Allen & Heath SQ5 Digital Mixing Console

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Powered by Allen & Heath’s revolutionary XCVI 96kHz FPGA engine, SQ-5 is built for professionals in the most demanding live sound applications. Delivering class-leading high resolution audio with an ultra-low

Powerful Processing
SQ comes equipped with all the processing you need to craft the perfect mix. Every one of the 48 inputs has HPF, a super-fast gate with sidechain and filter, a musical 4-band parametric equaliser, and Peak/RMS compressor for control and shaping of levels and transients. Mixes have both a parametric and 28 band graphic EQ along with compressor as standard, all ready to switch in when required. The XCVI core even allows for every compressor in SQ to have its own parallel path, without phase or coherency worries.

Advanced AMM
SQ’s advanced automatic mic mixers (AMM’s) make it a natural choice for mixing conferences, panel talks and TV shows. They’re fully integrated in the mixer too, with no extra latency, so you don’t need to route the audio to an internal DSP rack or an external plugin system. Two fully independent 24 channel AMM’s can be utilised for two zones or combined into a single 48 channel AMM for larger events.

Flexible multitrack recording
The integrated SQ-Drive makes it quick and easy to capture a 96kHz multitrack or stereo recording of the show direct to a USB key or drive. No software setup, no soundcard driver issues and no extra laptop to bring to the performance. SQ-Drive is also a smart way to manage walk-in music.

Also provided is a built-in 32×32 96kHz audio interface for multitrack recording, backing tracks or virtual soundcheck applications. The interface is Core Audio and ASIOTM compliant and comes complete with MIDI and DAW control capabilities.

The Ultimate IEM Mixer
With no less than 12 stereo mixes, super-low latency, and both parametric and graphic EQ on every mix, SQ is the perfect companion for in-ear monitoring setups. SQ’s airline-friendly compactness and rugged build quality mean there’s no reason to gamble on house monitor consoles again.

The Mixing Experience
With each new design, the Allen & Heath team strives to get closer to the ultimate mixing experience. SQ’s dashboard is centred around a high-res 7” capacitive touchscreen, framed by an array of high-grip, illuminating encoders to create an intuitive, integrated blend of clear visual feedback and immediate, hands-on control. Channels and mixes can be dragged and dropped to any strip, with custom naming and colour coding on the colour strip displays, allowing you to build a mixing environment that mirrors your own workflow. Each strip features our patented Chromatic channel metering system, giving you at-a-glance level indication thanks to LEDs with variable brightness and colour.


  • 96kHz FPGA processing
  • 48 Input Channels
  • DEEP Processing ready
  • 17 Faders / 6 Layers
  • 12 Stereo mixes + LR
  • 3 Stereo Matrix
  • 8 Stereo FX Engines + dedicated returns
  • 7” capacitive touchscreen
  • SLink port for remote audio / expansion
  • 64ch I/O Port for audio networking
  • 32×32 USB audio interface
  • SQ-Drive direct recording to USB
  • AES output
  • Chromatic channel metering
  • Integrated LED illumination
  • Dedicated physical controls
  • 8 Assignable SoftKeys
  • Channel LCD displays
  • 19” rack mountable


