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Allen & Heath has introduced two new modules to the iLive
digital mixing series to further extend the flexibility and interfacing capabilities of the range. Here's all the information that they have sent us...
RAB2 is a remote audio card, enabling iLive digital mixing systems to work with a variety of common audio interface and networking standards. The new module has two front-loading, easy fit slots for plug-in options, which are auto-detected by the system firmware. The first port allows alternative standards to connect the iLive MixRacks and Control Surfaces, while the second port is used for system expansion, such as linking to secondary FOH/monitors consoles, feeding broadcast mixers, and record sends.
RAB2 audio interface modules include the Mini Multi-Out for ADAT, Aviomâ„¢, iDR 8-bus and Hearbusâ„¢; an EtherSound network card; Allen & Heath's proprietary ACE (Audio and Control over Ethernet) 64 channel bi-directional link; and the new MADI 64 channel multi-link card.
It is now possible to mix 'n match the flagship modular iLive hardware with the iLive-T fixed I/O MixRacks and Control Surfaces, increasing hire inventory flexibility and system integration. There is an upgrade path for current iLive owners wishing to take advantage of the new range of interconnection possibilities that RAB2 brings to the iLive family.
Allen & Heath has also introduced the MADI 64 option card. The new module provides two 64-channel MADI links, which can be independently routed in blocks of 8 connections, or for safety, configured as a primary and redundant pair. Either of the two ports can be set as a sync master. There is bi-directional patchbay routing for the MixRack's 64 inputs and 32 mixes.
As with other audio interfaces, MADI channels can be configured typically as mic preamp digital splits, channel direct outs, insert points, or buss in or out feeds. The AUX connector can be used as a through connection of the MADI-1 inputs, or a split of the MADI-1 outputs; alternatively, it can function as word clock I/O for iLive-T systems without DARS.
To support the RAB2 module and all the iLive audio interface cards, Allen & Heath has released the latest update, Version 1.5, to the iLive and T Series firmware and Editor software. Many new features to enhance existing software functions are included.
Dual FOH/monitor control has been improved with the ability to allow independent gain trim for FOH and monitor desks when systems are digitally split between MixRacks using EtherSound or ACE. Similarly, the functionality of the 'Alt View' button has been developed to include alternative functions for the channel rotary encoder. This allows settings, such as gain and direct output level, to be quickly adjusted on each control strip.
Also, iLive's FX family has been extended with the introduction of the Dynamik FX Shaper, offering Gate and Ducking functions on all 8 FX engines. It is now possible to assign the Tap-Tempo function to any soft key for each of the 8 FX rack modules, including an optional LED display.
Pricing and Availability:
The RAB2 and MADI modules are available from the beginning of July 2009, and v1.5 of the iLive software can be downloaded at the website listed below...