New York, NY (October 25, 2017)—Hot on the heels of its updates to the dLive series of live mixing consoles, Allen & Heath has unveiled a new line of live sound mixers—the new 96 kHz SQ series.
Introduced with a pair of new desks—the SQ-5 and SQ-6—the new line is based around Allen & Heath’s XCVI 96 kHz FPGA engine, reportedly sporting a latency of <0.7 ms.
The SQ-5 has 16 onboard preamps and 17 faders and is 19-inch rack mountable, while the SQ-6 provides 24 preamps and 25 faders. Both consoles can be expanded up to 48 inputs via remote expanders and can accept optional Dante, Waves and other card formats.
Recording can also be facilitated on the SQ mixers via a built-in SQ-Drive, which can capture 96 kHz stereo and multitrack recordings direct to a USB drive. Alternately, SQ mixers can also be used with a PC or Mac via USB as a plug ‘n play, Core Audio or ASIO compliant 32×32 audio interface, with MIDI and DAW Control capabilities.
Echoing recent updates to the dLive series’ firmware, the SQ desks apply Allen & Heath’s Deep processing plug-in architecture and also offer an integrated Automatic Mic Mixer (AMM). The SQ user interface centers around a touchscreen and various illuminating rotary controls. Channel and mix layouts can be configured as needed, with color displays and custom naming on all strips. SQ-5 features eight softkeys, while SQ-6 has four assignable rotary controls and displays and 16 softkeys.
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