Soundcraft has announced the Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i, offering multiple channels of remote controlled I/O for Si series products, including the Si Impact mixing console. Additionally, there is a free firmware update for Si Impact consoles that enables up to 80 mix tracks when used with stageboxes.
The firmware allows Si Impact owners to add a stagebox for additional inputs, while simultaneously using the existing console inputs. By adding a second Madi option card to the console, users can add a second stagebox and select which inputs to assign to the 80 mixing channels. With up to 80 total mix tracks, more complex mixing scenarios can be accommodates, such as using a Dante card to access a house router, or outputting to either the back of their console or the stagebox – and recording up to 32 tracks over USB to a digital audio workstation.
The Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox16i are equipped with Studer-designed preamps, and provide multiple channels of Madi I/O via standard Cat5 cabling. A streamlined design provides connections and features, including a Madi over RJ45 connector built right onto the chassis. No local hardware configuration or option cards are needed or required. Dedicated XLR mic preamp inputs allow 32 or 16 simultaneous channels of external analogue input. Mini Stagebox 32i offers 12 analogue outputs, while Mini Stagebox 16i offers eight analogue outputs for connection to house and stage monitors and broadcast or streaming feeds.
‘The Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i are perfect for live sound engineers, houses of worship, bands, club owners and corporate customers that want affordable remote-controlled I/O for their Soundcraft Si series console,’ says Harman Professional Solutions Solutions Manager for Mixing, Scott Wood. ‘They deliver the input power, versatility and sound quality of large-scale traditional mixing solutions at an incredible value. Combined with the Si Impact firmware update, the new stageboxes make the Si line more compelling and flexible than ever.’
The Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i are expected to be available in May 2017.