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Allen & Heath iLive-80

Allen & Heath has introduced a fourth control surface to the iLive digital mixing console system: The new iLive-80 is designed for smaller applications such as theaters, churches and touring bands. Providing 80 control strips grouped in two sections, each with four banks, there is an LCD with multicolor backlight above each fader for labeling and color-coding channel information.

The channel controls for preamp, filter and EQ are laid out across the top of the surface on rotary controls with LED indicators, while a color LCD touchscreen presents a graphical view of the processing and access to gates, compressors, limiter/de-essers, graphic EQs and effects, as well as the automation and setup screens. Audio at the surface is available on four slots accommodating the 8-channel audio interface cards.

The heart of the mixing system is the iDR-10 stand-alone stage rack, which has 10 slots for 8-channel audio interface cards (analog and digital). The iDR-64 DSP module is part of this rack, processing 64 channels into 32 mixes, which can be assigned as auxes, groups, matrix and main outputs. The iDR-64 is controlled via an Ethernet network and can be connected to a variety of controllers.

The iLive-80 surface will be available from July 2007, approximate SRP £15,000 (ex VAT) with the iDR-10 stage rack.

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