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January 2010—Built in a frame that's barely 33 inches wide, the Vi2 handles up to 96 channels using the standard stage box and local rack hardware for FOH, monitor or sidecar duties. Touch the Vistonics master section screen, and any eight inputs assign onto the faders for full control of channel parameters, EQ, auxes, groups, etc. All the usual processing is accessible via the Local Rack, including the 30-band graphics to which access is provided via the eight output section faders. All Vi2 Show files are compatible with Vi4 and Vi6 consoles. www.soundcraftdigital.com

—January 2009—Another small-footprint/high-performance board is Soundcraft's new Si3, with 64 mono inputs, four stereo ins and 35 output buses (24 aux/group, eight matrixes and L/C/R main mix outs) in a single chassis. Standard are four onboard Lexicon effects processors, 12 VCA groups, eight mute groups and bar graph metering for all 35 bus outs. A touchscreen handles console setups; a Virtual Channel Strip with rotary encoders and OLEDs offers analog-style control and FaderGlow illumination along the fader track to indicate the currently active function. A redundant power-supply module, MADI interfaces and AES/EBU input cards are optional. Soundcraft also announces V. 3 software for its Vi series, along with 96- and 72-channel upgrades for an input-to-mix capacity of 64 or 48 channels, mapped out on 32 or 24 motorized faders for the Vi6 and Vi4 respectively. The Vi6's 96 channels to mix can comprise the 64 stage box mic/line inputs, 16 line inputs on the local rack and the eight stereo Lexicon effects returns. Alternatively, a second stage box can bring mic/line inputs to all 96 input channels. The V. 3 upgrade also gives Vi4 access to all 35 output buses — without adding a DSP card. Further V. 3 enhancements include automation snapshot filtering; a revised Cue List Management suite with channel label import/export; improved master bay metering; and finer input/output delay trims — all available from the desk or using the Virtual Vi offline editor software for advance show setup/downloads via a USB stick.

February 2008—Soundcraft expands its GB Series with the GB2R, a tabletop or rackmount mixer designed specifically for smaller installs or use with a portable P.A. It's offered either with 16 mono inputs to a stereo mix output, or a 12.2 version with 12 mono inputs, two full-feature stereo inputs and two group buses. All feature six aux sends, the same mic preamp/EQ designs as the larger GB4/GB8 models, a pre/post-switchable direct output on each input channel and a rotatable pod providing top or rear connections. The stereo ins on the 12.2 have mic and line inputs, where the line inputs are stilll usable when the mic is routed to the main channel; with the two stereo return channels and 2-track play input, up to 26 inputs to mix are available.

September 2007—These three new FX mixers from Soundcraft offer a variety of pro features, as well as 32 Lexicon 24-bit digital effects using the same AudioDNA® processor found in many Lexicon and DigiTech outboard products. The Soundcraft FX16ii ($1,079), which descends from the Spirit FX16, offers 26 inputs, 16 direct outputs, four stereo returns and rotating connector pod, allowing cables to be connected conveniently behind the rack to save space. The EFX ($539) is the smallest console in the Soundcraft multipurpose range and is available in 8- and 12-channel versions. It features the GB30 mic preamp, one aux send and one FX send on each channel. The MFX (starting at $749) offers two group buses, two aux sends, one FX send on each channel and two stereo input channels, all offered in three frame sizes: eight, 12 and 20 inputs.

Soundcraft's Vi4 console includes all the capabilities of its Vi6, but in a compact package. Less than five feet long, the Vi4 offers 48 inputs on 24 faders with a total of 27 output buses and inherits the Vi6's Vistonics II touchscreen interface and FaderGlow features.

Soundcraft expanded its Vi digital live console series with the Vi4, which includes all of the Vi6's capabilities, but in a compact package for venues where space is at a premium. Just under five feet in length, the Vi4 offers access to 48 inputs on 24 faders with a total of 27 output buses and inherits the Vistonics II touchscreen interface and Soundcraft FaderGlow features from the Vi6.

October 2006—The MPM Series of multipurpose mixers is available in two standard frame sizes, offering either 12 (MPM12/2) or 20 (MPM20/2) mono inputs, with each model featuring two additional stereo input strips. The MPM’s highly transparent GB30 mic preamp feature high-resolution adjustment over a wide gain range of 55 dB, and provides +22dB headroom through the console. Professional 48-volt phantom power accommodates for condenser microphones of all types. Both the MPM12/2 and MPM20/2 are equipped with three auxiliary buses, configurable for use as effects or monitor sends, and all main connectors are professional XLR-type and 1/4-inch metal jack sockets. RCA phono connectors are also provided for disc and stereo playback inputs and record outputs. Prices: MPM12/2, $689 (or $722 with optional rackmount kit), and MPM20/2, $969.

