V1.9
iLive
Fixed Format Systems
Getting Started Guide
Publication AP7141
This guide is intended to help the new user quickly learn to configure
and operate the fixed format iLive audio mixing system. Fixed format
and modular iLive components are fully compatible with each other
letting you mix and match any combination of MixRack and Surface
according to application and budget.
System operating firmware
The feature set of the iLive system is determined by the firmware (operating software) that runs it.
Firmware is updated regularly as new features are added and improvements made, and is
available for download from the Allen & Heath web site. This guide relates to Version 1.9
firmware. Some of the details shown in this guide may differ from those in the current firmware
release. Refer to the web site for the latest version and read the Release Notes that come with
each version of firmware for further details.
Note: Make sure all your iLive MixRacks, Surfaces and xDR expanders are running the same
version of firmware, and that the Editor software, MixPad and Tweak apps are compatible. xDR16 expanders loaded with V1.9 firmware are not compatible with V1.8 or earlier iLive hardware.
This user guide
This guide provides information on the fixed format iLive system.
Further information
For further information, refer to the user guides associated with each system component.
iDR MixRack Getting Started Guide AP7445 and xDR-16 Getting Started Guide AP8331
present further information on the iDR-16, iDR-32, iDR-48 and iDR-64 fixed format MixRacks and
the xDR-16 Input/Output expander. Use the HELP MANUAL available from the iLive Surface
TouchScreen UTILITY menu and within the Editor software. Visit the Allen & Heath web site for
the latest information on iLive and additional resources for download.
The iLive range of products complies with the European
Electromagnetic Compatibility directives 2004/108/EC and
the European Low Voltage Directives 2006/95/EC.
Any changes or modifications to the equipment not approved by Allen & Heath could
void the compliance of the product and therefore the users authority to operate it.
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IMPORTANT - Read these instructions before starting:
Safety instructions
Before starting, read the Important Safety Instructions printed on the sheet supplied with the
equipment. For your own safety and that of the operator, technical crew and performers, follow
all instructions and heed all warnings printed on the sheet and on the equipment panels.
Software licence agreement
By using this Allen & Heath product and the software within it, you agree to be bound by the
terms of the relevant End User Licence Agreement (EULA), a copy of which can be found on
the Allen & Heath website in the product's pages. You agree to be bound by the terms of the
EULA by installing, copying, or otherwise using the software.
General precautions

Damage: To prevent damage to the controls and cosmetics, avoid placing heavy
objects on the control surface, obstructing movement of the motorised faders, scratching
the surface or touch screen with sharp objects, or rough handling and vibration.

Contamination: Protect the equipment from damage through liquid or dust
contamination. Avoid dust or small objects getting into the fader slots. Cover the mixer
when it is not being used for a long period.

Cold: Computer and touch screen technology can be affected by extreme cold. If the
equipment has been stored in sub-zero temperatures allow time for it to reach normal
operating temperature before use at the venue. Recommended operating temperature
range for iLive is 5 to 35 degrees Celsius.

Heat: Avoid using the equipment in extreme heat and direct sunlight. iLive-T and iLive-R
Surfaces feature a composite front panel, to which exposure to temperatures above
50ºC, with ambient temperature of 35ºC, may cause temporary change in appearance.
Continued exposure to temperatures above 50ºC may cause permanent damage to the
composite panel.

Ventilation: Make sure the control surface and rack ventilation slots are not obstructed
and that there is adequate air movement around the equipment.

Transport: Use touring grade, purpose designed flight cases with adequate foam lining
and internal support for protection.

Cleaning: Do not use chemicals, abrasives or solvents. Clean the control surface with a
soft brush and dry lint-free cloth.

