maximum Output Level||+22dBu|
|Residual Output Noise||-90dBu (muted, 20Hz-20kHz)|
|AES Digital Output||Balanced XLR 2 channel|
|Sampling Rate||96kHz sampling rate (Default with SRC Bypassed)
Switchable output sample rates,44.1kHz/ 48kHz/ 88.2kHz/ (96kHz)
|Impedance||2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110M|
|SLink||Neutrik EtherCON (RJ45)|
|dsnake mode (48kHz devices)||64 channels assignable, compatible with AR2412, AR84, AB168, ME, Qu|
|dx mode (96kHz devices)||32 channels assignable, compatible with DX168 Attack / Release 30µs to 300ms / 50ms to 2s|
|gigaACE (96kHz devices)||128 channels assignable, compatible with dLive, SQ and DXHub|
|Sync/SRC||assignable as master audio sync for all modes, SRC
|I/O Port||Multi-channel I/O option module|
|Sync/SRC||assignable as master audio sync|
|Touch Screen||7" Capacitive, 800 x 480 resolution, 24 bit RGB|
|Mute Groups / DCA Groups||8 / 8|
|Network||TCP/IP Ethernet for MIDI and Control|
|MIDI||TCP/IP and USB B|
|Footswitch||Single or Dual, Momentary or Latching|
|USB Global Source||SQ-Drive or USB B Streaming|
|High Pass Filter||12dB/octave 20Hz – 2kHz|
|Insert (Pre EQ/Comp)||Fully Patchable|
|Delay||Up to 341ms|
|Sidechain filter||Hi-pass (20-5k), band-pass (120-10k), Lo-pass (120-20k)|
|Threshold / Depth||-72dBu to +18dBu / 0 to 60dB|
|Attack / Hold / Release||50µs to 300ms / 10ms to 5s / 10ms to 1s|
|PEQ||4-Band fully parametric, 20-20kHz, +/-15dB|
|Band 1, Band 4||Selectable Shelving (Baxandall), Bell|
|Band 2, Band 3||Bell|
|Bell Width||Variable Q, 1.5 to 1/9th octave|
|Sidechain filter||Hi-pass (20-5k), band-pass (120-10k), Lo-pass(120-20k), Q=1|
|Threshold / Ratio||-46dBu to 18dBu / 1:1 to infinity|
|Detector response||Peak/RMS switchable|
|Parallel Path Compression||dry/wet -infin to 0dB|
|Channel Direct Out||Follow Fader, Mute, Mute Group, DCA (global all ch)|
|Source select||Post-Preamp, Post-HPF, Post Gate, Insert Return, Post PEQ, Post Comp, Post Delay|
|Trim||-infin to 10dB per channel|
|Insert (Pre EQ/Comp)||Fully Patchable|
|Signal||Measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 0dB gain, 0dBu input|
|Dynamic Range||112 dB|
|Frequency Response||+0/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz|
|Internal operating Level||0dBu|
|THD+N, Mic/Line routed to Main L/R Out||Unity gain faders@0dB, 0.006%, -84dBu (20 -20kHz)|
|dBFS Alignment||+18dBu = 0dBFS (+22dBu at XLR output)|
|Meter Calibration||0dB meter = -18dBFS (+4dBu at XLR out)|
|Main Meter Type||2 x 12 segment, fast (peak) response|
|Channel Meter Type||Chromatic Channel Metering, fully programmable colour/brightness|
|Peak Indication||-3dBFS (+19dBu at XLR out), multi-point sensing|
|Bit Depth||Uses XCVI core custom bit widths in algorithms, up to 96bits|
|Latency||<0.7mS, Local Mic Input routed to Main L/R. (Direct, No Effects)|
|Operating Temperature Range||0 deg C to 40 deg C (32 deg F to 104 deg F)|
|Mains Power||100-240V AC, 50/60Hz|
|Max Power Consumption||110W|
|SQ-7 Width x Depth x Height||Desk mounted 804 x 514.9 x 198 mm (31.7" x 20.3" x 7.8")
Packed in shipping box 960 x 685 x 360 mm (37.8" x 27" x 14.2")
|Unpacked weight||17.8 kg (39.3 lbs)|
|Packed weight||21.9 kg (48.3 lbs)|
|Delay||Up to 682ms|
|GEQ||28 bands 31Hz-16kHz, +/-12dB Gain, Constant 1/3 oct|
|PEQ||As Input PEQ|
|Compressor||As Input Compressor|
|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 dedicated Stereo FX returns||Fader, Pan, Mute, Routing to Mix/LR, 4-Band PEQ|
|PAFL||PFL or stereo in-place AFL, 0 to -24dB Trim, PAFL Delay Up to 682ms|
|Talkback||dedicated input, Assignable to any mix, Gain, Pad, 48V, 12dB/oct HPF|
|Signal Generator||Assignable to any mix, Sine/White/Pink/Bandpass Noise|
|RTA||31-Bands 1/3 octave 20-20kHz, follows PAFL source|
|Stereo Record||2 channel, WAV, 96kHz, 24-bit, source fully patchable|
|Stereo Playback||1/2 channel, WAV, 44.1, 48, 96kHz 16,24-bit, source fully patchable|
|Multitrack Record||16 channel, WAV, 96kHz, 24-bit, track sources fully patchable|
|Multitrack Playback||16 channel, WAV, 96kHz, 24-bit fully patchable|
|USB Audio Streaming||USB B, Core Audio compliant, ASIO/WDM for Windows|
|Send (upstream)||32 channel, 96kHz, 24-bit|
|Return (downstream)||32 channel, 96kHz, 24-bit|
|AMM||2x 24ch or 1x 48ch, freely assignable|
|Sidechain Filter HPF / LPF||12dB/octave 20Hz – 5kHz / 120Hz - 20kHz|
|Priority||-15dB to +15dB per channel|
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