Allen & Heath Announces Xone:1D and iLive-80

Allen & Heath has announced the Xone:1D USB MIDI controller and the iLive-80 control surface.
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Allen & Heath's new Xone:1D is a USB MIDI controller that can be used to control DJ software such as Ableton Live and Traktor3.

In addition to the USB connection, the Xone:1D has five-pin DIN MIDI sockets for connection to other MIDI-enabled devices, as well as four 60 mm linear faders, 8 detented rotary pots, 16 push buttons (4 of which are illuminated), 5 rotary encoders with "push to switch" function, and a multifunction jog wheel with switched navigation control. All of the MIDI controls can be mapped for use as navigation controls for DJ or production software. The Xone:1D will be available in June 2007.

Allen & Heath has also introduced the iLive-80, the fourth control surface for the iLive digital mixing console system. Joining the existing iLive-122, iLive-144, and iLive-176, the iLive-80 is the smallest in the range of control surfaces.

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The iLive-80 is aptly named because it features 80 control strips grouped in 2 sections, each with 4 banks. In addition, it has an LCD display with a multicolored backlight above each fader; channel controls for preamp, filter, and EQ; and the iDR-10 standalone stagerack, which has 10 slots for 8-channel audio interface cards. The iDR-64 DSP module is part of this rack, processing 64 channels into 32 mixes. The iDR-64 is controlled via an Ethernet network and can be connected to a variety of controllers. According to Allen & Heath, the iLive-80 surface will be available in July 2007.