With the Vi Series now established in the touring, broadcasting and installed sound markets, Soundcraft has now extended it with the launch of the Vi1 console
With the Vi Series now established in the touring, broadcasting and installed sound markets, Soundcraft has now extended it with the launch of the Vi1 console. Requests for a smaller, lower-priced desk have been heeded by the British manufacturer and the Vi1 incorporates a Vistonics user interface and many of the other features found on the larger format Vi Series consoles. The Soundcraft Vi1TM is a complete standalone console package with 32 channels of analogue input to 27 analogue outputs, plus six digital inputs, four Stereo FX Returns and six digital outputs in one chassis. As standard, Input to mix capacity is 46 channels, but by adding a stagebox (compatible with the existing Vi racks), simultaneous channel count can be increased to 64. Channels are routable to 24 multifunction busses, plus LR and Mono Mix busses.
Up to eight of the busses can be configured as Matrix mixes, each with up to 16 sources. The surface is slightly over 1m wide, and includes 16 motorised channel faders with fixed and user-definable layers, eight output/VCA faders and two master faders. The new widescreen Vistonics interface comes as standard to the design, as found on the Vi6 and Vi4 versions displaying all parameters for 16 channels side by side on a single 22-inch touch screen. The upper half of the screen handles the Output section control as well as Cue List or Menu displays, while parameter control is via two rows of 16 rotary encoders. The same channel functionality as the Vi6 and Vi4 is available, together with the same core snapshot, talkback and monitoring facilities. Furthermore, the Vi1 inherits many of the facilities of the Vi4 and Vi6 versions, including Soundcraft FaderGlow, four stereo Lexicon effects engines, BSS Audio graphic EQs on all output busses and integral dynamics on all channels. The Vi1 is compatible with Vi4 and Vi6 show files through the Virtual Vi offline editor, which is available as a free download.
The UK manufacturer has also updated its software for the Si Series consoles, offering increased DSP channels, I/O patching and improved layering of the control surface faders. Version 3.0 supports I/O patching of inputs and outputs, so that more DSP channels have been realised to increase the mix capacity of the Soundcraft Si1 from 48 to 72 and the Soundcraft Si2 from 64 to 80. The mix channels come from the pool of I/O formed by the local inputs, FX Returns and the option card slot. The patching facility provides a simple way to freely route not only inputs from physical connectors to DSP channels, but also to assign the channel direct outputs and buses as desired to the Madi outputs or to a Madi-based recording system. An ‘Auto Complete’ feature allows ‘one-touch’ patching of multiple I/O points to channels or buses to save time and avoid mistakes when requiring to re-patch lots of inputs or outputs, when switching all input sources to the Madi card for a virtual sound check. The optional Madi card can also be used to integrate any Si Series console with a Soundcraft Vi Series console, connecting directly into a Vi Series stagebox so as to allow the two consoles to share stage inputs.
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