Soundcraft swells Si console series; Studer’s big Beeb order15 September 2009
UK: The Si Series of digital consoles has been joined by a third member, the "even more compact" Si1, reports PSN-e. The Si1 is the latest addition to the highly successful Si Series, which includes the Si3 and Si2, both of which are intended for use in the live performance arena and for fixed installation applications. And in other news at IBC, Studer – partner brand to Soundcraft – made a surprise announcement of a huge sale to the BBC in the UK.
The new Soundcraft Si1 has a very compact footprint and is said to be an ideal choice for space-restricted areas such as theatres, small venues and houses of worship.
As standard the Si1 has 32 mic inputs mapped on 16 faders, and with four dedicated Stereo Line channels, four dedicated FX Returns from the four stereo Lexicon FX processors can mix up to 48 inputs. Eight balanced insert sends and returns are provided, along with the same bus structure as the Si2 and Si3 of 24 Group/Aux busses, eight matrix busses and a full complement of monitor talkback and main bus outputs. These buses may be freely assigned to any of the 16 physical XLR connectors in addition to the dedicated MIX and monitoring output XLRs. Every bus has a dedicated 30-band BSS Audio graphic EQ, permanently patched in with no additional drain on DSP resource. Three option card slots are provided for further expansion such as recording of all the channel direct output feeds or increasing the number of channels to mix.
Other features include separate DSP and control engines, which allow users to make any system or function changes live with no interruption in the audio; rotary encoders and OLED screens on every channel so the engineer mixes at source without recourse to a central screen; four assignable on-board Lexicon effect engines that supplement four stereo inputs; and the offline editor program Virtual Si.
"The Si1 brings the outstanding sound quality of Soundcraft Studer technology to users with space constraints and lower budgets, along with world-leading Lexicon and BSS signal processing and a simple analogue-like user interface," Soundcraft & Studer director of marketing communications Dave Neal tells PSN-e.
At the IBC show in Amsterdam, Studer, Soundcraft’s Harman stable-mate, announced that it has won a contract from the BBC to deliver in the region of 85 OnAir digital audio mixing consoles over the next two years. Some will be deployed in the second phase of the rebuilding of the Portland Place London HQ, where more than 50 studios are to be built for use by the BBC’s World Service and News divisions.