Servicing: It is recommended that servicing is carried out only by an authorised Allen &
Heath agent. Contact details for your local distributor can be found on the Allen & Heath
web site. Allen & Heath do not accept liability for damage caused by maintenance,
repair or modification by unauthorised personnel.
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Basic system
The MixRack (mix engine and most of the I/O) can be
positioned on stage, and the Surface (control and local I/O) at the FOH mix
position. A single CAT5 cable transports control and local audio between
them using the ACE port.
Systems
Adding more control Plug into a Network port at the MixRack or Surface to add simultaneous control using one or more
laptops running iLive Editor software. Use wired or plug in a router for wireless connection. Add the assignable PL Series
devices for distributed control, for example personal monitoring. One or more can be daisy chained from the MixRack PL-Anet
port, or distributed via a PL-9 hub. Further control is possible using MIDI, AviomTM and more.
Linked FOH/Monitor system Use the MixRack Port B audio network
slot to create a digital mic split between two systems over a single
cable, for example using the ACE or Dante card option. Add a
network link if the two systems are to be accessed over the same
network using your laptop. The network link can be tunnelled via the
single cable ACE connection.
Operating without a Surface Leave your Surface at
home and control iLive using just your laptop and iPad
for compact or discreet mixing situations. You could
add one or more PL Series controllers if you want to
assign some physical control, for example important
channels, DCAs or master levels.
Linking 2 MixRacks in Dual-Rack mode Expand the number of input
channels feeding the 32 mix buses from 64 to 128. Uses the ACE option
to link the buses. One Surface can control up to 128 channels.
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Table of Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................... 6
System components .............................................................................................................................. 7
T Series control layout ......................................................................................................................... 8
R Series control layout......................................................................................................................... 9
Step 1 – Connect and power up.....................................................................................................10
ACE audio/control link between MixRack and Surface
Network settings
Booting the system up and powering down, the Status screen
Step 2 - Recall a Template Show as a starting point ...........................................................12
Choose your console application
Load a Template Show and choose your MixRack and Surface type
Identify the socket patching and connect the audio
Step 3 – A few things to know before starting ........................................................................13
Become familiar with the operating principles
Set your preferences
Step 4 – Name and colour channels ............................................................................................15
Using the virtual write-on strip
Step 5 – Work with the channel processing .............................................................................16
One button access to the preamp, dynamics, EQ, delay
Preamp Gain Sharing using Trims
GEQ and flip to faders
Step 6 - Work with the mix ................................................................................................................18
One button access to the assignments, pre/post settings and levels
The Routing screen
Work with the FX, Dynamic EQ, Multiband Compression
DCAs and mute groups
Channel Ganging
COPY / PASTE /RESET
Step 7 – Patching signals .................................................................................................................25
Input, output and insert patching
Step 8 – Customise your configuration ......................................................................................26
Change the strip layout
Change the mix bus configuration
Step 9 - Save your settings ..............................................................................................................27
The memories – User Profiles, Libraries, Scenes, Shows, Safes, USB Scene Transfer
Dual-Rack input expansion ..............................................................................................................31
Linking two racks to expand to 128 input channels
System Example ....................................................................................................................................32
FOH/Monitor dual system using digital mic split
iLive-R72 Rack Ears ............................................................................................................................33
Fitting instructions
Default Template Show Layout ......................................................................................................34
Format, layout and socket patching for 1_FOH-LRSub and 4_MON-8m6st Template Shows
Specification and Dimensions ........................................................................................................36
Manufacturer’s Warranty ...................................................................................................................39
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Introduction
The fixed format iLive is an evolution of the flagship modular iLive digital live mixing range with all the
performance and power of its bigger brother in a compact and affordable, easy to use package. It
separates the DSP mix engine from the control surface allowing the rack to be positioned on stage and
the surface at the FOH (front of house) mix position, linked by a single long distance CAT5 cable carrying
control and local FOH audio between them. The fixed format iLive Series comprises 4 sizes of rack and 3
surfaces with non-modular audio I/O giving the user a choice of system according to budget or
application. Two MixRacks can be linked in Dual-Rack mode to expand the number of input channels
from 64 to 128. One or two xDR-16 expanders can be added for more inputs and outputs and distributed
audio. The iLive-R72 Surface can be rack mounted providing all the power of a much bigger system in a
compact package. These are also compatible with the modular rack and surface options available within
the standard iLive range, perfect for rental companies who may stock both.
Ethernet allows additional or alternative control using wired or wireless laptops running the iLive Editor
software. Wireless control is provided with the iPad MixPad (engineer), OneMix (personal monitor) and
iPhone Tweak apps. An audio networking slot provides the option to interface with industry standard
networks such as Dante or MADI, create a digital mic splitter to link FOH/Monitor systems, connect to
digital multitrack recorders, personal monitor systems and more. Further control possibilities include
MIDI and the Allen & Heath range of PL Series remote controllers. iLive is fully configurable – the 64x32
mix architecture can be assigned as any combination of mono or stereo groups / auxes / FX / main mix /
and matrix, the surface fader strips arranged with any channel or master assigned anywhere to suit your
way of mixing, channels and masters named and coloured, physical and network sockets patched, soft
keys and PL remote devices assigned… In fact, you can design your own mixer! Settings can be stored
in various memory types, and transferred between systems or archived to computer using a USB key.
The iLive is the perfect introduction to digital mixing for new users or operators familiar with analogue
consoles. Its analogue style control interface and extensive visual feedback make it quick to learn,
reduce operator errors, and allow the fast access most important to live sound mixing.
This guide takes you through the quick first steps in learning to use iLive. A little time spent during a quiet
moment pressing buttons and navigating through the various screens should help you become familiar
with its more advanced features and capabilities. Refer also to our web site and the other user guides
and resources available for the iLive family.
iLive-T112 Surface – 28 faders x4 layers
iLive-T80 Surface – 20 faders x4 layers
iLive-R72 Surface – Rack mount
iDR-32 MixRack (32 mic)
iDR-48 MixRack (48 mic)
iDR-64 MixRack (64 mic)
xDR-16 audio expander
iDR-16 MixRack (16 mic)
iLive Series
The fixed format iLive is compatible with its
bigger brother the fully modular iLive Series.
Both run the same operating firmware and their
Show data is interchangeable meaning files
can be loaded on any system combination
using a USB key. Systems and components
from each can be interconnected via the
network.
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System components
The MixRack is the heart of the digital audio processing
system, housing the 64x32 DSP mix engine together with
control and audio networking interfaces. The DSP can be
configured for mono/stereo and type of mix (group, aux,
mains, matrix). The system provides full dynamics, EQ and
delay processing for all inputs and masters, 8 built-in
‘RackExtra’ effects and 16 DCA groups. The 8FX returns add
to the 64 channels providing up to 72 sources to the mix. All
racks provide the full 64x32 DSP processing and differ only
in the number of physical inputs and outputs available. The
Port B option allows digital mic splitting and system
expansion from a choice of audio networking cards.
iDR-64 Biggest rack:
9U, 64 Mic/Line in, 32 out, Port B
iDR-48 Standard rack: 8U, 48 Mic/Line in, 24 out, Port B
iDR-32 Mid sized rack: 6U, 32 Mic/Line in, 16 out, Port B
iDR-16 Smallest rack:
3U, 16 Mic/Line in, 8 out, Port B
These MixRacks are also available with AES digital outputs
fitted (last card replaced with 2 dual channel AES sockets).
xDR-16 Audio expander: 16 Mic/Line in, 8 out, Port B
The Surface is simply a network controller for the
MixRack. It has a built-in interface for local audio
which is transported to and from the MixRack via the
ACE connection along with the Ethernet control. Each
bank of faders has 4 or 6 layers providing a total of 72,
80 or 112 control strips depending on Surface size.
These strips are freely assignable as inputs, mix
masters or DCAs in any combination.
iLive-T112 Biggest surface:
28 faders, 4 layers = 112 strips
16 local line in = 8 TRS, 4 RCA, 2 SPDIF
14 local out = 8 TRS, 2 RCA, 1 SPDIF, Monitor
iLive-T80 Mid sized surface:
20 faders, 4 layers = 80 strips
8 local line in = 4 TRS, 2 RCA, 1 SPDIF
10 local out = 4 TRS, 2 RCA, 1 SPDIF, Monitor
iLive-R72 Smallest surface:
12 faders, 6 layers = 72 strips
8 local line in = 4 TRS, 2 RCA, 1 SPDIF
10 local out = 4 TRS, 2 RCA, 1 SPDIF, Monitor
PL-3
PL Series controllers A range of remote controllers
is available with assignable switches, LEDs, encoders
and faders. A PL-8 4in/4out GPIO controller is also
available. These connect to the MixRack via the PLAnet serial port using CAT5 cable and can be
configured using the Surface or laptop. The PL-9 hub
is allows star point instead of daisy chain connection.
More information on the PL Series is available on the
Allen & Heath web site.
PL-4
PL-10
PL-6
PL-5
PL-9
Hub
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T Series Control layout
Channel Processing Strip
Analogue style control
section with dedicated rotary controls, switches and
meters for the channel or mix preamp, HPF, gate, PEQ,
compressor and limiter/de-esser. Press the strip SEL
key to access the processing of the channel or master
assigned to it. The controls illuminate when they are
available.
TouchScreen
For status display,
system setup and memory management.
To see an alternative graphical view of
the processing for the channel or master
currently selected make sure none of the
keys below the screen is selected.
Soft Keys 8 user assignable keys
Dimmer
Talkback mic
input, level and
48V. Hold down
TB ASSIGN and
press the master
MIX keys to
assign.
Virtual write-on strip
Name and colour
PAFL
monitor
and SIP
Copy/Paste/Reset edit keys
Fader Banks Independent groups
of fader strips with 4 layers each.
Provides control of the Input
channel, FX return, Mix master or
DCA assigned to it.
SEL opens the channel processing
for the selected strip.
MIX presents the sends for the
selected strip on faders (or
encoders) and assignments and
pre/post settings in the strip LCD
windows.
While a MIX is active:
Hold down ALT VIEW to
view the channel or
socket numbers in place
of the name in the LCD
windows.
Hold down ASSIGN and press
strip MIX keys to toggle the
assignments on or off.
GEQ FADER FLIP to
present the GEQ across
the faders.
Hold down PRE/POST and
press strip SEL keys to toggle
pre or post fade.
FREEZE IN LAYERS to
keep a channel visible
across all layers. Hold
down and press strip
MIX keys.
ASSIGN and PRE/POST access
keys for the selected mix.
Hold down ROTARY SHIFT to
access the second encoder
function if it has one.
Scene GO recall
keys. . These are
disabled by default.
Use the SURFACE
Preferences option
to enable.
SCENE SAFES to
prevent selected
channels being
overwritten by the
memories. Hold
down SAFES and
press MIX keys to
toggle on or off.
Lamp
sockets
IEC
mains
power
input
MIDI in and out
VGA port for
external monitor
(same view as
TouchScreen).
2x USB
ports.
Plug your
USB key
in here.
Local
PAFL
monitor
output
Assignable local audio
inputs and outputs.
Rows A, C = inputs
Rows B, D = outputs.
Balanced TRS jack
RCA phono
RCA digital (SPDIF)
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Additional Ethernet ports
for connecting laptops
and wireless router.
Surface to MixRack link
ACE (audio and control over
Ethernet) CAT5 cable up to
120m (400 feet)*
* Depends on cable type. Refer to www.allen-heath.com
for recommended cable types and maximum lengths.
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iLive-R72 Control layout
TouchScreen keys When these keys are off the
screen displays system status. When these keys are
off and a strip SEL is active the screen presents the
associated channel processing. Use these keys to
access system setup and memory management.
These override the channel processing view.
Soft Keys 8 user assignable keys
Channel Processing Select Press this
key to access the processing for the
selected
channel
using
the
TouchScreen. Controls for the preamp,
EQ, dynamics, delay and insert setup are
presented. Use the touch controls and
screen rotary to adjust the parameters.
Dimmer
Headphones level control
Copy/Paste/Reset edit keys
Hold down then press a SEL or MIX
key to copy or reset parameters.
Virtual write-on strip
colour and mix status
TouchScreen rotary control.
Illuminates orange when it is active.
Name,
CLEAR ALL PAFL Press once to
clear any active Input PAFL. Press
again to clear Output PAFL.
Input PAFL overrides Output PAFL.
Fader Banks Two
independent groups of fader
strips with 6 layers each.
Provides control of the Input
channel, FX return, Mix master
or DCA assigned to it.
Talkback Hold down TB ASSIGN and
press master MIX keys to assign.
SEL opens the channel
processing for the selected strip
in the TouchScreen.
ASSIGN and PRE/POST access
keys for the selected mix.
MIX presents the sends for the
selected strip on faders (or
encoders) and assignments
and pre/post settings in the
strip LCD windows.
Hold down ASSIGN and press
strip MIX keys to toggle the
assignments on or off. To assign
all use the master MIX key.
While a MIX is active:
Hold down PRE/POST and press
strip SEL keys to toggle pre or
post fade. To assign all use the
master SEL key.
Hold down ROTARY SHIFT to
access the second encoder
function if it has one.
VGA port for external
monitor (same view as
TouchScreen).
Hold down ALT VIEW to
view the channel or
socket numbers instead
of name in the LCDs.
You can choose to
access GAIN using the
strip rotaries while the
key is pressed.
GEQ FADER FLIP to
present the GEQ across
the faders.
FREEZE IN LAYERS to
keep a channel visible
across all layers. Hold
down and press strip
MIX keys.
Scene GO recall
keys. These are
