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Allen & Heath will enter the digital mixer domain at the 119th AES Convention with the launch of the iLive digital mixing console system. Developed for live sound applications, iLive's '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 the connection of multi-tracks 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 for the future.

There are three iLive control surfaces -- the iLive-112, iLive-144, and the iLive-176 -- 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 display 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 touch screen presents a graphical view of the processing and access to the automation and set up screens. Audio at the surface is handled by 8-channel analog or digital I/O cards for up to 16 inputs/outputs.

Road testing of the new Allen & Heath iLive system will commence in autumn 2005, with availability early 2006.

Pricing: TBA

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