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Mic/Line Inputs  Balanced XLR, Fully recallable
Input Sensitivity -60 to +0dBu
Switchable Pad -20dB
Analogue Gain 0dB to +60dB, 1dB steps
Maximum Input Level +30dBu
Input Impedance >5kOhms
THD+N, Unity gain 0dB 0.002% -92dBu (20Hz-20kHz, AES Direct Out, @0dBu 1kHz)
THD+N, Mid gain +30dB 0.003% -91dBu (20Hz-20kHz, AES Direct Out, @-30dBu INPUT 1kHz)
Phantom Power +48V (+3V / -2V)
Stereo Line Inputs
ST1, ST2 connectors Balanced, 1/4″ TRS jack
ST3 connector Unbalanced, stereo 3.5mm Mini Jack
Input Sensitivity (ST1, ST2 / ST3) Nominal +4dBu ST1, ST2 / 0dBu ST3
Trim +/-24dB
Maximum Input Level (ST1,ST2 / ST3) +22dBu / +18dBu
Input Impedance >7k Ohms
XLR Outputs Balanced XLR
Outputs A and B Balanced 1/4″ TRS Jack
Source Patchable
Nominal Output +4dBu = 0dB meter reading
Maximum Output Level +22dBu
AES Digital Output Balanced XLR 2 channel, 96kHz sampling rate (Default with SRC Bypassed), Switchable output sample rates,44.1kHz/ 48kHz/ 88.2kHz/ (96kHz), 2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110 Ohms
SLink Neutrik EtherCON (RJ45)
Connection Neutrik EtherCON (RJ45)
dsnake mode (48kHz devices) 40 input 20+40(ME) output channels
dx mode (96kHz devices) 32 input 32 output channels
gigaACE/GX (96kHz devices) 128 input 128 output channels
Inputs Fully Patchable
Outputs Fully Patchable
Sync/SRC Assignable as master audio sync for all modes, SRC 64 channel
I/O Port
Inputs Fully Patchable
Outputs Fully Patchable
Sync/SRC Assignable as master audio sync
Dynamic Range 112 dB
Frequency Response +0/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz
Headroom +18dB
Internal operating Level 0dBu
THD+N, Mic/Line routed to Main L/R Out Unity gain faders@0dB, 0.006%, -84dBu (20 – 20kHz)
dBFS Alignment +18dBu = 0dBFS (+22dBu at XLR output)
Meter Calibration 0dB meter = -18dBFS (+4dBu at XLR out)
Main Meter Type 2 x 12 segment, fast (peak) response
Channel Meter Type Chromatic Channel Metering, fully programmable colour/brightness
Peak Indication -3dBFS (+19dBu at XLR out), multi-point sensing
Sampling Rate 96kHz
Bit Depth Uses XCVI core custom bit widths in algorithms, up to 96bits
Operating Temperature Range 0 deg C to 40 deg C (32 deg F to 104 deg F)
Mains Power 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
Max Power Consumption SQ-5/SQ-6/SQ-7 75W / 90W / 110W
Dimesions and Weight
Desk mounted 440 x 514.9 x 198 mm (17.3″ x 20.3″ x 7.8″)
Unpacked weight 10.5 kg (23.1 lbs)
Faders 100mm motorised
Touch Screen 7″ Capacitive, 800 x 480 resolution, 24 bit RGB
SoftKeys 8 (SQ-5), 16 (SQ-6, SQ-7)
SoftRotarys 4 (SQ-6), 8 (SQ-7)
Mute Groups / DCA Groups 8 / 8
Network TCP/IP Ethernet for MIDI and Control
Footswitch Single or Dual, Momentary or Latching
CH1-48 Fully patchable
USB Global Source SQ-Drive or USB B Streaming
Polarity Normal/Invert
Trim -24 to +24dB
High Pass Filter 12/18/24dB per octave 20Hz – 2kHz
Insert (Pre EQ/Comp) Fully Patchable
Delay Up to 341ms
Gate Patchable Sidechain
Sidechain filter Hi-pass (20-5k), band-pass (120-10k), Lo-pass (120-20k)
Threshold / Depth -72dBu to +18dBu / 0 to 60dB
Attack / Hold / Release 50µs to 300ms / 10ms to 5s / 10ms to 1s
PEQ 4-Band fully parametric, 20-20kHz, +/-15dB
Band 1, Band 4 Selectable Shelving (Baxandall), Bell, HPF/LPF 12dB/octave
Band 2, Band 3 Bell
Bell Width Variable Q, 1.5 to 1/9th octave
Compressor Patchable Sidechain, DEEP options
Sidechain filter Hi-pass (20-5k), band-pass (120-10k), Lo-pass (120-20k), Q=1
Threshold / Ratio -46dBu to 18dBu / 1:1 to infinity
Attack / Release 30µs to 300ms / 50ms to 2s
Knee Soft/Hard
Detector response Peak/RMS switchable
Parallel Path Compression dry/wet -infin to 0dB
Channel Direct Out Follow Fader, Mute, Mute Group, DCA (global all ch)
Source select Follow Fader, Mute, Mute Group, DCA (global all ch)

Post-Preamp, Post-HPF, Post-Gate, Insert Return,

Post-PEQ, Post-Comp, Post-Delay

trim -infin to 10dB per channel


Mix Processing
Insert (Pre EQ/Comp) Fully Patchable
Delay Up to 682ms
GEQ 28 bands 31Hz-16kHz, +/-12dB Gain, Constant 1/3 oct, DEEP options
PEQ As Input PEQ
Compressor As Input Compressor
Internal FX 8 x RackFX engine, Send>Return or Inserted (4 dedicated fx bus)
Types SMR Reverb, Stereo Tap Delay, Gated Reverb, ADT, Blue Chorus
Symphonic Chorus, Flanger, Phaser
8 dedicated Stereo FX returns Fader, Pan, Mute, Routing to Mix/LR, 4-Band PEQ
Audio Tools
PAFL PFL or stereo in-place AFL, 0 to -24dB Trim, PAFL Delay Up to 682ms
Talkback Dedicated input, Assignable to any mix, Gain, Pad, 48V, 12dB/oct HPF
Signal Generator Assignable to any input or mix, Sine/White/Pink/Bandpass Noise
RTA’s 2x 31-Band 1/3 octave (Stereo) or 61-Band 1/6 octave (Mono) 20-20kHz.
PAFL/Selected Channel or Fixed Source
USB Audio
SQ-Drive USB-A
Stereo Record 2 channel, WAV, 96kHz, 24-bit, source fully patchable
Stereo Playback 1/2 channel, WAV, 44.1, 48, 96kHz 16,24-bit, source fully patchable
Multitrack Record 1-16 channel 96kHz, 1-32 channel 48kHz, 24-bit, WAV, fully patchable
Multitrack Playback 1-16 channel 96kHz, 1-32 channel 48kHz, 24-bit, WAV, fully patchable
USB Audio Streaming USB-B, Core Audio compliant, ASIO/WDM for Windows
Send (upstream) 32 channel, 48/96kHz, 24-bit
Return (downstream) 32 channel, 48/96kHz, 24-bit
Configuration 2x 24ch or 1x 48ch, freely assignable
Type Gain Sharing
Sidechain Filter HPF / LPF 12dB/octave 20Hz – 5kHz / 120Hz – 20kHz
Priority -15dB to +15dB per channel
DEEP Preamps Tube Stage
DEEP Compressors Opto, 16T, 16VU, PeakLimiter76, Mighty
DEEP GEQ’s Proportional-Q, DiGi-GEQ, Hybrid
RackFX units De-Esser, DynEQ4, MultiBD3, MultiBD4,
Bucket Brigade, Echo, Hypabass
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