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  • #101424
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    When you want to go the traditional ribbon mic route I will suggest to order some pre pre amp like the cloudlifter or triton too. The reason is, when you want to use the microphone also on some softer signals you might become problems since the SQ preamps tends to create some noise when you use a gain close to the maximum.
    I am using occasionally some beyerdynamic M160 and also Audio Technica AT4081 but these models are producing more output, the AT even needs phantom power. And they are sounding a little bit more modern to me.
    If you want to have some ribbon microphones with a good price-performance ratio you might have also a look at the models of Nohype Audio. Maybe you want to give them a try.

    #101342
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    You can use the plugins like the 16T as a replacement of the compressor of any channel.
    Select the desired channel, go to the compressor page and press the Lib button. Then you can see a list of preconfigured compressor settings and also one entry callt 16T. Select it and press the recall button. Thats it.

    #101325
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    300 Ohm is nowadays a very high impedance for headphones. Usual values for impedances is now between 50 and 80 Ohm. But it will work fine with the SQ headphone output unless you want high volumn. In this case it would be recommended to use an extra headphone amp that can deal with higher impedance. I own an older AKG K240, from the seventies, and can use it as well, but the result is softer than with a modern headphone.
    You said „ I am playing the sound from a computer into the SQ5 via usb“. What kind of source is that what you want to play? If it is some kind of compressed audio like mp3, or similar, the result would be quite the same as when you use a inexpensive audio interface for DAC. Even CD Audio at 44.1 kHz has no benefit from the 96 kHz which is always used internally at the SQ. But becausethe SQ always work at 96 kHz also all DAC of the device will convert 96 kHz to analog.
    So,if you use high definition audio sources at 96 kHz and want to listen at not too high levels everything would be fine for you with the SQ.

    #101128
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    As I said before, take the X32 rack as a blue print (forget the difference like Sampling rate and internal processing architecure, nobody should care about that in a form factor discussion), find out the pro of that platform, good app support, remoting support, good basis for interoperability, and combine it with the pro of the SQ series. No one will expect a dLive like mixrack for the SQ series.
    Again, remove the physical controls of the surface part ofthe SQ, put the rest into a 19“ rack housing and extendthe SQ Mixpad app to let us control the whole mixer. That eould be a good starting point for a SQ-SB. The price might be between the half or two third of the SQ5, similar to QU-16 to QU-SB, or the QU-32 to QU-PAC.
    I do not think that the IP8 would be an option to control the mixer, since it price is too high to be used for the SQ series. Add a support of MCU to the SQ Mixpad ab and everything would be fine. You can try it out with David Schumann‘s MixingStation.

    #101097
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    I own an X32 Rack with the X-Dante Card. And even before I got the X-Touch it was more or less a swiss army knive for a lot of tasks related to sound engineering. I see these benefits at the X32 Rack.
    1) At least with the X32 Edit Application I can handle all aspects of the mixer without having physical contact to the mixer. But, because the network protocol is well known, there are other, 3rd party, applications to handle several tasks.
    2) The X32 allows me to use an extension card to use Dante, Waves, Madi and so on
    3) With the two AES50 Ports (similar to Slink, or at least dSnake) I am able to build more complex setups with several X32.
    4) since the remote capabilities are very good I can use several hardware controller to control the mixer.

    So, now I can use this X32 Rack as standalone mixer when the available space for a larger console is not provided, controlled by table/PC only or with some hardware controller like the X-Touch, as a stagebox for other mixers(with remote HA control if I want), as a fallback mixer, a simple audio interface for my home PC and many more.

    So a similar SQ format would not be a one trick pony when the concept of the X32 Rack is used as a blue print for the SQ Rack. I know, that “lending” ideas from other vendors might be sen as not appropriate but it may help to have more success on the market.

    So, this is my opinion to the form factor discussion here

    #100938
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    Hmm, I am used to use computer which meets my requirements and which are compatible to my used environment. I don‘t switch operating systems and hardware until I can use them in my environment. That means for me that a new platform, like the M1 from Apple, will be on hold until I can use them. Nobody forces me to use all the new fancy gadgets made by Apple at the moment they release them. Apple is best known for removing previous introduces API without respect for all the third party vendors of hard- and software. So these vendors have to adopt their products, or in the worst case re develop them, so that they can be used with the new hip and fancy apple gadget.
    So, tell me, who should be blamed for that situation? For me only Apple is responsible when there is a dead end scenario for their products. It is not possible that the whole music industry will jump immediately after Apple says „jump now“. But I am ok with that. Maybe in five years I will reevaluate the situation with this new gadgets whether they are then usefull or not. It is always no good idea to be an early adopter at all.

    #100922
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    @donstar do you really have 48 inputs? Keep in mind that the SQ series can handle 48 individual input sockets at once, stereo inputs are counting as two. So, if you need now 48 input channels, the you will run into a problem quickly, no matter whether you use analog or digital stageboxes. Maybe you need a solution with more possible inputs like an Avantis or dLive. Even if I do not like the Soundcraft Si mixer at all, they can handle more input channels than the SQs.

