NAMM 2011 – Allen & Heath iDR-64 Large Format ilive Mix Rack
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Allen & Heath’s iDR-64 large format fixed I/O MixRack is now shipping and widely available. 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, EQand delay) for all 64 channels and 32 mixes. The RackFX DSP framework provides 8 stereo processors capable of high quality FX emulation of industry classics. Each Rack has flexible I/O routing with EQ and Dynamik FX Shaper on every dedicated return.
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, so that show files are transferable between systems via a USB key.
Using standard CAT5, the iDR-64 can be controlled with any 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.
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. The iLive Editor software is a user-friendly 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 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, Aviom™, Dante, and RockNet.
“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 point due to the fixed I/O arrangement,” comments Allen & Heath MD, Glenn Rogers. “Not only does the iDR-64 provide a great solution for larger, more demanding events, it is also an ideal partner to a second iLive MixRack using the Dual-Rack function to expand to up to 128 channels.”