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Allen & Heath's iLive system providing 64 channels of input and 32 of outputs for mixing in a live situation, has proved a popular addition to the new wave of live production equipment that we've seen changing the face of mixing live over recent years. The large format analogue consoles with their massive multicores are a dying breed, mostly due to the savage cuts of basic economics - you should see the bill for shipping one or more (dont forget the monitors) around the planet, not to mention the smaller footprint means more seats (with bums on) and therefore more ticket sales.
The iLive system now has the M-Waves card, a new IO option to add to all the major networking audio formats (ACE, DANTE, EtherSound, MADI, Mini Multi Out). Essentially, this allows you to connect the iLive system to a Waves SoundGrid server and run 64 channels of waves plugins in real time - as well as all the other nifty functions it can add - auto latency compensation, multi-track recording, virtual soundcheck etc.
We spoke with iLive specialist Leon Phillips about the new card and how iLive is being used in general.
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Pauls gives us a look at what is currently available and coming up in the year ahead