In a major ‘first’ for the manufacturer, Allen & Heath has announced that a range of DEEP processing plug-ins are now available as optional add-ons for its SQ Series.
The new options allow SQ users to choose from a suite of plug-ins ported directly from the company’s dLive mixing system, including premium compressors inspired by popular hardware units and a collection of powerful GEQs.
With SQ’s 96kHz XCVI core, based on FPGA technology, a preamp and compressor plug-in can be used on each of the 48 input channels, while a GEQ and compressor can be applied to each of the 16 mixes. DEEP plug-ins are built in to the console architecture and add no additional latency to the system, ensuring phase coherency across channels and mixes.
“One of the key reasons for dLive’s success has always been the quality of its onboard processing and now we’re bringing that direct to SQ,” said Nic Beretta, Allen & Heath’s head of product. “These new additions confirm SQ as the most powerful console in its class, and certainly one of the most customisable.
“As an SQ user, you can pick the combination of plug-ins that you want and really hone the desk to your applications. Whether you need a vintage compressor to bring a studio quality sound to a live vocal, or a precision GEQ to tune an audio system, you can now bring the power of dLive’s DEEP processing to your SQ.”
A Tube Stage Preamp plug-in (worth $149) is free to all SQ users, and additional plug-ins start at $59.