Allen & Heath Strengthens dLive Digital Mixing System With New Controllers and Audio Networking Cards

July 28 2016, 03:10
As anticipated at the InfoComm 2016 show, Allen & Heath has introduced several key additions to its flagship dLive digital mixing system, with the launch of the IP6 and IP8 fully-configurable and networkable remote controllers, and the Waves V3 and gigaACE audio networking cards. With a consistent flow of new product announcements, new options and upgrades, the British  professional audio company is steadily gaining market share on a global level.

Clearly benefiting from the joint R&D efforts promoted under the Audiotonix ( company alliance, promoted by Electra Partners, together with DiGiCo, Calrec and DiGiGrid/Waves, Allen & Heath has successfully implemented an ambitious expansion of its digital technology which enables a solid foundation for its latest-generation of mixing consoles and personal mixing systems for live, studio and installation applications, of which the dLive series is currently the brand’s flagship.

The IP6 and IP8 are next generation remote controllers for the dLive series, widening the system’s flexibility in installations and live sound. These compact controllers interface with the dLive mixing system via standard TCP/IP connections and can be networked with other controllers, computers and third party devices using a standard Ethernet infrastructure. The IP6 provides 6 push ‘n turn rotary encoders and color LCD displays, 19 programmable soft keys, and mic stand mounting options. The IP8 provides 8 motorized faders and color LCD displays, and 23 programmable soft keys. Both can be configured with up to 6 layers for access to a large number of channels. They support PoE / PoE+ respectively, which gives installers and users the convenience of a single CAT5 cable for control and power.

“The IP controllers bring even more diverse control options to the dLive family, and are ideal for applications such as personal monitoring, or in installations requiring limited control for day-to-day operators,” says Allen & Heath product manager, Nicola Beretta. “These flexible little units can operate as a standalone controller in conjunction with a dLive MixRack, and work well alongside the dLive Director software.”

Also new is the Waves V3 audio networking card, which takes full advantage of the dLive I/O Port architecture, providing a 128x128 channel, 48/96kHz interface to the Waves SoundGrid platform. Alongside plugin processing and audio distribution, it offers a super convenient way of recording 128 tracks of 96kHz audio to a Windows or Mac computer, over a single CAT cable.
The new gigaACE card provides a 128x128 channel 96kHz point-to-point redundant link to another dLive mixing system. With no PC required, it is a truly plug ‘n play solution for digital split applications, that is also cost-effective and has ultra-low latency.
“With the introduction of these new networkable control options, I believe dLive is positioned firmly at the cutting edge of digital mixing technology,” says Allen & Heath’s R&D Director, Rob Clark. “The team put great effort into supporting our rapidly growing community of dLive users.”
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