Allen and Heath SQ6 48-Channel / 36-Bus Digital Mixer
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Allen and Heath SQ6 48-Channel / 36-Bus Digital Mixer

  • Vendor:Allen & Heath
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R 59,995.00
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The Allen and Heath SQ6 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.

Features:

  • 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
Mic/Line Inputs Mic/Line Inputs: Balanced XLR, fully recallable
Input Sensitivity: -60 to +0 dBu
Switchable Pad: -20 dB
Analog Gain: 0 to +60 dB, 1 dB steps
Maximum Input Level: +30 dBu
Input Impedance: >5 kOhms
THD+N, Unity Gain (0 dB): 0.002% -92 dBu (20 Hz - 20 kHz, AES direct out, @ 0 dBu 1 kHz)
THD+N, Mid-Gain (+30 dB): 0.003% -91 dBu (20 Hz - 20 kHz, AES direct out, @ -30 dBu input 1 kHz)
Phantom Power +48V (+3V / -2V)
Stereo Line Inputs ST1, ST2 Connectors: Balanced, 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS
ST3 Connector: Unbalanced, stereo 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Input Sensitivity (ST1, ST2 / ST3): Nominal +4 dBu ST1, ST2 / 0 dBu ST3
Trim: +/-24 dB
Maximum Input Level (ST1,ST2 / ST3): +22 dBu / +18 dBu
Input Impedance: >7 kOhms
Analog Outputs Outputs 1-14: Balanced, XLR
Outputs A and B: Balanced 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS
Source: Patchable
Output Impedance: <75 Ohms
Nominal Output: +4 dBu = 0 dB meter reading
Maximum Output Level: +22 dBu
Residual Output Noise: -90 dBu (muted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)
AES Digital Audio Outputs AES Digital Output: Balanced XLR, 2 channel
96 kHz sampling rate (default with SRC bypassed)
Switchable Output Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2 (96 kHz)
2.5 Vpp balanced terminated 110 Ohms
Network Connections Connection Neutrik EtherCON (RJ45)
dsnake mode (48 kHz devices)*: 64 channels assignable, compatible with AR2412, AR84, AB168, ME
dx mode (96 kHz Devices): 32 channels assignable*, compatible with DX168
gigaACE (96 kHz Devices): 128 channels assignable, compatible with dLive, SQ and DXHub*
Inputs: Fully patchable
Outputs: Fully patchable
Sync/SRC: Assignable as master audio sync for all modes

*SRC 64 channel
I/O Expansion Module Multi-channel IO option module
Inputs: Fully patchable
Outputs: Fully patchable
Sync/SRC assignable as master audio sync
Audio Specifications Measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 0 dB gain, 0 dBu input
Dynamic Range 112 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+0/-0.5 dB)
Headroom +18 dB
Operating Level Internal Operating Level: 0 dBu
THD+N THD+N, Mic/Line Routed to Main L/R Out: Unity gain faders @ 0 dB, 0.006%, -84 dBu (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
dBFS Alignment +18 dBu = 0 dBFS (+22 dBu at XLR output)
Metering Accuracy Meter Calibration: 0 dB meter = -18 dBFS (+4 dBu at XLR out)
Metering Main Meter Type: 2 x 12 segment, fast (peak) response
Channel Meter Type: Single point metering, fully programmable color/brightness
Peak Indication: -3 dBFS (+19 dBu at XLR out), multi-point sensing
Sampling Rate 96 kHz
Bit Depth Uses XCVI core custom bit widths in algorithms, up to 96-bit
Latency <0.7 ms, local mic input routed to main L/R. (direct, no EQ/ effects)
Faders 3.9" / 100.0 mm
Touch Screen 7.0" / 177.8 mm, capacitive, 800 x 480 resolution, 24-bit RGB
Softkeys 16
Groups Mute Groups: 8
DCA Groups: 8
Network TCP/IP Ethernet for MIDI and control
MIDI TCP/IP and USB Type-B
Footswitch Single or dual, momentary or latching
Source Channels 1-48: Fully patchable
Global Source: SQ-Drive or USB Type-B streaming
Polarity Normal/inverted
Trim -24 to +24 dB
High Pass Filter 12 dB/octave 20 Hz to 2 kHz
Insert Insert (Pre EQ/Comp): Fully patchable
Delay Up to 341 ms
Gate Gate: Patchable sidechain
Sidechain Filter: Hi-pass (20 to 5 kHz), Band-pass (120 Hz to 10 kHz), Lo-pass (120 Hz to 20 kHz)
Threshold / Depth: -72 dBu to +18 dBu / 0 to 60 dB
Attack / Hold / Release: 50 μs to 300 ms / 10 ms to 5 seconds / 10 ms to 1 second
Parametric Equalizer PEQ: 4-band fully parametric, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±15 dB
Band 1, Band 4: Selectable shelving (Baxandall), bell
Band 2, Band 3: Bell
Bell Width: Variable Q, 1.5 to 1/9th octave
Compressor Compressor: Patchable sidechain
Sidechain Filter: Hi-pass (20 to 5 kHz), Band-pass (120 Hz to 10 kHz), Lo-pass (120 Hz to 20 kHz), Q=1
Threshold / Ratio: -46 dBu to 18 dBu / 1:1 to infinity
Attack / Release: 30 μs to 300 ms / 50 ms to 2 seconds
Knee: Soft/hard
Detector Response: Peak/RMS switchable
Parallel Path Compression: Dry/wet -infin to 0 dB
Channel Direct Out Follow fader, mute, mute group, DCA (global all channels)
Source Selection Post-Preamp, Post-HPF, Post Gate, Insert Return, M Post PEQ, Post Comp, Post Delay
Trim: -∞ to 10 dB per channel
Insert Insert (Pre EQ/Comp): Fully patchable
Delay Up to 682 ms
Graphic Equalizer 28 bands 31 Hz to 16 kHz, ±12 dB gain, constant 1/3 octave
FX 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 x Dedicated Stereo FX Returns: Fader, Pan, Mute, Routing to Mix/LR, 4-Band PEQ
PAFL PFL or stereo in-place AFL, 0 to -24 dB trim, PAFL
Delay up to 682 ms
Talkback Dedicated input, assignable to any mix, Gain, Pad, 48 V, 12 dB/oct HPF
Signal Generator Assignable to any mix, (sine/white/pink/bandpass noise)
RTA Real Time Analyzer 31-bands, 1/3 octave 20 Hz to 20 kHz, follows PAFL source
Recorder SQ-Drive: USB Type-A
Stereo Record: 2-channel, WAV, 96 kHz, 24-bit, source fully patchable
Stereo Playback: 1/2-channel, WAV, 44.1, 48, 96 kHz, 16-/24-bit, source fully patchable
Multitrack Record: 16-channel, WAV, 96 kHz, 24-bit, track sources fully patchable
Multitrack Playback: 16-channel, WAV, 96 kHz, 24-bit fully patchable
USB Audio USB Audio Streaming:  USB Type-B, Core Audio compliant, ASIO/WDM for Windows
Send (Upstream): 32-channel, 96 kHz, 24-bit
Return (Downstream): 32-channel, 96 kHz, 24-bit
Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Maximum Power Consumption:
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions (W × H × D) 25.1 x 20.3 x 7.8" / 638.0 x 514.9 x 198.0 mm
Weight 29.3 lb / 13.3 kg