With the dLive project, the brand distributed by Exhibo offers much more than a mixing system dedicated to audio for live events.
The modularity and flexibility of the dLive system from Allen&Heath are primarily due to the fact that the XVCI core, based on FPGA technology at 96Khz – 24 bit with audio transportation on standard CAT5e cables, works independently, whether monitored from larger surfaces, such as the S-7000, or by a computer, iPad or small IP controller. A feature that transforms this system into a powerful audio matrix capable of surgically sorting hundreds of signals in today’s most common formats.
When audio signals need to be managed and directed, the dLive ecosystem allows users to access a very powerful 800 x 800 channel (when S Series products are used) or 400 x 400 channel (for C Series) digital matrix (the C and S series can be perfectly integrated and are compatible with each other). Each mixrack, and thus every dLive system – whether it is a native single core (DM0) or a model equipped with I/O analogs – can always manage a maximum of 128 audio channels on 64 outputs. The secret, then, for accessing the powerful matrix is that of considering routing signals that pass through every I/O port without “engaging” mixing resources, or rather resources (audio channels) that are controlled in real time by the control surface in use. It thus becomes possible, through virtual cables (called Tie Lines), to direct any input channel or group or channels, whether they be analog, Dante, Madi, Waves or Allen & Heath proprietary protocols such as GigaACE and optical FibreACE, on any output bus. Once the amount of audio resources that will need to be allocated has been established, we move on to examine the interfacing and I/O hardware needs point by point.
I/O solutions and accessories for every need
The A&H system, distributed in the Italian market by Exhibo, offers I/O solutions specifically dedicated to the installation world. From IP1, a small, elegant wall plate controller available in black or white, to DX164, a wall-mountable I/O expander panel, ideal for a fixed installation in which inputs equipped with microphone pre-amplifiers and balanced analog outputs are needed. All accessories of the dLive series can be perfectly integrated, allowing solutions in daisy chains or through Hubs dedicated to signal transport via the GigaACE proprietary protocol.
As soon as spaces for control units become a problem, there is the possibility of using an IP controller in a reduced format (IP6) and with motorized faders (IP8) to utilize small surfaces that can be completely configured by the user. A dLive system allows for the use of up to 96 controllers of different types. The availability of accessories such as GPIO (General purpose I/O interface) furthermore allows for managing third-party hardware, while the fiber-optic, implemented via optional cards that are easily installed in the slots of the mixracks and control surfaces, helps when needed to cover large distances without any risk of signal loss.
dLive is the ideal choice for managing large-scale audio installations in environments such as schools, universities, places of worship, convention centers and wherever accurate management and audio routing of high precision and efficiency are necessary.
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