UK: Soundcraft and Allen & Heath will be showcasing new products at PLASA 08, writes David Davies. Following on from the successful Vi Series digital consoles, Soundcraft will publicise a mid-market 'partner console', the Si3. Allen & Heath, meanwhile, will highlight the latest developments in its iLive digital mixing range and the new ZED-R16 dedicated FireWire recording mixer (pictured).
Designed for live use on both touring sound systems and in fixed installations such as houses of worship, the Soundcraft Si3 can directly handle 64 mono inputs and four stereo inputs, and has fully connectivity for all 35 output busses. Other features include four Lexicon effects processors, 12 VCA groups, 8 Mute groups and bar graph metering for all 35 bus outputs.
In a detailed document outlining his 'digital console strategy and vision', Soundcraft/Studer president Andy Trott places the new console in the context of the last few years' product development. "'Mix Ergonomics' is something that is common across all our range, from the smallest Soundcraft analogue mixer to the most advanced Vista 8 from Studer," he says. "At any new product meeting, we always insist that the 'user experience' HAS to be the best a customer can expect and that it makes his or her job - to deliver great audio - easier, faster and more enjoyable. While the advantages of the Vistonics user interface employed on the Vista and Vi Series have been well-documented, the Si3 approaches the market with some new twists."
Elsewhere on the Earls Court showfloor, Allen & Heath is set to highlight the new iLive Editor offline editing software, along with consoles from the entry-level ZED range, including the new ZED-R16 dedicated FireWire recording mixer. The company will also show the Xone range of DJ products and models from other ranges, including GL, QZ and installation-oriented iDR.
Renkus-Heinz also has big plans for PLASA 08, where it will introduce the IC Live array system and Iconyx R, the new version of the Iconyx Digitally Beam Steerable installation line.
Meyer Sound, meanwhile, will spotlight the newest addition to the Ultra Series: the UPQ-1P wide coverage loudspeaker. The US audio stalwart will also show the self-powered MM-4XP miniature loudspeaker.
Finally for now, Turbosound is set to highlight its new line array/point source crossover product range, the Flex Array series. Intended to provide rental companies with a one-box solution for a host of venue and audience sizes, the Flex Array series comprises a mid-high cabinet (available in switchable bi-amp/tri-amp and self-powered versions) and complementary single 18" horn-loaded bass enclosure.
PLASA 08 begins this coming Sunday, September 7th, and is due to conclude on Wednesday 10th.