London (September 15, 2010)–Soundcraft has officially debuted its Si Compact Series of digital consoles aimed at tour sound, corporate event, house of worship and theater applications.
The Si Compact provides up to 40 inputs to mix in three frame sizes, the smallest of which is also rack-mountable. Motorized faders with Soundcraft FaderGlow operate on two layers, with a full encoder set for all the functions on a channel, from input gain through EQ and dynamics to bus controls. The desks provide four separate Lexicon FX processors with dedicated FX busses in addition to the main mixes, and BSS Graphic EQ for every bus. The Si Compact line will be available in 16, 24 or 32 mic/line input formats, with 4 stereo returns; the first of the series, the Si Compact 24, debuted at PLASA.
Andy Trott, Harman’s vice president and general manager for Mixing, Microphones & Headphones said, “Whilst over the past two years we’ve expanded our digital range with high- and mid-range extensions to the Vista, OnAir, Vi and Si Series, we’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 it’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.”
The new desks will use EMMA Lite, the same DSP platform used in the larger Si Series, and will also include 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 color touchscreen interface and more.