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Allen and Heath SQ-7 48-Channel/36-Bus Digital Mixer

 

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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.

    Features:

    • 96kHz FPGA processing
    • 48 Input Channels
    • DEEP Processing ready
    • 33 Faders / 6 Layers
    • 12 Stereo mixes + LR
    • 3 Stereo Matrix
    • 8 Stereo FX Engines + dedicated stereo returns
    • 7” capacitive touchscreen
    • SLink port for remote audio / expansion
    • 64ch I/O Port for audio networking
    • 32×32 USB audio interface
    • SQ-Drive direct recording to USB
    • AES output
    • Chromatic channel metering
    • Integrated LED illumination
    • Dedicated physical controls
    • 16 Assignable SoftKeys
    • 8 Assignable Soft Rotaries
    • Channel LCD displays


    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.

    Advanced AMM
    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.

    SQ Apps
    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.

    RackExtra FX
    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
    Switchable Pad -20dB
    Analogue Gain 0dB to +60dB, 1dB steps
    Maximum Input Level +30dBu
    Input Impedance >5kΩ
    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
    Trim +/-24dB
    Maximum Input Level (ST1,ST2 / ST3) +22dBu / +18dBu Trim -24 to +24dB
    Input Impedance >7kΩ
    XLR Outputs Balanced, XLR
    Outputs A and B Balanced 1/4" TRS Jack
    Source Patchable
    Output Impedance <75Ω
    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
    Inputs Fully Patchable
    Outputs Fully Patchable
    Sync/SRC assignable as master audio sync for all modes, SRC
    64 channel
    I/O Port Multi-channel I/O option module
    Inputs Fully Patchable
    Outputs Fully Patchable
    Sync/SRC assignable as master audio sync
    Faders 100mm motorised
    Touch Screen 7" Capacitive, 800 x 480 resolution, 24 bit RGB
    SoftKeys 16
    SoftRotarys 8
    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
    Source  
    CH1-48 Fully patchable
    USB Global Source SQ-Drive or USB B Streaming
    Polarity Normal/Invert
    High Pass Filter 12dB/octave 20Hz – 2kHz
    Insert (Pre EQ/Comp) Fully Patchable
    Delay Up to 341ms
    Gate Patchable Sidechain
    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
    Compressor Patchable Sidechain
    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
    Knee Soft/Hard
    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
    Headroom +18dB
    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
    Sampling Rate 96kHz
    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
    SQ-Drive USB A
    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
    Mode Gain Sharing
    Sidechain Filter HPF / LPF 12dB/octave 20Hz – 5kHz / 120Hz - 20kHz
    Priority -15dB to +15dB per channel
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