disabled by default.
Use the SURFACE
Preferences option
to enable.
SCENE SAFES to
prevent selected
channels being
overwritten by the
memories. Hold
down SAFES and
press MIX keys to
toggle on or off.
Lamp socket
2x USB ports.
Plug your USB key in here.
Surface to MixRack link
ACE (audio and control over
Ethernet) CAT5 cable up to
120m (400 feet)
*Refer to www.allen-heath.com
for recommended cable types
and maximum lengths.
Talkback Mic Input and level trim.
Recessed switch to select 48V
phantom power.
IEC mains power input.
Plastic clip to secure
power cable.
Assignable local audio inputs and outputs.
Local PAFL
monitor output
Additional Ethernet ports for connecting
laptops and wireless router.
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MIDI in
and out
System hard
reset jumpers
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Row A = inputs. Row B = outputs.
Balanced TRS jack line level
RCA phono line level
RCA digital (SPDIF)
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The Control Surface
If the system fails to connect:
Check cables,
Go to Network Connections
and Change MixRack
Read the screen Help.
Connect Surface to MixRack
Network settings
Plug a CAT5 cable up to 120m * (400 feet)
between the Surface and MixRack ACE ports.
iLive communicates over a TCP/IP network. There
are 3 main components – the MixRack, Surface and
TouchScreen (built into the surface). These and any
other network devices such as a wireless router and
laptop need compatible network addresses. Default
IP addresses are:
A 2m cable (part AH7813), 80m drum (part
AH7000) or 120m (part AH8721) of suitable
cable is available from Allen & Heath.
Note: You only need one connection between
the Surface and MixRack. The control network
data is transported with the audio via the single
cable ACE link. You do not need a second
cable for the network link.
MixRack 192.168.1.1 Sub mask 255.255.255.0
Surface 192.168.1.2
TouchScreen 192168.1.3
Example compatible settings:
Note *: Maximum cable length depends on
cable type. Refer to www.allen-heath.com for
information on recommended cables.
ACE
Laptop 192.168.1.10 Sub mask 255.255.255.0
Wireless router 192.168.1.245
Router DHCP range 192.168.1.100 to 192.168.1.200
If the addresses or unit names have been changed
and your system fails to connect, or you need to
reset the settings, refer to the Troubleshooting page
in the TouchScreen HELP.
The Mixer
iLive Editor software.
Download from
www.allen-heath.com
NETWORK
PL-ANET
IN
OUT
IN
Termination
Adding PL Series controllers
Use CAT5 cable to connect the MixRack PL-Anet port to
the PL device IN socket. Daisy chain OUT to the next
unit, or use a PL-9 hub for star connection. Make sure
the termination provided is plugged into OUT of the last
device in the chain.
Note: Once connected, the PL controls need to be
configured. Settings can be saved as library items.
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Adding wired laptop control
Check that your laptop meets the system
requirements for running the iLive Editor
software. Read the Release Notes and
Help File that come with the software.
Check the network settings as above. Plug
your laptop into any one of the NETWORK
ports at the Surface or MixRack. Start the
iLive Editor program and connect online
or offline.
Adding wireless control
With a wireless router plugged into any
iLive NETWORK port you can run Editor on
a wireless laptop, MixPad or OneMix app
on iPads and Tweak on an iPhone.
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Switch power on
Switch on the MixRack first, then the
Surface by pressing their rear panel power
ON switches.
The system remembers the settings on
power down. These are restored next time
you switch the system on.
Boot up time
Secure the mains cable in
the clip provided here.
The yellow Lnk/Act LEDs for
connected sockets flash at a
steady rate once the link is
established.
If one or more pulse at a slow
rate or the red Err LED remains
lit then check that the cables
are correctly plugged in and are
not faulty.
MixRack It takes around 15 seconds for
the DSP to start passing audio with the
same settings current at last power down.
You should hear the relays click as they
connect the outputs once the MixRack has
booted.
At the MixRack:
Indicates that the
audio is sync locked to
the selected clock
source.
At the Surface:
Indicates that the
surface audio is sync
locked to the MixRack.
Surface In just over 1 minute the strip
LCD displays turn on and the Surface is
ready to take control of the mix.
TouchScreen It takes a little longer for
the TouchScreen to complete its boot up
process. In around 2 minutes the screen is
ready and the system fully booted.
Status indicators
Once booted, check that the blue POWER
ON indicators are lit and the various
system status LEDs indicating correctly.
The STATUS screen
With all the TouchScreen keys turned off and no channel selected the screen displays status information
about the system. A red cross displays in place of the green tick if a problem is detected. A yellow
triangle also displays in the lower toolbar if an error is detected and logged. The yellow triangle should
clear after viewing the Event Log in the UTILITY / Diagnostics screen.
Displays the current firmware
version loaded. A red cross
warns if a software error has
been detected.
Indicates that the MixRack
is sync locked to the
selected audio clock
source.
Information about the ACE Surface to MixRack
audio/control connection. Status displays error
detection over the previous minute in time, green
= none, yellow = few, red = many errors. Net
Bridge indicates correct operation of the Ethernet
link over ACE. Surface Lock indicates that the
Surface audio is sync locked to the MixRack.
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A green tick indicates that the temperature
sensed within the rack and surface is within
normal operating range.
Real time clock. You can change the time
using the UTLITY / Configuration screen.
If an optional audio
network card is fitted to the
MixRack Port B slot then
its status is displayed here.
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Warns that the MixRack Boot
Scene option is set. This will
recall starting point settings for
the MixRack each time it is
powered up or restarted. This
feature is popular in installed
systems using remote control
panels rather than a surface.
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Step 2 – Recall a ‘Template Show’ as a starting point
The iLive has a fully configurable audio architecture and control layout and socket patching letting you
customise the way you work. It would be a daunting task for the new user if we gave them a ‘blank
canvas’ to start from scratch. Instead we have provided a set of ‘Template’ Show memories which give
you a choice of classic console format to load in as a quick starting point. These emulate the familiar
architecture and logical layout of well equipped analogue consoles. Once you are comfortable working
with iLive you can make changes to your set up and save these as your own ‘User’ Shows.
A default show is already loaded when the iLive is shipped from the factory. This is 1_FOH-LRSub.
Details of the layout and patching of this and the 4_MON-8m6st show are presented at the rear of
this guide.
Note: Recalling a Show overwrites all the system
settings including the DSP mix architecture, Surface
configuration, current parameters, all the Scene and
Library memories. Archive your current settings as
a User Show before recalling the Template Show if
you want to keep these to use again in the future.
1_FOH-LRSub Stereo with Pan and separate
Sub level accessible on each channel using
the shifted rotary function.
2_FOH-LR Standard stereo main mix with LR
master faders and channel Pan.
3_FOH-LCR Conventional LCR panning - left
through centre to right.
Template Shows available:
FOH These make a good starting point for general
purpose live mixing whether dedicated FOH or a
single console mixing monitors from FOH. They
provide a classic Group/Aux/Mains/Matrix bus
architecture and differ only in the type of Main mix
configured.
Other Main mix types can be
configured from within these Template Shows.
4_MON-8m6st Dedicated monitor mixer with
8 mono+6 stereo mixes plus Wedge/IEM
monitor.
5_Split_FOH-slave FOH mixer receiving its
inputs from the monitor console via the Port
B digital audio network.
MON This recalls a format and layout suitable for
dedicated monitor mixing, with a combination of
mono and stereo auxes and engineer’s dual
Wedge/IEM monitor.
6_Split_MON-slave Monitor mixer receiving
its inputs from the FOH console via the Port
B digital audio network.
7_DualRack-FOH One Surface controlling
two MixRacks combined to provide up to 128
channels.
Split Use these when the system gets its inputs
from a ‘master’ console via a digital mic split such
as Ace, Dante, MADI or EtherSound.
Load a Template Show
Press the UTILITY key below the TouchScreen UTILITY / Configuration / Show Manager.
Highlight the Templates item. Touch the + button
to expand the tree. Select a show from the list and
touch Recall. A show can take several minutes to
load depending on the amount of data stored.
Recall settings for your iLive system
When the recall has finished, a 'Go to SCENE page'
message is displayed on the strips. This is to
remind you to load two Scenes, one to match your
iLive MixRack and the other your Surface. These
recall the strip layout for your Surface and configure
the output patching for your MixRack. Press the
SCENES key below the TouchScreen. Recall the
two Scenes.
Customise and save your settings
You may wish to make changes to the configuration
and save the new settings as a User Show. Before
you do this we suggest you Clear the contents of
Scene 1 - 16 ready for your own application.
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Step 3 – A few things to know before starting
Before working with the iLive familiarise yourself with its control layout and operating principles.
Two important keys
SEL
PAFL
MUTE
MIX
SEL - Select the channel processing. View and adjust the
parameters for that channel. Within the processing section
use these keys to open individual processing blocks on the
screen, or press and hold to send the signal at that point to
the PAFL system. These keys are also used when copying
or resetting processing parameters, and for setting up
ganging, name & colour and strip layout.
MIX - Select the mix you want to work with. View and adjust
the assignments, pre/post settings, levels and pan. There is
an option to choose to use either fader or rotary sends for
each Aux or Matrix mix. These keys are also used when
assigning and copying mix parameters, and setting talkback
assignments, channel safes and more.
Fader Strip LCD display
DCA status
On = The channel is assigned to one or more DCA groups.
Strip type
Flashing = Channel is muted by DCA groups. A red LED also
Mono or stereo
lights.
IP = Input channel
SAFE status
IP FX = FX ‘short’ return
STEREO
Normal mode = SCENE safe
GP = Group master
Solo-in-place mode = SIP safe
IP
DCA
AUX = Aux send master
MAIN = Main mix master
Name
MTX = Matrix master
5 character, user defined.
PAN
DCA = DCA master
Shows DSP channel number or
L
R
WDG = Wedge master
LEV
socket position in ALT VIEW
IEM = IEM master
AUX
Current MIX type
CH
PRE
FADER
Indicates the currently selected
Rotary setting
fader or rotary mix type.
Normal = PAN (fader mix), LEV (rotary mix)
GP, FX, AUX, MTX
Shifted = LEV, PAN, BLEND, SUB or M
NAME
CH FADER
Turns on when the strip fader is
the channel or master fader.
Turns off when the fader is a
send level control.
ON
The channel is assigned
to the current mix or
DCA.
PRE
The channel AUX or MTX
send is pre-fader. Off =
post-fader.
TouchScreen
The TouchScreen provides access to the FX, setup
and utility functions and presents an alternative
graphical view of the channel processing
parameters.
Touch a parameter box and change its value using
the screen encoder. To return to the root menu for
any screen mode touch the Return button.
Note - To display the channel parameters on the
screen make sure all the mode keys next to the
screen are turned off, or press the CHANNEL
PROCESSING key. A selected screen key overrides
the parameter view.
Note - Do not leave the screen in
NAME/COLOUR, MIXRACK or SURFACE setup
mode as these change the function of the SEL
keys.
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Set your operating preferences
PAFL – Choose:
Additive or auto cancel mode when you press more than one
PAFL key.
Options for the MIX and SEL keys to follow PAFL key
presses. For example, pressing a single key can route the
signal to the PAFL monitor, open its channel processing and
present its mix and assignments on the strips.
PFL Trim to balance relative levels between PFL and AFL.
Main mix to PAFL monitor level. Set to ‘-inf’ (off) to silence
the monitor when no PAFL is selected.
Note – Input PAFL overrides any Output (mix) PAFL which
overrides the Main mix.
SURFACE / Preferences
Use this screen to set your preferences to:
Link the fader Banks when you press the Layer keys.
Choose which Banks to link from the drop-down menu.
Display dB values on the strip LCDs when you move faders
and encoders.
Set momentary or latching TALK switch operation. For
example you could choose Latching if you are using a
switched talkback microphone.
Enable the Scene Up/Down/GO recall keys near the faders.
Enable Scene edit confirmation popup screens to help
prevent accidental overwriting of settings.
Choose the temperature display units in degree C or F.
Show the peak frequency activity on the RTA (real time
analyzer) display.
Set the strip LCD contrast.
Note - To avoid accidental scene recall make sure Enable
Scene Up/Down/Go is turned off unless you need to use the
GO keys next to the faders. Choosing the Scene
confirmation option can provide further protection.
ALT VIEW key
Naming channels overwrites their channel numbers in the
strip LCD displays. You can hold down the ALT VIEW key
near the faders to temporarily view the numbers. Use the
SURFACE / Alt View Setup screen to choose which
information to display when ALT VIEW is pressed. You can
select channel number, physical socket number or dB value.
You can also choose to access channel GAIN on the strip
rotary controls while in ALT VIEW mode, and change the
primary, shifted and alt functions.
FREEZE IN LAYERS key
You can temporarily 'freeze' (lock) a channel strip so that it
remains in view when you switch through the fader layers.
Hold down the FREEZE IN LAYERS key and press the strip
MIX keys to freeze or unfreeze selected strips. The blue
LEDs display which strips are frozen while the key is
pressed.
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Step 4 – Name and colour channels
Having chosen a Template show as your starting point, and set your operating preferences, you may wish
to prepare for your show by naming your inputs, mixes and DCAs, and applying colour to help identify
them by type or to highlight important channels. You can name channels with up to 5 characters entered
from an on-screen touch keyboard. You can colour each or ranges of channels with one of 6 colours or
no colour. This colour is displayed as the backlight to each strip LCD.
There are two ways to name and colour channels:
Channel Processing view
In normal mixing mode, press SEL to access the channel
processing. Make sure all screen keys are turned off so that
the channel parameters are displayed on the screen.
Navigate to the name and colour screen:
Input Channels - PREAMP screen
Mix Masters - EXT INPUT screen
DCA Masters – Top toolbar
Name & Colour screen
Press the TouchScreen NAME & COLOUR key.
Strip Select / Single Strip Select - Press a strip SEL key.
Touch Name to open the on-screen keypad. Touch Colour to
select a colour. Touch Apply.
Strip Select / Block Strip Select - Press the first SEL key
then the last in the range you want to colour. All green SEL
indicators in the range light. Touch Colour to select the
colour. Touch Apply.
Note – Naming is disabled in Block mode, apart from
resetting a block of names to their channel numbers.
Channel Select - Select Channel Type and the range. Select
Colour and press Apply.
Note - To restore the SEL keys to normal mixing mode turn
off the NAME & COLOUR key.
Touch Reset to delete the name and restore the channel
