Installed Sound Applications
Soundcraft have unveiled the latest addition to the Spirit range, the multi-format low-cost E Series, and Soundcraft have brought new technologies and ideas to this range. Surface mount technology is used throughout, using close-tolerance components for high accuracy and repeatable settings for EQ and gain controls. The new highly-transparent Mic amp features high-resolution adjustment over a gain range of 55dB, and provides +22dB headroom through the console. 48-volt phantom power caters for condensor microphones of all types.
The PEAK led uses multipoint signal take-offs to watch for overload in several parts of the channel strip, and the led lights more brightly as the signal approaches the peak point. For smooth and accurate channel control, the E Series has the same long-throw 100mm high quality faders as other Soundcraft desks.
The E Series is available in 4 standard models: 6, 8 and 12 mono inputs (each model featuring two stereo inputs) and a unique model, the ES.
The ES caters for set-ups with multiple stereo sources that require simultaneous connection, such as keyboards, samplers and computers, and has 10 full-function stereo inputs as well as four mono inputs (for microphones and other mono sources). Two of these stereo inputs are equipped with RIAA-equalised inputs on RCA Phono connectors so that record turntables can be plugged straight into the mixer for DJ music production. Each stereo input has three band EQ, as does the mono input on these models.
All models have two auxiliary buses, configurable to work the way you do, and all main connectors are professional XLR-type and ¼" metal jack sockets for reliability. RCA phono connectors are provided for disc and stereo playback inputs and record outputs. EQ on the standard mono input is 3-band with a swept mid, while the standard stereo input has two band EQ. All mono input channels have TRS insert sockets and inserts are also provided on the mix output. Ten-segment LED output metering, intuitive and comprehensive solo system and a headphone output are also part of the E Series feature set.
The monitor output and headphone output work in parallel so that performers can still listen on phones while an engineer is listening on studio monitors.
The AC mains inlet for the integral universal switched-mode power supply is recessed underneath the console, allowing the mixer to be put against a wall with the ac cable routed under the sculptured side cheeks or mounted in a rack without the AC cable protruding on the top. All models can be converted for rack mounting by removing the side cheeks and adding the optional rack rails.
The E Series will find itself in many applications including live music, recording, houses of worship and multi-speaker installations.