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Allen & Heath SQ5 Mixing Desk Hire

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Powered by Allen & Heath’s revolutionary XCVI 96kHz FPGA engine, SQ-5  mixing desk hire 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.

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Product Features

  • 96kHz XCVI Core: 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • Expandable up to 48 mics: 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.
  • 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’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.
  • 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: 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.
  • SQ MixPad App: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
General

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
Input Impedance: >7kΩ
Outputs 1-12: 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, 96kHz sampling rate (Default with SRC Bypassed)
Switchable output sample rates,44.1kHz/ 48kHz/ 88.2kHz/ (96kHz)
2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110Ω
Connection: Neutrik EtherCON (RJ45)
dsnake mode (48kHz devices)*: 64 channels assignable, compatible with AR2412, AR84, AB168, ME
dx mode (96kHz devices): 32 channels assignable*, compatible with DX168
gigaACE (96kHz devices): 128 channels assignable, compatible with dLive, SQ and DXHub*
Inputs: Fully Patchable
Sync/SRC: assignable as master audio sync for all modes, * SRC 64 channel
Faders: 100mm motorised
Touch Screen: 7" Capacitive, 800 x 480 resolution, 24 bit RGB
SoftKeys: 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
Trim: -24 to +24dB
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
Attack / Release: 30µs to 300ms / 50ms to 2s
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)
Multi-channel IO option module
Inputs: Fully Patchable
Outputs: Fully Patchable
Sync/SRC:
Assignable as master audio sync
Measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 0dB gain, 0dBu input
Dynamic Range: 112 dB
Frequency Response: +0/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz
Headroom: +18dB
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: Single Point Metering, fully programmable colour/brightness
Peak Indication: -3dBFS (+19dBu at XLR out), multipoint 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 EQ/ 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: 75W
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
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

Physical & Dimensions

Height: 198mm
Width: 440mm
Depth: 514.9mm
Weight: 10.5kg

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Product Features

  • 96kHz XCVI Core: 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • Expandable up to 48 mics: 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.
  • 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’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.
  • 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: 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.
  • SQ MixPad App: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
General

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
Input Impedance: >7kΩ
Outputs 1-12: 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, 96kHz sampling rate (Default with SRC Bypassed)
Switchable output sample rates,44.1kHz/ 48kHz/ 88.2kHz/ (96kHz)
2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110Ω
Connection: Neutrik EtherCON (RJ45)
dsnake mode (48kHz devices)*: 64 channels assignable, compatible with AR2412, AR84, AB168, ME
dx mode (96kHz devices): 32 channels assignable*, compatible with DX168
gigaACE (96kHz devices): 128 channels assignable, compatible with dLive, SQ and DXHub*
Inputs: Fully Patchable
Sync/SRC: assignable as master audio sync for all modes, * SRC 64 channel
Faders: 100mm motorised
Touch Screen: 7" Capacitive, 800 x 480 resolution, 24 bit RGB
SoftKeys: 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
Trim: -24 to +24dB
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
Attack / Release: 30µs to 300ms / 50ms to 2s
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)
Multi-channel IO option module
Inputs: Fully Patchable
Outputs: Fully Patchable
Sync/SRC:
Assignable as master audio sync
Measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 0dB gain, 0dBu input
Dynamic Range: 112 dB
Frequency Response: +0/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz
Headroom: +18dB
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: Single Point Metering, fully programmable colour/brightness
Peak Indication: -3dBFS (+19dBu at XLR out), multipoint 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 EQ/ 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: 75W
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
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

Physical & Dimensions

Height: 198mm
Width: 440mm
Depth: 514.9mm
Weight: 10.5kg

Let's get planning

If you're interested in hiring this piece of equipment, please request a quote by using the form below so we can check your requirements against our lead times, or speak to a member of our team on 02083 964 207.
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