Following last month's launch of the compact Soundcraft Si2, Soundcraft has announced a new software revision to include Graphic equalizers on the desk and the availability of an offline editor, Virtual Si, for the platform.
Si software version 2.0 is designed to add the capabilities to display composite EQ curves on the touch screen for any channel or output, and to provide a BSS Audio 30-band graphic equalizer on every output (groups, auxes and matrices).
When switched to Graphic EQ mode, the Soundcraft FaderGlow system lights the first 15 faders on the desk in red to indicate EQ mode, and the OLED display above each channel shows both the ISO frequency of the filter and the gain or cut. Another feature is the pseudo centre-detent provided in the motorized fader at the 0db point. Simple scrolling allows the faders to control all 30 bands in three sections of the low, mid and higher frequencies.
The Si Series now has a full complement of gates, compressors, graphic EQs and Lexicon effects engines inside the single box analogue-replacement solution, according to Soundcraft.
The new Virtual Si software is designed to allow an engineer to completely setup a show, with channel labels, aux/group assignments, EQ settings and cues etc, offline on a PC or laptop, save the show to a USB memory stick and load it directly into the console, saving valuable set-up time at a gig. The software GUI is an exact replica of the desk, so can be used also as a learning or tutorial aid, Soundcraft says.
A free download of Virtual Si is available.
For more information, visit www.soundcraft.com.
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