    #100904
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    There is always one with other needs. But the story of an audio network protocol is not finished to be written. at the moment Dante is the more versatile protocol with more supported devices compared to AVB/Milan. You cannot only connect mixers with Dante cards to computers, there are also a lot of sources and sinks available out there which do support Dante, Wireless microphones, simple line to Dante and Dante to line converters, Sound reinforcement systems with Dante, Stageboxes, Audio Interfaces …. just to name some categories. With AVB/Milan there is currently only a very small amount of devices available and most of them are incompatible. You say that Motu-AVB is supported by current Macs. But what if I am using Windows and want to use such devices using the network? so what will help you with your Mac would be a No Go for me and my Windows Computer?
    I am running Dante on several Mixers from different Vendors and am using also several computer in that Dante network, for several reasons. I also own some Motu devices with AVB Support but had always only a reasonable success when I am using USB to connect my computer with that devices. I have to confess that my newest Mac is running on Catalina. Furthermore there are also a lot of limitation when you will run AVB on your network. You have to use one of only a view AVB enabled switches and even then it is not guaranteed that these switches can be used with AVB devies from different vendors.
    One big advantage of Dante is that some big players, like Yamaha, committed their support for Dante. Until there is a similar Vendor which fully bet on AVB/Milan I see no big chance for that protocol. Frankly spoken, A&H is not one of the big player on the relevant market to do such a risky step, I am afraid.

    #100886
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    Another option for me would be when you can tap on the output socket or input channel and then you can see the current assigned patch.

    #100884
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    You can find such confirmation message of “patch steals” for instance on Yamaha consoles. I would add it but make it configurable, similar to other confirmations like loading a scene and stuff like that.

    #100796
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    hmm, and I thought that we are discussing here a technical devices and in the particular case the form factors of that devices. How silly can I be? This forum is primary for discussions of internas of some churches. What a misinterpretation of the nature of this forum by myself.

    #100750
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    That is not so simple as on the X/M32 platform. There you have on each console two AES50 ports (compareable to the SLink port on the SQ). So it is possible to use stageboxes and a connection to a second mixer out of the box. On the SQ you have to give up any other extension card, like Waves or Dante, to add a second SLink port. And the M32C is more ore less a simple DSP extension with almost no physical IO, which makes it inexpensive compared to the smalles SQ model at the moment, not to mention the smaller physical footprint of the M32C.

    #100744
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    In the standard configuration, when you initialze the console, you will see 40 mono and four stereo channels. When you change on the mixer configuration these four stereo channels to mono, you will have at last 48 mono channels, to which you can assign input sockets. That is the maximum of input channels as advertized. So, each configured stereo channel will „occupy“ to mono channel slots.

    #100734
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    With the M32 you will get 16 mono mixbusses to use them as fx mixbusses, subgroups or aux mixes. Usually four of that mixbusses areassigned to effects, reverbs or delays, so, if you want mor than the remaining 12 mixbusses for aux mixes you have to reduce the amount of fx busses. And if you then, later, want to use stereo IEM you willhave a problem with the M32. But there is an option to use a second M32, like the M32C, to extend the aux mixes in a more or less inexpensive way. This is something you cannot do with the SQ series, unfortunately.
    Some words about waranty. In my opinion the waranty should help customers to be save when there are some issues during the manufacturing or with some components of the device. These issues usually occur during the first months of usage or at the end of the lifetime of the device several years after purchase. So, for me it is ok when there is a one year waranty available.

    #100718
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    I will now come back to the initial topic of this thread. I personally see a market for a rackmount, stagebox like version of the SQ. There are some devices of that kind available out there which meets the possible target price point (round about 2000 €) but all of them are running at 48kHz. But even with that limitation they can be a good replacement for many audio interfaces. Higher channel count, a good mixing engine for monitoring with nice effects, both for channel processing and bus FX, and a good user interface in the most cases. In the last week I tried to find an audio interface with at least 24 possible inputs and some outputs for monitoring with a DSP for direct monitoring. Until now I am very disappointed about the result. Very limitatd DSB engines, e.g MOTU or RME, complicated way to extend the input channel count, and most of the time you have to use 48 kHz then, the user interface is not as easy to use (worst example ever is MOTU CueFX, never had contact with a more worse UI). And you have to spend more money for that.
    So, for me it would be a real advantage to have the SQ as a Stagebox, either without any IO, like the Midas M32C, or with the IO of an SQ6, or the full load with the IO, 48 inputs and 24 outputs combined with two SLink ports and at least one extension card slot.
    And in addition to that, it would be great to have an eight or 16 fader controller, with a full channel strip encoder bank which also can be used as a MCU.

    I think that would become a great option for studio work and a nice solution also for live situations.

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