London (December 22, 2006)–Allen & Heath has orders going “into the hundreds” for its new iLive digital mixing system, shipping of which is finally set to begin early in the new year, Pro Sound News Europe‘s David Davies has learned.
“It’s been shipping to our distributors for a couple of months now, but these systems are only for demonstrating to their customers,” explained A&H’s Debbie Maxted. “When the software is at its ‘first ship’ status, we’ll be able to send the software to update their systems and ship to any customer. That’s not far away–January, probably.”
The system–which was recently used to manage the audio for two musical events in aid of BBC Children In Need at The Eden Project, located not much more than a stone’s throw away from the company’s base in Penryn, Cornwall–was originally previewed at PLASA 2005, and it seems that ironing out software glitches is the main reason for the subsequent ‘intermission.’
“As ever, and in common with several other manufacturers, it’s finishing the software which has taken longer than we would have wished,” admitted Maxted. “We have to make sure that it’s really solid before it’s on general release, so we believe it’s been worth the extra wait.” Imminent installations in Indonesia, the U.S. and the UK–along with strong initial feedback from distributors–mean that confidence is at a high in the Allen & Heath camp. Ultimately, of course, it comes down to the numbers in the book, of which Maxted noted: “We’ve got orders outstanding from all our major territories and they all have customers waiting–it goes into the hundreds.”
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