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Plasa 2017: Soundcraft debuts compact Vi1000 digital mixing console

Harman company Soundcraft and its UK distributor Sound Technology launched a new digital mixing console at Plasa Show yesterday.

Expanding on the features of Soundcraft’s Vi Series, the new Vi1000 offers 96 input channels with 24 mono/stereo mix busses, plus LRC master busses, and support for Dante audio networking.

Soundcraft describes it as an ideal console for smaller touring projects, rental companies and corporate AV applications.

Soundcraft product manager Andy Brown said: “The Vi1000 represents all that we’ve learned over the years with our Vi Series line. It channels that knowledge and experience into a new desk that delivers superior audio performance and a world-class feature set, all in a compact form with intuitive operation that enables engineers to quickly and easily grasp its layout and functionality.”

The Vi1000 incorporates Soundcraft’s Faderglow colour coding, which illuminates the fader slots according to function, using clearly defined colours. This helps audio engineers avoid costly mistakes caused by adjusting the wrong parameter after changing layers. Fader tracks are illuminated in colours that integrate with the Vistonics screens to provide quick, at-a-glance information.

The Vi1000 also includes integrated microphone monitoring for AKG, Shure, and Sennheiser wireless systems along with the included vMIX Automatic Microphone Mixing capability. The Vi1000’s built-in monitoring support for AKG, Shure, and Sennheiser wireless microphone systems makes it easy to check battery power, RF levels, plus the mute and clipping status of the attached wireless microphones, on the channel strip that controls each mic.

Similarly, with the console’s vMIX Automatic Microphone Mixing capability, engineers can automatically mix up two separate groups of to 16 microphones in conference or theatrical applications to free up hands or reduce the number of snapshots needed to control ambience in multi-mic speech applications.

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