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ISE 2020: Allen & Heath reveals AHM-64 audio matrix processor

The new system is designed for scalable installation applications

Allen & Heath has launched its new AHM-64 at ISE 2020, a new 64×64 audio matrix processor supported by a comprehensive ecosystem of scalable I/O, control and Dante solutions.

Aimed predominantly at corporate, retail, leisure and education environments, the AHM-64 is designed to enable integrators to quickly create systems that build from a single boardroom to a complete campus.

“We asked integrators and consultants what they looked for in a next-generation matrix processor. Scalable I/O and remote control, rapid setup and Dante integration topped the wish list,” said managing director, Rob Clark. “AHM-64 ticks all the boxes, and being built around a 96kHz FPGA engine, it delivers exceptional audio quality and low latency.”

The AHM-64 has 12 local inputs and 12 outputs, plus an SLink expansion port allowing plug ‘n play connection to up to eight remote expanders from Allen & Heath’s Everything I/O family. An I/O port enables a 96kHz, 64×64 Dante option card to be added for connection to equipment on a Dante network, including the wall-mount DT164-W and portable DT168 Dante expanders.

A wide range of ready-made remote-control options supports the AHM-64, including a family of PoE remote controllers and the BYOD-friendly Custom Control app, enabling tailored user interfaces for multiple user and device types.

AHM System Manager software and AHM-64’s flexible architecture allow rapid configuration, with no certified programming training required. AHM-64 strikes a balance between the simplicity and set latency of fixed architecture, and the flexibility normally reserved for open architecture platforms, allowing it to handle sound management, paging, audio distribution, conferencing and speaker processing roles.

“We targeted the sweet spot between the simplicity of fixed architecture systems and the flexibility normally reserved for open platforms,” commented head of product, Nic Beretta. “With AHM-64, integrators can maximise their revenues by creating the ideal system more quickly – you don’t need certified training to get great results.”