Allen & Heath adds to its dLive product family with a new compact range of surfaces and mix racks called dLive C Class. It’s founded on XCVI, the same 96kHz FPGA core which drives the flagship dLive S Class mixers, and also shares its DEEP processing architecture. The new range includes the ultra-compact C1500, the first 19-inch rack-mountable dLive surface. Aside from the C1500, another two twin screen control surfaces join the ranks, the C2500 and C3500. The C Class surfaces use the dLive Harmony UI with gesture touch control via 12-inch capacitive screens and colour-mapped rotary controls. There are three new MixRacks in the series — CDM32, CDM48, and CDM64. The MixRacks provide capacity for 128 inputs with full processing and 16 dedicated stereo FX returns, plus a fully configurable 64 mix bus architecture with processing on all mix channels. Each surface and rack has a 128 channel I/O port supported by an array of networking cards including Dante, Waves, MADI, fibreACE optical and more. dLive C Class is also compatible with S Class hardware and the ME personal mixing system.
“With dLive C Class the challenge was to make a next generation digital mixing experience accessible to people who don’t want to carry or install a large footprint pro touring rig,” commented Allen & Heath’s head of Product Marketing, Nic Beretta. “For hire companies, the C Class is a powerful, versatile workhorse for everything from corporate events to regional festivals. In houses of worship, theatres and other venues it has the depth to handle any performance without eating into the seating space, and we’re confident it’s also the most accessible mixing system in its class.”