Allen & Heath has added the xDR-16 expander unit to the iLive digital mixing family, providing remote analogue I/O expansion and networking options at FOH, on the other side of a large stage, in another room, or even in a different building during installations.
The xDR-16 has 16 analogue inputs and 8 analogue outputs connected via Allen & Heath's proprietary Audio and Control over Ethernet (ACETM) link fitted in Port B of an iLive MixRack, which can be positioned up to 120 metres away on CAT5 or further on a dedicated fibre optic system.
Allen & Heath's range of audio interface and network plug-in cards can be fitted to the xDR-16 to provide additional connectivity, including EtherSound, MADI, Mini Multi-Out (AviomTM and ADAT), ACETM, RockNet and DanteTM.
Up to two expanders can be added to a standard iLive system, providing a total of 32 inputs and 16 outputs, and the ability to fit two audio networking cards, such as a combination of MADI and Aviom, to one system. Systems implementing DualRack mode or a FOH/Monitor split can support one expander if required.
The xDR-16 also features an Ethernet network port, enabling the user to plug in a laptop or wireless access point for remote control of the entire mixing system via iLive Editor control software or iLive Tweak iPhone app.
"The xDR-16 adds to the flexibility of the iLive range by providing a wealth of expansion possibilities," comments Allen & Heath MD, Glenn Rogers. "Customers such as PA companies, touring engineers and venues installing iLive will benefit from increased physical I/O located where they need it in a compact 3U box."