T Series provides distributed audio and control, various configuration possibilities, an intuitive instant access analogue-style user interface, and features the same great-sounding 64x32 RackExtra DSP mix engine as our highly successful iLive range. 2 new control surfaces and 2 new mixracks use compact construction with non-modular classic format I/O, new proprietary Audio and Control over Ethernet (ACE)TM digital snake and the latest dual core DSP technology to make iLive accessible to engineers.
On the Surface
The T Series surfaces feature the same intuitive layout that has delighted iLive users around the world. Its instantly accessible analogue-style rotary controls and switches, visually informative channel labeling and color coding, comprehensive metering, graphical color TouchScreen, and logical layout allows the user to avoid fiddly menus and instinctively find controls. The jump from analogue to digital has never been so easy.
The mix layout
Each bank of faders has four layers, so even the small T80 provides no fewer than 80 control strips. These can be freely assigned as mono or stereo inputs, group, aux, main, matrix mix masters, DCA masters - and even engineers Wedge / IEM monitor - giving total freedom in the design of the surface layout. The T Series surfaces feature the same intuitive layout that has delighted iLive users around the world. Its instantly accessible analogue-style rotary controls and switches, visually informative channel labeling and color coding, comprehensive metering, graphical color TouchScreen, and logical layout allows the user to avoid fiddly menus and instinctively find controls. The jump from analogue to digital has never been so easy.
The rear of the surface provides a host of connections for local sources, sends and inserted devices, so there is no need for a second I/O rack at mix position.
Networking and control
The T Surface connects to the MixRack using the ACETM link, which combines control and remote audio over a single cable. A built-in network switch allows connection of other network devices using TCP/IP such as a laptop running iLive Editor software.
MIDI and USB ports are also available.
The Mix rack iDR-48
iLive-T puts the audio and its processing right where it is needed, near to the sources on stage. The MixRack houses the mic preamps, sends, DSP and digital snake interface, which is controlled at the mix position.
The Mix engine
The MixRack features the same iDR-64 RackExtra DSP engine employed in the flagship iLive Series, providing full processing and mixing for 64 channels and 32 configurable mix buses as well as 8 stereo FX engines based on emulations of popular industry classics. Imagine the gear needed for an equivalent analogue system to provide 64 gates and de-essers, 96 compressors and limiters, 112 fully parametric EQs, 96 delays, 32 graphic EQs and 8 FX units!
The MixRack iDR-48 has 48 preamps and 24 outputs. Built-in patchbays enable the user to split, cross-patch and map channels and sends, requiring fewer sockets than equivalent fixed architecture consoles in many applications. A new high quality mic preamp with 80dB/1dB resolution gain range, exceptionally low latency and optimised audio signal path ensure the superb performance and sound quality for which iLive has become renowned.
Networking and distributed control
The MixRack and T surface are connected over a single CAT5 up to 120m long (depending on cable)* using Allen & Heath’s proprietary ACE™ digital snake - an affordable, point-to-point multi-channel bi-directional audio and control link. An option slot (Port B) allows a plug-in card to be added for more audio networking possibilities, such as digital mic splitting, audio distribution and digital recording. The MixRack can also be controlled using a networked PC or laptop running iLive Editor software, MIDI, the Allen & Heath PL Series of remote controllers, and, it is fully compatible with the surfaces from the flagship iLive range.
* 120m spec tested with Neutrik Etherflex and Belden Catsnake 1305A, both with EtherCon connectors.
Controlling a mix
with the iLive-T couldn’t be easier. Its logic and simplicity get the user up to speed and navigating the system in minutes. The SEL buttons are used to instantly access all the processing for each strip, whether input, output or FX, with no menus involved at all, while the MIX buttons provide access to the levels, sends, assignments and other mix parameters. Selecting the MIX button on an output strip will immediately bring up the contributions to that mix from the inputs on the faders (or encoders, if preferred), while selecting the MIX button on an input strip shows the send levels to each mix.
The iLive-T Surface features the proven and popular ‘Processing Strip’ found on our flagship iLive system. It’s a combination of dedicated functional controls for Gain and Preamp, HPF, Gate, Parametric EQ, Compressor and Limited/De-Esser, which can be applied to any DSP channel in the iLive system, with full metering within each processing block. In addition, every processor features a SEL button for parameter copy and reset, or for headphone monitoring of any point in the channel signal path including the side-chain filters. All processing is available on each DSP channel all the time so you can never run out of DSP power!
All 32 mix outputs have a 1/3 octave graphic EQ as well as the parametric EQ. The graphic can be set up on the TouchScreen or viewed on the surface with the motorized channel faders controlling the bands and the related frequency and dB cut or boost displayed on the LCD strip. There is even an RTA display on the meters above the frequency bands.
