To coincide with the launch of dLive C Class, Allen & Heath has released a major firmware update to all dLive mixers, further enhancing the functionality and processing capabilities of the system, plus a package of warranty and service upgrades to customers of its flagship dLive S Class.
New features in V1.4 include advanced dynamic processing with the Dyn8 plugin providing 4 bands of dynamic EQ and 4 bands of multiband compression, DCA spills, quick Virtual Soundcheck mode, plus the Dimension Chorus Rack FX unit. There are also new additions to the array of DEEP embedded plugins, comprising the Peak Compressor/Limiter 76 emulation of a classic compressor, plus the Multi-Stage Ducking Processor. Also new to V1.4 is the option to display a third, independent view on an external monitor.
"We have been working with A&H modelling classics from Sawmills stock, measuring differences and relevance for live use,” comments John Cornfield, engineer at Sawmills (Muse, Supergrass, The Verve, Oasis). “I think the results are astounding – 16VU is an excellent rendition, Opto captures both the rough and smooth of optical compression, and 76 peak limiter is a faithful model of two particularly pleasant units, one old, one new."
Further to the firmware update, owners of dLive S Class systems will also benefit from a free warranty extension to 3 years. In support of the dLive Rental Network, a community of almost 200 professional PA companies stocking dLive S Class Systems around the world, Allen & Heath has also introduced a Fly&Hire service, through which the company will help facilitate local hire of the system wherever in the world an engineer, band or production company might be travelling.
V1.4 is available to download immediately from here.