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Live sound interface

By Mark Hallinger

A wider range of options for the Vi series digital mixing consoles is now available. Harman’s Soundcraft has introduced the Vi5000 and Vi7000 models, which offer optional 96kHz processing, upgraded channel counts and improved hardware reliability to the established live sound mixing interface. The Vi5000 and Vi7000 replace Soundcraft’s Vi4 and Vi6 consoles, offering what the company said are significant technology and feature set improvements.

The Vi5000 and Vi7000 provide a choice of compact control surfaces with new local rack and active breakout box hardware, delivering simultaneous mixing of up to 128 inputs and 32 mono/stereo busses with up to 384 I/O allowing unlimited record feeds from all channels. Sound quality is assured with ultra-low noise microphone amplifier designs and enhanced 96kHz 40-bit floating point digital audio processing, with the first ever digital implementation of the classic BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ adding to the channel processing armoury. Effects contain eight independent Lexicon multi-FX units, and a BSS graphic EQ on every bus output. Both consoles also feature an additional dedicated 64ch MADI interface for Realtime Rack; a collaboration with Universal Audio that gives users access to industry-standard UA studio plugins.