Surface Mixing controls
further controls on the iLive-T surface provide copy & paste of settings across strips, navigating between layers and scenes, and a selection of monitor and talkback options. To help identify channels, color-definable ‘Write-On Blocks’ for channel naming are provided, where the background of the channel LCD can be set to suit the user’s preferences – for example, green for inputs, light blue for auxes, red for DCAs, or to highlight specific inputs.
is used to set up and manage iLive’s system configuration and data, and also supports general operations with a graphical display of the signal processing. To get started quickly a variety of Show templates for different classic console set ups is available, or the user can build his preferences for the layout and set up of inputs, masters, DCA groups, routing, etc. from scratch.
Scenes, Shows & Libraries
iLive can store all, or a selection of, parameters within the console as ‘Scene’ memories. These can be used, for example, to store bands’ settings at sound check, make effects changes during songs, cue changes during a theatre production, or to store preferred layouts for different operators. Scenes are then archived with the current configuration and settings into a ‘Show’ file for future use. Personal processing and FX preferences can be named and stored as ’Libraries’. Show and Library memories are easily transported between systems or archived to computer using a USB key.
iLive has an array of built-in ‘rack’ FX options modelled on simulations of the best products available, and these are represented graphically on the TouchScreen, from where the FX parameters can be edited. With 8 DSP engines available, there are plenty of options for system effects, such as delay and reverb, as well as inserted effects such as chorus and double tracking. Each of the effects units has a ‘back panel’ where I/O routing is set up.
• SMR Reverb - designed for live sound reverb processing, with emulations of industry standard units based on 4 complex models: Classic, Hall, Room and EMT.
• 2-Tap delay - a comprehensive delay processor providing separate L and R tap delay outputs with onscreen tap tempo for fast and simple set up.
• ADT Double Tracker - creates short echo, classic double/quad tracking FX and ‘slapback’ tape delay loops.
• Chorus - emulates classic chorus units with additional stereo field enhancement, providing effects from ‘shimmer’ to deep stereo pitch modulation.
• Electric Flange – provides emulations of ‘ambient’ tape machine flanging from ‘vintage’ classic sounds to ‘wild’ untameable flange FX.
• Symphonic Chorus - the popular 80’s chorus with vox and strings presets.
• Hypabass - a sub-harmonic synthesis unit to generate infra and sub-bass spectrum from a weaker bass program.
• Gated Verb - contains the classic 80’s emulation, plus ‘panned’ and ‘powerbox’ gated reverbs, the module also has a visual display of the gate time domain envelope
Live Editor control software offers all of the key facilities of the iLive-T surface, as well as the convenience of a high resolution display to see multiple information panels simultaneously. The Java-based program enables the user to easily configure show settings or make changes to existing shows online, or offline to save and upload later. TCP/IP connectivity makes live channel mixing and processing possible over CAT5 or WIFI, so different tasks can be managed in the Editor software and the iLive-T Surface simultaneously.
Using Allen & Heath’s range of optional PL remote controllers with an iLive-T system expands control possibilities. Connected to the Surface and MixRack via CAT5 cable and configured from the TouchScreen, the ‘plug ‘n play’ devices can control mixes, mutes, levels, scene recalls and selections.
Editor is a free software tool for configuring iLive either online or offline and giving you the freedom to run your show using wired or wireless laptops and touch tablets. To take advantage of the latest features and improvements, you can check the ilive website regularly and keep your system updated with the latest versions.