number.
Quick Menu
A quick naming facility opens a second keypad to let you
create and store up to 48x of your most often used names.
To apply, press a strip SEL key and simply touch a name.
Touch Edit to edit or create new names.
Note – The user defined quick names are stored in the Show
memories. These get overwritten with the contents of the
Show when it is recalled.
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Step 5 – Work with the channel processing
Channel Processing Block
SEL
PAFL
MUTE
MIX
* Processing SEL keys
Press and hold to toggle 48V
Access the Preamp, EQ and dynamics
Due to its compact size, the
smaller iLive surfaces do not
provide all the physical controls.
Access these parameters using
the TouchScreen.
Press a strip SEL key. Press the key again to turn it off or
press another to access a different channel.
* Press and hold any SEL key in the Processing Block
to temporarily send it to the PAFL system to listen to
and meter the signal at that point in the signal path.
The Channel Processing Block displays the current
settings for that channel. Controls illuminate if available.
The TouchScreen provides an alternative graphical view
and access to the input and insert patching, delay setting
and changing the name and colour. Touch the screen or
press the processing SEL keys to open the different
processing views. Touch All to return to the overview page.
Note - To view the processing parameters on the screen
make sure all the screen keys are turned off. The SEL keys
will not access the processing if you leave the screen in
NAME/COLOUR, MIXRACK or SURFACE .
The PREAMP screen lets you patch the Source to the DSP
channel, control the remote analogue mic preamp, adjust
channel Trim and Polarity, set name and colour, and adjust
the HPF (high pass filter).
Preamp
SAFE
Choose to present either the preamp controls (Gain, Pad,
48V, Polarity) or trim controls (Trim, Polarity) on the Surface
PREAMP section. This lets both FOH and Monitor engineers
work with their own independent trim controls once the Gain
has been set. All channels may be globally set to present
either the Preamp or Trim controls from the MIXRACK
SETUP / Mixer Pref screen. Once set, individual channels
may be changed from within their PREAMP screen.
Stereo channels provide source Mode and Width
controls.
L / R = Normal stereo input
R / L = Reversed stereo input
L -Pol / R = Stereo with inverted Left polarity
R -Pol/ L = Reversed stereo with inverted Right
Mono = Left and Right summed into mono
L /L = Left as mono source to both sides
R / R = Right as mono source to both sides
M / S = Middle/Side decode to stereo
Width
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A 1/3 octave 28-band GEQ (graphic equaliser) is provided for each of the 32 mix outputs.
Frequency response shows the combined
response of the slider settings. Can show the
response differences between the four GEQ
models.
RTA display with Peak Band follows the PAFL
signal. Go to SURFACE SETUP / Preferences
/ Surface to turn the Peak Band display option
on or off.
Frequency bands can be adjusted by touching
and dragging the sliders or turning the screen
Rotary control.
GEQ Fader Flip to display and control the
frequency bands using the faders.
Low frequency bands 31, 40 and 50Hz added in V1.9.
GEQ Mode to choose one of four models that
emulate classic equaliser types plus a unique
hybrid response type:
Constant-Q Symmetrical cut/boost where the width (Q) of
the filter is a constant 1/3rd octave for any amount of cut or
boost.
Proportional-Q Provides smooth wide Q for low cut/boost,
which progressively tightens beyond 1/3rd octave for max
boost/cut.
Digi-Q Gain and width are optimised to minimise band
interaction and to provide a frequency response as close to
the slider positions as possible.
Hybrid Allen & Heath have developed the best of both
worlds. The boost is proportional-Q for smooth and warm
small boost settings. The cut is Constant-Q providing
clinical 1/3rd Octave attenuation with minimal band
interaction.
GEQ on faders
Press a mix master SEL key to access the processing for
that master. The GEQ is controlled from the screen or on the
faders by pressing the Surface GEQ FADER FLIP key.
Press again to toggle between frequency banks and return
to normal fader mode.
In GEQ Fader Flip mode - The EQ frequencies are indicated
on the strip LCDs above. The strip meters display the RTA
(PAFL signal if one is selected). The red PK meters display
the dominant frequency if this option has been set in the
SURFACE / Preferences screen.
GEQ Fader Flip key
The fader on the right becomes the master or currently
active send level for the mix. Hold down ALT VIEW to
display the EQ dB settings on the strip LCDs. Press the strip
SEL keys to reset individual frequency bands to 0dB.
Mix master strip – Master fader or channel send level depending on active MIX key
Press SEL key to reset a band to ‘0’
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Step 6 – Work with the mix
SEL
PAFL
MUTE
Press a strip MIX key.
The current mix status is displayed in the lower
part of the strip LCDs. Mix sends are presented
on faders or encoders. The current mix selected
is displayed in the lower status bar of the screen.
MIX
Note – Make sure you are working with the
correct mix. After making your adjustments
remember to turn off the MIX key or return to your
main mix. Turning off the MIX key automatically
returns to the main mix.
There are two ways to work with the mix:
Master MIX view - All sends to one master
IP
4
MASTER
PAN
IP
IP
IP
IP
1
2
3
4
PAN
Current mix status
PAN
L
R
AUX
ON = channel is
assigned
PRE = Channel
send is set prefader.
PAN
L
R
R
LEV
CH
FADER
STEREO
AUX
IEM2
AUX
PRE
PAN
L
AUX
PRE
L
R
L
AUX
PRE
R
AUX
PRE
5
CH
FADER
ROTARY SHIFT
SEL
SEL
SEL
SEL
PRE/POST FADE
SEL
ASSIGN
MIX
3
MIX
MIX
MIX
MIX
2
4
1
Mix sends (Aux, FX, Matrix) may be
configured in the ROUTING screen as
fader or rotary sends.
Fader sends Faders = Sends
Encoders = Pan (if a stereo send)
Rotary sends Faders = Channel
(trim) Encoders = Sends
Shifted encoders = Pan
1
Press a master strip MIX key Its sources are presented across the channel strips.
2
Assign channels to the master
3
Set pre or post fader To set individual sends pre or post-fade, hold down the
PRE/POST key and then press channel SEL keys. To set all, hold down PRE/POST and press
the mix master SEL key.
4
Adjust the send levels
5
Adjust the image Use the encoders to adjust Pan for stereo or multi output main mix
type. Hold down ROTARY SHIFT and turn the encoders to adjust the second image control if
one is available, for example LCRplus Blend, Sub or M fill level, or encoder mix Pan.
To assign individual channels, hold down the
ASSIGN key then press channel MIX keys. To assign all, hold down ASSIGN then press the
mix master MIX key. The ON icon displays in the LCD for assigned channels.
Aux, FX and matrix mixes can be configured for sends on
faders or rotaries. For groups and DCAs (no send levels), the assignments are displayed on
the LCDs. The faders and encoders remain unaffected.
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Channel MIX view - Sends to all masters from one channel
STEREO
MASTERS
AUX
CHANNEL
IEM1
PAN
L
IP
R
AUX
LEV
1
CH
FADER
STEREO
AUX
STEREO
AUX
AUX
WDG1 WDG2 IEM1
AUX
PRE
PAN
IEM2
PAN
L
R
CH
FADER
PAN
L
PRE
5
R
PRE
L
R
PRE
PRE
ROTARY SHIFT
SEL
PRE/POST FADE
MIX
ASSIGN
3
SEL
SEL
SEL
SEL
MIX
MIX
MIX
MIX
Current mix status
ON = channel is
assigned
PRE = Channel
send is set prefader.
2
1
Mix sends (Aux, FX, Matrix) may be
configured in the ROUTING screen as fader
or rotary sends.
4
Fader sends Faders = sends from channel
Encoders = Pan (if stereo mixes)
Rotary sends Faders = Masters
Encoders = Sends from channels
Shifted encoders = Pan
1
Press a channel strip MIX key Its sends are presented across the master strips.
2
Assign the channels to each master
3
Set pre or post fader To set the send to each master pre or post-fade, hold down the
Hold down the ASSIGN key then press
master MIX keys to assign to the available mixes. The ON icon displays in the LCDs.
PRE/POST key and then press master SEL keys.
4
Adjust the send levels Aux, FX and matrix mixes can be configured for sends on
faders or rotaries. For groups and DCAs (no send levels), the faders and encoders remain
unaffected.
5
Adjust the image For stereo or multi output main mix use the master encoders to
adjust the send Pan. Hold down ROTARY SHIFT and turn the encoder to adjust Pan for
stereo mixes with encoder sends.
The ROUTING screen
Turn on the TouchScreen ROUTING page to display the
assignment and routing information for the channel or master
currently selected using a SEL key. This gives you access to
advanced routing options as well as an alternative to using
the MIX keys when adjusting sends and assignments.
In this screen you can view and change the channel mix and
DCA assignments, fader/pan/aux/matrix send levels, pre/post
fade settings and routing options.
Input - Also access the direct output level.
globally set in the MIXRACK SETUP screen.
Its source is
Aux - Also select the global channel send signal source for
each mix from a drop down menu.
Aux, Matrix - Choose to mix sends using the faders or rotary
encoders. This can be configured for each mix.
Note - Post-fader sends follow the fader level but get their
source as set in this screen.
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Spatial Modelling Reverberator
Work with the FX
Gated Reverb
iLive works with FX in a similar way to analogue consoles,
using a send and return path, for example reverb or delay
effect. You can also configure inserted effects such as a
flanger or reverb on a single channel.
2 Tap Delay
Automatic Double Tracker
Chorus
Inserted FX Patch the FX unit into a channel or mix
master signal path.
Flanger
ON
Symphonic Chorus
Dry
Hypabass Sub-harmonic Synthesis
FX
IN
Insert
12 Stage Phaser
Wet
OUT
Channel Signal Path
Dynamic EQ
POL
HPF GATE
PEQ COMP LIM
0
DELAY
FADER
MUTE
MIX
DE-ES
Multiband Compressor
Speaker Matrix Processor
CHANNEL
SENDS
Send / Return FX
Use a mix bus or channel Direct
Output to send channel signals to the FX unit. Return the
effect only (wet) signal via a stereo input or IP FX short return
to the main mix. The effect adds to the unaffected (dry)
signal routed directly to the main mix.
DIRECT OUTPUT
Patch from
Channel Direct Output
Mono or stereo AUX bus
Dedicated mono or stereo FX bus
Patch to
IN
FX
OUT
PEQ
Dedicated stereo FX IP
Mono or stereo IP channel
Short return
Full return
FULL PROCESSING
0
Dry
MAIN MIX
Use the MIX key to send to the FX as you would to an Aux.
To view and set up all 8 'RackExtra' FX select the
TouchScreen FX page. Touch one of the 8 virtual rack slots
shown across the top of the screen. Use the Library to load
into an empty position or change an effect type.
The Front Panel view presents the FX parameters. Touch a
parameter box or control and use the encoder to change the
setting.
All FX units feature a Dynamic FX Shaper DFX which can
use the source to Duck or Gate the effect automatically. This
provides dynamic control of the effect, for example to
prevent reverb or echo swamping the signal during loud,
busy passages.
The Back Panel view lets you configure whether the effect is
inserted into a channel or master, or set up as a send/return
path. Choose the source feeding the FX and its output
routing. The source can be patched from a dedicated FX
send bus (if configured in the Mix Config screen), a mono or
stereo Aux, or channel direct output (saves using up mix
buses). The FX can be patched via a mono or stereo input
channel or dedicated FX return 'short' channel which
provides full routing and a PEQ, and is in addition to the 64
processing channels.
Press SEL on either an FX send master or return channel to
open the FX screen if none of the screen keys is already
selected. The channel Processing Block PEQ becomes
available when selecting the return.
Tap Tempo
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You can assign delay FX tap tempo to SoftKeys using the
SURFACE / SoftKey Setup screen. Multiple tap keys may
be assigned as these are linked to specific FX units. Choose
whether to display the tempo on the associated LED.
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Wet
Dynamic Processing Firmware V1.9 introduced two
powerful new processing tools to the FX Rack, the Dynamic
EQ and the Multiband Compressor. These are typically
found in recording and broadcast but becoming increasingly
popular in live sound mixing. You can find out more about
their application from specialist publications or the Internet.
Load these effects into available slots in the FX Rack and
then Insert them into the required channels or mixes, for
example a lead vocal channel or an instrument group. Patch
the processor using the FX screen Back Panel view.
Load into an FX Rack slot
Back Panel view
Set as Insert
Choose channel to insert FX into
Set to fully Wet
Switch FX in or out of circuit
Multiband Compressor A compressor where the
signal is split into several frequency bands and each is
compressed according to the dynamics of the signal within
that frequency range. This can reduce the ‘pumping’ effect
common in single band compressors by preventing the
compression affecting unrelated frequencies.
The FX Rack includes two multiband compressor types,
MultiBD3 (3-band) and MultiBD4 (4-band), providing
independent compression control over 3 or 4 different
frequency bands.
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Dynamic EQ A 4-band parametric equaliser where the
amount of cut or boost is dynamically changed according to
the level of the signal above or below a threshold within each
frequency band. You can choose whether to apply cut or
boost when the signal goes above or below the threshold
point.
Threshold View
Filter View
For information on the other FX available please refer to the HELP MANUAL available from
the iLive Surface TouchScreen UTILITY menu and within the Editor software. Visit the
Allen & Heath web site to download the Understanding iLive FX V1.9 document.
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Using DCA groups
A DCA is the digital equivalent of the analogue console VCA
group. iLive features 16 DCA groups.
To assign channels to a DCA group, select the DCA master
MIX key. Hold down ASSIGN and press channel MIX keys to
toggle ON or off. Alternatively open the DCA master
ROUTING screen using its SEL key.
Note - Make sure you turn off the DCA master MIX key or
select your usual MIX after you have finished assigning the
groups.
Pressing a DCA master PAFL key mixes all assigned
channels to the PAFL monitor.
Pressing a DCA master MUTE key mutes all channels
assigned to the group. This affects all pre and post fade
signals as if the channel mutes have been pressed
The strip DCA MUTE indicator lights and the LCD DCA icon
flashes if the channel is muted by the DCA group.
DCA icon
DCA mute
Start with the DCA master fader set to ‘0’ normal position.
In this position the assigned channel levels are unaffected by
the master. Raise the master to boost the assigned channel
levels by up to +10dB. Lower the master to reduce the
levels to fully off.
Using DCAs to create MUTE GROUPS
With 16 DCAs available you should have enough to use
some for 'VCA' mixing, and configure others as mute groups.
A Mute Group mode can be set for each DCA group. Press
the DCA master SEL key to open its TouchScreen view.
Select the ROUTING screen. Touch the DCA Fader to 0dB
button to set mute group mode. The master fader ‘snaps’ to
0dB.
Assign channels to the DCA group in the normal way. Use
the DCA master MUTE key as the mute group master.
Using the SoftKeys for Mute Groups
Mute Groups
The DCA master MUTE keys may be assigned to the user
SOFT keys next to the screen. This is useful once you have
assigned the groups as you can hide its fader masters on a
layer you are not using.
To assign SoftKeys use the SURFACE / SoftKey Setup
screen.
The Template Shows provided with the iLive already have
the Soft keys preconfigured as DCA group 1-8 mutes.
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Channel Ganging
Ganging lets you link selected processing and mix
parameters between input channels or masters, for example
the EQ, gate and compressor of a stereo keyboard, or the
