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05 September 2008

Soundcraft Digital Ups the Channel Count

Either this is the week for digital consoles, or there must be a trade show coming up soon. In addition to the recent announcement of the Si3 digital console from Soundcraft, they have announced upgrades to the Vi6 and Vi4 digital audio consoles. The new upgrades will allow the Vi6 to handle 96 channels and take the Vi4 to 72 channels.

All that is needed for the upgrade is a DSP card and new V3 software if you have one of the existing consoles. Those interested in purchasing a new system will have the option of a package for 64 or 96 input channels for the Vi6 and 48 or 72 inputs for the Vi4. Additional stageboxes can be added to the system if additional microphone preamps are needed or the additional inputs can be used with MADI hcannels or AES/EBU inputs.

The Vi6 and Vi4 are very impressive consoles from Soundcraft and these new updates will hopefully expand the reach of viable venues for these consoles to be used in. I personally love the layout and feel that these consoles most closely match the feel of mixing on an analog console that most of us are used to using. An engineer can almost literally walk up to this console with no training and figure out how to use it. One of my biggest issues with digital consoles in the layout of the channel strip and Soundcraft has kept things essentially where they should be. The Vi6 and Vi4 keep the channel strips as we are used to and yet use the adjacent space on the lcd screens when the user needs to fine tune something in the mix.

The V3 upgrade also allows the Vi4 to access all 35 output busses (8 busses fixed in Aux mode). The output expansion does not require the DSP card.

For more information on the new software or to download, please visit soundcraftdigital.com. For pricing and basic product information, see productionoutlet.com (vi6 | vi4). To purchase or to speak with us about this console, give us a call at 877-4-CBC-TECH. We’re working on finding the information regarding the needed DSP card as this is a product we haven’t seen yet. Stay tuned for updates.

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