- by Jacob Coakley
At the Winter 2013 NAMM show, Soundcraft introduced their new Si Expression digital console range, aimed to take over the low price category. Available in three frame sizes, the Soundcraft Si Expression 1, 2 and 3 offer 16, 24 and 32 fader and mic inputs respectively; all three are capable of up to 66 inputs to mix by connecting any Soundcraft stagebox including the two new Mini Stagebox 16 and 32 or by connecting additional inputs over MADI or AES/EBU. The mixer comes with industry standard processing from Harman siblings BSS, dbx, Lexicon and Studer and many top-end professional features like a color touchscreen, iPad ViSi Remote control and Soundcraft FaderGlow, adopted from Soundcraft’s Vi Series large format flagship consoles. A powerful DSP engine provides 4-band parametric EQ, delays, gates and compressors on every input, parametric and 30-band graphic EQ, compressors and delays on all outputs, as well as four Lexicon stereo effects devices, all capable of being utilised at the same time, unlike most consoles in this class. Soundcraft ViSi Remote allows remote control of the console from an iPad.
Freely assignable fader layers allow users to place inputs and outputs anywhere on any layer, optimizing mix control for the most important channels.
The console has a wide range of networking and option cards, the most recent of which is the BSS BLU Link card, also launched today, enabling simple and automatic connection to the dbx PMC16 Personal Monitoring System.
For more information, please visit www.soundcraft.com