GEQ of the L and R main mix. Ganging does not include the
input Preamp (gain).
SEL
PAFL
MUTE
To enter Ganging Setup mode and view and assign ganged
input or mix master channel parameters, select the
TouchScreen MIXRACK / Ganging page.
MIX
Ganged channels must be compatible input or mix types. Up
to 8 gangs can be assigned with up to 8 channels each.
The parameters available to be ganged are known as the
'attributes'. These include processing such as EQ and
dynamics, delay, routing levels and assignments and mutes.
Touch a numbered Gang box in the left hand pane. Press
the SEL key on the first channel strip you want to gang. Now
touch the screen Attributes tab and highlight the parameters
you want to gang. Touch Apply to accept the changes. Now
press the SEL keys for the other channels you want to add
to the gang.
The channels currently ganged are shown in the Members
tab and on the related fader strip SEL keys. To remove
gangs use the strip SEL keys or the Remove buttons in the
Members tab.
Note – Do not leave the screen in the Ganging page. To
restore normal operation of the strip SEL keys make sure
you exit the Ganging setup screen.
COPY / PASTE / RESET
The Surface provides dedicated edit keys to let you quickly
copy or reset settings.
Hold down the COPY key and then press a SEL or MIX key
anywhere on the Surface to copy its related settings to the
'clipboard'. Now hold down the PASTE key and press the
related SEL or MIX key on the channel or master strip you
wish to copy the settings to. You can paste the clipboard
settings into multiple channels.
To reset parameters to factory default hold down the RESET
key and press the SEL or MIX key of the channel or master
strip or processing block you wish to reset.
Settings that can be copied and reset:
Any Processing Block SEL - Parameters associated with that
block, for example, just the Preamp, PEQ or compressor.
Channel, FX return or master strip SEL - All processing
parameters associated with that channel, but not the Preamp
settings or mix sends and assignments.
Channel or master strip MIX - Mix parameters including the
send levels, group and DCA assignments, but not fader
level, source or pre/post settings. For example, you can
copy one Aux mix into another as a starting point for setting
up that monitor mix.
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Step 7 – Patch the sockets
The iLive features a built-in soft patchbay that lets you freely patch input and output sockets. The default
Template Shows provide a standard patch as a useful starting point. You can change this patching to suit
your application and store it in the Scene and Show memories.
View and patch channel INPUT sockets
Press SEL for an input channel and view its screen PREAMP
page (Make sure the keys next to the TouchScreen are
turned off). Use the Source Select boxes at the top of the
screen to view and change the input socket feeding the
channel.
The sockets are identified by Device (Rack,
Surface or Port B), Slot (position) and Socket (number).
View and patch OUTPUT sockets
Signals available to patch:
Mono/St Group
Mono/St Aux
Main mix
Mono/St Matrix
Input channel direct output
PAFL monitor L, R
MixRack inputs (mic split)
Bus out 1-32
Wedge/IEM monitor
ACE link (Port A)
Port B (network option)
Select the TouchScreen OUTPUTS screen. Touch the tab to
select which output sockets to patch - MixRack, Surface or
Port B (if the option is fitted).
Touch Single to select and patch a signal to one output.
Touch Range to patch related signals to a range of sockets.
Touch Apply after each change.
Select the tab to view the sockets
you wish to patch.
Touch the socket to view its current
patch or to select it for patching.
Select source from the drop-down
menu and number box.
Touch Apply to confirm the change
If you have the AES digital output card option fitted then
assign these in the same way. Assign a pair of outputs to
each AES socket, for example 7 and 8.
Patching INSERTS
In most cases you do not need to insert outboard
processing. However, if required you can assign output and
input sockets as insert sends and returns for situations
where an engineer wants to use a particular device. Any
number of inserts may be assigned.
Press a channel or mix SEL key. Return to the top level
parameter screen. Touch the INSERT panel to open the
INSERT screen.
Use the drop down menus to assign the send and return
Devices. After selecting both, touch Apply. Select the
required Operating Level, typically +4dBu.
Note - Once a socket is assigned as an insert it is no longer
available for other purposes. Unassign the insert to re-use
the sockets.
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Step 8 – Customise your configuration
Once you have familiarised yourself with the operation of the iLive through using a Template Show, you
may wish to take advantage of its unique flexibility by reconfiguring the channel and master strip layout,
DSP mix bus and stereo channel architecture, soft key assignments and more. You can ‘design’ your
own console to suit the way you like to work.
Note - These instructions are intended to get you started. For more information on configuring the iLive
and using its advanced features please refer to the TouchScreen HELP manual and other information
which you can download from the Allen & Heath web site.
To change the FADER STRIP LAYOUT
Any input, mix master, DCA master or Wedge/IEM master
can be assigned to any strip on any layer in any Bank.
Go to the SURFACE SETUP / Strip Setup screen.
Select Single to assign a single strip. Press a channel SEL
key. Assign Channel Type using the drop down menu.
Touch Channel Number and use the encoder to scroll to the
number you want. Press Apply.
Select Block to assign a range of strips. Press the start strip
SEL key. Press the end strip SEL key. Assign the channel
type and start number as above.
Unused (blank)
Input channel
Mono/St Group
Mono/St Aux
Mono/St FX send
Main
Mono/St Matrix
Input FX return
DCA master
Wedge/IEM master
Note - The strip SEL keys are used to select which strips to
assign while in this mode. Make sure you exit SETUP mode
to restore normal channel processing selection.
To change the MIX BUS configuration
Press the TouchScreen MIXRACK key to view the current
channel settings and assignments of the 32 mix buses.
MIXRACK / Mixer Config / Mix Config - Use this screen to
change the mix bus configuration.
Configure the 32 mix buses as a combination of mono or
stereo Groups, Auxes, FX sends, Main mix and Matrix.
Configure all or as many buses as you need. Counters keep
a check on the number of buses, mix outputs and FX sends
remaining. Press Apply when finished.
None - No main mix, eg. Monitor mixer
M - Mono
LR - Stereo
LRSub - 3way mix with separate sub mix
LRM - 3way mix with send to a mono fill
LCR - Conventional LCR panning
LCRSub - LCR with separate sub mix
LCRM - LCR with send to mono fill
LCRplus - LCR with pan and blend control
Radio LRM – For broadcast application
For monitor mixing, you can also choose whether to apply
processing to the engineer's Wedge or IEM monitor master
when using the system as a dedicated Monitor console.
Note - Reconfiguring the channel stereo and mix bus
architecture makes major changes to the system DSP and
overwrites related settings. These changes can take up to 1
minute to process and should be made during system setup
and not during the show.
Note – Changing the DSP architecture resets the mix and
channel parameters. If you want to keep your settings store
these first as a Scene memory. Recall the Scene after
making your changes.
Store settings before changing configuration
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Step 9 - Save your settings
iLive provides different types of memory to store your settings. Back up your settings to the onboard
memories or archive them to your PC via USB key. For more information refer to the on screen HELP
manual.
Power down memory
You do not need to store settings before switching the
system off. iLive remembers its last settings on power down
and restores these when the system is next turned on. Your
settings are restored even if mains power is lost without
warning.
User Profiles
iLive lets you set up and work with up to 8 'User Profiles'. You
can set permissions and a password for each to restrict
operator access to certain functions.
The 'Admin' user (Administrator) has access to all functions
and can set permissions and allocate passwords if required
for the other users. Up to 7 guest users may be configured
and activated.
To set up User Profiles go to the TouchScreen UTILITY /
Configuration / Edit User Profiles page. Touch a User
button. Use the onscreen keypad to enter a user Name and
add a Comment. Set a Password if required. Touch Set
Permissions to enable or disable access to certain functions.
You can also assign a User Scene which will recall
automatically when the user logs in. Select No User Scene if
none is required. Activate any user profiles you want to
appear in the Change User or log in screen.
Note - Only set passwords if you really need to. Make sure
you keep a log of all passwords allocated. Clearing
passwords required resetting internal jumpers and clearing
the memories.
To log in as a different user go to the TouchScreen
UTILITY page and touch the Change User button. If a
password has been set then you are prompted to enter it
when you turn the system on or lock or unlock the Surface.
Libraries
You can name, store and recall parameter settings as User
libraries, or recall factory presets from the Library pane in
each processing screen.
Library types:
PEQ
GEQ
Noise Gate
Compressor
Limiter/De-esser
Full input channel processing
Full mix channel processing
FX emulations
PL-Anet setup
iLive Fixed Format Getting Started Guide
Libraries can be archived to computer or transferred
between iLive systems using a USB key. Press the
TouchScreen UTILITY / Configuration / Library Manager
key to work with the USB library function. If you plug in a
USB key with libraries available these will be listed in the
related Library screens. You do not need to copy them to the
Surface to work with them. Copy libraries from the iLive to
the USB key to archive or transfer them.
Note - For iLive to see the Libraries on your USB key they
should be placed in an 'allenheath \ libraries’ folder in the
root directory of your key. If libraries have been previously
transferred from an iLive to the key then the folder should
exist already.
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Scene memories
iLive has 250 Scene memories. These are 'snapshots' of all
or a selection of the live mixing parameters. They do not
store the DSP bus configuration and user preferences.
Before starting go to the SURFACE / Preferences screen
and set the options to enable or disable the Scene
Up/Down/Go keys, and turn on or off the Scene Editing
Confirmation popup box. For the most secure operation we
recommend that you disable these keys and turn on the
confirmation popups.
Select the SCENE screen. Highlight a Scene in the left hand
list. Touch Name to open the onscreen keypad and enter a
name with up to 14 characters. Touch Description to add a
comment with up to 32 characters.
Preferences
Recall Scene
The quickest way to work with Scenes is to store everything.
Touch Store All to store all parameters to the Scene. Touch
Recall to overwrite the current iLive settings with the
contents of the memory. Once a Scene has contents stored
a green tick is displayed next to its name.
Note – To avoid losing important settings take care when
storing or recalling Scenes.
Store all settings
Update existing contents of Scene
For more advanced applications you can choose what
parameters to put into a Scene so that only those are
overwritten. Touch Edit To open the list of available
parameters. Use the + and - buttons to expand or collapse
the list, and the View buttons to select parameters by type or
channel. You can make Single or Multiple selections.
Highlight your selection and touch Add to add them to the
Scene list on the right. You can add and remove items from
the Scene, and update items already in the Scene with the
current console settings. When you have finished editing the
contents Return to the Scene Manager page.
Touch Update to update just the existing contents of a
Scene with the current console settings. Unlike Store All this
does not add everything to the Scene.
You can copy, paste and delete Scenes. Highlight a Scene
in the list and touch Copy. Highlight another Scene and
touch Paste. The contents of the first Scene are pasted into
the second. The name is not copied. If that Scene was
empty a green tick will now appear. You can paste the
Scene into multiple locations. When you Delete a Scene its
contents are removed and the name reverts to 'No Name'.
Settings in the Scene
Settings available to add
Tip - You can use copy/paste to quickly set up several
Scenes with the same content list, and then use Update to
store different parameter settings for each as the sound
check or show progresses.
Reorder mode - Lets you re-arrange the 250 Scenes by
moving, copying, deleting them or clearing their contents.
Select single or multiple Scenes. Use the TouchScreen
encoder to highlight the new position when moving or
copying Scenes. Touch Apply to confirm the edit.
Move – Repositions Scenes in the list.
Copy – Copies the name and contents to other
Scenes in the list.
Remove – Choose to clear the name and contents
of Scenes, or to delete them from the list.
Flip between Normal and Reorder mode
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Scene Recall Safes lets you make selected input
channels, mix and DCA masters 'safe' so that their
parameters are not overwritten when a Scene is recalled.
Hold down the Surface SCENE SAFES key and press the
strip MIX keys on channels you want to make safe. The
SAFE icon in the strip LCDs turns on for channels made
safe. You can also right click the MIX or SEL button in the
channel windows in Editor to access the Safe setting.
Examples of channels to make Safe:
Walk-in music - Background music such as CD or iPod
played while the audience arrives or while the next band is
being set up on stage. You could recall the Scene for the
band without interrupting the intermission music.
Continuity channels - One or more presenters talking to
the audience while another act is getting ready on stage.
Recalling the Scene for the act will not affect or interrupt the
presenters.
Mute (DCA) Groups - It can be useful to set up a few
‘safe’ mute groups to mute a band or act during changeover.
Making them safe prevents any unexpected noises on
recalling a Scene where channels were left unmuted after
sound check.
Preamp Safes The mic preamp is automatically included
in channels made safe using the SAFES key. If you do not
want to make the preamp safe, for example because you
have patched it to more than one input channel, you can
change its safe status using the Preamp screen Safe button.
Alternatively you can make just the preamp Safe, for
example if you have had to make a gain change to a preamp
which is recalled in several Scenes.
Safes Map Selected parameters on selected channels
and masters can be made safe from Scene recall from within
the Scenes Safes page. Touch the Safes button to open the
page.
Navigate the tabs to find the parameters and channels you
wish to make safe. Touch a channel number in the left
column to make all parameters for that channel safe. Touch
a parameter button in the top row to make that parameter
safe across all channels. Use the buttons at the top to set or
reset all items on that page.
The Patchbay item can be found in the Other tab.
MixRack Boot Scene For fixed installations where it is
required that parameters are reset to a known starting point
when the system is powered up or restarted. This affects
MixRack parameters only, not the Surface. Any Scene with
all or partial parameters may be set as the Boot Scene from
the MIXRACK SETUP / Mixer Pref / Preferences screen.
The Home screen makes it clear when this option is
enabled. Only set a Boot Scene if it is needed.
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Show memories
You can archive your configuration as a Show memory.
Show memories overwrite all the settings. These include:
Factory default Template shows
Archive settings as a User Show




