Soundcraft Vi7000Replacing Soundcraft’s Vi4 and Vi6 consoles Vi5000 and Vi7000 mixing consoles bring optional 96kHz processing, upgraded channel counts and more reliable hardware to the company’s live sound line-up. They bring the same technology and feature set improvements, while retaining the user interface and sound quality that established the over the past eight years.

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 buses with up to 384 inputs and outputs. They are fitted with ultra-low noise microphone amplifiers and enhanced 96kHz, 40-bit floating-point digital audio processing, with the first-ever digital implementation of the BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ adding to the channel processing options. The effects complement includes eight independent Lexicon multi-FX units, and a BSS graphic EQ on every bus output. Both consoles also feature an additional dedicated 64-channel Madi interface for Realtime Rack; a collaboration with Universal Audio that gives users access to industry-standard UA studio plug-ins.

Rapid configuration via new encoder assign functions and shortcut keys are joined by an extension to the Vi’s patent-applied-for VM2 radio microphone status monitoring feature, with Shure ULXD systems now recognised alongside AKG’s DMS800 and WMS4500 systems.

The Vi5000 and 7000 consoles claim the most configurable local and Stagebox I/O hardware in their class, with extensive ViSi Connect I/O expansion options available (EtherSound, CobraNet, Dante, Madi etc) plus a choice of Cat 5e or optical-fibre Stagebox connection to suit budget and cable length. The Vi5000 and Vi7000 also feature the latest 3D Vistonics II and FaderGlow interfaces, plus an improved ViSi Remote iPad control interface completes the package.

‘Our Vi4 and 6 consoles have been enormously popular with countless tour sound professionals, as well as theatres, houses of worship and others,’ says Soundcraft-Studer VP and General Manager, Dave McKinney. ‘With the introduction of the Vi5000 and Vi7000, we are showing that we’ve listened to our customers and are offering a significant step up with the user interface features they need and the world-class audio quality and processing tools they expect, so that any engineer can have the very best mixing technology at their fingertips.’


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