Allen & Heath Announces SQ-7, Flagship 48-Channel Console

Allen & Heath has unveiled SQ-7, their new 33 fader flagship console in its 96kHz SQ series. It features 48-channels, 32 preamps, and so much more.  

Following hot on the heels of the hit launch of SQ-5 and SQ-6, the new SQ-7 takes the same powerful XCVI 96kHz FPGA engine and adds extended control and I/O in a larger format, boasting 33 faders, 32 onboard preamps, 16 custom soft keys and 8 user-definable soft rotary controls.

SQ-7 is a 48-channel console, fully compatible with a range of remote I/O expanders, including the portable DX168 96kHz stage boxes. Inputs and mixes can be individually assigned to 192 fader strips across 6 layers, while 16 softkeys and 8 user-assignable soft rotary controls allow the mixer’s workflow to be customized to the needs of each show and operator. Forthcoming Dante, Waves and SLink audio networking cards further extend the scope for expansion, system integration, FOH / monitor splits and recording.

Optional DEEP processing plugins give SQ-7 users access to boutique compressor and preamp emulations which can be embedded directly into all input and mix channels, without adding system latency or setup hassles.

The console’s SQ-Drive feature makes it easy to capture high resolution 96kHz stereo and multitrack recordings direct to a USB drive. SQ can also be hooked up to a PC or Mac via USB to become a plug ‘n play, Core Audio or ASIO compliant 32x32 audio interface, with upcoming MIDI and DAW Control capabilities. Another standout feature for AV customers is the inclusion of two independent, fully integrated and assignable Automatic Mic Mixers, that can be combined to create a mighty 48 channel AMM.

Allen & Heath SQ-7

Allen & Heath Product Manager, Keith Johnson said, “SQ-7 embodies everything that’s so exciting about SQ – the power, the speed, the ergonomics – in a more imposing format that lets us push the capabilities of the console even further. As soon as we unleashed the SQ phenomenon, we were inundated by people who loved the concept and the features, and who wanted to take SQ into scenarios that called for more built-in I/O and more hands-on control. This one is for them!”

SQ-7 is supported by an ecosystem of mixing and personal monitoring apps, remote I/O expanders, audio networking cards and ME personal mixers, multiplying the system’s expansion and integration possibilities.

Allen & Heath SQ-7

SQ-7 Features

  • 96kHz FPGA processing
  • 48 Input Channels
  • DEEP Processing ready
  • 33 Faders / 6 Layers
  • 12 Stereo mixes + LR
  • 3 Stereo Matrix
  • 8 Stereo FX Engines + dedicated stereo 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
  • 16 Assignable SoftKeys
  • 8 Assignable Soft Rotaries
  • Channel LCD displays
Allen & Heath SQ-7 rear view

 

Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & the macProVideo Hub. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic (and a self-confessed Mac fanatic) he's taught teachers, professional musicians and hobbyists how to get the best out of Apple's creative software. He has been a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University's Teacher training pro... Read More

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