Format: Separate MixRack and Surface with control & audio over a single CAT5 ACE™ cable• Architecture:
DSP: iDR-64 RackExtra 64x32 mix engine located in MixRack
Audio Network Port A: Local audio to/from Surface - ACE™ up to 120m CAT5 (depending on cable)*
Audio Network Port B: Network option plug-in cards available - see website for details
Control Network: TCP/IP Ethernet (links to Surface via Port A ACETM), built-in switch
PL-Anet: At MixRack for A&H PL Series remote controllers and GPIO
MIDI: In/Out.Can tunnel between Surface and MixRack via network
USB: x2: Data transfer, archiving and firmware update, external TouchScreen, keyboard
VGA: For connecting an external monitor to the TouchScreen
Mains Power: Internal, 100-240V.AC, 47-63Hz, 160W max per unit
Input Channels: 64x with HPF, Insert, Gate, PEQ, Compressor, Limiter/De-esser, Delay• Performance:
Output Mixes: 32x with Ext-in, Insert, PEQ, 1/3 oct GEQ, Compressor, Limiter, Delay
Mix Types: Any combination of Groups, Auxes, Internal FX, Mains, Matrix (mono or stereo)
Main Mix Types: Mono, LR, LCR, LCRplus, LRSub, LCRSub, LRM, LCRM, None
Monitors: Mono / Stereo: Channels and Mixes may be configured as mono or stereo
Patchbays: Virtual patching of: Inputs, Inserts, FX, Mix Ext in, Outputs, Port B audio channel I/O
Inserts: Inserts assignable on all inputs and mixes, patch to any sockets
FX Engines: 8x internal stereo 'RackExtra' FX racks, each capable of DSP emulations of industry classics
FX Patching: Inserted or Send/Return loop. Mono or stereo sends, stereo returns
FX Returns: 8x extra 'short' stereo return paths (PEQ) or use IP channels (full processing)
Max Sources to the Mix: 72x (64 IP channels and 8x stereo internal FX returns)
DCAs: 16x can be used as DCA or Mute groups
Other processing: 64x Gates, 96x Compressors, 96x Limiters, 112x PEQ, 32x GEQ
Digital processing: 48kHz sampling, up to 48-bit processing• Audio Inputs and Outputs:
System Latency: Analogue IN to Analogue OUT (MixRack) <1.6ms, ACE link is 100us (0.1ms) per hop
ADC: 24-bit multi-bit delta sigma, 108 dB dynamic range
DAC: 24-bit multi-bit delta sigma, 117 dB dynamic range
Frequency Response: 20-20kHz +0/-0.5dB
THD+Noise (analog in to out): 0.0018% (-94dBu) @ +16dBu output (mic pre unity gain)
Residual Output Noise: -94dBu typical
XLR Mic/Line Inputs: Recallable, Balanced, -15 to +65dBu, 1dB resolution, 25dB pad, +48V• Audio Connections:
Preamp Performance: >4kΩ, +32dBu max input, Noise EIN (150Ω) -127dB
TRS Jack Line Inputs: +/-24dB trim, >6kΩ, +4dBu nominal, +22dBu max
RCA Phono Line Inputs: +/-24dB trim, >10kΩ, 0dBu nominal, +18dBu max
XLR Line Outputs: Balanced, Relay protected, <75Ω, +4dBu nominal, +22dBu max
TRS Jack Line Outputs: Balanced, Relay protected, <75Ω, +4dBu nominal, +22dBu max
RCA Phono Line Outputs: Unbalanced, Relay protected, <75Ω, 0dBu nominal, +18dBu max
RCA Phono Digital: 2 ch SPDIF I/O. Input upto 96kHz sampling rate. Output at 48kHz sampling rate
iLive-T80 Surface: Inputs 8x [4xTRS, 2xRCA, 1xSPDIF], Outputs 8x [4xTRS, 2xRCA, 1xSPDIF]• Memories:
iDR-48 MixRack: 48x XLR mic/line in, 24x XLR line out
Local Monitor: TRS L and R available at the Surface
Headphones: (MixRack) 1/4" jack. Surface: 1/4" jack and minijack
Control: iLive-T80 Surface: 20x faders, 2 banks (12,8), 4 layers = 80 control strips
Strip Assign: Assign any strip as Input, FX, Mix master, DCA, engineer's Wedge/IEM
TouchScreen: 800x600 backlit, color, touch with on-screen keyboard, data encoder
Processing Strip: Instant access to processing, Illuminated encoders, meters, PFL access
Soft Keys: 8x user assignable
Faders: 100mm motorised, GEQ fader flip mode
Meters: 3 color, 12 LED meter on every strip, PAFL, proc block and TouchScreen
Edit Functions: Copy, Paste, Reset of processing and mix parameters
Monitor Functions: PFL/AFL selectable, PAFL tools, Local/Phones outputs, Dual Wedge/IEM
Talkback: TB mic with phantom power, assignable to any mix, patching, Latch function
Additional Surface Functions: Freeze in Layers, Alt View, Screen and LED dimmer
Other control: MIDI, A&H PL Series remote controllers
iLive Editor software for laptop: Java-based online/offline editor and live control, connect via TCP/IP network
Libraries: Name and store processing, FX, channel parameters and PL device settings• Weights and Dimensions:
Scenes: 250x Store all or selected parameters, editable tree structure, Recall Safes
Shows: Stores current settings, preferences, all Scenes, Libraries
User Profiles: Administrator and up to 7 Guest users, Permissions, Password protectable
USB: Transfer and archive Shows and Libraries, USB Show Scene filter
30.2" x 11"x 25" (770mm x 280mm x 640mm)
Weight: 44lbs (20kg)
iDR-48 MixRack: 8U rack, 482mm 19"x 14" x
10" (482mm x 353mm x 250mm)
Weight: 35.2lbs (16kg)
*There is an optional card slot for popular audio networking solutions as well as a host of control options.