Allen & Heath has released the latest version of its iLive firmware, V1.9, featuring a range of 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.
All 32 mix outputs now benefit from extra Graphic EQ Low Frequency bands and a choice of four GEQ emulations with accurate modelling algorithms: classic 1/3rd octave Constant-Q, industry standard Proportional-Q, Digi-Q for minimal band interaction, and a new asymmetrical Hybrid - plus display of the resulting frequency response and a superimposed RTA view. This is a first in live audio as the four models are available at a touch of a button and can be audibly and visually auditioned in real time with no patching or recall needed.
Added to the library of outstanding FX emulations are two Multi-Band compressors (3 and 4 band) and a powerful 4-band Dynamic EQ. Both additions give sound engineers the complete tool kit for ultimate control over dynamic range in mix mastering or tone shaping applications, including dealing with vocals.
Among the many new developments, V1.9 includes 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. We have also been very 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,” comments Rob Clark, Director of R&D.