Allen & Heath SQ5

48-channel digital mixer

  • 19" rack mountable
  • With 96 kHz FPGA processing
  • 17 faders / 6 layers
  • 12x stereo mixes (perfect for in-ear monitoring setups) + LR
  • 3x stereo matrix
  • 8x Internal stereo FX engines with stereo returns
  • DEEP processing enables the integration of plug-ins directly into the mixer inputs and mix channels
  • 7" Touch screen
  • SLink port for remote audio networking
  • 64ch I/O port for audio networking
  • 32 x 32 USB audio interface
  • SQ-Drive direct recording to USB
  • AES output
  • Chromatic channel metering
  • Integrated LED illumination per fader
  • Dedicated physical controls
  • 8 assignable SoftKeys
  • Channel LCD displays
  • Compatible with the ME 1 and ME-500, as well as Dante or Waves audio networking cards
  • Dimensions: 440 x 514.9 x 198 mm
  • Weight: 10.5 kg
  • Corresponding rack mounts: Article Nr 430446 (not included, must be ordered separately)
  • Corresponding dust cover: Article Nr 433046 (not included, must be ordered separately)

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Love it :-)
Thomas-FOH, 30.09.2019
I've already been mixing shows on larger D-Live and also the SQ6 & 7 at festivals in the last years. The compact SQ5 is equally good. With proper configuration I don't miss the extra soft-buttons and encoders of the larger consoles. For now, there is still a lot of display info missing anyway on the Soft Rotary displays.
The DEEP plug-in purchases do add another big cost to the desk, but the quality, especially compressors, is amazing. My Waves plug-ins now remain in the studio. I use an AR2412 stagebox with this as the complete package needs to remain compact. It always sounded good with the GLD, and even better with the SQ series.
The screen and strips are readable in daylight.
Another factor for the decision was that A&H support is excellent.
Bad points:
-I dislike the very limited 6 characters available for naming the channels. Even the X32 was much better here.
-When transferring Showfiles & Scenes on a laptop, they do not contain the file-names that are visible on the console display itself, so it's a lot of guesswork when transferring from offline editor. So much easier with Yamaha or M32 scenes.
-Additional DEEP-packs too expensive.
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Stunning mixer
AliC, 19.03.2019
Very easy to use and great sound. I used it with the ME system with great result. The maximum 12 stereo Aux provided makes this console becomes a great tool for rehearsal which all my band members appraised a lot. Some people might decide on whether to get a QU or SQ, I think the budget paid definitely worth every penny.

The only cons I would say is that the patching of ME500 needs a bit of trial and error since the interface itself in the SQ is not very clear in terms of which channel is patched for stereo and which is for mono. The correct sequence of patching also matters in order to get absolute correct result. It takes some time to figure out what happened.
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Best on the market at this price-point
Milky P, 26.03.2020
I'm a professional Live Audio Engineer working with #1 Artists, Globally.
I usually use the D-Live for big shows but we needed something smaller for Promo & Acoustic Tours. So, we decided to get this,
The I/O, usability, versatility and sound are incredible. Clean, musical and quiet preamps and fantastic. The Processing is the same thats in the D-Lives so no change there.
Its just great - Buy over any other small format desk and you wont be dissapointed.
Very good.
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Noise boi, 09.08.2018
Great mixer for live and studio use. so good i bought another one!
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