Soundcraft announced the NSCA Expo launch of its LX7ii live mixingconsole, an upgrade to the LX7 desk with new features such as improvedmic preamp and EQ sections, both designed by Soundcraft founder andelectronics guru Graham Blyth. Designated the GB30 Series, these newdesigns coincide with Soundcraft's 30th anniversary.
"The GB30 mic pre on the LX7ii brings together some of the qualityand precision of the mic pre’s we use on our biggest touringdesks while retaining the cost-sensitivity demanded at this point inthe market," said Blyth. "We're conscious that we must provide thefinest possible audio quality at the best price for thecustomer—we do not allow compromise—and it starts at themic preamp."
The LX7ii's 4-band EQ with sweepable mid sections is based on thecompany’s MH3 and MH4 circuitry. Blyth added, "The GB30 EQ, owingits heritage to the work we did on the new MH range, gives asteeper-than-usual slope on the fixed LF and HF sections removingunwanted mid-frequency ‘mush’ and delivering a clearersound. We've essentially created a unique cost-effective design thatbrings high-end EQ into an affordable mixing console for the firsttime."
On the cosmetics side, the LX7ii borrows its stylish new looks fromthe MH3 and MH4, and includes a new frame, end cheeks, module IDgraphics and colored pot caps. Other standard features include framesizes of up to 32 mono inputs and four stereo inputs/returns with fourgroups, main stereo output and a dedicated mono output for centerclusters. There are direct outputs on the first 16 inputs, suitable formultitrack recording, and six auxes for flexibility for effects andfoldback. The LX7ii mixes to seven outputs: four subgroups, plus themain Left, Right and Center (mono) mix outputs.
The 16-channel version is available for a U.S. MSRP of $1,899.99 andwill be available in late April; the 24-channel retails for $2,349.99and will be available in later this month; and the 32-channel has aMSRP of $2,799.99 and will also be available in late April.