Allen & Heath SQ-5 48 Channel 36 Bus Digital Mixer
Built on Allen & Heath’s latest generation 96kHz FPGA XCVI core, SQ sets a new standard for compact digital mixers, delivering pristine, high-resolution audio with a class-leading latency of <0.7ms.
48 channel / 36 bus digital mixer
Powered by Allen & Heath’s revolutionary XCVI 96kHz FPGA engine, SQ-5 is built for professionals in demanding live sound, recording and streaming applications. Delivering class-leading high-resolution audio with an ultra-low <0.7ms latency, the SQ-5 gives you unrivalled power and audio fidelity.
Mixing Has Never Been Easier
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 works for you.
Each strip features our patented Chromatic channel metering system, giving you at-a-glance level indication thanks to LEDs with variable brightness and colour.
All the Tools for the Perfect Mix
SQ comes equipped with all the processing you need to craft the perfect mix.
Every input has HPF, a super-fast gate with sidechain and filter, a musical 4-band parametric equaliser, and Peak/RMS compressor for control and shaping of levels and transients.
Mixes have both a parametric and 28 band graphic EQ along with compressor as standard, all ready to switch in when required.
SQ is armed with 8 stereo FX engines and comes complete with the acclaimed RackExtra library, featuring emulations of legendary classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays, modulators and more.
Every engine has its own dedicated stereo return too, so you don’t need to use up any of your 48 input channels.
Add-On Plug-ins Available
Proven on countless world tours with international artists, the DEEP Processing from our award-winning dLive digital mixing system is now available within your SQ.
No 3rd party hardware, no added latency, no hassle, just studio-quality processing on every channel.
RackExtra FX Add-Ons expand SQ’s FX Rack with powerful new processors.
Pick the perfect processing suite, tailored to your specific requirements.
Record. Stream. Mix.
The built-in 32x32 96kHz audio interface enables easy multitrack recording, backing-track playback, live-streaming and virtual soundcheck.
The interface is class-compliant on Mac OS X making it truly plug ‘n play and will be recognized straightaway by any DAW supporting Core Audio, including Logic, Cubase, Reaper, and Pro Tools. An ASIOTM and WDM compatible driver is available for Windows computers.
Standard MIDI control is tunnelled over the USB and network connections, this can be mapped to the faders of your favourite DAW using the A&H MIDI Control app which provides easy setup and emulation of HUI or Mackie Control protocols on Mac OS X and Windows systems.
Remote Control Apps
SQ MixPad app is available free on iOS, Android, Windows and macOS platforms, providing offline editing and online wired or wireless control of the main mixing functions.
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.
Dante, Waves, MADI & More
SQ is compatible with the leading audio networking standards, simply add a Dante, MADI or Waves to SQ’s I/O port and you’re ready to integrate with third-party hardware for digital splits, streaming, recording, broadcast and install applications.
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 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, an Avantis or even a dLive system.
Give Performers Control
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.
The Ultimate IEM Mixer
SQ is the perfect companion for in-ear monitoring setups featuring no less than 12 stereo mixes, super-low latency, and both parametric and graphic EQ on every mix.
SQ’s airline-friendly compactness and rugged build quality mean there’s no reason to gamble on house monitor consoles again.
Designed for the Pro
Allen & Heath know that the live environment can be tough on gear, so for SQ they devised their most punishing regime of testing and retesting yet.
From its 3-tier, all-metal chassis to its extruded aluminium light bar, SQ has tremendous strength and rigidity underlying its good looks.
SQ-Drive: Record to USB
The integrated SQ-Drive makes it quick and easy to capture and playback 16 channels (96kHz), 32 channels (48kHz), or a stereo recording of the performance 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.
AMM: Automatic Mic Mixer
SQ’s advanced automatic mic mixers (AMM’s) make it a natural choice for mixing conferences, panel talks and TV shows. They’re fully integrated into 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 zones or combined into a single 48 channel AMM for larger events.
- 96kHz FPGA processing
- 48 Input Channels
- DEEP Processing ready
- 17 Faders / 6 Layers
- 12 Stereo mixes + LR
- 3 Stereo Matrix
- 8 Stereo FX Engines + dedicated 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
- 8 Assignable SoftKeys
- Channel LCD displays
- 19” rack-mountable