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Soundcraft Si Performer

Nigel Lord 5 September 2012
Soundcraft Si Performer

What is it? A range of digital mixing desks incorporating built-in DMX lighting control functions.   Details The Si Performer builds on Soundcraft’s Si Compact design but offers almost twice the DSP power, increased functionality, plus an input capacity of 80 inputs to mix on all models. The Si Performer 2 offers 24 mic and eight line inputs, while the Si Performer 3 has 32 mic and eight line inputs – plus the four FX return channels. The provision of two card slots allows I/O expansion via any of the Soundcraft stageboxes and optional cards from the ViSi Connect range, giving the possibility of patching up to 80 inputs to mix, or from CobraNet, AVIOM or AES inputs via the appropriate cards.   The console offers fully-parametric 4-band EQ on all input channels and BSS graphic EQs on all bus outputs. This is in addition to the standard filters, gates, compressors and delays on all inputs plus compressors and delays on all outputs said to deliver the equivalent of over 220 rack units of processing in a tiny footprint. Fourteen mixes may be configured in various combinations of mono and stereo to a total of 20 mix busses for mixing in-ears and wedges in monitoring applications. These busses are supplemented by four stereo matrix mixes, four dedicated FX busses and three master Mix busses which offer true LCR mode mixing and make the buss structure extremely powerful.   Lighting control is facilitated through the integration of a DMX512 port. The first software release provides four scene masters (A-D) with associated slave channels on the ALT fader layers. Individual colour intensities or parameters are set on the slave faders while an overall master level fader may be assigned to any of the main fader layers for simultaneous access to audio and lighting levels. To automate the process, DMX settings may be stored alongside audio settings in the snapshot system, so both may be recalled automatically by a single button press or via an external MIDI command. With selective isolation, snapshots with just audio or lighting parameter changes may be recalled.   And another thing… Each Si Performer channel features a custom LCD screen to show identifications such as channel name, assignments, graphic EQ frequencies and DMX data, plus signal metering.

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