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Real World Gear: The Latest In Compact Digital Consoles & Mixers

Taking a closer look at many of the newest models and included features packed into a smaller footprint.

By Live Sound Staff January 14, 2019


Allen & Heath C1500,

The C1500 is the first rack-mountable control surface for the dLive MixRack. Packed in a tiny footprint are 12 faders over 6 layers, built-in audio I/O, an audio
networking port, and a 12-inch capacitive touch screen.

Utilizing the innovative Harmony UI, the C1500 layout is fully customizable, allowing for the creation of a mixing interface that reflects the engineer’s own mental map of the show, or for a custom design match to the venue and the experience levels of the operators. The dLive C Class series presents dLive’s powerful 96 kHz XCVI FPGA engine and DEEP processing suite in a compact, portable format, making it a great choice for corporate AV, multipurpose venues, houses of worship, theaters and regional rental companies.

FOH engineer Anna Dahlin with the C1500 surface on a Zara Larsson tour fly-in date.

TECHNOLOGY FOCUS: Using next-generation FPGA technology, 36 parallel virtual processing cores generate enough power for 160 × 64 channels of processing at 96 kHz sampling rate.

OF NOTE: The C1500 weighs in at under 40 pounds and is a popular choice as a flyable rig; tour-grade road case options are available; ME personal mixer system compatibility; Remote Control and DX system expansion as well as network expansion with Waves, MADI, AES, EtherSound, gigaACE and fibreACE options.

Faders: 12 faders, 6 layers
Mix Inputs: 160 (128 plus 16 stereo FX returns) with full processing
Aux/Group: 64 mix outputs with full processing
Matrix: User configurable 64 bus architecture
FX: 16 | DCA: 24
Mains: LR, LCR and 5.1 mains mode
App: dLive Director for Mac and PC, MixPad iOS, OneMix iOS
Screen: 12-in capacitive touch screen
Local I/O: 6 XLR mic/line inputs, 6 XLR outputs, 1 stereo AES in, 1 stereo AES out
Stage Boxes: DX168, DX32, DX164-W, CDM32, CDM48, CDM64, DM32, DM48, DM64
Physical: 19 x 26.2 x 12.8 inches (H x W x D), 39.7 pounds
Additional Models: C2500, C3500


Yamaha Pro Audio TF5

The TF5 offers intuitive operation, advanced features and renowned Yamaha reliability, providing engineers free rein of their mix.

TouchFlow Operation allows the user to respond to the music and artists on stage with unprecedented speed and freedom via an interface optimized for touch panel control. The physical Touch & Turn knob is available right beside the touch panel. There are also four User Defined knobs below the panel that can be assigned to control almost any parameter you need fast, direct access to while mixing.

In a live situation with musical instruments, QuickPro presets can be searched by instrument type and recalled quickly and easily.

Rick Cutler of RC Productions (Anaheim, CA) with his TF1 mixing SiriusXM’s Town Hall series with Jay Leno.

TECHNOLOGY FOCUS: Three dedicated apps – TF Editor for Mac or PC on and offline control, TF StageMix offering iPad control, and TF MonitorMix – further enhance usability. Since up to three devices running TF Editor or StageMix and up to 10 devices running MonitorMix can be connected at the same time, even large bands can have the personal control they need, reducing demands on the engineer.

Faders: 33
Mix Inputs: 48 input channels
Aux/Group: 20 | FX: 8
DCA: 8 | Matrix: 4
Mains: L/R
APP: TF Editor for Mac and PC, TF
StageMix for iPad, TF MonitorMix for IOS
Screen: Color multi-touch
Local I/O: 32 XLR mic/line inputs, 2 analog RCA stereo line inputs, 16 XLR outputs
Stage Boxes: TIO 1608-D
Also: 34 x 34 digital record/playback channels via USB 2.0 + 2 x 2 via a USB storage device; Quick Pro presets
Expansion Slot: 1
Physical: 8.9 x 34.1 x 23.6 inches, 44.1 pounds
Additional Models: TF-Rack, TF-1, TF-3

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