The original SQN-5S as successor to the classic SQN-4S Series IVe offered the same convenience of operation in exactly the same size case but with five channels and reduced weight. Recordists familiar with the earlier mixer were immediately at home with the SQN-5S and organizations that had been using the 4S found the new mixer to be completely compatible with the old.
Five channels have XLR electronically-balanced mic/line input, 4-way mic powering, input attenuator, bass-cut switch and rotary fader. All channels (except 3) can be routed to their respective left, right or both centre (ch1 and 2, 4 and 5). Additionally channels 1 and 2 can be ganged for a stereo or M-S microphone (with or without decoding to A-B) and channel 2 has a phase-reversal switch. Channel 3 can be routed left, right or to a pan control. Balanced monitor returns and mix-bus inputs are also provided on multipin I/O connectors A and B respectively. The output has a master gain fader, PPM or VU meters with battery level indication, switchable twin-mono or stereo limiter with peak indicators, internally adjustable tone-inject with selectable left-channel interrupt. Main outputs are on both XLR and multipin A, each separately-switchable mic/line (Mic and line signals are separately transformer-balanced and floating. Multipin I/O connector A is shared with the monitor return inputs for single-cable connection to recorder etc.). Subsidiary I/O connector B provides unbalanced stereo outputs of 10dBu and allows all five channels to be extracted in pre- or post-fader mode. Headphone monitoring (A or B-gauge jack, adjustable level) has 6-way rotary selector for stereo, R, L, M-S (decoded), L-R and L+R, and pre-fade listening is selectable for channels 2, 3, 4 and 5 as well as mixer/aux selection. A slate-microphone is built-in, actuated by front-panel switch, and meters have LED illumination. The right channel meter has a suppressed-zero battery voltage scale, selected by a front panel push putton.
Powered by 8 AA size alkaline batteries giving more than 10 hours continuous use, with multi-function four-pole DC input (6-24V), providing battery charging and external powering, and pass-through powering with auto-reset fuse to feed an accessory connector (and hence powering radio-mic receivers etc. through mixer on/off switch). The mixer is supplied complete with webbing shoulder-strap and mating multipin connectors.
The SQN-5S mixer offers the professional recordist:
- Unsurpassed sound quality
- Industry standard acceptability
- User friendly ergonomic layout
- Tried and tested electronic design
- Superior mechanical engineering
- Lowest running costs
- Highest resale value
- Long trouble-free service
- The utmost in portability
- Efficient factory back-up service