NAMM News: Soundcraft Reintroduces UREI

Mixing console manufacturer Soundcraft (booth #7800) has announced that they will reintroduce the UREI, to be used in association with a range of DJ mixers designed for both the traditional house market and turntablist performance sector.
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Mixing console manufacturer Soundcraft (booth #7800) has announced that they will reintroduce the UREI, to be used in association with a range of DJ mixers designed for both the traditional house market and turntablist performance sector.

Born in the 1970s, the UREI 1620 was a rotary-based mixer for the house mixing sector. First to be released from the current model is an updated version of the limited edition UREI 1620LE. Only slight modifications to the circuit layout have been made to further minimize noise.

Features of the 1620LE include six input channels (two phono and four aux inputs; three line and one mic, each with phono options available), headphone monitoring of any input, house and booth master output volume controls and 2-band EQ on the output. The unit has gold-plated connectors on the rear.

Designed for the performing DJ, the new 1601 and 1601S are two-channel digital mixers: The 1601 features selectable line or phono inputs and 3-band EQ on each channel, highpass filters for removing turntable rumble or stage noise, an FX send and return loop with selectable signal feed locations and an independent mic/line input with 2-band EQ. Each input fader has selectable response curves, as does the cross-fader. The headphone outputs (both 1/4-inch and mini-jack connectors are provided) have an EQ control that allows the DJ to tune the phones to his own ears. Two independent sets of dual, 10-segment LED meters show the input and output levels. Outputs are on both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA-phono connectors, and the 1601 is powered by an integral universal voltage power supply.

The 1601S is a multi-genre mixer, expanding its use to cover house, techno, breaks, drum ’n’ bass, R&B and more. Identical to the 1601, it also has the added feature of a high-performance, 2-bank, 32-beat, 96kHz/24-bit auto-looping sampler with one-shot and reverse functions. The playback from either sample bank is assignable to channel one and channel two. A BPM lock indicator shows that the BPM engine is ready to sample and a footswitch connector allows control while the DJ's hands remain focused on creating the mix.

Additional mixers in the UREI Series are planned for 2005.

For more information about these products, please go to
www.ureidj.com and www.soundcraft.com
.