Soundcraft by Harman: The Vi1000 96-Channel Digital Mixing Console

by Michael Eddy
The Vi1000 96-Channel Digital Mixing Console from Soundcraft by Harman
The Vi1000 96-Channel Digital Mixing Console from Soundcraft by Harman

Soundcraft by Harman introduces the Vi1000 Digital Mixing Console. Representing the culmination of the groundbreaking achievements and rich feature sets offered by Soundcraft’s acclaimed Vi Series, the new VI1000 is the most compact member of the Vi-000 family—at just 34” x 32” (86cm x 81cm) in size—yet it retains all the mixing and processing power of its two larger siblings, the Vi2000 and 3000.

The Vi1000 is designed for live touring, music venue and corporate AV customer with applications where a compact and cost-effective, but powerful console is required. Employing Soundcraft’s unique and intuitive Vistonics IITM channel strip user interface, together with FaderGlowTM, the console combines the operating principles and workflows from the highly successful Vi3000, 5000, and 7000 consoles with Soundcraft® SpiderCoreTM—a built-in DSP and I/O engine based on Studer technology, offering 40-bit floating point processing. The Vi1000 also comes into its own as an additional remote-control surface for any of the larger consoles in the range, using their Mirroring feature.

In addition to gating and compression on all 96 channel paths, audio processing functionality includes the BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ and Lexicon multi-effects via an insertable processing pool—plus the ability to insert up to 64 external devices. Studer vMIX automatic voice mixing is built-in and BSS 966 graphic EQs are available on all output busses.

The Vi1000 comes with rear panel local I/O featuring 16 HQ mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs, and two 64 channel expansion slots that allow up to two MADI-based Stageboxes to be connected, or alternatively the slots provide access to a range of D21m I/O option cards, that address all industry standard audio formats. Four channels of AES/EBU I/O plus USB and MIDI connections complete the back panel. The total I/O count of the console is 212 in x 212 out.

As is standard with all Vi000-series consoles, a built-in 64x64ch DanteTM/MADI interface provides direct recording/playback connection via Ethernet to any Windows or Mac-based recording software, or allows the Vi1000 to integrate into an existing Dante network. The associated optical MADI interface allows an alternate record feed to MADI-equipped storage devices or connection of the Soundcraft Realtime Rack Plug-in engine, adding the power of Universal Audio UADTM-powered plug-ins to the console's expansive sonic palette.

The Vi1000’s built-in monitoring support for AKG, Shure, and Sennheiser wireless microphone systems makes it easy to check battery power, RF levels, and frequencies, plus audio level and clipping status of the attached wireless microphones—right on the channel strip that controls each mic.

The Soundcraft Vi1000 will be available in November.

Further information from Soundcraft: http://www.soundcraft.com/en-US/products/vi1000