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Allen + Heath adds to iLive MixRack range

Allen & Heath will show the iDR-64 large format fixed I/O MixRack - the latest addition to the successful iLive family - at InfoComm (Las Vegas) and the ABTT Theatre Show (London) next month.

The iDR-64 large format fixed I/O MixRack offers high I/O capacity and a lower-cost alternative to the iDR10 MixRack. The new iDR-64 comprises 64 mic/line inputs and 32 XLR outputs in a 9U frame, and features the iLive 64×32 RackExtra DSP mix engine, providing full processing (dynamics, EQ and delay) for all 64 channels and 32 mixes.

The RackFX DSP framework provides eight stereo processors capable of high quality FX emulation of industry classics. Each Rack has flexible I/O routing with EQ and Dynamik FXShaper on every dedicated return.

Using standard Ethernet, the iDR-64 can be controlled with one of the iLive Control Surfaces, ranging from the rackmount iLive-R72 to the iLive-176. Allen & Heath’s proprietary ACE (Audio Control Ethernet) link is provided to link the rack to a control surface, allowing cost-effective long distance point-to-point control and audio communication over a single CAT5 cable up to 120m in length.

Other features include a built-in network switch and MIDI ports for remote control purposes, along with a Port B option slot for further networking possibilities via interface plug-in cards.

With the addition of the iDR-64, the iLive Series now includes a total of 6 MixRack and 7 Control Surface variants, which can be mixed and matched in any combination, and share the same firmware.

To coincide with the iDR-64, iLive Firmware and Editor software version 1.7 is also being released, supporting the iDR-64 MixRack as well as the new Dante and RockNet audio networking cards, which join the ACE, EtherSound, MADI and MMO options currently available. The software will also provide support for an iPhone app and offer several other enhancements, including pre-amp safes, side chain source selection and PL remote control of an engineer’s monitor channels.

Allen & Heath MD Glenn Rogers commented: “The iDR-64 fills the gap between the iDR-48 fixed I/O MixRack and the flagship modular iDR10 MixRack, offering a high I/O capacity at an attractive price. Not only does the iDR-64 provide a great solution for larger, more demanding events, it would also be an ideal partner to a second iLive MixRack using the Dual-Rack function to expand to up to 128 channels.”

The iDR-64 will be unveiled at InfoComm, Las Vegas, from 9-11 June. Thereafter, it will be exhibited at the ABTT Theatre Show in London from 16-17 June.