October 2006—Soundcraft’s Vi6 digital live sound console uses a derivation of Studer’s Vistonics interface (rotaries and switches mounted within the touchscreen surface) to enable engineers to quickly and intuitively operate the desk. Other Vi6 amenities include 64 available channels from within a compact 32-channel frame, motorized faders, 32 outputs (plus a stereo and mono mix) and 16 matrix outputs, 4-band fully parametric EQ and integral dynamics on all channels, Soundcraft FaderGlow and Harman HiQnet compatibility.

September 2006—Soundcraft is shipping the Vi6 digital live desk. Its touchscreen color TFT monitors with rotary control/switches mounted on the glass is based on Studer's Vista consoles. Standard are 64 input channels in two layers of 32 motorized faders assignable to 32 outputs. FaderGlow multicolor LED illumination marks fader assignments at a glance. I/Os are in a stage box that connects via MADI over Cat-5 to the board (or a second Vi6 for monitors), and the desk can act as control central for a Harman Pro HiQnet system of networked DSP, wireless, amps and speakers.

May 2006—Soundcraft previewed its Vi6™ large-format digital live desk. The Vi6’s fast, intuitive operation (using touch-screen color TFT monitors with rotary controls/switches mounted on the glass) is based on Studer’s Vista consoles. (Both companies are owned by Harman.) Standard are 64 input channels in two layers of 32 motorized faders assignable to 32 outputs, which can be groups, auxes or matrix outs, plus stereo and mono mixes. FaderGlow™ multicolor LED illumination—orange for aux sends, green for groups, etc.—marks fader assignments for status at a glance. I/Os are in a stage box that connects via MADI over Cat-5 to the board (or a second Vi6 for monitors), and the desk can act as control central for an Hpro HiQnet system of networked wireless, DSP, amps and speakers.

March 2006—Designed for FOH, Soundcraft's (www.soundcraft.com) 8-bus Live 8 is from the Spirit 8 lineage. With 16 to 40 mono input frames ($3,199 to $6,199) available — plus two stereo channels and eight stereo returns — Live 8 can put 60 inputs in a compact chassis.

October 2005—The MH2 live performance console combines the sound quality and ergonomics of Soundcraft’s popular MH3 and MH4 desks, but with a more compact footprint and lower price. Like its siblings, the MH2 is capable of dual-mode (FOH/monitor) operation and features eight subgroups, 10 auxiliary buses, eight VCA groups, six mute groups, LCR panning, 24 to 48 mono channel frame sizes (all plus four stereo channels), four stereo returns and an integral 11x4 matrix.

August 2005—The MH2 is the newest MH Series dual-mode (FOH/monitor) console from Soundcraft. Designed for touring and fixed use, the MH2 offers eight subgroups, 10 aux buses, eight VCA groups, six mute groups and an 11x4 matrix. The MH2 is available in 24, 32, 40 and 48 mono-channel frame sizes, each with an extra four full-function stereo inputs and four stereo effects returns. Prices range from $11,595 to $16,950.

March 2005—Soundcraft's GB8 is an 8-bus version of its successful GB4 mixers in 16 to 64-channel models. Features include an 11×4 matrix, four mute groups, optional backup PSU, L/R plus mono outputs and a dual-mode design for front-of-house or monitor duties.

November 2004—The GB4, named after Soundcraft founder/designer Graham Blyth, is a surprisingly affordable dual-mode, four-bus mixing console notably featuring the same preamp and EQ topologies as the popular MH4, 15 total buses (four subgroups, plus LCR and eight aux sends), four mute groups and a 7x4 matrix. Available in 12 to 40-mono channel configurations (each with two stereo channels), the GB4 also boasts switchable direct outputs on every channel and a high-quality limiter on dedicated record outputs. Retail: $2,399 to $5,999.

November 2004—Soundcraft's new GigRac 1000st integrated mixer/amplifier combo improves upon previous GigRac models by offering 1,000 watts of output power (500 watts per channel into 4 ohms) and full stereo operation, including expanded 3-band EQ on the inputs, two 7-band graphic equalizers and 10 high-quality preset digital effects. Designed for gigging bands and presentation systems, the compact and lightweight GigRac 1000st requires only speakers and cables to complete a versatile and powerful portable sound reinforcement system. Retail: $749.99.

April 2004—The Compact 4 is ideal for recording vocals and music onto a production studio computer using a sound card. This diminutive 4-channel board easily accommodates a wide range of input sources: mic, line, guitars/keyboards (DI) and stereo CD/tape/turntables (with RIAA equalization). Other amenities include direct-record buttons, 3-band EQ, 48V phantom power, dual headphone feeds with blend control, true stereo zero latency monitoring, and dedicated balanced and unbalanced record and playback connections. Retail: $149.99.

