Allen & Heath DLIVE-S5 S5000 Mix Rack Control Surface

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The S5000 is a medium-sized control Surface for the dLive MixRack, with the addition of built-in audio I/O and audio networking ports. It features 28 faders over 6 layers, dual 12" capacitive touchscreens and the innovative Harmony UI for the fastest workflow in the industry.

  • 28 faders
  • Fully assignable layout - 168 fader strips
  • Harmony UI integrates screen and wrap-around controls
  • Dual 12" capacitive touchscreen
    • Gesture control - pinch, swipe, drag, and drop
    • Dedicated multi-mode EQ view
    • Configurable widget areas for Scenes, meters, FX and more
    • 3 pages of 6 assignable rotaries per screen
  • 26 assignable SoftKeys
  • Engineer's Wedge and IEM fader strips
  • Comprehensive multipoint 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

After mixing on several A&H consoles over the years, I was excited to get my hands on the DLive. We purchased the S5000 surface with the DM32 stage rack and the DX32 Expander for our portable system.

After the GLD series came out, I was hoping A&H would take several of the new features and add them to their next large format mixer. They delivered with the DLive. They have taken the best features of each mixer and combined them to make an incredible console.

As soon as I powered up the console, I was in familiar territory. I had spent most of the past ten years working on either the iLive or GLD series, so the DLive was a very easy transition with almost no learning curve. Our team, several of them with no experience on a digital board, was able to setup and operate the console within the first couple of days of training.

The drag and drop soft patching made laying out the surface a breeze. The output grid is also simple to use. The dual touch screens were a welcomed addition. They’re crystal clear, work well in the sunlight, and the touch controls function very similar to an iPad. It’s nice to be able to see your meters or effects on one screen while adjusting a channel’s EQ on the other.

The XLR inputs on the back of the surface are a huge upgrade from the iLive’s eight ¼” inputs and it gave us the ability to put all our wireless mics at FOH position. The customization of the DX rack allowed us to configure it exactly how we needed it. We used the DM32 offstage and used the DX32 as a stage box, pulling one cat5 to it instead of running multiple sub-snakes.

The surface is very responsive, the faders are smooth, and the layout is nicely done. The audio quality is second to none. Whether for permanent installation or touring, this console is an excellent option.

-Chris Rhodes, Missouri Baptist Convention