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The iDR-64 mix engine with an iLive-144 control surface

Allen & Heath (booth #237) will debut its iLive digital mixing console system, whose “ground-up” design features a flexible architecture with large-scale audio distribution and control.


The heart of the system is the iDR-64, a 19-inch rack-mounting modular mix engine providing 64 channels into 32 mixes, which can be assigned as auxes, groups, matrix and main outputs. The iDR-64 is a stand-alone mixer comprising the 8-channel audio interface cards, DSP processing and communication ports. The unit is controlled via an Ethernet network and can be connected to a variety of controllers, including the new range of iLive control surfaces, Allen & Heath’s PL range of remote units, third-party devices or a laptop/PC.

Two EtherSound ports are provided for low-latency remote audio distribution, connection of an additional unit to expand the system to 128 channels, FOH/monitor signal splitting and connecting multitracks and other EtherSound-equipped devices. All channels and mix masters have EQ, dynamics and delay processing—with on-board FX—and an option for a built-in 32-channel speaker processor. Branded plug-ins are being developed.

There are three iLive control surfaces: the iLive-112, iLive-144 and iLive-176. The motorized faders are grouped in three sections, each with four banks, giving up to 176 control strips on the largest size surface. There is a multicolor backlit LCD above each fader for labeling and color-coding channel information. The channel controls for preamp, filter, gate, EQ, compressor and limiter/de-esser are laid out across the top of the surface on rotary controls with LED indicators, while a color LCD touchscreen provides a graphical view of the processing and access to the automation and setup screens. Audio at the surface is handled by 8-channel analog or digital I/O cards for up to 16 I/Os.

Road-testing of the new Allen & Heath iLive system will commence in fall 2005, with availability in early 2006. Price: TBA.

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