Streaming tips for Qu & SQ

with Keith Johnson

Live streaming is a great way to reach a wider audience, or connect with an audience who can't get to your venue or house of worship all the time.

It can be a brand new concept to even the most experienced engineer however, so I've put together a series of methods using the built-in USB audio interface on your SQ or Qu that should set you on the path to the perfect sound for your stream.

I hope this is helpful but if you need more details or have any problems - please contact us at support.allen-heath.com 

5 methods of streaming with SQ

 

So you’ve got everything set up and working for your main mix - it all sounds great and now you want to share it with the world.

You could just send out your LR mix via the built-in USB-B audio interface:

  1. Patch the main LR to USB output sockets 1&2
  2. Connect and select SQ 1&2 as the stereo input device in your streaming app or platform.
  3. Done!

But what if you’re also running a PA system? How do you ensure the best experience for your viewers and listeners? Maybe you’ve got the luxury of a second engineer!?

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Firstly, make sure everything's up-to-date by grabbing the latest firmware and new Windows driver HERE, then...

Here are 5 ways to get great audio for your stream using an SQ:

1. Use a Matrix

This is the simplest way to add a streaming output to an existing setup. If you’re concentrating on the mix in the room and there’s only one engineer, this could be the one for you.

2. Single operator – post fade mix

By making use of a spare stereo mix, you can create a stream mix that ‘follows’ the main mix but which allows different levels, panning and assignments of channels.

3. Dual operator – pre fade mix (app)

With the SQ-MixPad or SQ4You apps, a second ‘streaming’ engineer can take control of the stream mix wirelessly, meaning the main engineer can concentrate on the main LR mix.

By using a pre-fade mix, levels are completely independent too.

4. Dual operator – computer/DAW mix

If all your mixes are already in use, but you want control over separate levels in the stream mix then you can use the multichannel USB-B audio interface to send channels individually to a DAW for mixing before sending on to your stream.

It is possible to send unprocessed signals to the DAW using Tie Lines too, but the method described here means you don’t have to recreate all the gating, EQ’ing and compression you’ve already set up for each input.

5. Dual operator – dual console

This is the optimum method for mixing audio for your stream, with a dedicated second console providing fully independent processing and control.

Each individual source is connected as normal, then once converted to digital, the separate signals are routed straight through the main console and onto the streaming console. This is a type of ‘digital split’ which is very easy to achieve using the Tie Lines feature with SQ’s SLink port and I/O Port.

In this example, an SLink option card is used to connect to a Qu as the streaming console. A very similar method could be used with a second SQ however, and other option cards including Dante could be fitted instead to expand the connection possibilities even further.

4 methods of streaming with Qu

 

So you’ve got everything set up and working for your main mix - it all sounds great and now you want to share it with the world.

You could just send them your LR mix via the built-in USB-B audio interface:

  1. Patch the main LR to USB Audio channels 1&2 (macOS, iOS, tablet or smartphone) or 17&18 (Windows).
  2. Connect and select the Qu as the stereo input device in your streaming app or platform.
  3. Done!

But what if you’re also running a PA system? How do you ensure the best experience for your viewers or listeners? Perhaps you’ve got the luxury of a second engineer!?

qu-crop

Firstly, make sure everything's up-to-date by grabbing the latest firmware and new Windows driver HERE, then...

Here are 4 ways to get great audio for your stream using a Qu:

1. Use a Matrix (Qu-24, Qu-32, Qu-Pac or Qu-SB)

This is the simplest way to add a streaming output to an existing setup. If you’re concentrating on the mix in the room and there’s only one engineer, this could be the one for you.

2. Single operator – post fade mix

By making use of a spare stereo mix, you can create a stream mix that ‘follows’ the main mix but which allows different levels, panning and assignments of channels.

3. Dual operator – pre fade mix (app)

With the Qu-Pad, Qu-You or Qu-Control apps, a second ‘streaming’ engineer can take control of the stream mix wirelessly, meaning the main engineer can concentrate on the main LR mix.

By using a pre-fade mix, levels are completely independent too.

4. Dual operator – computer/DAW mix

If all your mixes are already in use, but you want control over separate levels in the stream mix then you can use the multichannel USB-B audio interface to send channels individually to a DAW for mixing before sending on to your stream.

It is possible to send unprocessed signals to the DAW, but the method described here means you don’t have to rebuild all the gating, EQ’ing and compression you’ve already set up.