FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts – Rob Bernstein, the sole owner of Hob Sound,
recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 2 to accommodate his
production and mixing needs. As a one-man business that provides sound
equipment for a wide range of events, Bernstein requires an equally versatile
console to match his needs.
The Soundcraft Si Expression console is the complete solution for all of
Bernstein’s mixing requirements. Versatility is an understatement when it comes
to this digital board with recallable features and analog-type controls. In
addition, the Si Expression Series comes with GEQ effects on every bus as well
as built-in Lexicon effects.
Within 15 minutes of working with the Si Expression, Bernstein was
amazed at the quality of the console. “Its versatility blows anything else out
of the water,” he said. “Having the graphic EQ’s available to all the buses is
a huge advantage, and combined with the availability of compressors on each
channel, this console replaces a lot of gear. This is critical to my operation,
since I cannot haul all those additional racks by myself.”
The Soundcraft Si Expression comes with tons of features that make it
easy to use and convenient to set up, which is highly appealing to sound
engineers managing multiple events. ‘1 Control = 1 Function’ ensures that there
is never any layering of controls. The One Touch Easy Mix (TOTEM) allows a
single key to mix to an AUX, FX or Matrix bus. The Si Expression also features
FaderGlow™ color-coded illuminated faders and a range of connectivity and
network cards. It combines the utility of a digital console with the simplicity
of an analog one.
“I love how much faster it is to set up for an event, due to the
recallable features,” Bernstein added. “Even though this is my first digital
board, it retains the simple feel and authentic sound of an analog board that I
have grown accustomed to in my decades of experience. Also, I no longer have to
worry about choosing which channel gets compressed or gated.”
Hob Sound recently mixed a show with the local band The Fools in the
Boston area. “The Si Expression sounded great, and it is everything that I need
from a console,” according to Bernstein.
The Si Expression 2 console was purchased through Pro Audio Star (www.proaudiostar.com).
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