Soundcraft | 818-920-3212 | www.soundcraftdigital.com To make its US debut at the 125th AES Convention, the Soundcraft Si3 is the first — and flagship model — of a new digital live sound console line. "It's a totally integrated unit," says Product Manager James Shears at the initial Si3 rollout at PLASA 2008 in London. "No racks — power supplies are built in, and audio ins and outs are on the back on physical XLRs." The Si3 is conceived as a plug and play replacement for a conventional mid format analog console. "Effectively, take your analog one out," says Shears, and "put your digital one in." Shears says there won't be "a half-fitted" Si3; the configuration is fixed, though ample for a broad range of applications, including the House of Worship market. The Si3 has 64 physical mic/line inputs, 24 buses and eight matrix outputs. Each bus output has a dedicated physical connection and metering. "You can assign those as groups or auxes, however you wish," says Shears. "You want 24 groups, you've got 24 groups." says Shears. Stay tuned to the pages of Pro Audio Review for more on the Si3.