Soundcraft Vi2000Soundcraft has extended its Vi range of digital live consoles with the release of the Vi2000.

Targetting the live touring, install and corporate A/V markets in a cost-effective, single-box package, the Vi2000 combines the Vistonics-based control surface of the Vi3000, Vi5000 and Vi7000 consoles with Soundcraft SpiderCore, a powerful integrated DSP and I/O engine based on Studer technology. The Vistonics interface is central to the Vi2000 design, providing direct access to all functions with maximum information and visibility at all times. Multiple switches and rotary encoders are built into each Vistonics screen, and functions are colour-coded and change according to the selected mode.

The Vi2000’s sound handling uses the SpiderCore 40-bit, floating-point DSP engine, which mixes FPGA and DSP technology to maximise I/O routing and DSP mixing capability in a footprint small enough for inclusion within the control surface.

In addition to a full assortment of onboard mic and line I/O, the console is configurable up to 48 mic line inputs and 16 line outputs, using combinations of 16-channel XLR modules in four rear-mounted slots. The console also includes two 64-channel expansion slots, allowing up to two Madi-based Stageboxes to be connected. Alternatively, the slots provide access to the extensive range of D21m I/O option cards, addressing all industry-standard audio formats. The total I/O count of the console is 246 inputs and 246 outputs.

Like other ViX000-series consoles, a built-in 64x64-channel Dante interface provides direct recording/playback connection to any PC- or Mac-based recording software via Ethernet. It also allows the Vi2000 to integrate into an existing Dante network. The Dante interface is complemented by an additional optical Madi interface, designed for either record feeds or to connect the Soundcraft Realtime Rack Plug-in engine, adding the power of Universal Audio UAD-powered plug-ins.

The package is completed with an ultra-compact frame design, only 1.15m in width, with 16 input faders and eight output faders, allowing the console to fit into both space- and budget-restricted applications. In addition, Studer, BSS, Lexicon and dbx audio processing algorithms are included, with the BSS DPR901ii Dynamic EQ being the most recent addition.

‘For touring or installations, the Vi2000 is an amazing console that includes everything today’s engineers are looking for in a compact digital console,’ said Andy Brown, Product Manager, Tour Mixers, Harman Professional Solutions. ‘The technologies integrated into the console put the Vi2000 on the leading edge of sound quality, control responsiveness and complete digital connectivity.’


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