This morning, Wednesday 10 June, Cornwall-based Allen & Heath has announced its latest digital mixer offering, dLive.
The “next-generation” digital mixing system features FPGA processing at the core, with an array of control, expansion and networking options, starting from a base price of $22,500/€20,000 (“small venue solution”) to $33,500/€30,000 (“large touring system”).
Like the iLive system launched 10 years ago, dLive has a distributed system design with separate MixRack and Surface. The dLive processing brain is housed in the MixRack, available in three sizes (DM32, DM48 and DM64), and there are three accompanying control surfaces (S3000, S5000 and S7000). All MixRacks and Surfaces are mix’n’match compatible, with common configuration, set-up and show files.
The 96k/96-bit XCVI Core (“designed from the ground up,” according to R&D director, Rob Clark) provides capacity for 128 inputs with full processing and 16 dedicated stereo FX returns, offering 160 inputs to mix, plus a fully configurable 64 mix-bus architecture, with full processing on all 64 mix channels. dLive incorporates the DEEP processing portfolio of embedded plugins, including graphic EQs, compressors, multiband compressors and dynamic EQs, alongside its 16 slot FX racks, featuring Allen & Heath's proprietary FX emulations.
When asked to highlight three key advantages of the new system over iLive, senior product manager Nicola Beretta suggested:
- It’s twice the speed and power (of iLive Mach2): “We doubled the input count, busses, FX racks, sample rate, and number of screens.”
- The networkability: “Now up to five I/O Ports, 128-channels at 96kHz each, independently assigned, for all major networking protocols including Dante, MADI, Waves SG.”
- It’s built for the road: “Rock-solid construction, daylight visibility, dual redundant hot swappable PSUs common across the range, and dual redundancy on every audio connection.”
"It really is the ultimate mixing system, with all the processing tools and power that the most demanding engineers would expect, and the flexibility and networkability to cater for any application," says Beretta. "This is coupled with an extremely intuitive user interface and what we believe is the fastest workflow in the industry. dLive is equally at home in fixed installations, such as a HOW or theatre, as it is at festivals and out touring."
dLive will ship in September and will not “intentionally” replace iLive: price-wise, it sits “between fixed format and modular iLive systems”, according to Beretta.
dLive has been in development for two years, some time before the company became part of the recently dubbed ‘Audiotonix’ group alongside fellow console makers (and FPGA enthusiasts) DiGiCo and Calrec.
The main image shows a dLive S7000 Control Surface with DM64 MixRack.