With the iLive digital mixing console series, Allen & Heath has fully entered the pro-grade digital live console arena. The systems are comprised of two parts: the tactile mixer/control surface and the I/O and processor, which A&H refers to as the MixRack; the two are joined together by a Cat-5 Ethernet cable.
The iLive Series is comprehensive in size and scope. A&H provided the iLive T112 control surface (28 faders/four layers/112 total strips) and the iDR 48 MixRack (48 in/24 out, eight rack spaces) for this review ($21,999 as configured).
The T112 control surface is approximately 42 inches wide, 25 inches deep and 11 inches tall, weighing in at a modest 60 lbs. The MixRack can be located at the console in a monitor application, or located on stage.
Accessing the iLive’s parameters is simple. The 4-band, fully parametric EQ is fantastic. The upper control channel area also hosts a very nice gate section, with threshold, release and side chain with internal frequency bandwidth. Additionally, this section has an excellent compressor circuit.
The iLive really excels as a monitor desk; with a total of 24 master outputs, you can have any combination of wedges, ears, effects and full upper control section assignment to any input or output. We’ve had several national acts through our in-house casino gig, and in particular, we employed the iLive successfully as a monitor-only desk for two well-known and respected country acts.
I find that the Allen & Heath iLive system is capable of holding its own in an increasingly populated field of far more expensive (and complicated) consoles. It offers superb sound quality, a highly intuitive and easily accessible menu system, and the capability to be used anywhere ranging from the simplest to the most complex levels of audio competency.
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