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Allen & Heath SQ-5
allen-heath.com
Faders: 17
Mix Inputs: 56 (48 plus 8 stereo FX returns) with full 96 kHz processing
Aux/Group: 12 stereo mix (aux or group) + main
Matrix: 3 | FX: 8
DCA: 8 | Mains: LR
App: SQ MixPad for macOS / PC / iOS / Android. SQ4You for iOS and Android
Screen: 7-in capacitive touch screen
Local I/O: 16 XLR inputs, 2 stereo TRS inputs, 12 XLR outputs, 2 TRS out, stereo AES out
Stage Boxes: GX4816, DX012, DX32, DX168, DT168 Dante, DX164-W, DT164-W Dante, DX Hub, AR2412, AB168, AR84.
Physical: 17.3 x 20.3 x 7.8 inches (W X D X H), 23.1 pounds
Additional Models: SQ-6, SQ-7


Behringer X32 Compact
behringer.com
Faders: 17
Mix Inputs: 40
Aux/Group: 16
Matrix: 6 | FX: Virtual FX rack | DCA: 8 Mains: LCR
App: X32 Edit for PC or Mac, X32 Mix for iPad, X32 Q personal monitor mix for iPhone and Android
Screen: 7-in color TFT
Local I/O: 16 XLR inputs, 8 XLR outputs, 6 line in/outputs, AES out
Stage Boxes: S16, S32, SD16 and SD8
Also: P-16 personal monitoring system connectivity; 32 x 32 USB interface; DAW remote control
Expansion Slot: 1, pre-installed X-USB card, optional USB/Firewire, MADI, Dante and ADAT | Physical: 8.5 x 20 x 24.6 inches (H x W x D), 34 pounds
Additional Models: X32, X32 Producer, X32 Rack


Yamaha CL5
yamahaproaudio.com
Faders: 16 + 8 + 8 + 2
Mix Inputs: 72 mono + 8 stereo
Aux/Group: 24
Matrix: 8 matrices (input to matrix supported)
FX: 8 racks, 54 programs
DCA: 16
Mains: LR/M
App: CL StageMix (iPad), MonitorMix
Screen: 10-inch touch panel
Local I/O: 8 XLR inputs, 8 XLR outputs, Dante I/O, 1 AES out
Stage Boxes: Rio3224-D, Rio1608-D, RSio64-D and RMio64-D I/O racks; Ri8-D input rack and Ro8-D output rack
Physical: 41.5 x 26.2 x 11.8 inches (W X D X H), 63.9 pounds
Additional Models: CL1, CL3


Avid S3L-X
avid.com
Faders: 16
Mix Inputs: 64
Aux/Group: 24
Matrix: 8
FX: 40 stereo plug-in slots
DCA: 8
Mains: LCR/mono
Screen: XGA monitor
Local I/O: 2 XLR + 2 TRS, 2 XLR + 2 TRS, plus 4 x 4 x 4 XLR I/O on 2RU E3 engine
Stage Boxes: VENUE 4RU Stage 16 (16 x 8 + 4D)
Also: 64 x 64 Gigabit AVB to Pro Tools; 2-track USB playback/record
Physical: S3 control surface is 28 x 15 x 3 inches (H x W x D), 14 pounds; E3 engine is 2RU x 15 inches, 21 pounds; Stage 16 I/O is 4RU x 8 inches, 16 pounds

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