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Allen and Heath SQ-6

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The Allen & Heath SQ-6 is a 48-channel, 36-bus digital mixing console well suited for live sound, corporate A/V, recording studios, and houses of worship. The SQ-6 features 24+1 motorized faders and 24 professional-quality microphone preamps. There are also eight stereo FX engines with dedicated return channels and access to the RackExtra FX library. The mixer's 12 stereo outputs (configurable as groups or auxes) are well suited for in-ear-monitor setups, while the Auto Mic Mixing function offers quick and easy operation over multiple microphones for conferences, panel talks, and more.

At the heart of the SQ-6 lies the 96 kHz XCVI Core FPGA engine, which delivers professional, high-resolution audio quality, ultra-low latency (less than 0.7 ms), variable bit depth for precision and noise performance, mix coherency down to the sample, and the power to handle high channel / mix counts and ample FX processing. The SQ's DEEP processing architecture allows you to hand-pick boutique compressor and preamp emulations and embed them directly within the mixer's inputs and mix channels, all without adding system latency or setup hassles.

The front panel is centered around the mixer's 7" capacitive touchscreen and framed by an array of high-grip, illuminated encoders, which offer clear visual feedback and quick, hands-on control. You can drag-and-drop channels and mixes to any strip with custom naming and color coding on the strip display, allowing you to build a mix environment that mirrors your workflow. The SQ-6 offers softkeys, which can be freely assigned to any function for a customized and advanced workflow. The on-board recorder uses a USB Type-A port to record stereo and multitrack sessions to a flash drive. The recorder can also playback stereo and multitrack files, making it well suited for virtual sound checks and studio mixing.

The SQ-6 offers expansion options via Allen & Heath's stage box expanders, or install an optional Dante or Waves card to adapt and expand using the latest digital technologies. SQ is fully compatible with the ME Personal Mixing System, allowing 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 Allen & Heath SQ-6 ships with a power cord.

Compact digital mixer for live, studio, and installation
48 input channels
24 local mic inputs (XLR)
Two 1/4” stereo inputs (TRS)
One 1/8" stereo input
36 total busses
12 stereo mixes (Aux or Group) + Main
PAFL bus
16 assignable local outputs (14 XLR + two 1/4” TRS)
AES digital output
Dedicated talkback mic input (XLR)
1/4" TRS headphone out with dedicated control
SLink EtherCON connection for remote audio using dSnake, DX, or gigaACE protocol (64x64 channels)
I/O port for option card (including 3rd party protocols – Dante/Waves)
8 mute groups
8 DCA groups
8 stereo FX with dedicated FX returns
DEEP processing ready
RackFX effects suite
7" color touchscreen
16 assignable SoftKeys
Four assignable soft rotaries
Dedicated physical controls for channel processing (Gain, HPF Frequency, Gate Threshold, Compressor Threshold, Pan, EQ Gain/Frequency/Width)
24+1 faders with 6 layers for 96 assignable channel strips
Motorized faders for sends on faders, GEQ fader flip, and mix recall
24 backlit LCD channel-strip displays
Single-point metering
Integrated surface illumination
Single/dual footswitch control
Input channel linking for stereo sources
Patchable insert points
Input processing – Preamp, HPF, Gate, PEQ, Compressor, Delay
Output processing – PEQ, Graphic EQ, Compressor, Delay
Automatic mic mixing
31-band, real-time analyzer (RTA)
Quick copy/paste/reset for parameters
User permissions to restrict operator access
300 scene memories per show
Channel safes, global and per-scene recall filters
FX, processing, and channel libraries
SQ-Drive for stereo and multitrack recording/playback direct to USB drive
USB transfer of scenes, libraries, shows
32x32 channel USB streaming to/from Mac/Windows
DAW control driver for MIDI control via USB or TCP/IP
Wireless remote mixing apps for iPad and Android
Compatible with ME personal-monitoring range

Number of Analog Input Channels 48
Faders x 3.9" / 100 mm
Mix Routing 8 x Stereo FX Return
Groups 8 x Mute Group
8 x DCA Group
Display 7" / 177.8 mm  Touchscreen
Display Resolution/Color Main Display:
800 x 480 8-Bit RGB
Meters Main Meter:
2 x 12-Segment LED
Channel Meter:
Single LED
Meter Range -3 dBFS Peak/Clip (+19 dBu at XLR Output)
Meter Calibration 0 dB on Meter = -18 dBFS (+4 dBu at XLR Output)

