Allen & Heath AH-DLIVE-S3 dLive S Class 20 Fader Surface, 12" touchscreen, 2 option I/O port, Hot Swap PSU, 27 SoftKeys

Allen & Heath SKU: AH-DLIVE-S3
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 The Allen & Heath dLive S3000 is a small-footprint yet powerful control Surface for the dLive MixRack, with the addition of built-in audio I/O and audio networking ports. Built for professional touring, broadcast and prestige installations, the dLive S3000 offers ultimate robustness and routing capability, addressing the most complex and demanding scenarios.

It features 20 faders over 6 layers, a 12" capacitive touchscreen and the innovative Harmony UI for the fastest workflow in the industry.The S3000 can be connected with a single CAT5e cable or a dual redundant mode Cat5e cable to the Mixrack/Mainframe. Two 128x128 channel option slots are available on the back. With the S3000 surface you can choose the control for the end-user through custom layouts and user permissions.

Where many digital consoles try to recreate the experience of using an analog mixer, dLive is a true digital native, drawing on Allen & Heath's familiarity with the ubiquitous smartphones and tablets that we all use without thinking. The single or twin 12” capacitive touchscreens on the dLive consoles feel instantly familiar, responding to every pinch, swipe, drag and drop exactly how you’d expect them to. Bespoke ‘widget’ areas can also be set up on the screens to keep track of scenes, meters, FX and other custom controls. The screen is framed by a set of one knob / one function rotary controls, allowing the creativity and immediacy of tactile control over key processing functions, working in harmony with the visual feedback displayed on the screen. The rotary knobs have been prototyped 20+ times to achieve optimal grip and precision control, and feature RGB illumination, with colors mapped to functions for instant visual orientation.

As systems become ever more complex and as I/O counts grow exponentially, engineers can find themselves feeling increasingly removed from the action on stage as they are drawn more and more into managing the arsenal of technologies at their disposal. Throughout the dLive design process A&H's guiding aim has been to create fast and transparent workflows that allow the engineer to focus on the mix, not the mixer. The dLive layout is fully customizable, allowing the user to create a mixing interface that matches their own mental map of the show. Every input or mix can be assigned to any and every bank and / or layer, virtual scribble strips allow inputs and mixes to be clearly named and color coded for at-a-glance navigation, and the engineer has no less than 26 assignable SoftKeys at their disposal, plus 3 pages of 6 assignable rotaries per screen.

Maybe it’s no coincidence that Allen & Heath's lead mechanical designer on the dLive project used to be a tank commander. All dLive consoles have been designed to deliver the optimal balance between strength and weight, employing higher grade metal on the sides and folded steel at key points for added rigidity. Not only does every console, MixRack and expander have dual power supply slots for redundancy, but we’ve also employed the same rugged, hot-swappable PSU design across the range for maximum peace of mind and minimum inventory. Dual redundancy is also built into every audio connection throughout the system. We have also paid particular attention to console illumination, conducting rigorous trials to ensure that dLive excels in the sunny, outdoor settings where many digital consoles become almost unusable. 

  • 20 faders
  • Fully assignable layout - 180 fader strips
  • Harmony UI integrates screen and wrap-around controls:
    • Single 12" capacitive touchscreen
    • Gesture control - pinch, swipe, drag 'n drop
    • Dedicated multi-mode EQ view
    • Configurable widget areas for Scenes, meters, FX and more
    • 3 pages of 6 assignable rotaries
  • 26 assignable SoftKeys
  • Engineer's Wedge and IEM fader strips
  • Comprehensive multi-point metering
  • Daylight visibility
  • USB stereo recording and playback
  • 8 XLR mic/line in, 8 XLR line out
  • 2 digital st AES3 in, 3 digital st AES3 out
  • Connection hub:
    • Dual redundant GigaACE gigabit link to MixRack
    • 1x redundant DX link for I/O expansion
    • 2x I/O Ports - 128 ch 96 kHz each
    • 2x Network ports
    • Wordclock BNC I/O
    • Video output
  • Dual redundant, hot swappable power supply
    • Mic/Line XLR Inputs: Balanced XLR, +48V phantom power
    • Mic/Line Preamp: Fully recallable
    • Input Sensitivity: -60 to +15dBu
    • Analog Gain: +5 to +60dB, 1dB steps
    • Pad: -20dB Active PAD
    • Maximum Input Level: +30dBu (PAD in)
    • Input Impedance: >4kOhm (Pad out), >10kOhm (Pad in)
    • Mic EIN: -127dB with 150 Ohm source
    • Phantom Power indication: Per socket, internal or external phantom power sensing, triggered at 24V
    • AES 2Ch XLR, 2.5Vpp balanced, terminated 110 Ohm (digital)
    • SRC on each pair, range 32k-192kHz, with bypass option (digital)
    • Analog XLR Outputs: Balanced, Relay protected
    • Output Impedance:
    • Nominal Output: +4dBu = 0dB meter reading
    • Maximum Output Level: +22dBu
    • Residual Output Noise: -92dBu (muted, 20-20kHz), -90dBu (muted, 20-40kHz)
    • AES3 2-Channel XLR, 2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110 Ohm (digital)
    • 96kHz sampling rate, switchable to 48kHz, 44.1kHz (digital)
  • Dynamic Range: 110dB
  • System Signal to Noise: -92dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz- 30kHz +0/-0.8dB
  • THD+N (analog in to out): 0.0015% @ +16dBu output, 1kHz; 0dB gain
  • Headroom: +18dB
  • Internal operating level: 0dBu
  • dBFS Alignment: +18dBu = 0dBFS (+22dBu at XLR output)
  • Meter Calibration: 0dB meter = .18dBFS (+4dBu at XLR out)
  • Meter Peak Indication: -3dBFS (+19dBu at XLR out)
  • Sampling Rate: 96kHz +/- 20 PPM
  • ADC: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
  • DAC: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
  • Latency:
    • < 0.6 ms (MixRack XLR in to XLR out, Input to Mix)
    • + 5 samples, Surface to Mixrack (GigaACE hop)
    • + 8 samples, DX32 to Mixrack (DX hop)
    • Operating Temperature Range: 32°F to 95°F (0° to 35°C)
    • Mains Power (MPS16): 100-240V AC, 47-63Hz, 300W max
  • Unboxed:
    • Dimensions: 34.3" x 28.7" x 16.3" (870 x 728 x 413 mm)
    • Weight: 62 lbs. (28kg)
  • Boxed:
    • Dimensions: 41.1" x 36.2" x 22" (1045 x 920 x 560 mm)
    • Weight: 90.4 lbs. (41kg)

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