Allen & Heath has unveiled its new 96kHz SQ series of digital mixers for live sound, AV and installation.
The SQ-5 and SQ-6 mixers are founded on Allen & Heath’s XCVI 96kHz FPGA engine, designed to deliver high resolution audio with a latency of <0.7ms. The SQ-5 features 16 onboard preamps and 17 faders and is 19” rack mountable, while the SQ-6 provides 24 preamps and 25 faders. Both consoles can be expanded up to 48 inputs via a family of remote expanders and feature an audio networking slot for optional Dante, Waves and other card formats, expanding the scope for system integration, FOH / monitor splits and multi-track recording.
A built-in SQ-Drive allows users to capture high-resolution 96kHz stereo and multi-track recordings direct to a USB drive. SQ can also be connected to a PC or Mac via USB to become a plug ‘n play, Core Audio or ASIO compliant 32×32 audio interface, with MIDI and DAW Control capabilities. Allen & Heath’s DEEP processing plug-in architecture allows boutique compressor and preamp emulations to be added to the SQ mixer and embedded directly within its inputs and mix channels without adding system latency or setup hassles. SQ also features a fully integrated Automatic Mic Mixer (AMM), handling conferences, panel talks and TV shows.
“SQ is such a great solution for AV, corporate, rental and installation scenarios,” commented Allen & Heath’s product manager, Keith Johnson. “It’s compact, connected, great sounding, and capable of mixing anything from a panel discussion to a full live band, all with incredibly low latency and pristine 96kHz audio. The console is DEEP processing ready, so when users register their SQ they’ll be able to get a stunning tube preamp emulation worth $149 for free, and we’re planning to offer many more boutique processing models in the future.”
A wide range of apps, remote I/O expanders, audio networking cards and personal mixers are available to use with the SQ series, multiplying the system’s expansion and integration possibilities.