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Allen & Heath extend the iLive mixing range with a compact solution

Originally launched at Winter NAMM Show 2010, Anaheim, the iDR-16 3U MixRack and iLive-R72 rackmountable Control Surface will make their European show debut at the stand of Allen & Heath at the prolight+sound 2010 in Frankfurt, Germany.. Together, the new additions to the iLive mixing range provide a space saving, lightweight digital live mixing system, bringing the same power, sonic performance and flexibility of the larger touring iLive systems to a significantly lower price point.
With these additions, the iLive Series now includes a total of six Surface and five MixRack variants, which can be mixed and matched in any combination, and share the same firmware, so that show files are transferable between systems via a USB key. The iDR-16 MixRack and iLive-R72 Control Surface connect using Allen & Heath’s proprietary ACE (Audio Control Ethernet) link, which allows cost effective long distance point to point control and audio communication over a single CAT5 cable up to 120m in length.
The fixed I/O iDR-16 MixRack provides 16 mic/line inputs and eight XLR outputs in a compact 3U frame, with a further 8in/8out available locally at the iLive-R72 surface. All MixRacks, including the iDR-16, feature the same 64x32 RackExtra DSP mix engine, providing processing for 64 channels, 32 mixes, and eight stereo effects processors. The latest dualcore DSP technology handles all the effects and mixing along with the full dynamics, equalizer and delay for all inputs and outputs simultaneously.
The Port B option slot allows further audio networking possibilities, for example digital mic splitting and multi-track recording, with ACE, EtherSound, MADI, ADAT and Aviom interfaces available, while a built-in network switch and MIDI ports at each end allow remote control using laptops, touch tablets and MIDI devices. The iDR-16 is also compatible with the Allen & Heath PL Series remote controllers and iLive Editor software, a user-friendly JAVA-based program that enables both offline set up and online real time operation of the system with or without a Control Surface connected.
The compact iLive-R72 surface can be fitted in a universal 19” rack, and features a similar iLive fader strip layout with 12 faders in two banks and six layers, providing a total of 72 colour assignable channel ID control strips. A built-in touch screen provides swift access to the processing, memories and system configuration.
“This latest incarnation of the iLive digital series is truly a breakthrough. We’ve packaged the same iLive technology in an ultra compact rackmount solution,” explains Allen & Heath’s MD, Glenn Rogers. “It’s incredible to think that you can easily walk into a gig with the system under your arms and your settings on a USB key in your pocket, and run a 64 into 32 mix with full processing from a small rack mountable surface at FOH, with the mixer on stage!” 
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