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New optional interface cards for the Soundcraft Vi Series Digital Live Sound consoles have been released, expanding the applications of this digital mixer into Broadcast and adding easy capabilities for direct recording from the desk. The ADAT card connects two ports of eight channels (inputs and outputs) to an ADATequipped, hard-disk or software-based recorder; thus, two cards would enable 32 channels of audio to be recorded and played back almost instantaneously.
The SDI and Dolby E cards allow de-embedding of audio channels from within SDI video streams (and re-embedding for onward transmission), and the decoding of up to eight channels of audio from a Dolby Digital or Dolby E stream. All individual audio channels are then available within the Vi Series digital patchbay for mixing. The Dolby E card holds two complete decoder sections, and saves both space and weight in critical applications such as OB vehicles.