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Soundcraft Intros Vi1 Console, Si V3.0 Software

Soundcraft recently unveiled the Vi1 console as a more affordable addition to its Vi Series, as well as the new V3.0 software for the company's Si Series consoles.

Soundcraft recently unveiled the Vi1 console as a more affordable addition to its Vi Series, as well as the new V3.0 software for the company's Si Series consoles.

Featuring the Vistonics user interface and the Vi Series' sound quality, the new Vi1 is a stand-alone console package with 32 channels of analog input to 27 analog outputs, plus six digital inputs, four stereo FX returns, and six digital outputs in one chassis. Input-to-mix capacity is 46 channels, as is standard, but an added stagebox increases the simultaneous channel count to 64. Channels are routable to 24 multifunction boxes, plus left/right and mono mix buses, says the company. Up to eight of the buses can be configured as matrix mixes, each with up to 16 sources, officials add.

The surface of the Vi1 is nearly 40 inches wide and includes 16 motorized channel faders with fixed and user-definable layers, eight output/VCA faders, and two master faders.

The Vi1's new Widescreen Vistonics interface is expected to retain a sense of familiarity with the Vi6 and Vi4 consoles. According to the company, the new development displays all parameters for 16 channels side by side on a single 22-inch Vistonics touchscreen. The upper half of the screen handles the output section control as well as cue list of menu displays. Parameter control is available via two rows of 16 rotary encoders. The Vi1 has the same channel functionality as the Vi6 and Vi4, as well as the same core snapshot, talkback, and monitoring facilities.

Other familiar features include the Soundcraft FaderGlow, four stereo Lexicon effects engines, BSS Audio graphic equalizers on all output buses, and integral dynamics on all channels. The desk is compatible with Vi4 and Vi6 show files through the virtual Vi offline editor, which is available as a free download from the company website.

Soundcraft's V3.0 software for the Si Series offers increased DSP channels, I/O patching, and improved layering of control surface faders, increasing the mix capacity of the Si1 from 48 to 72, and the Si2 from 64 to 80. The mix channels come from the pool of I/Os formed by the local inputs, FX returns, and the option card slot, says the company.

The company says that the software's patching facility provides a 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 in order to save time and avoid mistakes when you would need to re-patch a lot of inputs or outputs, such as when switching all input sources to the MADI card for a virtual sound check.

The optional MADI card can also be used to integrate an Si Series console with a Soundcraft Vi Series console, connecting directly into a Vi Series stagebox so the two consoles can share stage inputs. Optional expansion cards are available as either 16 additional mic inputs or eight mic inputs and eight line outputs.

Fader layers have also been updated to improve the workflow and allow for multi-user operation on an Si3, allowing both the left and right sides of the console to access the same channels at the same time.

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