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The iLive Digital Console Win, Place, And Show

United States
English
Cornwall, UK (May 17, 2007) — Emerald Downs, Seattle’s horse racing circuit nestled at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, has just installed an iLive 144 and iDR10 digital mixing system from Allen & Heath. The console is installed in the track’s main control room and handles 56 inputs from various audio sources including announcer mics, the many simulcasts that provide playback of events for the spectators, and more. Walter Lucas of Seattle Pro Audio presided over the installation.

Walter Lucas of Seattle Pro Audio on the left and Owen McClain chief audio mixing engineer for Emerald Downs on the right in front of the Allen & Heath iLive console in the main control room.

The Allen & Heath iLive console in the main control room.

Entrance to Emerald Downs

On the track

All 32 mix outputs of the iDR10 are utilized, and the programmable nature of the iLive surface allowed the engineers to configure the different mix outputs to provide feeds to the stadium, boxes, hospitality suites, track, OB vans, other broadcast feeds, and monitor mixes. The iLive provides an easy to use control surface quickly access and adjust any of the output feeds.

“The iLive was chosen for its routing flexibility, easy of use, superior audio quality, and small footprint, “ states Owen McClain, Emerald Downs’ chief audio mixing engineer. “The console handles various announcer mics, “ explains Owen, “and multiple video feeds that are distributed across different parts of the track. In addition to the varying house mixes, we also send mixes to live uplinks that are broadcast to sports bars across the Seattle area. Mix minus busses are utilized for phone calls, and other audio mixes are created for broadcast feeds that are supplied to O/B trucks and national TV stations. Everything works together beautifully!”

Walter Lucas commented, “the iLive’s compression, de-essing, and Allen & Heath’s legendary EQ on each input and output enabled Emerald Down’s engineers to provide high quality and detailed, intelligible audio from the commentary and announcer mics greatly improving the spectators” experience. The console is incredibly flexible, but what really sold Emerald Downs on the iLive was just how easy it is to use. No other digital console that I have seen provides this much power and control with such a short learning curve. Powerful and simple to use, the engineers really love it.”

The premiere event of the Emerald Downs course is the Longacres Mile held in August. The racing season at the track starts on the 20th of April.

Established for over 35 years, Allen & Heath designs and manufactures professional audio mixing consoles for an international clientele in the live sound, installed systems and nightclub markets.
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