NAMM 2008: Allen & Heath iLive System Extended
Allen & Heath has added iDR0, a new processing unit, to its iLive digital mixing system, and has announced the release of V1.2, the new version of iLive system software.
The iDR0 is a 2U rack unit that provides all the processing features of the iLive system for networked audio systems. Instead of slots for I/O modules, the iDR0 offers two EtherSound ports, which provide all the audio inputs and outputs of the system. It provides a cost effective and compact solution to users who wish to mix common sources for different applications such as FOH and Monitor, or need an additional mix for broadcast or recording that allows full processing and mix capability with the source material.
The iDR0 unit is modular and uses the same processing PCBs as the iDR10, the ‘mix rack’ which provides I/O and all processing and mixing functions with the current iLive system. Processing for 64 inputs, with full dynamics and EQ, into 32 mixes with dynamics, EQ and graphic EQ is provided, and can be controlled by any of the iLive surfaces over Ethernet. Provision is also made for the back-up power supply unit, iPS10, if required.
iDR0 includes the new ‘iDR-64 Mix Engine Rack Extra’ PCB, which provides the digital signal processing capability for the rack, offering 8 effects engines, which can run system effects or can be inserted into input or mix channels. The iDR-64 Mix Engine Rack Extra module is also available as an upgrade to existing iLive systems.
Allen & Heath’s new iLive V1.2 software, which is pre-installed in the iDR0 unit, has also been released. This new version provides many new tools for the user, including a range of new FX, such as delays, reverbs, ADT Doubler, Flanger - which emulates old classic flangers - and Chorus. Also included in the new software suite is a 4-band parametric EQ on FX returns, the option to insert an FX engine into a channel as if it were an external device (‘plug-in style’), and a patchbay extension making external inputs available for matrices, groups, aux and mains. A full list of all the additional features is available on the iLive website, where the new software is available as a free download.