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NAMM: Allen & Heath Unveils New Range Of Digital Mixers

Allen & Heath will be debuting the dLive C Class at NAMM 2017 – the new range comprises of Surfaces and MixRacks which will now open up the company’s dLive platform to a wider spectrum of AV, installation and live event roles.

The dLive C Class is founded on XCVI, the same 96kHz FPGA core which drives Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive S Class mixers, and also shares its DEEP processing architecture, allowing class-leading compressors and processing emulations to be embedded directly within the inputs and mix channels.

The new range includes three new MixRacks – the CDM32, CDM48 and CDM64, plus three new control Surfaces: the 19” rack mountable C1500, C2500 and twin screen C3500.

The MixRacks house the XCVI Core, providing capacity for 128 inputs with full processing and 16 dedicated stereo FX returns, plus a fully configurable 64 mix bus architecture, with full processing on all mix channels. Each surface and rack has a 128 channel I/O port, supported by a wide array of networking cards, including Dante, Waves, MADI, fibreACE optical and more. dLive C Class is also compatible with S Class hardware, and the ME personal mixing system and supported by a full ecosystem of apps, Director software, and accessories.

Product Marketing Head Nic Beretta says the C Class is both powerful and versatile, and will be able to handle various types of performances ranging from corporate events to regional festivals: “The challenge was to make a next generation digital mixing experience accessible to people who don’t want to carry or install a large footprint pro touring rig.”

The C Class Surfaces employ the dLive Harmony UI, offering gesture touch control via 12” capacitive screens allied to colour-mapped rotary controls, allowing the creativity and immediacy of tactile control over key processing functions, working in harmony with the visual feedback displayed on the screen. Due to dLive’s design architecture, it is also possible to mix ‘surfaceless’, using a MixRack with a laptop or tablet for control.

dLive C Class systems range from USD 6500 for a CDM32 MixRack up to USD 21500 for a CDM64 + C3500.

Allen & Heath will be located at Booth 6464.