Soundcraft’s first large-format digital live sound console, the Soundcraft Vi6™, was developed in conjunction with sister console company Studer, using technology developed for its Vista Series and OnAir 3000 consoles, as well as the Vistonics user interface (Vistonics II).
Vistonics II uses the same type of touchscreen color TFT monitor with integral rotary controls and switches mounted on the glass to provide a “where you look is where you control” working philosophy.
Despite featuring a smaller footprint than many other large-format digital consoles, the Soundcraft Vi6 boasts a large input-to-mix capacity of 64 channels mapped out on two layers under the control of 32 faders, which are motorized. These can be assigned to 32 outputs (plus a stereo and mono mix) that can be any combination of group and aux buses. Up to 16 matrix outputs can be configured from the pool of 32 buses.
Every channel strip has all of its respective functions simultaneously on display. Selection of channel function is accomplished by touching the required element on-screen and then adjusting the controls and switches to implement changes.
Adjustment of EQ, aux levels, routing and dynamics all takes place in line with the channel, and color-coded sections are enhanced by the Soundcraft FaderGlow™ system, which uses a multi-color LED with a unique diffuser alongside the fader track to indicate which function is currently active on the fader. For example, when used to control aux or monitor sends, the faders will illuminate orange in line with the corresponding function on the screen.
The input channel has 4-band fully parametric EQ, gain and routing facilities, aux send level controls and integral dynamics on the Vistonics II screen.
The desk’s hardware system architecture includes inputs from mics and instruments that route to a stagebox containing all the connectivity for I/O and then connect down a Cat-5 cable over a MADI link to the local DSP rack, which sits with the console surface. A second Cat-5 cable link provides for redundancy in case a cable is damaged. Alternatively, the second cable can feed a Soundcraft Vi6 desk being used for monitor duties.
Also included is Harman’s proprietary network system, HiQnet™, which allows the desk to become a central control point for a complete HPro system of wireless mics, signal processors, amplifiers and loudspeakers.
Expected to begin shipping in May, U.S. list pricing for the entire Vi6 environment (desk, plus the stagebox and local rack with I/O and “SCore Live” DSP core) is anticipated to be around $80,000.