|(Left to right) Eric Ankersmit and Lenno Maaskant, Melkweg;|
Andy Brown, Soundcraft; Martin Van Kouwen, Audio XL.
Launched on April 15, the Soundcraft Vi7000 is an extension of the Vi6 digital console, offering optional 96kHz processing, upgraded channel counts and many more features listed below, added to the live sound industry’s most popular mixing interface which also caters for dual operator use.
“Most importantly, the Vi7000 sounds good,” said Lenno Maaskant, First Engineer at Melkweg. “Also, we have a lot of visiting engineers and they vary from 16-year-olds who only know digital desks to veteran engineers who don’t have any experience with digital. The setup of the Vi7000 is so logical that any mixing engineer will understand it right away. Everything on this desk is one-to-one translated from analog to digital and everything you need is at your fingertips.”
Eric Ankersmit, Sound Engineer at Melkweg, finds tremendous advantage in the console’s comprehensive layout. “As a house engineer, if a visiting engineer has made an error and I need to find out the problem, I don’t need to go through several menus to see what the problem is,” he said. “I have a total view of the desk and that’s what makes it such a great console for a music venue.”
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 inputs and outputs in the I/O system allowing unlimited record feeds from all channels.
Pristine 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, while 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 UAD studio plugins. Rapid configuration via new encoder assign functions and shortcut keys are joined by a new extension to the Vi’s patent-applied-for VM2 radio microphone status monitoring feature, with Shure ULXD systems now recognized alongside AKG’s DMS800 and WMS4500 systems.
“I really enjoy having all the effects at my fingertips,” Maaskant noted. “Also, I can work on the outer screen on the right without interfering with the mixer who’s working on the console. So if you’re hosting a festival and somebody is mixing the band on stage, you can still jump on the board and set up the band that’s coming on next.”
Soundcraft’s Global Sales Director, Dom Harter added, “The highly successful Vi4 and Vi6 consoles will continue to be offered for sale and ongoing support in the same manner as the rest of the Vi Series. Additionally, existing customers can benefit from the Vi4/Vi6 upgrade package to a Vi5000/Vi7000 system details are available from local Soundcraft distributors.”
“It’s so much convenience combined with a desk that sounds great because of the preamps and the compressors, especially now that it has the built-in BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ and Lexicon effects,” Ankersmit added. “I’m a reverb and effects buff, so this is a no-brainer for me!”
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HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.
HARMAN’s Lexicon Introduces QLI-32 Quantum Logic® Immersion Processor for Spectacular Cinema Surround Sound
“Our new QLI-32 offers an effective way for theater owners to upgrade to immersive surround sound with a product that is fully compatible with existing cinema processors and is competitively priced,” said Dan Saenz, Business Segment Manager, Installed and Cinema Sound, HARMAN Professional. “It can be easily integrated into an existing theater or specified as part of a new installation.”
The Lexicon QLI-32 utilizes HARMAN’s exclusive Quantum Logic technology to provide up to 32 channels of immersive surround-sound audio over BLU-link from any mono stereo, 5.1- or 7.1-channel program material. The Lexicon QLI-32 uses exclusive signal processing techniques to actively analyze the acoustical information in the audio mix and re-create a full three-dimensional sonic environment with width, depth and height by identifying and positioning objects in the sound field – all without adding elements to the original mix. Because the QLI-32 works with existing audio systems, installation costs are reduced and any stereo or multi-channel content can be made immersive.
The QLI-32 features an 8-channel analog 25-pin connector, two 8-channel AES RJ-45 inputs, a BLU-link (2 x RJ-45) input and a BLU-link (2 x RJ-45) output. It also provides an Ethernet port and RJ-45 control connections. The QLI-32 provides Auto EQ per SMPTE 202 and offers 1/3-octave graphic EQ for each of its 32 output channels as well as parametric low-frequency EQ. The QLI-32 can be easily configured via its web-based interface and its simple front-panel control layout provides ready indication of operational status. Measuring 1U rack space high, the QLI-32 installs easily into an equipment rack.
Quantum Logic Immersion uses specialized algorithms to extract signal and reverberant streams from the original recording. Individual voices and instruments, as well as reverberant spatial information, are identified and then re-authored into a precise multichannel soundfield. QLI combines the individual signal streams using patented filter bank technology and psychoacoustic modeling to create an immersive multichannel listening experience with exceptional clarity, detail and image specificity.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.