The system configuration
All current parameters
All 250 Scenes
User preferences.
Shows are stored on the TouchScreen computer within the
Surface or on the Editor laptop and can be transferred
between systems using a USB key.
To work with the Show memories go to the UTILITY /
Configuration / Show Manager screen.
Template Shows – Template Shows are factory defaults and
cannot be deleted. They give you a quick starting point for
mixing with iLive and can be edited to create your own User
shows.
User Show list
To recall a Show, highlight the Show in the list and then
touch the Recall button. Confirm the action. It can take
several minutes for a Show to recall.
User Shows - To archive your settings as a User Show
touch the Archive Show button. Type in a name using the
onscreen keypad. Press Enter to archive the show. This
takes a few seconds to complete.
To overwrite an existing User Show highlight it in the list and
touch Archive. The keypad opens with its name displayed.
Either type in a new name to archive it as a different show, or
just press Enter to overwrite the existing show.
Note - Recalling a show overwrites all the system settings
and can change your mix architecture and patching. Make
sure existing settings are archived first if you want to keep
them to use again in the future. Show recall can take several
minutes depending on how much information is stored.
Note - Show recall should only be used when reconfiguring
your system for a different event. This would typically be
done once for the event. Use the Scene memories rather
than Shows to recall settings for different scenes in a theatre
performance, bands at a music festival, day to day setups in
a church, and so on.
Note - For iLive to see the Shows on your USB key they
should be placed in an 'allenheath \ shows' folder in the root
directory of your key. If you have previously archived Shows
to the key using an iLive then this folder should have already
been created.
Show open with its Scenes listed
Scene transfer Filter
USB Scene Transfer – Use this function in the UTILITY /
Configuration screen for situations where you want to
import settings from a guest engineer’s USB key but do not
want to overwrite all your system settings.
USB Scene Transfer displays all the User Shows available on
the USB key. Open a Show to list the Scenes stored within.
The ‘Last Settings’ item is the setup that was current when
the Show was archived.
Set the Transfer Filter to block the settings you want to
protect, for example the output patching and master strip
assignments in a festival situation.
You can copy from the USB key to iLive or iLive to the key
through the filter. This overwrites a Scene location but does
not recall its settings.
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Dual-Rack input expansion
Two MixRacks may be connected in Dual-Rack mode to expand the number of input channels from 64 to
128. The number of physical inputs available depends on which MixRacks are used. This does not
expand the number of mix buses.
Step 1:
iLive Surface
Important note: The Master and Slave MixRacks must
have unique IP addresses and Unit Names.
iLive-R72
iLive-T80
Make sure both addresses and names have been set
before the two MixRacks are connected together.
iLive-T112
ACE
Network settings
Set these in Network Settings
For example:
Master
CH1-64
Including Surface audio
Step 2:
The ACE option
card must be
fitted to Master
MixRack Port B
Port B
NETWORK
ACE
Slave
ACE1
CH65-128
Check the Master
Port B Mode setting
in the MIXRACK /
Mixer Pref
screen. Typically
choose
'Redundancy Off:
In1-64 from Link1
Link the Master and Slave MixRacks using 2x CAT5
cables. According to your preference, choose:
Method 1 – Connect a Master Network port to a Slave
Network port. Connect Master Port B ACE 1 to Slave
Port A ACE. or
Method 2 – Link a Master Network socket to its Port B
Bridge socket. Then use one cable to connect Master
Port B ACE 1 to Slave port A ACE.
Refer to Allen & Heath web site for recommended cable
type and maximum length.
Separate cables
for audio and
control
Step 3:
Set up Dual-Rack system
Using the Surface TouchScreen go to Utility / Network /
Dual MixRack Setup.
NETWORK ACE
(control) (audio)
Master
ACE
Connect Dual-Rack system
Connect the Surface to the Master MixRack using 1x
CAT5 cable in ACE Port A.
Method 1
NETWORK
192.168.1.1 “Master 1-64”
192.168.1.4 “Slave 65-128”
Port B
Bridge
Slave
Touch Add Slave. Highlight a MixRack in the list to add
as Slave.
If required Slave
Port B may be
used for audio
networking,
recording and
other more.
Touch Inspect. Details of the MixRack are displayed.
Check that the firmware is compatible.
Touch Apply to add the MixRack as a Slave. The
MixRack reboots and resets its parameters.
Note:
ACE1
Method 2
Control bridged
over ACE for
single cable link
to the Slave.
ACE
(control and audio)
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
Channels 1-64 are sourced from the Master MixRack
(Preamps cannot be mapped across MixRacks).

