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Allen & Heath SQ-7 48-Channel / 36-Bus Digital Mixer with 32+1 Motorized Faders

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Allen & Heath SQ-7 48-Channel / 36-Bus Digital Mixer with 32+1 Motorized Faders
Key Features
  • 32 Microphone Preamps
  • 7" Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 96 kHz FPGA Processing
  • Eight Stereo FX Engines with Returns
The Allen & Heath SQ-7 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-7 features 32+1 motorized faders and 32 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 Automatic Mic Mixing function offers quick and easy operation over multiple microphones for conferences, panel talks, and more.
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Allen & Heath AH-SQ-7 Overview

The Allen & Heath SQ-7 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-7 features 32+1 motorized faders and 32 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 Automatic Mic Mixing function offers quick and easy operation over multiple microphones for conferences, panel talks, and more.

At the heart of the SQ-7 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-7 offers 16 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, handy for virtual sound checks and studio mixing.

The SQ-7 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-7 includes a power cord.

  • Compact digital mixer for live, studio, and installation
  • 48 input channels
  • 32 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
  • 18 assignable local outputs (16 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
  • Eight assignable soft rotaries
  • Dedicated physical controls for channel processing (Gain, HPF Frequency, Gate Threshold, Compressor Threshold, Pan, EQ Gain/Frequency/Width)
  • 32+1 faders with 6 layers for 192 assignable channel strips
  • Motorized faders for sends on faders, GEQ fader flip, and mix recall
  • 32 backlit LCD channel-strip displays
  • Chromatic channel 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
  • Mix processing – PEQ, Graphic EQ, Compressor, Delay
  • Fully integrated Automatic Mic Mixing (AMM)
  • 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

Allen & Heath AH-SQ-7 Specs

Mixer
Number of Analog Input Channels
48
Mix Routing
8x Stereo FX Return
Groups
8x Mute Group
8x DCA Group
Display
7" Touchscreen
Display Resolution/Color
Main Display:
800 x 480 8-Bit RGB
Faders & Level Adjustment
x 3.9" / 100 mm Motorized
Meters
Main Meter:
2x 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)
Mic/Line:
-5 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
Gate:
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
1x HF Shelf:
±15 dB at 20 Hz to 20 kHz (Shelf or Bell Selectable)
2x MF Notch/Peak:
±15 dB at 20 Hz to 20 kHz
1x 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
Built-In Effects
Reverb
Stereo Delay (Tap)
Reverb (Gated)
ADT
2x Chorus
Flanger
Phaser
Real Time Analyzer
31-Band 1/3 Octave, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Audio Delay
Adjustable Up to 682 ms
Automatic Mic Mixing
Yes
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:
24-Bit
Stereo Playback:
16 / 24-Bit
Multitrack Playback, Multitrack Record:
24-Bit
Latency
< 0.7 ms (Mic Input to Main Output)
Performance
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 (2901653169)
+22 dBu (2901653168)
Analog Dynamic Range
112 dB
I/O Impedance
1/4", XLR Output:
< 75 Ohms
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)
Connectivity
Analog Inputs
1x XLR Talkback Input
32x XLR Balanced Mic/Line Input
4x 1/4" TRS Balanced Aux Input (2 Stereo Pairs, Half-Normalled)
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Unbalanced Aux Input
Analog Outputs
16x XLR Balanced Output
2x 1/4" TRS Balanced Output
Phantom Power
+48 V
Digital I/O
1x RJ45 (Network)
1x XLR AES3 Output
1x etherCON (I/O)
USB I/O
1x USB-A (External Memory)
1x USB-B 2.0 (Audio Streaming)
Expansion Ports
1x I/O Card
Recording
Max Multitrack Recording
16 Tracks
File Format Support
WAV
Power
AC Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Consumption
110 W (Maximum)
Physical
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions
31.7 x 20.3 x 7.8" / 805 x 516 x 198 mm
Weight
39.3 lb / 17.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
48.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
38.25 x 27.3 x 14"

Allen & Heath AH-SQ-7 Reviews

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How many channels are available for multi-track ...

How many channels are available for multi-track recording via the USB interface?
Asked by: Dwight
The Allen &amp; Heath SQ-7 Digital Mixer has a built-in 32 x 32 USB audio interface. Only USB channels that have been patched to will be recorded when using the SQ-Drive multitrack recording feature. You can find instructions for multitrack recording on page 97 in the user manual: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/lit_files/774223.pdf
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2023-05-29

What's the max quantity of monitor auxs that I ...

What's the max quantity of monitor auxs that I can use? Expander included
Asked by: Jair
The Allen &amp; Heath SQ-7 48-Channel / 36-Bus Digital Mixer with 32+1 Motorized Faders features 12 aux outputs for monitors and can be set for mono or stereo audio. If needed, the mixer's FX send outputs can also be used as additional aux outputs for monitors.
Answered by: Elliot
Date published: 2024-05-23

Does the SQ-7 come with the dust cover included? ...

Does the SQ-7 come with the dust cover included? or does it need to be purchased separately?
Asked by: Jason
The SQ-7 does not include a dust cover. The dust cover is available separately as BH #ALAP11334
Answered by: David M
Date published: 2024-01-03
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