Allen & Heath Broaden Interface Options for dLive

Allen & Heath has expanded the digital interface options for its dLive mixing system with the introduction of superMADI and a range of AES3 I/O cards.

Designed to help integrate dLive into a wide range of broadcast, live interface and recording scenarios, the superMADI interface card has numerous connectivity possibilities, including 8 BNC connectors and 4 SFP slots for fibre optic transceivers. Both coaxial and optical formats offer up to 128 I/O at 96kHz each, and redundancy and sample rate are switchable per link pair, with a choice of Smux or HighSpeed 96kHz mode. Engineers and rental companies can use the superMADI card to link to any MADI-enabled third party console, allowing high-channel count digital splits, for example, between FOH and Monitors.

The four new AES3 I/O cards are offered in a choice of I/O formats, comprising 2 in / 8 out, 4 in / 6 out, 6 in / 4 out, and 10 out, providing a convenient solution for digital patching to system PA, monitor amps and speaker controllers, or for console combining. The cards’ output sample rate is switchable between 96kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz and 44.1kHz, while the inputs provide sample rate conversion from 32kHz to 192kHz.

The new superMADI and AES3 cards can be fitted in the audio networking slots of any dLive S Class or dLive C Class Surface or MixRack.

Allen & Heath’s live sound product manager, Ben Morgan, commented, “We’re seeing a strong demand for our dLive systems in dedicated broadcast scenarios and in situations where a venue or rental company needs to provide a feed for broadcast or to an OB truck. The superMADI card makes it easy to meet broadcasters’ needs, whatever their sample rate or format requirement. Similarly, we’ve had many requests from dLive engineers working across the spectrum of live sound, installation and broadcast for a range of AES I/O formats. Despite the popularity of AoIP protocols, AES3 is still a popular choice for interconnecting pro audio equipment from different vendors.”