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Soundcraft by Harman Introduces Vi2000 Digital Audio Console

The compact Vi2000 offers high-performance control, sound quality, DSP processing and digital audio/network connectivity.

Soundcraft Vi2000 digital live console

Soundcraft by Harman unveiled the Vi2000 digital live console (price TBA) at Prolight + Sound 2016, designed for the live touring, install and corporate A/V markets. The Vi2000 combines the Vistonics-based control surface of the Vi3000, Vi5000 and Vi7000 consoles with Soundcraft SpiderCore, an integrated DSP and I/O engine based on Studer by Harman technology.

The Vistonics interface is central to the Vi2000 design, providing direct access to all functions with maximum information and visibility at all times. Multiple switches and rotary encoders are built into each Vistonics screen, so where you look is where you control. Functions are color-coded and change according to the selected mode. One touch of the screen brings all relevant controls to an engineer’s fingertips.

Soundcraft SpiderCore is a 40-bit, floating-point DSP engine that mixes FPGA and DSP technology to maximize I/O routing and DSP mixing capability in a footprint small enough for inclusion within the control surface.

In addition to a full assortment of onboard mic and line I/O, the console is configurable up to 48 mic line inputs and 16 line outputs, using combinations of 16-channel XLR modules in four rear-mounted slots. The console also includes two 64-channel expansion slots, allowing up to two MADI-based Stageboxes to be connected. Or, alternatively, the slots provide access to the extensive range of D21m I/O option cards, addressing all industry-standard audio formats. The total I/O count of the console is 246 in and 246 out.

Like other ViX000-series consoles, a built-in 64×64-channel Dante interface provides direct recording/playback connection to any PC- or Mac-based recording software via Ethernet. It also allows the Vi2000 to integrate into an existing Dante network. The Dante interface is complemented by an additional optical MADI interface, designed for either record feeds or to connect the Soundcraft Realtime Rack Plug-in engine, adding Universal Audio UAD-powered plug-ins to the Vi2000’s audio quality.

The package is completed with a frame design of just under 3 feet, 8 inches in width, with 16 input faders and 8 output faders, allowing the console to fit into both space- and budget-restricted applications. Patented features, like FaderGlow, VM2 microphone monitoring and Vistonics, promise a user-friendly mixing experience.

In addition, sound quality is assured by a 40-bit floating-point DSP environment, running Studer, BSS, Lexicon and dbx audio processing algorithms, with the BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ being the most recent addition.

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