Allen & Heath iLive firmware has been updated to v1.9, bringing enhancements including new GEQ, Dynamic EQ and multi-band compressor emulations, increased Midi control options and improvements to the functionality in the supporting iLive Editor software and MixPad app.

Allen & Heath iLive v1.9All 32 mix outputs now benefit from extra Graphic EQ LF bands and a choice of four GEQ emulations with accurate modelling algorithms of classic third-octave, constant-Q, Proportional-Q, Digi-Q for minimal band interaction and a new asymmetric Hybrid, as well as display of the resulting frequency response and a superimposed RTA view. A&H is claiming this to be a ‘first’ in live audio, as all four models are available at a touch of a button and can be audibly and visually auditioned in real time without patching or recall.

Added to the library of FX emulations are two multi-band compressors (three- and four-band) and a four-band dynamic EQ. Both additions give sound engineers a complete tool kit for control of dynamic range in mix mastering or tone shaping applications, including vocals.

Among its new developments, v1.9 brings an array of improvements to functions such as mix bus coherency, bank linking preferences on larger iLive surfaces, stereo input channel width control with modes such as M&S, configurable input meters source point, channel and mix delay bypass and extended Midi functionality.

There are also specific improvements for permanent installations, such as enhancements to user permissions and networking flexibility. These include new audio synchronisation and routing options and full control of audio networking cards when fitted in an xDR-16 expander.

Key developments in the supporting iLive Editor software comprise a quick input set up window to mirror the iLive Surfaces and Midi control of the Mix button, while the MixPad app can now hold up to 32 strips in custom layers, features an FX tap tempo control and Aux pan control improvements.

‘From the beginning we have invested a lot of energy in keeping iLive at the forefront of digital mixing,’ says Rob Clark, A&H Director of R&D. ‘We have also been fortunate to have the support and feedback of a diverse community of passionate iLive users whose feedback and enthusiasm have helped to shape its success. This latest firmware updates add some powerful new tools like additional graphic and dynamic EQs and multiband compression, but we have also made a huge number of refinements that add up to an even better mixing experience for the people working with iLive on tour and in venues across the globe.’

The v1.9 update is available to download from the company’s website.


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