Signal Processing:
Gain/Trim Range Line:
±24 dB (Stereo Channels)
0 dB to +60 dB (in 1 dB Steps)
Input Pad -20 dB
Input Polarity Normal/Reverse
Gate Parameters Threshold: -72 to +18 dBu
Depth: 0 to 60 dB
Attack: 50 μs to 300 ms
Hold: 10 ms to 5 sec
Release: 10 ms to 1 sec
Compressor Parameters Threshold: -46 to +18 dBu
Ratio: 1:1 to ∞:1
Attack: 30 μs to 300 ms
Release: 50 ms to 2 sec
Knee: Soft, Hard
Blend: Yes
Sidechain Filters Compressor:
High-Pass: 20 to 5 kHz
Band-Pass: 120 Hz to 10 kHz
Low-Pass: 120 Hz to 20 kHz
High-Pass: 20 Hz to 5 kHz
Band-Pass: 120 Hz to 10 kHz
Low-Pass: 120 Hz to 20 kHz
EQ FX Returns:
4-Band Parametric
EQ Parameters 1 x HF Shelf:
±15 dB at 20 Hz to 20 kHz (Shelf or Bell Selectable)
2 x MF Notch/Peak:
±15 dB at 20 Hz to 20 kHz
1 x LF Shelf:
±15 dB at 20 Hz to 20 kHz (Shelf or Bell Selectable)
Graphic EQ 28-Band 1/3 Octave, ±12 dB 31 Hz to 16 kHz
Filters High-Pass: 20 Hz to 2 kHz, 12 dB/Octave  
Channel Output/Source Monitoring AFL, PFL, Post-Preamp, Post-HPF, Post-Gate, Post-EQ, Post-Compressor, Post-FX, Insert Return
Internal Effects Reverb
Stereo Delay (Tap)
Reverb (Gated)
2 x Chorus
Real Time Analyzer 31-Band 1/3 Octave, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Audio Delay Adjustable Up to 682 ms

Digital Audio:
Sample Rates 96 kHz
AES3 Output:
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
Stereo Record:
96 kHz
Stereo Playback:
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
Multitrack Playback/Multitrack Record:
96 kHz
Bit Depth Up to 96-Bit
Stereo Record:
Stereo Playback:
16 / 24-Bit
Multitrack Playback, Multitrack Record:

dBFS Reference Level +18 dBu = 0 dBFS
Headroom +18 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.5 dB
Max Input Level Mic/Line Input:
+30 dBu
Aux Input:
+22 dBu (+4 dBu)
+18 dBu (0 dBu)
Output Level Analog Output:
+4 dBu (Nominal)
+22 dBu (Max)
Analog Dynamic Range 112 dB
I/O Impedance 1/4", XLR Output:
AES3 Output:
110 ohms
Aux Input:
>7 kilohms
Mic/Line Input:
>5 kilohms
Noise Floor -90 dBu with Inputs Muted
THD+N 0.006% at Unity Gain
Mic/Line Input to AES3 Output:
0.002% at Unity Gain
0.003% at +30 dB Gain
Signal Generator Sine, White, Pink, or Band-Pass Noise (Assignable to Any Mix)

Analog Inputs 1 x XLR Talkback Input
24 x XLR Balanced Mic/Line Input
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Aux Input (2 Stereo Pair, Half-Normalled)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Unbalanced Aux Input
Analog Outputs 14 x XLR Balanced Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Output
Phantom Power +48 V
Digital I/O 1 x RJ45 (Network)
1 x XLR AES3 Output
1 x etherCON (I/O)
USB 1 x USB Type-A (External Memory)
1 x USB Type-B (USB 2.0, Audio Streaming)
Expansion Ports 1 x I/O Card
Max Multitrack Recording 16 Tracks
File Format Support WAV

AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz

Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions 25.1 x 20.3 x 7.8" / 638 x 514.9 x 198 mm
Weight 29.3 lb / 13.3 kg

Packaging Info:
Package Weight 40.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.5 x 27 x 14.5"

Allen & Heath AH-SQ-6   ( Allen and Heath AH-SQ6 )

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