lower cost iDR-64 for iLive
Allen & Heath is now producing the iDR-64 larger format fixed I/O MixRack for use with the iLive digital console range, reportedly providing high I/O capacity and a lower cost alternative to the flagship modular iDR10 MixRack
Comprising 64 mic / line inputs and 32 XLR outputs in a 9U frame, the iDR-64 features the iLive 64x32 RackExtra DSP mix engine, providing full processing for all 64 channels and 32 mixes. The RackFX DSP framework comes with eight stereo processors capable of FX emulation, for which each rack has flexible I/O routing with EQ and Dynamik FXShaper on every dedicated return.
With the addition of the iDR-64, the iLive Series now includes a total of six MixRack and seven Control Surface variants sharing the same firmware, allowing shows to be transferred between systems via a USB key. 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. The manufacturer’s proprietary Audio Control Ethernet (ACE) links the rack to a control surface, providing long distance point to point control and audio communication over a single CAT5 cable up to 120m in length. The iDR-64 also has a built-in network switch and MIDI ports allowing remote control using laptops, touch tablets, MIDI devices and connection for Allen & Heath’s PL Series of controllers.
Also new is the iLive Editor software, a Java-based program that enables both offline set up and online real time operation of the system with or without a Surface connected. There is also a Port B option slot for further audio networking possibilities, such as system expansion, digital mic splitting and multi-track recording, via plug-in cards for various interfaces, including EtherSound, MADI, ADAT and Aviom.
Finally, following close on the heels of v1.6, iLive Firmware and Editor software version 1.7 has been released, supporting the iDR-64 MixRack, in addition to the new Dante and Rocknet audio networking cards, thus joining the ACE, EtherSound, MADI and MMO options currently available.
Version 1.7 offers pre-amp safes, side chain source selection, PL remote control of engineer’s monitor channels and improvements to PEQ control, including a 20-20kHz frequency range option and HPF response curve overlay on the PEQ graph. The software will also provide support for an iPhone app.
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