Agoura Hills, CA (January 11, 2010)–Allen & Heath has added two new models to the iLive digital mixing series: the iDR-16 3U MixRack and iLive-R72 rackmountable Control Surface.
The units are designed to meld together into a space saving, lightweight digital live mixing system. Sonic performance is said to match the larger touring iLive systems, with the same feature range and flexibility, at a significantly lower price point.
With these additions, the iLive Series now includes a total of six Surface and five MixRack variants, which can be mixed and matched in any combination, and share the same firmware, so that show files are transferable between systems via a USB key. The iDR-16 MixRack and iLive-R72 Control Surface connect using Allen & Heath’s proprietary ACE (Audio Control Ethernet) link, which allows long-distance, point-to-point control and audio communication over a single, ordinary Cat-5 cable up to 120m in length.
The fixed I/O iDR-16 MixRack provides 16 mic/line inputs and eight XLR outputs in a compact 3U frame, with a further 8-in/8-out available locally at the iLive-R72 surface. All MixRacks, including the new iDR-16, feature the same 64×32 RackExtra DSP mix engine, providing processing for 64 channels, 32 mixes and eight stereo FX processors. The latest dual-core DSP technology handles all the FX and mixing along with the full dynamics, EQ and delay for all inputs and outputs simultaneously.
The Port B option slot allows further audio networking possibilities, for example, digital mic splitting and multitrack recording, with ACE, EtherSound, MADI, ADAT and Aviom interfaces available, while a built-in network switch and MIDI ports at each end allow remote control using laptops, touch tablets and MIDI devices. The iDR-16 is also compatible with the Allen & Heath PL Series remote controllers and iLive Editor software, a JAVA-based program conceived to enable both offline setup and online, real-time, user-friendly operation of the system with or without a Surface connected.
The compact iLive-R72 surface can be fitted in a universal 19-inch rack, and features a similar iLive fader strip layout with 12 faders in two banks and six layers, providing a total of 72 color-assignable, channel ID control strips. A built-in touch screen provides swift access to the processing, memories and system configuration.
“This latest incarnation of the iLive digital series is truly a breakthrough,” explains Allen & Heath’s managing director, Glenn Rogers. “We’ve packaged the same iLive technology in an ultra-compact rackmount solution. It’s incredible to think that you can easily walk into a gig with the system under your arms and your settings on a USB key in your pocket, and run a 64-into-32 mix with full processing from a small, rackmountable surface at FOH, with the mixer on stage!”
The iDR-16 and iLive-R72 will be available in February 2010.
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