Positioned as the digital mixing solution for all sizes of sound company or user, the new Soundcraft Si Compact Series is a power-packed range of digital consoles that brings all the experience of Soundcraftâ€™s digital mixing platforms to a very affordable price level for tour sound, corporate event, house of worship and theatre applications, amongst others.
With full DSP functionality built-in to a small-footprint chassis, the Si Compact provides up to 40 inputs to mix in 3 frame sizes, the smallest of which is also rack-mountable. Motorized faders with patented Soundcraft FaderGlowâ„¢ operate on two layers, but the main difference from similarly priced mixers is the provision of a full encoder set for all the functions on a channel, from input gain through EQ and dynamics to bus controls.
Drawing on its bigger brothers; Soundcraftâ€™s acclaimed Si Series, the new Si Compact packs powerful digital mixing facilities along
with stunning LexiconÂ® effects into a trio of small footprint consoles available in 16, 24 or 32 mic/line input formats, with 4 stereo returns, the first, the Si Compact 24 is on show at PLASA, with pricing expected to be around Â£6000 UK list.
And for once, compact doesnâ€™t mean compromise. No layering of the audio controls makes operation fast and simple, and with 4 separate Lexicon FX processors with dedicated FX busses in addition to the main mixes, and BSS Graphic EQ for every bus, youâ€™ll never find yourself wishing you had more processing power.
Speaking of the launch, Andy Trott, Harmanâ€™s Vice President and General Manager for Mixing, Microphones & Headphones said, â€œWhilst over the past two years weâ€™ve expanded our digital range with high- and mid-range extensions to the Vista, OnAir, Vi and Si Seriesâ€™, weâ€™ve been determined to drive our product portfolio down into the sub $10,000 price points. Our strategy has always been to integrate no-compromise audio quality together with innovative, feature-rich specifications and an easy-to-use-and-learn, highly intuitive user interface. Si Compact is the result of 18 months extremely focused and creative development and is particularly exciting as itâ€™s so unique; it brings together so many professional features and technologies from across Harman Professional brands into a highly specified but yet super compact mixing platform at an unbelievably low price point.â€?
Legendary Soundcraft audio quality comes courtesy of EMMA Lite, the same DSP platform that has helped propel the larger Si Series to industry standard status and riders on events all around the world. Features like dedicated FX busses, 16 line outputs plus AES, an option card slot for MADI or other connectivity, a Global Mode for instant access to Pan, Gain and Filters, a colour touchscreen interface and FaderGlowâ„¢ equip Si Compact to easily handle a range of live sound mixing applications including bands, theatres and houses of worship.
â€¢ Frames with 16, 24 or 32 mono inputs and 4 stereo channels to mix
â€¢ 14 mono aux busses
â€¢ 4 FX busses
â€¢ 4 Matrix busses
â€¢ LRC Mix busses
â€¢ 4 Stereo Lexicon Effects engines
â€¢ 4 Mute Groups
â€¢ 4 assignable insert send/returns (24 and 32 models)
â€¢ Harman HiQnet integration
Trott adds, â€œIâ€™m confident that the user community will be delighted with the Si Compact and the wide choice we now provide with Soundcraft and Studer mixing consoles. Weâ€™ve now got the widest price-range of digital consoles in our history â€“ thatâ€™s got to be good for engineers and audio companies!â€?
For a personal demo and overview at PLASA please visit the Harman booth (number 1-E21) or the Harman press conference at 5pm on 12th September in the Marlborough Room in Earlâ€™s Court.