Channels 65-128 are sourced from the Slave
MixRack.

Surface audio can only be assigned between
channels 1- 64 (connects to Master MixRack).

Each MixRack processes its own channels 1-64 or
65-128.

The Master MixRack processes the 32 buses.

FX may be inserted on Master channels 1-64 only.

Channels cannot be ganged across MixRacks.

The Reset Network Settings recessed switch
restores default single MixRack operation.
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System example
The following is just one of many system combinations possible with iLive. Here, two MixRacks are linked
for digital mic split from one set of preamps feeding two independent mixers, one for FOH, the other for
on-stage monitors. One engineer uses a compact T80 Surface to mix the house sound, the other uses a
wireless laptop to mix monitors on stage.
FOH SYSTEM
MONITOR SYSTEM
Laptop
EDITOR
48 mic inputs
iDR-48
T Series Surface
ACE
Check the Master Port B
ACE Mode setting in the
MIXRACK / Mix Pref
screen.
control audio
Local FOH audio
iDR-16
Port B
ACE
Network
Bridge
digital mic split (48 mics)
tunnel FOH outputs back to stage
network link
Network
Bridge
Port B
ACE
Wireless router for PC running Editor
Master system The iDR-48 provides a
large number of mic inputs for sources on
stage, and plenty of outputs to feed the wedge
and IEM monitors.
Slave system The small iDR-16 with its
64x32 DSP can mix a full 64 channels even
though it has just 16 inputs. It gets the 48 mics
via the Port B digital split. The T80 provides 8
more inputs at the Surface for local sources.
With the 8 internal FX returns this is the
equivalent of a 64 channel analogue mixer.
Port B provides a digital mic splitter. In this
example ACE™ is used. Alternatives are MADI
or Dante. Patch the MixRack Inputs to Port B
using the OUTPUTS screen. This takes the
signal straight after the preamp so that each
engineer has their own channel Trim control.
Because the 48 mic sources are received via
Port B it is necessary to patch Port B inputs to
the iDR-16 channels instead of the local
sockets. Do this for individual channels using
their PREAMP screens, or for a range of
channels from the MIXRACK SETUP / Mix Pref
screen Quick Input Setup function.
The NETWORK is shown bridged at both ends
to the ACE™ cards using short CAT5 cables
(part number AH7812). This is only necessary
if you want your laptop to be able to access
both systems via the wireless router. Make
sure each MixRack, Surface and network
device has a unique IP address. If you need
just audio then leave the Bridge sockets
unplugged.
Feeds to the house PA can be routed from FOH
or tunnelled back to the stage via Port B.
These are patched to Port B at the sending end
and to the iDR-48 sockets at the receiving end
using the OUTPUTS screen.
The audio clock is set to sync off Remote Port
B derived from the iDR-48 master. Set this
using the MIXRACK SETUP / Mix Pref screen.
This example shows a compact two engineer
system with wireless laptop or iPad controlling
monitor mixes. Alternatively you could connect
another Surface to the iDR-48 so that each
engineer works with their own Surface. A
laptop or iPad can be added at either or both
ends in addition to or instead of the Surface.
Find out more about using the iLive
We hope that this guide has given you a quick start to mixing with the iLive. Take some quiet time to
familiarise yourself with the more advanced functions and utility screens. For further information please
refer to the TouchScreen HELP manual in the UTILITY screen and other user resources which can be
downloaded from the Allen & Heath web site. Share experiences and tips with other iLive users by visiting
our online User Forum.
Happy mixing!
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iLive-R72 Rack Ears - Fitting Instructions
Desk Top - Side Trims Fitted
237mm (9.33")
1 To fit rack ears
Remove 8x M4 x 8mm TORX screws
Use T20 driver
172mm (6.77")
120.7mm (4.75")
52.5mm (2.07")
368mm (14.5")
482.2mm (19")
540mm (21.26")
from front of trim
Rack Ears - Flush Mounted
M6 x 16mm SLOT screw
part AB0344
3
217mm (8.54")
M6 cup washer
part AB0345
12U
Two rack ear positions are available – either
flush with the control panel or angled at 16
degrees for a lower profile fit.
13U
131mm (5.16")
2
Refit 5x M4 x 8mm screws
Store remaining screws
Rack Ears - Angled
When rack mounting ensure adequate
ventilation and space for the connectors,
cables and lamp fitting at the rear.
Note – Due to the height of the TouchScreen
a rack case with a deep lid is required. Many
standard off-the-shelf equipment cases are not
intended for consoles such as the iLive.
However, most flight case manufacturers can
provide custom cases to suit different mixer
models.
470mm (18.5")
533.4mm (21") 12U rail
578mm (22.75") 13U rail
563mm (22.2") to rear of pod
from front of rack rail
The iLive-R72 Surface can be configured for
desk top, flight case, 19” rack or furniture
installation. The plastic side trims can be
removed and replaced with the metal rack
ears provided. A minimum 12U rack space is
needed. More may be needed depending on
connector access requirements.
230mm (9.06")
193mm (7.6")
16 degrees
3
1mm to end of 12U rail
47.5mm (1.87")
36.8mm (1.45")
M4 x 8mm TORX screw
part AB0332
from front of rack rail
2
485.5mm (19.1")
513mm (20.2")
540.5mm (21,3")
133.3mm (5.25")
Dimensions
190.6mm (7.5")
C
Desk Top
471.4mm (18.56") with side trims fitted
133.3mm (5.25")
33mm (1.3")
Rack Mounted
482mm (19") with rack ears fitted
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Fixed Format iLive - Default Template Show 1_FOH-LRSub
Dedicated Front-of-House, or mixing monitors from FOH
3-way main mix LR+Sub, 8 Groups, 12 Auxes, 8 FX, 8 Matrix, 16 DCA Groups
Assigned to surface: LR+Sub, 8 Groups, 12 Auxes, 4 FX, 8 Matrix, 5 DCA Groups
Bus configuration
LRSub main mix
4 mono, 2 stereo Groups
8 mono, 2 stereo Auxes
6 mono FX sends
4 mono, 2 stereo Matrix
16 DCAs
Channels
CH1 - 60 = mono
CH61/62, 63/64 = stereo
FX
6 Send>Return stereo FX
2 insertable stereo FX
You can change the configuration and layout to suit your application
Name and archive your new configuration as a User Show
Fader layout - Inputs on left fader banks, Masters on right bank as shown below:
iLive-R72
MAIN
iLive-T80
MTX
L R Sub 1
A
DCA
1 2 3 4
B
AUX
1 2 3 4
AUX
5 6 7 8
FX send
1 2 3 4
FX ret
1 2 3 4
MAIN
Masters
MAIN
5 L R Sub A
DCA
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
5 6 S1 S2
B
1 2 3 4
5 6 S1 S2
B
C
FX ret
1 2 3 4
FX send
1 2 3 4
C
FX ret
1 2 3 4
FX send
1 2 3 4
C
D
GRP
1 2 S1 S2
MATRIX
1 2 S1 S2
D
GRP
1 2 3 4
DCA
1 2 3 4
iLive-T112
Masters
AUX
5 L R Sub A
AUX
MAIN
S1 L R Sub D
MATRIX on middle bank
Surface audio
E
Inputs
55/6 54 53 52 51 50 49
F
C
7/8 6 5 4 3 2 1
SoftKeys = DCA mutes
AUX sends on Faders
FX sends on Faders
Inputs
CHANNEL
63/4 62 61 60 59 58 57
A
7/8 6 5 4 3 2 1
B
D
4 3 2 1
MATRIX
2L/R 1R 1L 1 S R L
MATRIX
MAIN
Outputs
T112 T80, R72
MixRack audio
CHANNEL
iDR-64, iDR-48
iDR-32
MAIN
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
L R S 1
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1L 1R 2L 2R
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
1 2 3 4
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
5 6 7 8
33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
1L 1R 2L 2R
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
1 2 3 4
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iDR-16
MAIN
MAIN
MATRIX
L R S 1
1L 1R 2L 2R
MATRIX
L R S 1
MATRIX
1 2 3 4
AUX
1 2 3 4
AUX
5 6 1L 1R
AUX
MATRIX
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Dedicated Monitor console
Assigned to surface: 6 Wedge, 2 Sidefill, 6 stereo IEM, 2 FX, engineer's listen Wedge/IEM
Bus configuration
2 mono, 1 stereo Groups
8 mono, 6 stereo Auxes
6 mono FX sends
2 mono, 1 stereo Matrix
16 DCAs
Channels
CH1 - 60 = mono
CH61/62, 63/64 = stereo
FX
6 Send>Return stereo FX
2 insertable stereo FX
You can change the configuration and layout to suit your application
Name and archive your new configuration as a User Show
Fader layout - Inputs on left fader banks, Masters on right bank as shown below:
iLive-R72
iLive-T80 / T112
DCA
1 2 3 4
5 6 W IEM A
B
AUX
1 2 3 4
5 6 W IEM B
C
AUX
S1 S2 S3 S4
S5 S6 W IEM C
ret FX send
1 2 1 2
AUX Listen
7 8 W IEM D
AUX
4 5 6 W
AUX
S1 S2 S3 IEM D
Listen
Listen
MATRIX on middle bank (T112)
AUX
Surface audio
S4 S5 S6 IEM E
AUX FX snd
7 8 1 2
Listen
A
AUX
1 2 3 W
Masters
DCA
1 2 3 4
Inputs
55/6 54 53 52 51 50 49
F
7/8
63/4 62 61 60 59 58 57
C
A
7/8 6 5 4 3 2 1
6 5 4 3 2 1
SoftKeys = DCA mutes
AUX sends on Faders
FX sends on Faders
Inputs
CHANNEL
D
B
1R 1L R L
W
MTX
Listen
Outputs
2R 2L 1R 1L
AUX
T112 T80, R72
MixRack audio
CHANNEL
iDR-64, iDR-48
iDR-32
iDR-16
AUX
AUX
AUX
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
5 6 7 8
5 6 7 8
5 6 7 W
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
1L 1R 2L 2R
1L 1R 2L 2R
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
3L 3R 4L 4R
W
33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
5L 5R 6L 6R
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
W
L R
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L R
Listen
Listen
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Inputs
Dimensions and Weights
XLR Mic/Line Inputs
Mic/Line Preamp
Input Sensitivity
Analogue Gain
Pad
Maximum Input Level
Input Impedance
Mic EIN
Balanced XLR, +48V phantom power
Fully recallable
‐65 to +15dBu
+10 to +65dB, 1dB steps
‐25dB
+32dBu
>4kΩ (Pad out), >10kΩ (Pad in)
‐127dB with 150Ω source
TRS Line Inputs
Input Sensitivity
Trim
Maximum Input Level Input Impedance
Balanced 1/4" TRS jack (T and R Series)
Nominal +4dBu
+/‐24dB, recallable
+22dBu
>6kΩ
RCA Line Inputs
Input Sensitivity
Trim
Maximum Input Level Input Impedance
Unbalanced RCA phono (T and R Series)
Nominal 0dBu
+/‐24dB, recallable
+18dBu
>10kΩ
Control
Digital Inputs
SPDIF
AES (modular)
Optical (modular)
Digital Audio Clock In
SRC on each pair. Up to 96kHz sampling rate
2 Ch RCA, 600mV, coax terminated input 75Ω
2 Ch XLR, 2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110 Ω
2 Ch Toslink
BNC (modular iLive)
Faders
Fader Banks
Control Strips
Touch Screen
Strip Display
SoftKeys
Outputs
Modular iLive
iDR10 MixRack 9U
iDR0 MixRack 2U
iLive‐112 Surface
iLive‐144 Surface
iLive‐176 Surface
iPS10 Backup PSU 2U
Width x Depth x Height
482 x 350 x 400mm (19"x 13.8"x 15.8") 26kg (57lbs)
482 x 310 x 88mm (19"x 12.2"x 3.5") 7.3kg (16lbs)
1006 x 707 x 353mm (39.6"x 27.7"x 13.9") 43kg (95lbs)
1206 x 707 x 353mm (47.5"x 27.7"x 13.9") 48kg (106lbs)
1406 x 707 x 353mm (55.4"x 27.7"x 13.9") 54kg (119lbs)
482 x 310 x 88mm (19"x 12.2"x 3.5") 7kg (15lbs)
Fixed Format iLive
iDR‐16 MixRack 3U
iDR‐32 MixRack 6U
iDR‐48 MixRack 8U
iDR‐64 MixRack 9U
iLive‐R72 ‐ With Sidetrims
iLive‐T80
iLive‐T112
xDR‐16 Expander Rack 3U
Width x Depth x Height
482 x 300 x 132mm (19"x 11.8"x 5.2") 7.5kg (16.5lbs)
482 x 250 x 265mm (19"x 10"x 10.4") 12kg (26.4lbs)
482 x 250 x 353mm (19"x 10"x 13.9") 16kg (35.2lbs)
482 x 250 x 399mm (19"x 10"x 15.7") 17.5kg (38.5lbs)
472 x 540 x 237mm (18.6"x 21.3"x 9.3") 12kg (26.5lbs)
770 x 635 x 280mm (30.2"x 11"x 9.3") 20kg (44lbs)
1083 x 635 x 280mm (42.6"x 11"x 9.3") 27kg (59.4lbs)
482 x 300 x 132mm (19"x 11.8"x 5.2") 7kg (15.4lbs)
100mm motorised, up to 44 faders
Independent banks with 4 layers each
From 72 to 176 depending on Surface size
8.4" TFT, 800x600 resolution
LCD per strip, 7 assignable backlight colours
8 assignable keys
Control Network
TCP/IP Ethernet, built‐in 3‐port switch
