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Allen & Heath SQ Update Has Monitors in Mind

New firmware update adds features aimed at monitor engineers.

New York, NY (October 23, 2018)—Allen & Heath’s SQ series of live mixing consoles have gotten a new firmware release (V1.3), and the new update includes a number of changes intended to improve the desks’ user experience for monitor engineers.

SQ firmware V1.3 adds a Listen bus, enabling the engineer to patch PAFL to an IEM system, stereo nearfield monitors or a mono listen wedge, with the option to control the Listen level with the master fader. The addition of an External Input to PAFL is also expected to improve communication between FOH and monitor engineers.

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The update also includes changes that make use of Allen & Heath’s new SLink card, aiding FOH / Monitor splits and remote I/O, or combinations of either of these with a ME personal monitoring system. Digital splits are further facilitated by new Tie Lines, connecting input and output sockets without running through an SQ’s processing.

SQ V1.3 firmware also adds user permissions, changes to the user interface, plus FX control, MIDI messaging and instant value feedback to the soft rotary controls on SQ-6 and SQ-7.

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Keeping up with the desk’s changes, the V1.3 SQ MixPad app also adds new features, including FX and DEEP unit control, a patching matrix, plus integration with the signal generator and user permissions.

The update can be downloaded at the company’s website.

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