Allen & Heath has released a major firmware update for its dLive series, which includes Director software to enable offline editing and live mixing on a PC with or without a Surface, plus preamp modelling on all 128 channels, 5.1 surround sound, and dedicated Mute Groups.

Allen & Heath dLive v1.2dLive Director is a multi-platform editor and control software for Mac or Windows OS, allowing a show to be prepared offline and the mix made from a laptop or Windows tablet. Director can be used either as a supplement to a dLive Surface, or with a MixRack as part of a compact, ‘surfaceles system. The interface mirrors the physical surface layout and has resizable fader banks to suit different resolutions on a variety of different devices.

‘Director opens up so many possibilities for dLive’, explains A&H Product Manager, Nicola Beretta. ‘Engineers can set up or tweak settings on the tour bus, and the ability to carry out different tasks at the same time means one engineer can run the FOH soundcheck from the Surface while another dials in the monitor mixes using a laptop or tablet on stage. Or for the ultimate in compact touring, a dLive MixRack and a laptop running Director is perfect for fly-in dates and space-starved venues where there’s no room for a Surface.’

Another significant feature in v1.2 firmware is the addition of preamp modelling to the DEEP Processing suite of embedded plug-ins. The first preamp model, Dual Stage Valve, recreates the distortion characteristics of Triode and Pentode valve circuits, from very subtle coloration to full overdrive. The preamps are available on all of the 128 Input channels, with no added latency to the signal path and full phase coherency between channels.

Other additions include a surround sound 5.1 Main mode, addressing the growing popularity of multichannel audio productions, plus eight dedicated Mute Groups on top of the 24 DCA Groups. Multiple PAFL buses can now be configured when two or more operators, such as FOH and monitor engineers, are sharing the same dLive system, and users can now define Attack and Release meter damping with Peak Hold.

Version 1.2 firmware is available to download free of charge from the A&H website.


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