MIDI
PL‐Anet
Ganging
DCA Groups
Available at MixRack and Surface
At MixRack and Surface (modular), MixRack only (Fixed)
Up to 8 gangs with up to 8 channels each
16 configurable as DCA or Mute Groups
XLR Outputs
Output Impedance
Nominal Output Maximum Output Level Residual Output Noise Balanced, Relay protected
<75Ω
+4dBu = 0dB meter reading
+22dBu
‐93dBu (muted, 20‐20kHz)
Processing
TRS Line Outputs
Output Impedance
Nominal Output
Maximum Output Level
Residual Output Noise Balanced, Relay protected (T and R Series)
<75Ω
+4dBu = 0dB meter reading
+22dBu
‐93dBu (muted, 20‐20kHz)
Inputs
HPF, Gate, PEQ, Compressor, Lim/De‐Esser, Delay
Mixes
PEQ, GEQ, Compressor, Limiter, Delay
Internal FX
Types
RCA Line Outputs
Output Impedance
Nominal Output
Maximum Output Level
Residual Output Noise Unbalanced, Relay protected
<75Ω
0dBu = 0dB meter reading
+18dBu
‐95dBu (muted, 20‐20kHz)
Mode
8x RackFX engine
Reverbs, Delays, Modulators, Sub‐harmonics, Speaker Mtx
Dynamic‐EQ, Multiband Compressor
Send>Return, Inserted, Daisy Chain FX, direct to output
Digital Outputs
SPDIF
AES (option)
Optical (modular)
Digital Audio Clock Out
48kHz sampling rate
2 Ch RCA, 600mV, coax terminated input 75Ω
2 Ch XLR, 2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110 Ω
2 Ch Toslink
BNC (modular iLive, MADI)
FX 'Short' Return Channels 8 Stereo dedicated returns
FX Return PEQ Dynamic FX
Adds to inputs for up to 72 sources to the mix
Same as Input Channel PEQ
DFX ducking and gating shaper
Talkback
High Pass Filter
Routing
Assignable source
12dB/octave, 20Hz‐400Hz
To Groups, Aux, Main, Matrix
Signal Generator
Sine, Bandpass sweep
Controls
Routing
Sine, White Noise, Pink Noise, Bandpass Noise
20‐20kHz
Level, Mute
To Groups, Aux, Main, Matrix
RTA
Source
Peak Band Indication
31‐Bands 1/3 octave 20‐20kHz
Follows selected PAFL source
Option to display dominant frequency
System
Measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 20‐20kHz, minimum Gain, Pad out
Dynamic Range
112dB
System Signal to Noise
‐90dB
Frequency Response
20Hz ‐ 20kHz +0/‐0.5dB
THD+N (analogue in to out)
0.0015% @ +16dBu output, 1kHz 0dB gain
Headroom
+18dB
Internal operating Level
0dBu
dBFS Alignment
Meter Calibration
Meter Peak indication
Meter Type
Sampling Rate
ADC
DAC
Latency
+18dBu = 0dBFS (+22dBu at XLR output)
0dB meter = ‐18dBFS (+4dBu at XLR out)
‐3dBFS (+19dBu at XLR out)
Fast (peak) response
48kHz +/‐100PPM
24‐bit Delta‐Sigma
24‐bit Delta‐Sigma <2ms (MixRack XLR in to XLR out)
Operating Temperature Range
ACE link is 100us (0.1ms) per hop
0 deg C to 35 deg C (32 deg F to 95 deg F)
Memories
Libraries
Scenes
Shows
User Profiles
For processing, FX, whole channel. USB transfer
250 ‐ Store all or selected parameters, Recall Safes
Archive all settings, Scenes Libraries. USB transfer
8 ‐ Admin and 7 users ‐ Passwords, permissions
iLive Concept
MixRack
Surface
The rack is the DSP mixer. Can be used without the Surface
The Surface is a controller with remote audio I/O
Mains Power
Digital Snake (modular)
Single CAT5 ACE link, ES, Dante or MADI option
Modular iLive
Fixed format iLive
Digital Snake (fixed format)
Port B digital I/O option
System Expansion
Single CAT5 ACE link
64 channel bi‐directional audio
Dual‐Rack linking for 128 input channels
100‐240V AC, 47‐63Hz, 320W max
100‐240V AC, 47‐63Hz, 160W max
iLive Fixed Format Getting Started Guide
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TM
AP7141 iss.6b
FIXED FORMAT iLIVE SURFACE
iLIVE-T112
T112 WEIGHT = 27kg / 59.4lbs
280mm / 11"
1083mm / 42.6"
46mm / 1.8"
iLIVE-T80
620mm / 24.4"
635mm / 25"
768mm / 30.2"
RACKS
DEPTH
250mm / 9.9"
xDR-16 Expander WEIGHT = 7kg / 15.4lbs
DEPTH
250mm / 10"
iDR-16, xDR-16
132mm / 5.2"
3U
6U
iDR-32
265mm / 10.4"
482mm / 19"
8U
353mm / 13.9"
iDR-16 MixRack WEIGHT = 7.5kg / 16.5lbs
iDR-32 MixRack WEIGHT = 12kg / 26.4lbs
iDR-48 MixRack WEIGHT = 16kg / 35.2lbs
iDR-64 MixRack WEIGHT = 17.5kg / 38.5lbs
iDR-48
DEPTH
250mm / 9.9"
iDR-64
399mm / 15.7"
DEPTH
250mm / 9.9" 9U
iLIVE-R72
Desk Top - Side Trims Fitted
237mm / 9.33"
52.5mm / 2.07"
482.2mm / 19"
540mm / 21.26"
R72 WEIGHT = 12kg / 26.5lbs
217mm / 8.54"
Rack Ears - Flush Mounted
Desk Top
131mm / 5.16"
471.4mm (18.56") with side trims fitted
Rack Mounted
from front of rack rail
533.4mm / 21" 12U rail
578mm / 22.75" 13U rail
563mm / 22.2" to rear of pod
482mm (19") with rack ears fitted
235mm / 9.3"
Rack Ears - Angled
16 degrees
47.5mm / 1.87"
from front of rack rail
513mm / 20.2"
540.5mm / 21,3"
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6
5
RCA 0dBu
4
+
-
3
2
Slot A-H = 64 inputs
Slot A-F = 48 inputs
Slot A-D = 32 inputs
Slot A-B = 16 inputs
MIC/LINE inputs
8
1
C
7/8
SPDIF
AP7141 iss.6b
PP
CHK
B
A
B
A
B
A
B
A
B
A
B
A
B
A
B
A
G
+
_
G
+
_
+
-
BAL
+
-
TRIM
PP
M-DUALIN-A
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
DUAL MIC IN
TB OUT
TB MIC
M-MICIN-A
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
MIC/LINE
1
ANALOGUE IN
10 I/O slots
iDR-10
A/B
-25dB
6
5
-25dB
PAD
RCA 0dBu
USER
CONTROL
ADC
GAIN
Surface
remote
remote
SOURCE
CHK
MIC PREAMP
(AS ABOVE)
+
-
48V
TALKBACK
M-DIGIN-A
7-8
5-6
OPTICAL
SPDIF
AES/EBU
1-2
DIGITAL IN
PP
CHK
PAD
remote MIC PREAMP x 8
4 I/O slots
5
digital in
6
2
+
-
ADC
GAIN
48V
2
Port A
3
1
A
remote
1
ADC
TRS +4dBu
line
3
A
ACE
MADI
Dante
EtherSound
Waves
64 Inputs
PAFL
RackFX 1-8 out
Surface Talkback
Port B inputs
Surface Skt
MixRack Skt
INPUT
PATCH
GRP/AUX/FX MAIN MTX
Audio interface option slot
Port B
64 Inputs
Surface to MixRack link
4
4
TRS +4dBu
iLive-T80, R72
RCA 0dBu
iLive-80, 112, 144, 176
Modular MixRack and Surface
iDR-16
iDR-32
iDR-48
iDR-64
Slot
A-H
1
7/8
SPDIF
Inputs
iLive-T112
TRS +4dBu
ADC
TRIM
remote
Fixed Format MixRack
7/8
SPDIF
TB MIC
PP
Strip METER
FADER
MUTE
Send > Return FX
Inserted FX
GEQ
EXT TALK to PAFL
Any input socket
Any Port B input
Surface Talk mic
+
PREAMP
+4/-10
PEQ
EXT IN - PATCH from:
TRIM POL
Any input socket
0
Any Port B input
RackFX 1-8
INSERT
Surface Talk mic
Skt or RackFX
Configuration:
MUTE
DELAY
PFL/AFL MONITOR
GEQ
COMP
MUTE
FADER
RTA
31-band 1/3 octave
DELAY
Configure as MONO or STEREO
MATRIX MASTER
25-band 1/3 octave
PEQ
Post
Pre
LEV
R
R
TRIM
L
L
ASSIGN+PAN
Follow FADER
FADER
MUTE
Post
Pre
Post
Pre
L
L
L
L
LEV
LEV
R
R
R
R
-24dB
0dB
PFL TRIM
LIMITER
LEV
R
R
AUX/MAIN to MTX
Meters are pre-Trim
AFL not affected by Trim
Processing option
for listen WEDGE / IEM
MTX Output
PFL
AFL
Ret to GRP
Ret to MAIN
PAFL
Strip METER
FADER
MUTE
WEDGE
IEM
IEM to PHONES
Input active
Output active
MATRIX
RackFX 1-8 out
IEM monitor
Wedge monitor
PAFL monitor
Port A inputs
Port B inputs
MixRack inputs
Input DIR OUT
GRP/AUX/MAIN
OUTPUT
PATCH
Strip METER
FADER
MUTE
To: GRP
AUX
MAIN
MATRIX
Ret to AUX/FX
GRP to AUX/MTX
GRP to MAIN
Mix Output
PFL
AFL
ASSIGN
to
MIX
METER
L
L
ASSIGN+PAN
Post
Pre
BAL
(Main LR only)
Strip METER
multi-point peak
FADER
LIMITER
LEV
FADER
SIG GEN
MUTE
PFL
AFL
in-place
DIRECT OUT
IP to AUX/FX
IP to GRP
IP to MAIN
PFL
AFL
in-place
Assignable buses GRP/AUX/FX MAIN MTX
FX SHORT RETURN x8
Strip METER
multi-point peak
Sine (Sweep 20-20kHz)
White Noise
Pink Noise
Bandpass Noise (Sweep)
Pre-Dly
30 x Bus = GRP, AUX, FX, MAIN
32 x Mix processing = GRP, AUX, MAIN, MTX, ( WEDGE, IEM)
Configure GRP, AUX, FX mix = Mono or Stereo
Configure MAIN mix = NONE (monitors), LR, LCR, LCR+, LRM, LRSub, LCRSub
Post-Dly
DELAY
Assign to: GRP
AUX
MAIN
ASSIGN
MATRIX
to
MIX
COMP
DFX
Gate
Duck
MUTE
Follow MUTE
Strip METER
Global option for DIRECT OUT
Patch to:
Short Return
or
Full IP Channel
IP or MIX INSERT
Output Patch
RackFX x8
Source
DELAY
Strip METER
multi-point Peak
Post-Lim Post-Delay
DE-ESS
LIMITER
Post-Comp
COMP
option per AUX mix
From:
Short Send
or
Any MIX
Input DIR OUT
Other RackFX
Press to TALK
25-band 1/3 octave
EXT IN - PATCH from:
TRIM POL
Any input socket
0
Any Port B input
RackFX 1-8
Surface Talk mic
PEQ
INSERT
Skt or RackFX
+4/-10
PFL
AFL
TALKBACK
HPF
PEQ
MIX MASTER (GRP, AUX, MAIN)
Surface Talk mic
Any input socket
Any Port B input
+4/-10
Post-Gate Post-Insert Post-PEQ
Source
GATE
FX SHORT SEND x8
PATCH from:
+
HPF
Post-Preamp Post-HPF
0
TRIM POL
INSERT
Skt or RackFX
Configure as Mono or Stereo channels
64 input channel x 32 bus x 32 mix channel DSP Engine
INPUT CHANNEL x 64
4
PHONES
3
2
TRS +4dBu
+
-
BAL relay
+
-
1
relay
AES
DAC
7/8
4 I/O slots
Port A
10 I/O slots
iDR-10
L
PAFL
BAL
R
LOCAL PAFL IN
DAC
DAC
MUTE
CHK
+
-
+ SUM
-
MixRack
PHONES
MONITOR
ACE
MADI
Dante
EtherSound
Waves
MMO - ADAT
iDR
AVIOM
HEARBACK
64 Outputs
Audio interface option
Port B
64 Outputs
5
PHONES
iDR-16
iDR-32
iDR-48
iDR-64
6
4
4
2
3
2
TRS +4dBu
line
3
1
1
Slot G-J = 32 outputs
Slot G-I = 24 outputs
Slot G-H = 16 outputs
Slot G = 8 outputs
DAC
SPDIF RCA 0dBu
5
MONO
PHONES
LOCAL
M-DIGOUT-A
7-8
5-6
OPTICAL
SPDIF
AES/EBU
1-2
DIGITAL OUT
1-16
+
-
BAL
relay
9-16
1-8
Surface
MONITOR
BAL
+
-
power up/down mute
remote
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
B
B
LOCAL MONITOR
R
L
AVIOM stereo link
15-16
13-14
11-12
9-10
7-8
5-6
3-4
1-2
M-LINEOUT-A
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
LINE
1
ANALOGUE OUT
relay
1 CHK
MUTE
M-MULTIOUT-A
HEARBACK
ext power
OUT
HEARBCK
AVIOM
OUT
EXP IN
iDR
EXP
9-16
ADAT
1-8
MULTI DIGITAL OUT
DAC
MUTE
CHK
(2 dual channel AES output sockets per option card fitted)
power up/down mute
iLive-80, 112, 144, 176
6
iLive-T112
digital
7/8
TRS +4dBu
iLive-T80, R72
SPDIF RCA 0dBu
Outputs
+4dBu
PAFL
Out
D
R
L
Modular MixRack and Surface
AES digital out
(option)
DAC
BAL
+
-
power up/down mute
Fixed Format MixRack
MONITOR
DAC
MONO LOCAL
Fixed Format Surface
PAFL
Surface to MixRack link
PAFL
^
Fixed Format Surface
^
iLive Fixed Format Getting Started Guide
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Limited One Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
This product is warranted to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for period of
one year from the date of purchase by the original owner.
To ensure a high level of performance and reliability for which this equipment has been
designed and manufactured, read this User Guide before operating.
In the event of a failure, notify and return the defective unit to the place of purchase.
If this is not possible then please contact the authorised ALLEN & HEATH distributor or
agent in your country as soon as possible for repair under warranty subject to the following
conditions.
Conditions Of Warranty
The equipment has been installed and operated in accordance with the instructions in this
User Guide.
The equipment has not been subject to misuse either intended or accidental, neglect, or
alteration other than as described in the User Guide or Service Manual, or approved by
ALLEN & HEATH.
Any necessary adjustment, alteration or repair has been carried out by an authorised
ALLEN & HEATH distributor or agent.
This warranty does not cover fader wear and tear.
The defective unit is to be returned carriage prepaid to the place of purchase, an
authorised ALLEN & HEATH distributor or agent with proof of purchase. Please discuss
this with the distributor or the agent before shipping.
If the unit is to be repaired in a different country to that of its purchase the repair may take
longer than normal, whilst the warranty is confirmed and parts are sourced.
Units returned should be packed to avoid transit damage.
In certain territories the terms may vary. Check with your ALLEN & HEATH distributor or
agent for any additional warranty which may apply.
If further assistance is required please contact Allen & Heath Ltd.
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