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Allen & Heath Releases dLive Firmware V2.0

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Allen & Heath have announced the release of dLive firmware V2.0 and the new RackUltraFX card, bringing next-generation effects processing and extensive workflow enhancements to the renowned mixing platform.

"dLive V2.0 ushers in a new era of integrated creative FX and advanced workflow features, completely redefining what is possible in-the-mixer," said Jack Hughes, Head of Marketing at Allen & Heath. "Four years in the making, this exciting update gives engineers the tools to supercharge their workflow and improve the mixing experience in every live sound environment."

Leading the workflow improvements is an overhauled Cue List system, simplifying cue list creation with manual and auto renumbering options plus custom MIDI recall, designed for fast-moving performances, heavily automated shows, and theatre applications.

The powerful new Actions feature makes complex automation easy, enabling functions across multiple channels, such as routing assignments and levels, ABCD inputs, processing and insert in/outs, and strip layout to be triggered via a single SoftKey press.

The Channel Library has been extended to include Mix contributions, meaning channels can now be saved with all sends, processing and name/colour data included.

The new RackUltra FX card, fitted as standard to all new MixRacks and available as an upgrade for existing MixRacks, adds 8 RackUltra FX engines – including dedicated stereo send and return channels plus PEQ and dynamic processing - to any dLive system without consuming any inputs, busses or FX slots.

The RackUltra FX collection, powered by the RackUltra FX card, brings together 10 new algorithms that rival the most advanced plug-ins on the market, with the added benefit of seamless low-latency integration and no licensing.

For the first time on a professional live console, studio quality pitch correction, shifting, and gridding can be achieved with no external hardware or third-party software.

Vocal Tuner is designed for natural sounding pitch correction where the performer may need a gentle helping hand. Vocal Gridder produces faster, less natural-sounding pitch correction where notes “snap” to pitch almost instantly. Vocal Shifter radically alters vocals with formant and pitch shifting for doubling, widening, and unreal robotic and ageing effects.

dLive's vocal processing is further enhanced by the addition of three ultra-realistic harmonisers.

Quad Voice Harmoniser generates up to 4 voices of natural-sounding vocal harmony. Dual Voice Auto Key Harmoniser adds up to 2 voices of harmony with intelligent Auto-Key mode which can determine the key of the performance in real-time. MIDI Harmoniser creates harmonies based on an external MIDI input.

Two new reverbs utilise the full power of the RackUltra FX card to bring previously unthinkable realism to in-console reverberation.

Spaces Reverb Designer is an algorithmic reverb dedicated to recreating physical spaces with the stunning realism usually associated with high-end hardware units. Plate Reverb Designer is dedicated to replicating the characterful build-up and tail of a plate reverb, with the choice of several plate materials.

A pair of distortion effects complete the V2.0 RackUltra FX collection.

Saturator delivers 5 analogue saturation models, covering everything from smooth and subtle tape drive to germanium and valve crunch. Amp+Cab Distortion models the harmonically complex characteristics of guitar and bass amplifiers and emulates various classic speaker cabinets.

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