Allen & Heath Releases dLive V2.0 Update & New RackUltraFX Card

The new card, fitted as standard to all new MixRacks and available as an upgrade for existing MixRacks, adds eight RackUltra FX engines – including dedicated stereo send and return channels plus PEQ and dynamic processing.
The new Actions feature enables functions across multiple channels to be triggered via a single SoftKey press.

Allen & Heath has announced the release of dLive firmware V2.0 as well as the new RackUltraFX card, bringing enhanced effects processing and significant workflow enhancements to the company’s dLive 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,” says 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, designed to simplify cue list creation with manual and auto renumbering options plus custom MIDI recall, well-suited for fast-moving performances, heavily automated shows, and theatre applications.

The new Actions feature is engineered to make complex automation easier, 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/color data included.

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

“The unprecedented power delivered by the RackUltra FX card’s combination of a custom FPGA FX core with ARM processing has allowed us to push the envelope with our new algorithms,” notes Anthony Evans, R&D software manager at Allen & Heath. “We can now deploy integrated, low-latency effects that were previously unimaginable in a live console, opening up dLive to the next generation of onboard processing.”

The RackUltra FX collection, working with the RackUltra FX card, brings together 10 new algorithms that the company states are among the most advanced plugins on the market, with the added benefit of low-latency integration and no licensing. 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, while the Vocal Gridder produces faster, less natural-sounding pitch correction where notes “snap” to pitch almost instantly. Vocal Shifter alters vocals with formant and pitch shifting for doubling, widening, and robotic and ageing effects.

dLive’s vocal processing is further enhanced by the addition of three harmonizers. Quad Voice Harmoniser generates up to four voices of natural-sounding vocal harmony. Dual Voice Auto Key Harmoniser adds up totwo2 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 utilize the power of the RackUltra FX card. 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 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.

“This update further cements dLive’s reputation as the go-to mixer for flexibility, sound quality, and onboard processing tools,” concludes Jack Kenyon, product specialist at Allen & Heath. “We can’t wait for users to explore these new features, designed to inspire creativity and streamline the mixing process while improving the experience for engineers, artists, and audiences alike.”

Go here for more specifics on dLive V2.0.

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