NAMM 2013: Soundcraft launches Si Expression console range

Soundcraft has revealed the Si Expression series, described by the firm as the most advanced digital range of consoles in the low-price category.

Available in three frame sizes, Si Expression 1, 2 and 3 offer 16, 24 and 32 fader and mic inputs respectively. All three can be expanded to 66 inputs via any Soundcraft stagebox, including the two new Mini Stagebox 16 and 32 (16 x 8 and 32 x 16) models, which are also debuting at NAMM. It can also be done by connecting additional inputs over MADI or AES/EBU. All external inputs are additional to the connections on the desk itself.

The mixer is loaded with processing from other Harman brands BSS, dbx, Lexicon and Studer, as well as top-end professional features such as a colour touchscreen, iPad ViSi Remote control and Soundcraft FaderGlow – adopted from the firm’s Vi Series of large-format flagship consoles.

FaderGlow is a patented technology that automatically illuminates specific faders in varying colours according to their assignment, enabling the user to focus on the mix, not where signals might be.

A powerful DSP engine provides four-band parametric EQ, delays, gates and compressors on every input; parametric and 30-band graphic EQ, compressors and delays on all outputs; and four Lexicon stereo effects devices, all capable of being utilised at the same time. Soundcraft ViSi Remote allows remote control of the console from an iPad.

“A Soundcraft at this low price point is a departure from tradition for us,” noted Andy Trott, Soundcraft and Studer’s vice president and general manager. “The Si Expression is based on new technology bridging the current Si Compact and Si Performer ranges and meets a totally new price point for Soundcraft, making this product highly attractive to those looking for a professional console, at a budget price.”

The console is packed with professional features and a wide range of networking and option cards, the most recent of which being the BSS BLU Link card – another new release – enabling simple and automatic connection to the dbx PMC16 personal monitoring system.

The Si Expression line is designed for gigging bands, performance venues, installations and tours, theatres, houses of worship and education facilities.

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