Allen & Heath will enter the digital mixer domain at the 119th AES Convention (booth #237) with the launch of the iLive digital mixing console system. Developed for live sound applications, iLive's ground-up design features an extremely flexible architecture with large-scale audio distribution and control. iLive is designed to bring an analog feel to digital mixing.
The heart of the system is the iDR-64, a 19-inch rackmounting 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 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 the connection of multitracks and other EtherSound-equipped devices. All channels and mix masters have EQ, dynamics and delay processing, with onboard FX and an option for a built-in 32-channel speaker processor. Branded plug-ins are being developed for the future.
There are three iLive control surfaces—the iLive-112, iLive-144 and the iLive-176—which have been designed to reflect the feel of an analog console. The faders are motorized and 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. Audio at the surface is handled by 8-channel analog or digital I/O cards, for up to 16 inputs/outputs.
Allen & Heath's managing director, Glenn Rogers, comments, "The brief I gave the R&D team was to create a system that bridges the gap between analog and digital audio. iLive is the culmination of Allen & Heath's 35 years in analog mixing, combined with almost a decade's experience of digital design for the installation market. We've dedicated 50 years of R&D time to arrive at an affordable digital console range that's expandable, flexible and simple to navigate."
Allen & Heath iLive system will be available for testing in early 2006. Pricing is TBA. For more information, please go to www.allen-heath.com. For more new sound reinforcement product announcements, visit mixonline.com/livesound/products.