|At ISE 2011 in Amsterdam, Soundcraft launched the latest addition to its line of digital audio consoles, the Si Compact 16. Soundcraft Si Compact Series brings the experience of Soundcraft’s digital mixing platforms to an affordable price level for tour sound, corporate event, house of worship and theatre applications, amongst others.
Keith Watson, Harman’s Marketing Director for Mixers said, “We’ve had a fantastic reaction to the 24 fader model launched at PLASA in September. Being 19” rack mounted, the 16 is our response to massive demand from our clients in live sound including Houses of Worship, installed systems, theatres and corporate events.”
With full DSP functionality built-in to a small-footprint chassis, the Si Compact range provides up to 40 inputs to mix in 3 frame sizes. Motorized faders with patented Soundcraft FaderGlow operate on two layers, providing a full encoder set for all the functions on a channel, from input gain through EQ and dynamics to bus controls.
Drawing on its bigger brothers, Soundcraft’s acclaimed Si Series, the new Si Compact packs powerful digital mixing facilities along with Lexicon effects into a trio of small footprint consoles available in 16, 24 or 32 mic/line input formats, with 4 stereo returns.
No layering of the audio controls makes operation fast and simple. Four separate Lexicon FX processors with dedicated FX busses are provided in addition to the main mixes. BSS Graphic EQ is available for every bus.
Speaking of the launch, 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 of 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.”
Legendary Soundcraft audio quality comes courtesy of EMMA Lite, the same DSP platform behind the larger Si Series. Features like dedicated FX busses, 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 colour touchscreen interface and FaderGlow equip Si Compact to easily handle a range of live sound mixing applications.