Soundcraft announced the NSCA Expo launch of its LX7ii live mixingconsole, an upgrade to its LX7 desk featuring recent enhancements insonic performance and appearance. Soundcraft is located at NSCA booth#1915.
The LX7ii gains improved mic preamp and EQ sections, both designedby Soundcraft founder and electronics guru Graham Blyth. Designated theGB30 Series, these new designs coincide with Soundcraft's 30thanniversary.
"The GB30 mic pre on the LX7ii brings together some of the qualityand precision of the mic pre's we use on our biggest touring deskswhile retaining the cost-sensitivity demanded at this point in themarket," says Blyth. "We're conscious that we must provide the finestpossible audio quality at the best price for the customer—we donot allow compromise—and it starts at the mic preamp."
The LX7ii's 4-band EQ with sweepable mid sections is based on thehighly acclaimed circuitry of the MH3 and MH4 touring consoles. Blythadds, "The GB30 EQ, owing its heritage to the work we did on the new MHrange, gives a steeper-than-usual slope on the fixed LF and HFsections, removing unwanted mid-frequency 'mush' and delivering aclearer sound. We've essentially created a unique, cost-effectivedesign that brings high-end EQ into an affordable mixing console forthe first time."
Other standard features of the new model include frame sizes of upto 32 mono inputs and four stereo inputs/returns with four groups, mainstereo output and a dedicated mono output for center clusters. Thereare direct outputs on the first 16 inputs suitable for multitrackrecording and six auxes for flexibility for effects and foldback. TheLX7ii mixes to seven outputs: four subgroups, plus the main left, rightand center (mono) mix outputs.
The LX7ii continues in the tradition of the LX7 by being extremelywell-suited for touring and installed systems for churches, theaters,nightclubs and other venues where a compact-sized console needs toprovide a large number of inputs and maximum output capability. Studiorecording applications are also easily satisfied by the LX7ii.
The 16-channel version (MSRP: $1,899.99) will be available in lateApril); 24-channel ($2,349.99) will be available in late March; and the32-channel ($2,799.99) will be available in late April.
For more information, go to www.soundcraft.com.