Recording

Soundcraft COMPACT Line Brings Performance, Flexibility to Computer Music Recording

Soundcraft’s newest micro-mixer, the COMPACT 4, is suited for many applications that require simple mix facilities, as well as for recording vocals and music onto a computer using a soundcard. 1/09/2004 7:00 AM Eastern

Soundcraft’s newest micro-mixer, the COMPACT 4, is suited formany applications that require simple mix facilities, as well as forrecording vocals and music onto a computer using a soundcard.

To route an input straight to the record output, users need selectthe Record button on the channel. Other features of this 4-input mixerinclude a wide variety of input sources, including microphone, line anda special direct input (DI) for guitars and keyboards, plus stereoinputs for keyboards, CD/tape or turntable (with RIAA equalization).This DI input matches the input impedance of the mixer to the outputimpedance of the instrument. In addition, listening while recording ismade easier due to a special Blend control that allows users to controlthe mix of the computer playback and signal of the track beingrecorded, which are blended for the artist headphone output.

Using an external analog mixer for computer recording means zerolatency monitoring. For example, musicians can listen to their tracksbeing recorded simultaneously with the playback from the computer.

Other standard features on the COMPACT include 3-band EQ on theinputs, along with professional 48-volt phantom power for condensermicrophones, dedicated balanced and unbalanced record and playbackconnections, independent engineer and artist headphone outputs, andmonitor outputs. All monitoring is in true stereo, rather thanmono-summed.

A larger model, the COMPACT 10, is also available and features fourmono and six stereo inputs, with additional 1/4-inch line input jacksockets on four of the stereo inputs.

For more information, visit www.soundcraft.com/product_sheet.asp?product_id=121.

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