April 2004—The upgraded LX7ii live mixing desk from Soundcraft features improved mic preamp and EQ sections designed by company founder Graham Blyth. Available in frame sizes up to 32 mono inputs (with four stereo inputs/returns), the LX7ii offers 4-band sweepable mid EQ based on the design used in the high-end MH3 and MH4 touring boards. Other features include six aux sends, direct outs on the first 16 inputs for multitrack recording, four output groups, a main stereo out and a dedicated mono out for center clusters.

March 2004—The Soundcraft GigRac series has two low-cost ($430/$650) powered mixers to make gigging easy with eight line/mic inputs (with 2-band EQ and phantom power), 7-band master EQ, internal digital effects, single or dual 300W amps and a road-ready case that also stores mics and cables.

April 2003—The MH3 multipurpose live performance mixer from Soundcraft is a dual-mode console with eight groups, 12 aux buses, eight VCA and eight mute groups, plus snapshot automation and true LCR panning/outputs. Usable for FOH or monitor duties, the MH3 features a modular construction, and is available in 24/32/40/48/56-mono channel frame sizes. All boards include four additional stereo input channels, plus stereo FX returns with 3-band EQ on each output section; a 12x8 output matrix is optional. Prices range from $15,495 for the 24 mono-input frame to $28,995 for a 56-input model.

March 2002—The Soundcraft MH4 is designed for FOH, monitor or shared FOH/monitor duties, in 24- to 56-input versions—plus four stereo input modules that can be moved and swapped with any mono input on the board. Priced from $23,995, the totally modular MH4 offers 20 aux buses, eight VCA and eight mute groups with snapshot automation, true LCR panning and outputs, and integral 20x8 matrix.

February 2001—Soundcraft intros new software for its Broadway digitally controlled analog mixing console. Version 3 system software adds new crossfade capabilities and an Off-set Group feature, allowing manual changes to a programmed show be written to selected channels as user-defined cues. V. 3 software also integrates an Offline Editor function, a stand-alone PC software package that allows advance programming and editing of new and existing Broadway projects. A new feature allows channels to be given up to four “Family” names, simplifying VCA assignments.

January 2001—Spirit by Soundcraft upgrades its Digital 328 console. New V. 2.0 software includes automation support for a wide range of sequencers and third-party hardware, and it now allows Digital 328 users to record, overdub and edit using any MIDI sequencing package. Audio from Control Room and Group Outputs may be routed via AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital outs. Version 2.0 offers support for Soundscape hardware, including the SSHDR, R.Ed and Mixtreme systems. The 328 now allows for control of Steinberg's Cubase VST 5.0 application, and the 328's Custom Tape Machine mode may be configured to use MMC, Note On, MTC and LTC in both Master and Slave modes. The Solo function has been enhanced, a word clock feature added, and data dumps can be requested via SysEx to allow third-party applications to act as librarians. The new software is free to Digital 328 users. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

October 2000—The LX7 combines the essential Spirit live mixer qualities with basic recording-oriented features. Suitable for gigging bands, small installations, small venues, theaters, houses of worship, live and studio recording. True 7-bus architecture, 4-band EQ with two swept midbands, UltraMic+ preamp with up to 66 dB of gain, channel direct outputs, talkback facility, 100mm faders, 48V phantom power, up to 32 inputs including stereo inputs and returns.

June 2000—Soundcraft is now shipping its Series TWO compact live console. Available in 24/32/40-input formats (all with two stereo line inputs and four stereo FX returns), the Series TWO has eight group buses routable to LCR main output buses, eight mono aux sends, an 11x2 output matrix and MIDI muting (both manual or via 128 MIDI-controllable snapshots). Inputs feature 4-band EQ and direct outs for live recording. Prices range from $6,395 to $9,395.

November 1999—At AES, Spirit by Soundcraft introduced the 324LIVE compact digital mixer ($4,500), based on the 328 with an enhanced feature set geared toward live sound. Soundcraft also introduced its low-cost Series Two console ($9k for 40 channels, also available in 24 and 32).

April 1999—Soundcraft's Series Four live sound FOH console, shares the name of an earlier Soundcraft board, yet is based on the layout of the company's acclaimed Series Five, but in a smaller footprint, with 24/32/40/48-frame sizes. Series Four has eight VCAs and eight mute groups, 4-band EQ with parametric mids, 10 aux sends (four mono/stereo switchable) and a 16x8 matrix. Optional are Showtime/Virtual FX snapshot automation and Virtual Dynamics (adding compressors, gates and autopaners on every input.)

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